Monday, March 31, 2008

The Art of Resistance: Creative Writings on Prostitution

Call for Contributions: The Art of Resistance: Creative Writings on Prostitution

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Prostitution is an issue that impacts everyone in that its harm remains invisible due to systemic racism, classism, sexism, and histories of colonialism. As we make our way into the 21st century creative writing will be important for defining the movement against prostitution as well as functioning as a means for survivors to educate others about their experiences of violence.

We are looking for creative writing (prose, prose poems, poetry, creative non-fiction, short stories, micro-fiction, memoir, diary, multi-genre) for a groundbreaking anthology that addresses the harm resulting from prostitution.**

We invite submissions from survivors, family and friends of survivors, advocates, and all others who have experienced or observed the impact of prostitution on individuals, communities, and societies. Works that discuss race, class, sexuality, disability, nationality, colonization, globalization, and ethnicity and their relationships to systems of prostitution are encouraged.

Because this is a supportive place for people in prostitution, the requirement for submissions is that they engage with prostitution in critical ways that do not blame or reinforce stereotypes of prostituted people.


Guidelines for Submission of Creative Writing:
- Poetry: Up to five submissions per person (not all works will be accepted)
- Prose (creative non-fiction, short stories, micro-fiction, memoir, diary): A suggested maximum of 5,500 words (we have some flexibility with the word count)
- Email your submissions as word documents

Include the following in your submission:
- Bio: No longer than 5 sentences
- Full name as you would like it to appear if your work is chosen for publication
- Contact information: mailing address, phone number, and email

Send Submissions to:
Deadline: September 15, 2008

Email: if you have questions.

The co-editors are Annie Fukushima and Christine Stark. Annie Fukushima is a doctoral student in Ethnics and a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality. She is also an activist that organizes with numerous organizations, and the founder of SAFEHS (Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery). Christine Stark is an award-winning author and visual artist, speaker, and activist of Native American and European heritage. She is a co-editor of Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography.

**We define systems of prostitution to include street prostitution, stripping, bartering sex for food and shelter, adult and child pornography, escort and out-call prostitution, sex tourism, ritual abuse, massage parlors, saunas, phone sex, prostitution tourism, peep shows, mail order bride services, and international and domestic sex trafficking.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mirrors to Our Souls, an anthology of animal spirituality

Mirrors to Our Souls, an anthology of animal spirituality

Word Count:
1500-12,000 words
Payment: $25 from earned royalties and once the anthology sells enough to go to print (it will be released in ebook first), a copy of the anthology in print. Contributors are able to purchase additional copies in accordance with our regular contract.
Deadline: Essays must be received by July 15, 2008. Final decisions will be made by July 31, 2008.

What we seek: Jupiter Gardens Press seeks essays dealing with all aspects of animal spirituality. From first person encounters to information about totem animals, god and goddess affiliations, or scholarly discussions of how animals play a role in our own personal spirituality, if it deals with animals and spirituality, it is welcome. We especially encourage essays dealing with not only domestic animals such as cats, dogs, and horses, but also wild animals such as bears, wolves, or big cats.

Send submissions to: Please attach your essay in rich text (RTF) format in standard manuscript format (1” margins, Times New Roman or other readable font, your name, address, and contact information in the upper left-hand corner). Please also include a cover letter (in the body of the email) with your essay that indicates your previous publishing history (if any, none is just fine) and any relevant information.

For further information about our other projects or regular lines, please visit our website at and read our full submission guidelines and FAQs. Thank you.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Traveling Mamas Anthology

Traveling Mamas Anthology is in search of true uplifting, funny, inspirational, and touching stories with a travel theme for an upcoming anthology series. Possible themes may include family travel, romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways, and solo trips.

We’re looking for stories that inspire us, force us to laugh out loud or make us reach for the tissue box. Bring us into your story by using the five senses. Every story must have a beginning, middle, and end.


  • We are requesting one-time rights. Reprints are acceptable as long as you own the rights.
  • If your work has been published before we ask that you please send the name of the publication the story appeared and the date it was published with your submission. We will have the right to edit your work.


  • Word count: 300-1000 words.
  • More than one story may be submitted.
  • The story can be told in first or third person. You don’t have to be a mom to tell the story.
  • Deadline is midnight September 1, 2008.
  • In the body of your email please include your name, address, phone number, and preferred email address. At the bottom of your story please include a brief author bio (no more than 100 words) to be included in the back of the book. If your story is chosen you will be able to revise your bio before publication.
  • Please send your submissions in the body of an email to (no attachments will be opened).


  • $50 (Payment upon publication)
  • A Traveling Mamas travel pack that includes one copy of the book your story appears in.

Please be patient. This is a long process. We will let you know as soon we know if your story has been selected. If you don’t hear from us, we may be holding your story for upcoming books.

Thank you for joining our journey. We look forward to reading your stories.

The Traveling Mamas

Friday, March 28, 2008

Stories from the Midwest

International publishing company is looking for inspirational stories and wisdom that relate to the Midwest. We are interested in your non-fiction essays that capture the heritage of the Midwest -- stories that only could have happened here, for example, or stories that reflect an important value of the Midwestern lifestyle.

Entries should be between 225 and 375 words long and should end with a pithy saying that sums up the inspirational message. For example, an essay might end with the following: “Life is easier when you plow around the stumps.” If your story is selected, you will receive a one-time payment of $50 for anthology rights upon publication.

Please submit your writings by e-mail to by April 15th, 2008. Please type the title for which you are submitting in the subject line and include the essay in the body of the e-mail (we do not accept attachments). Be sure to include your name and mailing address. There is no limit to the number of essays you can submit!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

"Subtle Edens - The Elastic Book of Slipstream"

This book will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. To be edited by Allen Ashley. To be published as an original paperback by Elastic Press in Autumn 2008.

General Information:

All works must be original to the author(s), not under consideration anywhere else and not previously published. Any quotations from other people's work must be either public domain, approved by the quoted author or fall under the "body of a review" copyright allowance. As a general rule: Write your own material, don't rely on someone else's!


Allen Ashley has made the following provocative statements:

"Slipstream is essentially a 1990s and noughties extension and subtle reconfiguration of New Wave science fiction."

"How do I define science fiction? Somewhere between 1967 and 1974."

Slipstream uses the tropes and ideas of science fiction, fantasy and horror but is not bound by their rules and will often make those elements only a minor feature of the story rather than its raison d'ĂȘtre. Likewise, a plot and set-up may appear conventionally literary but fall outside the staid boundaries of the mainstream. Slipstream may start off with a science fictional or broadly realistic appearance but then take a sideways step into its own unique microcosm or socio-psychological state. Slipstream writers may sometimes experiment with form, presentation and the usurpation of traditional techniques but these are not ends in themselves. As with all great literature, Slipstream is concerned with people, perceptions and the human experience. Slipstream contains and proudly maintains a strain of solipsism and encourages the individual viewpoint and the unique vision. We appreciate the sentiments behind the recent coining of the phrase "The New Weird" but reject this notion as limiting and somewhat off-target.

In a sound bite, Slipstream is somewhere between the literary aspirations of the mainstream and the pulp excitement of genre fiction.

Slipstream is a living genre. J. G. Ballard called science fiction the true literature of the twentieth century. Here in the noughties, we believe Slipstream is a vital genre and is the only true literary response to the challenges of the new millennium.

As you can see, Allen is already halfway through his anthology introduction. But then again, maybe Slipstream is the genre that ultimately defies easy categorisation. Throw off the constraints of branding, marketing and labelling! Make Slipstream what you believe it to be.

How to Submit Stories:

If all the above hasn't put you off - and it ought to have done, folks! - then we'd really like to read your work. Stories should be written in English, be original, unpublished, not under consideration elsewhere and no longer than 5000 words in length. Standard presentation rules apply. Please send "Disposable" paper copy plus C5 stamped addressed envelope. We can reply by email if you prefer. Overseas contributors: we will only reply by email. The editor prefers to relax on a sofa and enjoy reading a hard copy of your opus - he was brought up on books, you know. For email submissions, please query first to check what mood he's in.

Send your manuscripts to: Allen Ashley, Editor - "Subtle Edens", 110 Marlborough Road, Bounds Green, London N22 8NN, England.

Please allow 8 weeks response time.

Please email Allen if you have any queries about this anthology, no matter how trivial or, indeed, testing!

For email queries to Allen:

For general Elastic Press business such as purchasing Elastic Press books, email Andrew Hook at or visit

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Living With the Animals Anthology

Guidelines for submitting a story or poem written by an adult

1. You may only submit stories and poems written by you for which you own the copyright. If your work is accepted for publication on the web site or e-zine, you give non-exclusive electronic publishing rights to animalINK.
2. Stories should not exceed 1000 words in length.
3. We will select stories and poems for publication at our sole discretion.
4. Include your story or poem in the body of an e-mail with "animalINK Anthology" in the subject line. Please do not send it as an attachment. Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail. (Name and city will be published. Other contact information will not be published unless you specifically request it.) Indicate whether you want your real name or a pen name as author. Include two or three sentences about yourself.
5. If you would like a link to your web site, include the URL.
6. Stories will be edited for spelling and grammar before publication. More in depth editing may be provided in consultation with the author.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Earth Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Prose Honoring the Earth.

JUNE COTNER, editor of the bestselling Graces, Bedside Prayers, and 22 other anthologies, seeks short, universal submissions (spiritual poems and interfaith prayers) for Deadline: April 30. Terms: 1 copy of book plus $25 for one-time rights. Reprints OK. For guidelines, send SASE to June Cotner, P.O. Box 2765, Poulsbo, WA 98370 or visit

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Anthology of Out Loud Poetry, Volume III

Anthology of Out Loud Poetry, Volume III

The Midwest Writing Center will showcase the poetic works of its Out Loud participants in its second annual anthology of poetry. All Out Loud participants are invited to participate (See guidelines below). The Anthology of Out Loud Poetry, Volume II, will be a tribute to the Midwest Writing Center’s poetry participants, their talents, and their love of poetry.

If you have questions, contact Brenda Brown at (Anthology in subject line) or call 309-781-5685. This anthology is sponsored by First Midwest Bank.

Anthology Guidelines:

1. Entries will be accepted starting January 1, 2008 and will continue until October 21, 2008 for a publication date of no later than December 1, 2008. The submissions will be reviewed by our selection panel. If your work appears in the Anthology, you will receive a submitters copy at no cost. We are looking for a sponsor to help with the costs of the publication. If you know of someone, please let us know.

2. All entries must be submitted in a Word document format with each entry on a separate page within the document. One poem may be submitted per document. Each document must contain entrant’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. Email entries to with Anthology in subject line. If it is not possible to email submissions, save entries to a disk and mail to Brenda Brown, 2911 26th Ave., Moline, Illinois 61265.

3. Each applicant can submit up to 60 lines of poetry. Blank lines will be included in the count. Poems can be submitted in any combination of 60 lines or less. For example, a poet can submits three poems of 20 lines each, two poems of 30 lines each, or one poem of 20 lines and one with 40 lines, etc. A maximum of 60 lines of poetry will be published per entrant. Line length cannot exceed 44 characters including punctuation, and lines may be broken at the discretion of the anthology committee. Lines broken because of length, will count as two lines.

4. All poetry content must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

5. Poets eligible to participate in the Out Loud Anthology are those who have actively participated in either Out Loud or Out Loud Plus since its inception in 2002 and those invited by special invitation.

6. Submissions must be unpublished and original work of participants.

7. Each participants must mail to the Midwest Writing Center:

§ A signed copy of the Statement of Authenticity Form at

8. All submissions will be considered for publication by the Out Loud Anthology Committee, and that committee will be responsible for selecting the poems which will be included.

9. The anthology will include an ISBN.

10. Each author included in the anthology will receive a complimentary submission copy.

11. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase by Out Loud participants and the general public.

Monday, March 17, 2008

(Blank) Begins at Conception Anthology

(BLANK) BEGINS at conception.

This anthology seeks essays about female experiences with reproduction. All perspectives welcome:
  • infertility
  • pregnancy
  • adoption
  • abortion
  • parenthood,
  • deciding to remain child-free
  • etc.
Target audience is anyone looking for a broader perspective on reproductive choices. Send queries and submissions to

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine Anthology

Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Anthology #1 (Currently Untitled)

Anthology Submission Guidelines
Last updated Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Every fifth issue of Niteblade Magazine will be a print anthology. This anthology will include the best of the last four web-based issues (half chosen through reader votes and half by the editors) as well as new material that hasn't appeared in Niteblade before. In order to be considered for the former selections you need to have your work accepted in the e-zine. These submission guidelines are meant to cover the new material.

I have chosen the cover artwork for the first print ezine already. It is a wonderful piece by Marge Simon. All anthology submissions should be, in some way, inspired by it. The top three stories and the top three poems, as decided by me, will be included in the print anthology. See the artwork here.

Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine will require the non-exclusive right to use your story or poem in our print anthology. We would ask that you wait to submit your work elsewhere until six months after the print anthology is published, but we will not contractually obligate you to do so.

I want to pay you lots, I really do -- but until Niteblade gets off its feet and is able to support itself the best I can offer is one US dollar per story or poem and a contributor's copy of the book. Payment will be made by your choice of paypal, epassporte or a donation to Duotrope's Digest and will be paid upon acceptance.

For all submissions please email your story or poem as an .rtf or .doc attachment to

I'm getting a significant amount of spam so make sure you have the word 'Niteblade' 'Submission' or 'Query' in the subject somewhere. Any one will do, you don't need to use all three :)

When submitting prose please single space your work and do not indent new paragraphs.

Please include your legal name, snail mail address and the name you want your story published under.

Stories should be less than 10,000 words. If they aren't, but you really want me to see them, please query first with a detailed synopsis. Keep in mind that longer stories are a harder sell than shorter ones.

Considering the nature of this anthology it probably goes without saying, but no simultaneous submissions or reprints.

No multiple submissions please. Only one story and up to 5 poems per author will be considered.

What I like...
The best way to see what I like is to check out the current issue -- all it will cost you is time. Remember that your submission for this anthology needs to be inspired in some way by the illustration above.

Submissions will close on July 15, 2008 and all regrets and acceptances will be sent out by the end of that month.

If you have any other questions please email and I will respond as soon as possible.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Literary Anthology Contest - TallGrass Writers Guild

TallGrass Writers Guild

Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines – 2008 Anthology

Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 3-31-08. Email tallgrassguild(at) or outriderpress(at) – Substitute @ for (at) as with all email addresses.

Planned publication date: late summer/early fall 2008. Working title: Wild Things: Domestic and Otherwise.. Broadly interpreted, this can be anything from unwanted bats in the attic to grandchildren running amok.

Previously published and simultaneously submitted mss. OK. Especially interested in poetry.

All poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff; submission does not guarantee acceptance; those entries that make the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) as determined by the judges. Also: 2nd and 3rd places, and Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair (DEFINITELY SCHEDULED as a Book Fair Featured Event on Sunday, June 8), the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind.

Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members

Poetry: Single-page poems to 28 lines – single spacing OK. Prose poems may me treated as prose at judge’s discretion. Reading fee for 1-4 poems:
$16US/$12US-TWG member. For 5-8 poems: $32US/$24US-TWG member. 9-12 poems:
$48US/$36US, etc.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works accepted. Reading fee for each entry: $16 US/$12US-TWG member. For 2 prose entries per person:
$32US/$24US-TWG member; for 3: $48/$36, etc.

No limit on number of submissions in either category. Previously published and simultaneous submissions OK.

Judge: Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist Judith Kitchen, Pushcart Prize recipient and judge.

Writers should send two copies of each manuscript (ms.) Plus disk as follows:
HARD COPY – Double-spaced manuscript on one side, on 8.5”x11” unlined white paper. Single-spacing okay for poetry. Plus: ELECTRONIC – Provide ms. and 4-sentence bio (separate files, please) on 3.5” IBM disk or CD, or small capacity flash (pin) drive – our preference -- using Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF – our preference), or Microsoft Word (not Works). NO ASCII; no centering, bold, italics codes; only Tabs for paragraph indents. Specify word processing program on label + author’s name, phone # and e-mail address. No MAC. If sending a 3.5” floppy, be sure to package securely in bubble wrap or padded envelope to guard against damage in transit. INCLUDE name, address, phone/FAX numbers (w/area code) and e-mail addresses on first sheet of fiction; each sheet of poetry. Your phone number and e-mail address are required on every item. INCLUDE a stamped, self-addressed #10 (business size) envelope (SASE) for response. Mss. shredded/recycled.

For REQUIRED ENTRY FORM + COMPLETE GUIDELINES: email outriderpress(at) Substitute @ for (at) Mail submissions to: TallGrass Writers c/o Outrider Press, 2036 North Winds Drive, Dyer, IN 46311.

Info:outriderpress(at) substituting @
for (at) -- or 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gods and Monsters 2

Gods and Monsters 2

The first volume of Gods and Monsters was the first anthology from Simian Publishing. It started a wild ride. The tagline for it was: Caught up in the bright lights of the modern world, it is easy to pretend that the old myths and legends have lost their hold over our hearts and imaginations. Sometimes, when we least expect it, the old archetypes return in terrifying new forms.

This time we want to surpass ourselves. It is recommended that submitters review the first volume to see what has been done before and to get to know our tastes.

Submissions open February 1st, 2008 and not before. We will close around April 30th 2008 or when we’ve found enough stories.

Word Count: 3k to 10k

Payment: $25 flat payment for new stories, Reprints $5

Submissions: Send submissions as attachments to

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families

A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families

The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate adoptive families and to recognize the extraordinary and challenging experiences that are unique to "chosen children" and their families. We are most interested in stories written by adult adoptive children and their adoptive parents and siblings, but the book will also likely include some stories written by members of the extended adoptive family (grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin), close friends of the adoptive family (i.e. godparent), and birth family members.

Virtually any topic relevant to adopted children and their adoptive parents is acceptable-as long as it is authentic, positive, insightful, and uplifting or inspiring. We do not want heartbreaking stories about adoptive parents or birth families that regret the adoption; there is a place for stories of that ilk, but this book is not that place. All of the stories in this collection must show a positive aspect of adoption and must bring comfort or joy or inspiration to those who have been adopted and/or to the families who adopted them-no matter how difficult the experience and emotions portrayed in the story might be.

Submission Deadline: 6/15/2008

for full details: http://www.cupofcom share.htm

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Abaculus 2008 Short Story Anthology

The annual collection will include authors from all levels of writing. Some professional, others unseasoned. It doesn’t matter. If your story is the best, then it’s in. Stories include science fiction, fantasy, and horror that capture the essence of each genre in their most heightened and original forms. International entries are welcome. Please be sure to follow ALL of the below guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines below may result in your storybeing immediately rejected.

Considered genres:

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We will not consider any other genre.

Terms and specifications:

1) This work must be original and your own. If you are chosen, you will be required to sign a written contract stating that you own the copyright to work and give us permission to print the work.

2) You must be over 18. If not, you must provide written consent by a parent or guardian.

3) Leucrota Press reserves the right to edit the manuscript as needed.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Plot and Setting
Character Development
Author’s voice and delivery


1) Short stories only, between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Include word count at the beginning.

2) Content must be written for a mature, well-read audience. No children’s stories.

3) Your name and title of work must appear in the top right corner of every page. Print only one white paper,one side only. Please use black ink, and an easily readable serif font.

3) We do not accept emailed submissions for Abaculus. Emailed submissions will not be read or returned.

Submissions must be mailed to:
Abaculus Anthology
Leucrota Press
P.O. Box 647
Poway, CA 92074

4) You may enter as many times as you like. You may mail multiple submissions together, but each story must have its own cover letter, and be separated by a band or paper clip.

5) If you wish to have your story returned if rejected, please enclose a SASE (with sufficient postage) and a note in your cover letter that you want the manuscript returned.

Submission Timeline:

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to June 30 of each year. Please, no submissions before opening date, and no late submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be received by the closing date – not postmarked, so make sure you send in your submission plenty of time ahead.

Prizes:That year’s “Editors’ Pick” will receive $100, and 5 copies of the printed book. All other contributors will receive one book copy and recognition on our website. Winners will be notified no later than August 21 of that year. Book copies will be distributed on first print.

If you have any questions or comments, email

You may also visit our web page at to view more details and full submission guidelines.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Triangulation: Taking Flight

Triangulation: Taking Flight

What We're Looking For:

Triangulation: Taking Flight is the latest edition of the Triangulation print anthology series. (Last year we went the POD route with, complete with option of letting the buyer download the PDF for cheap instead, and were quite pleased with the results. We'll almost certainly go through again this year, so if the whole POD thing squicks you out, you probably don't want to submit to us.) We're looking for short speculative fiction that fits our theme.

As with last year, we define "short" as "up to about 5,000 words or so." We have no reason to impose hard and fast arbitrary word limits, but we are interested in publishing a wide variety of stories. So the more space a story will take, the more it will need to impress us. If you have a kick-ass story that exceeds 5K then by all means send it; but be warned that if you're closer to 10,000 words, your story will need to lay-down a Chuck-Norris-grade ass-kicking on the editorial staff to make it in.

There is no minimum word count. We dig flash.

As with last year, we have no interest in getting more specific about the term "speculative fiction." Science fiction, horror, fantasy, alternate history, whatever; if there's a speculative element vital to your story, we'll gladly give it a read.

And as with last year, we welcome creative interpretations of our theme. This year, the theme is "Taking Flight." What's that mean? Come up with your own answer, and give us a story that convinces us you're right.

We will run mature content, as long as we like the story. So make sure there's an actual story in that mature content.

We will gladly consider reprints. (If the story ran someplace obscure, then chances are it will be new to almost all our readers; and if it ran someplace high-profile, then chances are it's really good. Either way, we win!) We're still not interested in fanfic.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2008. All electronic submits must be sent by that time, all snail mail submits must be postmarked by that date.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

My Dad Is My Hero anthology

Looking for substantive 850-1100 true stories about fathers for the upcoming My Dad Is My Hero anthology. Visit and carefully review the "Hero Series Guidelines" page, paying particular attention to the explicit guidelines, suggestions, and formatting requirements. A few sample stories are also available via a link on that page. Need stories about memorable fathers (The father is the hero of the story!) that tug at the heart, make us laugh, or capture and honor a unique father. Your best chance for being selected for inclusion is to study the guidelines.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008



2008 Poetry/Story Anthology Guidelines

The On The Edge MSPS chapter is seeking submissions for their 2008 anthology. This year’s theme is Emerald Fields. Each person whose poem(s) or story gains acceptance for publication will receive a free copy of the published book, a $15.00 value. The books are library-bound (stitched) hardback and have an ISBN number assigned. This will be our sixth annual anthology. We plan to limit the book size to approximately 200 pages. We are seeking artwork for the cover, and illustrations for your work. Contact Billy Adams for detailed art submission requirements.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Vanilla Heart Publishing


Vanilla Heart Publishing’s With Arms Wide Open Anthology for Fall 2008

Vanilla Heart Publishing announces an open call for submissions for a new anthology.

Our Fall 2008 anthology will include short stories, anecdotes, poetry and snippets that explore the joy of living and loving, based on the theme With Arms Wide Open, which is the working title for this exciting and touching anthology.

Share your personal stories about a time you took a chance, moved past fear or apprehension, risked everything for love, found peace, expanded a comfort zone – or any other emotion or experience that shares the intimacies of living and loving With Arms Wide Open.

All entries will be reviewed for their content, flow, emotive response, grammar, spelling, style, and adherence to submission guidelines. Not all entries will be accepted for publication.


Submissions must be original, previously unpublished works, to which the author holds full rights. We do not accept reprints. Both unpublished and published authors are welcome to submit.

Submissions should be sent as an email attachment, written in MS Word .doc or .rtf format. The subject line of the email should read: Submission: Arms Wide Open Anthology – (short story, poem, etc).

In the body of the email, include all of the following information:

• Your name and/or pen name if applicable
• Short introduction: Tell us who you are and about your writing experience, background, places you are published, etc.
• Email contact information
• Additional information pertinent to your submission, but keep it short and sweet

Please do NOT include any of the following with your submission:

• Any links to websites, including but not limited to author sites, profiles, or blogs
• Any attachments other than the submission, or in a format other than requested
• Any information other than what is included in the guidelines


If your submission is selected for publication, Vanilla Heart Publishing will pay you for your submission, prior to publication but after receipt of the signed release granting us permission to publish your work. Payment for each category is as follows:

Snippets: $5
Poems: $10
Anecdotes: $7.50
Stories: From $15 to $45


Stories – 500 to 3,500 words
Anecdotes – 35 to 150 words
Poems – no epics, all other styles accepted
Snippets – maximum: 50 words

Submissions will be accepted until midnight PDT, April 11, 2008.

Send submissions as outlined above to

Kimberlee Williams, Managing Editor
Vanilla Heart Publishing

Monday, March 3, 2008

Actively Retired Soul - Chicken Soup For the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for stories for Actively Retired Soul.

Just as the title suggests, there is no "retiring" after you retire! Most retirees are busier than ever and this book will share humorous and fun stories from those who are actively enjoying their "senior years!"

Deadline for story submissions: May 31, 2008

Submission Guidelines here.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

WolfSong - Volume 1

Wolfsong Anthology, Volume I, published by Wolfsinger Publications; edited by M. H. Bonham

The wolf has been a creature of mythology and legend since humans first told stories. Fear and reviled, or worshipped and loved, the wolf symbolizes wildness and power. In the Wolfsong Anthology, we're hoping to capture the wolf in new stories that celebrate their magic and mysticism.

What we're looking for are original, well-constructed SFF stories that wolves play a major role. The story can be fantasy (epic fantasy, mysticism, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy,
or heroic fantasy), science fiction, dark fantasy (not quite horror), or slipstream (no pure romance and absolutely no erotica). Word length 2000 to 7500 maximum. Will consider reprints IF you own the rights.

What we're NOT looking for:

*Conventional, run-of-the-mill werewolf stories. You can have werewolves, but they better be
unusual, captivating and not the typical werewolves we've seen in current literature. Note - werewolf stories may get bumped if we get too many of them, so stick with wolves, if you want a better chance.

*Stories without a beginning, middle or end - or stories without a plot.

*Erotica - This is PG-13. Don't even think about bestiality. If it'll embarrass my mother-in-law, I don't want it.

*Really bloody horror. Violence is ok if it is necessary for the plot, but splatter and gore isn't. You
can be dark, but remember the PG-13 rating.

*Strictly romance, mainstream, or mystery. You can be almost mainstream or mystery, but you
should have a fantastic element in it.


*Anything under 2000 words or over 7500 words.

*Simultaneous and multiple submissions. (We're striving to have our selections done by August 1st).

Submissions are open from February 1st to May 1st. Format your work to standard manuscript format: double-spaced type, Times New Roman 12 or something similar, and include your name, address, phone number and email. Please use italics for italics and bold for bold.

Lastly, send us only RTF files. No exceptions. That means save your word document as an RTF.

Send us your full manuscript (in RTF format) via email to Please put "WolfSong Submission: your story title" in the subject line. Don't bother with queries. If the story fits the guidelines, we're interested in looking at it. In your email, tell us what you've had published, or if you haven't been published, tell us that too. Your lack of credentials doesn't
preclude you from being accepted. If the story is a reprint, tell us that too, and tell us where
it was first published.

We pay $5 advance and 50% royalty split between authors. Good luck!!!

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