Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 — Available Now!

It is with great pride that we present our newest anthology, Best of Ohio Short ebook_coverStories: Volume II, featuring short stories from fifteen Ohio authors. This eclectic collection of literary and popular fiction spans several genres, and is sure to please readers of all types.

A mischievous caretaker monkey, a busted midnight joyride, a holocaust childhood, the goodness of Kentucky wonder beans–this latest volume of the best of Ohio presents all this and more between its covers. These engaging, powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories are the best of the best, carefully selected from hundreds of submissions.

Purchase Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 here as a paperback or e-book.

Below you will find the complete table of contents. Browse it at your leisure, and when your interest is sufficiently piqued, we hope you’ll get yourself a copy and enjoy it as much as we do.

Congratulations to all the authors who were selected for publication!

“Miss Ellen Told Me” by Brooks Rexroat

“Nikos the Barber” by G.L. Mislin

“Hostess of the Dead” by Tonja Matney Reynolds

“Trey” by Scott Geisel

“S. 18th St.” by Emily Hitchcock

“Kentucky Wonder Beans” by Brenda Layman

“Plan J” by Chris Burnside

“The Weight of Indecision” by Michael O’Donnell

“How You Were Born” by Sara Ross Witt

“Pigtail Fatty” by Jennifer Bryan

“Starlit” by Ian Moeckel

“Joe and the Cake” by Charles Derry

“Emergency Candles” by Kathleen Nicklaus

“The Midnight Rambler” by Lawrence Parlier

“Second-Hand Monkey” by Tom Barlow

Best of Ohio Short Stories Volume II — Update

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We want to thank everyone who submitted a story to Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II. We received far more submissions than anticipated, which resulted in a fantastic pool of stories we now have to narrow down. (This is a good problem to have.)

The large number of submissions and the high quality of those stories makes the selection process time consuming for our volunteers, and we appreciate your patience as we continue our selection process.

In order to give ourselves time to fairly evaluate each submission, we’ve pushed back our deadline for completing our preliminary review to September 15, 2015. 

All authors whose stories are still being considered for the anthology will be emailed directly by this date.

Waiting to hear back from a publication is agonizing. Know that our volunteers are working diligently to make their determinations fairly, accurately, and as swiftly as possible. Thank you for your patience!

We ask that you hold all inquiries about your story until after September 15. For all other questions, contact us here.

Thank You to All Who Submitted a Story for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story for consideration for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II.

We will now review the stories using a two-part system.  In the first phase, Writer Members of CCC will review stories.  The stories that receive the best reviews from our members will move on to the second stage, in which the editors of the book will select the final stories for publication.

If you are a Writer or Sponsor Member of CCC, you are invited to help us review stories.  To do so, simply login, and then select “Review Anthology Submissions” from the member’s home page.  If you’d like to participate, you have about two weeks to review stories and submit your scores.  So get started right away!

If you are not a paid member of CCC, but would like to participate in the reviewing process, registering or upgrading your account is easy.  We’d love to have you help with this part of the anthology process.

Both stages of our review and selection process will be complete by August 15, 2015.  If you’ve submitted a story and don’t hear from us by then, please feel free to follow up.

Thank you again to all who have submitted a story for consideration!  The strength of our cooperative and the strength of our publications is a reflection of our tremendous membership.

The Writers’ Forum is Open!

Our Writers’ Workshops come just once a month, but the CCC Writers’ Forum is open 24/7. The Writers’ Forum is a private community where writers can post work 24/7, and receive objective feedback from other writers.

Learn more about our Writers’ Forum here.

The submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II is nearing the halfway point. If you’ve yet to submit a story, why not upload your draft to the forum, get some feedback and polish up your submission before you submit? We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing publication, whether with us, or through any other outlet, to seek an honest critique, and then revise, revise, revise.

If something’s not working in your story, find out about it now. Don’t waste your shot with an editor by submitting a story that’s not ready. Get some feedback, use it to make your story better, and THEN submit.

The forum is also a great outlet for those who are unable to make it to our monthly Writers’ Workshops, or anyone who’s looking for immediate feedback on a story.

To ensure we’re facilitating a place for serious exchange, the forum is only open to paid CCC Members. (A Writer Membership is just $15/year.) There are no ads, no trolling, and no self-promotion.

Here’s how to get started on the Writers’ Forum:

If you’re already a CCC Writer Member, simply log into your CCC account, and click on “Writers’ Forum” in the Members Only area of the website.

If you’re not a CCC Member, click here to sign up, and then follow the instructions above.

If you’ve registered for a free CCC Peer account, you can upgrade your membership to gain access to the forum by logging in, and clicking “Upgrade Account.”

Questions about the Writers’ Forum? Contact us here.

 

Now Accepting Submissions–Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II

The submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II has officially begun! The Best of Ohio Short Storiessubmission period will close on June 30, 2015, so don’t wait to send us your best short story!

Click here to submit a short story for this anthology.

It is free to submit a story for consideration. “Writer” level CCC members may submit up to three stories for consideration. We are looking for short stories, of length between 1,000 and 10,000 words.  We will accept fiction and narrative (creative) non-fiction.  We are looking for exceptional work from ALL genres.

This is not a contest, it is an open call for submissions.  All stories will be fairly considered, and those deemed most appropriate for publication will receive an offer.

How to submit your work:

1) Create a free CCC account (register here).
2) Confirm your account via the email you registered.
3) Log into your account at ColumbusCoop.org.
4) Click on “Submit a short story for the Best of Ohio anthology.”
5) Fill out the simple form and upload your work.

Stories do NOT need to be based in Ohio, although the author must have some tie to the state. Be sure to read the rules and requirements for entering here.

The complete anthology will be released in the fall of 2015, to all major markets in print and digital formats.

What are you waiting for?! Clean up your best short story and submit it here.

Questions? Check out our publication FAQ first, and contact us here with additional questions.

 

Best of Ohio Short Stories Volume II — Get Your Stories Ready!

In just two weeks, the submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II will Best of Ohio Short Storiesbegin! Polish up your best short story, and get ready to submit to what will be a fantastic book.

Find rules and requirements for entering here.

The submission period will open on June 1, 2015 and close on June 30, 2015. We are looking for short stories, of length between 1,000 and 10,000 words. We will accept fiction and narrative (creative) non-fiction. We are looking for exceptional work from ALL genres. Stories do NOT need to be based in Ohio, although we do require authors have some tie to the state. (Find more information on submission requirements here.)

This is an opportunity for publication, NOT a contest. All stories will be fairly considered, and those deemed most suited for publication will receive an offer. The book will be distributed to local retailers and sold online. The book will also be released as an e-book to the major markets. Tentative release date is November 1, 2015.

Submitting your story to one of our workshops is a great way to get some objective feedback to help you get your story in shape. Learn more about our Writers’ Workshops here. We also encourage you to browse our other anthologies to get an idea of the caliber of work we publish.

Please see our Publication FAQ for answers to common questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us.