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.

The Great Novel Contest — Are YOU Ready?

The 2015 Great Novel Contest is less than two months away. Now’s the time to finish writing and start editing if you want your manuscript to be contest-ready by January. Every year we have authors who try to finish last-minute what they should have completed months ago. (If your book ends suddenly with a natural disaster, we WILL know you ran out of time.) There are no extensions!

Find all of The Great Novel Contest details here.

Looking for some motivation to get moving? This year’s winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $1,000, AND consideration from four independent publishers. This means the winning book will bypass the slush pile and go straight to four real, live editors. If they like what they read, you could be offered a publishing contract (or several).

The contest runner-up will receive $500, AND consideration from the four participating publishers. Ten finalists will receive recognition of their achievement, a letter of recommendation for potential agents and publishers, and a free copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.

As an added bonus, we’ve lowered the $40 entry fee of previous years to $25.

Participating publishers include:

  • Columbus Press“We believe that a book’s greatest asset is its writer. We work closely with our authors to ensure that the final product, everything from the book design to the marketing plan, is consistent with their expectations for the project.”
  • Elephant Rock Books“Think of us like Penguin Random House, minus the huge overhead, 60% market share, enormous backlist and German overlords. We publish handsome books, quality fiction and nonfiction that you won’t forget.”
  • Page Spring Publishing“We believe that the best part of reading is discovering a book that speaks to you, a book for which you will postpone dinner, or sleep, or even calling your mother . . . just to finish one more chapter.”
  • Raw Dog Screaming Press “[We’re] dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. If it’s dark, deviant, off-kilter and thought provoking we will sniff it out.”

Get off the Internet and get your manuscript ready to be read! (But get back on the Internet eventually to check out our upcoming publisher spotlights.)

Join The Great Novel Contest Facebook event here.

Questions? Contact us.

For the Road Anthology Submissions Closing Soon!

Submissions close for our For the Road anthology on June 30th. It’s free to submit and all For the Roadstories are judged equally.

 Get complete submissions information, including instructions for submitting, here.

The theme is “Modern American Highways.” Your story must be set in present day (within 50 years) and take place in the USA. The theme isn’t meant to limit your creativity. As long as your story relates to the theme in some way, it won’t be disqualified.

For the Road will be released Fall of 2014, and will feature 12-20 of the best short stories. The book will be sold at local retailers, bookstores and on all print and digital online markets.

Get to work and get your story in before the deadline! The worst that could happen is nothing.

For the Road Official Submission Guidelines

For the RoadFor the Road anthology submissions are now closed.

The anthology will feature 12-20 exceptional short stories, and be released in the fall of 2014. The book will be sold at local retailers, bookstores and on all print and digital online markets.

The theme is “Modern American Highways.” Your story must in some way relate to the theme of the highway in America. We hold this theme with a loose hand, so vaguely or metaphorically related stories will be considered.

It is free to submit your work. If your work is selected for publication, you will be paid. We are looking for fiction and narrative (creative) non-fiction between 1,000 and 10,000 words.

This is NOT a contest. It is an open call for short story submissions for consideration. All submissions will be fairly considered, and those deemed most appropriate for the anthology will be published.

Columbus Creative Cooperative has been professionally producing anthologies since 2011. For more information about the type and quality of books we produce, please browse our published work.

We are seeking fictional short stories and narrative non-fiction stories that conform to the following guidelines:

Theme: Modern American Highways. All stories must have some relationship to or mention of traveling or the road in America.  More information about the theme.

Eligibility: All writers in the United States are eligible. You do not need to be a resident of Ohio, or a member of Columbus Creative Cooperative to submit. All stories must be written in English.  Strong preference will be given to previously unpublished work.

Genre: Any genre is fine. We are looking for narratives (stories) with developed plot and characters. Fiction and non-fiction stories are both encouraged.

Minimum Word Count: 1,000 words
Maximum Word Count: 10,000 words

Submissions Open: May 15, 2014
Submissions Close: June 30, 2014

Content Guidelines: Stories must not exceed reasonable content for a PG-13 rating. Language, violence and sexual themes with a purpose are fine, however, gratuitous violence and graphic sexuality will not be accepted. More info on PG-13 guidelines.

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.

*You must submit your work as a PDF. Creating a PDF is free and easy. Get PDF instructions.

We will NOT accept paper/hard copy submissions or e-mailed submissions.  You must submit your work as a PDF via the provided form.

Compensation: Writers who are selected for publication will share an equal portion of the book’s profits. Submitting your work does NOT obligate you to publish with us. If your work is selected for publication, you’ll receive an offer, which you may choose to accept or decline at that time.

Submission Cost: You may submit one story to this project for free! “Writer” level CCC members may submit up to three stories for consideration.

Publication: 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, 2014.

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

Best of Ohio Short Stories Official Submission Guidelines

Best of Ohio Short Stories

Submissions for this project are now closed.

The book will be released in the fall of 2013, and distributed to brick and mortar retailers, online retailers, and on all major e-book markets.

It is free to submit a story for consideration, and writers with work selected for publication will be paid.  We are looking for short fiction and narrative (creative) non-fiction of 1,000 to 10,000 words.

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.

Columbus Creative Cooperative has been professionally producing anthologies since 2011.  For more information about the type and quality of books we produce, please browse our published work.

We are seeking fictional short stories and narrative non-fiction stories that conform to the following guidelines:

Genre: Any genre is fine.  We are looking for narratives (stories) with developed plot and characters.  Fiction and non-fiction stories are both encouraged.

Minimum Word Count: 1,000 words
Maximum Word Count: 10,000 words

Submissions Open: April 5, 2013
Submissions Close: June 24, 2013

“Ohio Writer” Qualifications: If any one of the following items is true, then we consider you an “Ohio writer”:

You were born in Ohio
You graduated from a school in Ohio (high school, college, university, etc.)
You currently reside in Ohio
You are currently actively enrolled at a school in Ohio
Your current permanent address is in Ohio
You lived 5+ continuous years as a permanent resident in Ohio at any time

We’re sorry, but for this project we’re only accepting work from qualified “Ohio writers.”

Content Guidelines: Stories must not exceed reasonable content for a PG-13 rating.  Language, violence and sexual themes with a purpose are fine, however, gratuitous violence and graphic sexuality will not be accepted.  More info on PG-13 guidelines.

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.

*You must submit your work as a PDF.  Creating a PDF is free and easy.  Get PDF instructions.

Compensation: Writers who are selected for publication will share an equal portion of the book’s profits.  Submitting your work does NOT obligate you to publish with us. If your work is selected for publication, you’ll receive an offer, which you may choose to accept or decline at that time.

Submission Cost: You may submit one story to this project for free!  “Writer” level CCC members may submit up to three stories for consideration.

Publication: 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, 2013.

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

Ides of March Poetry Book: Official Submission Guidelines

Submissions are now CLOSED.

Note, these are the submission guidelines for the Ides of March poetry book, to be released in March, 2013.  We will begin accepting submissions for this project on November 4, 2012.

Columbus Creative Cooperative has been successfully producing anthologies since 2011.  For more information about our past anthologies, please browse our store.  This will be our first poetry anthology.

While we will only accept a limited number of poets for publication, this is not a competition or contest.  It is an open call for submissions.  Our editors and reviewers will seek out the best material for this publication, but will not assign ranking or produce a list of “winners.”

We are seeking poetry from Ohio poets that conforms to the following guidelines:

Theme: “The Ides of March.”  More information on the theme. We interpret this theme with a very loose hand, and encourage your creativity!

Editor: The managing editor for this book will be Hannah Stephenson, of The Storialist and Paging ColumbusRead her submission tips.

Submission Window: We will accept submissions for this anthology from November 4, 2012 through December 1, 2012.  All submissions must be made electronically via the website.

Limitations: Poets may submit up to three poems.  All poems should be submitted as a single document, but individual poems will be considered separately (only submit one PDF with all of your poems on it, we’ll split it up on our end).

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 Ides of March Poetry Book.”
5) Fill out the simple form and upload your work.

*You must submit your work as a PDF.  Creating a PDF is free and easy.  Get PDF instructions.

Compensation: Due to the large number of potential poets involved in the book, and the limitations of the poetry marketplace, we will not be providing monetary compensation for selected poets.  You will, however, be able to purchase an unlimited number of the published anthology at 50% of the list price.

Submission Cost: There is no cost to submit to this anthology!

Publication: The final anthology will be published as a paperback book and an e-book.  Distribution will be based on demand, but will include prominent online vendors and e-book markets.

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

’13’ Anthology: Official Submission Guidelines

13 Anthology

Submissions for this project are now closed.  This book will be available for sale on January 13, 2012.  Stay tuned for pre-order options soon.

These are the guidelines for our next anthology project, tentatively titled “13,” to be released in January, 2013.  It is free to submit one story for consideration in this anthology, and writers whose stories are selected for publication will be paid.

For this anthology, we will select the thirteen stories that best capture the theme of ’13’.  While there are a limited number of available contracts, this is not a competition, it is an open call for submissions.  All stories will be fairly considered, and those deemed most appropriate for publication will receive an offer.

Columbus Creative Cooperative has been successfully producing high quality anthologies since 2011.  For more information about the type of books we produce, please take a look through our published work.

We are seeking fiction and non-fiction narratives that conform to the following guidelines:

Theme: ’13’.  As always, we hold this with a loose hand.  The theme is here to encourage you, not box you in.

Your story must simply involve ’13’ somehow.  There can be 13 of something, it can relate to the time or date, it can be a person’s name, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  We encourage you to think beyond the normal connotations of “Unlucky 13.” Irony is strongly encouraged.

More information about the 13 theme.

Genre: Any genre is fine.  Note: We are looking for narratives (stories).

Minimum Word Count: 1 word
Maximum Word Count: 10,000 words
Ideal Word Count: 3,500 – 7,500 words

Submissions Open: October 1, 2012
Submissions Close: November 2, 2012

Content: Stories must not exceed reasonable content for a PG-13 rating.  Language, violence and sexual themes with a purpose are fine, however, gratuitous violence and graphic sexuality will not be accepted.  More info on PG-13 guidelines.

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 13 anthology.”
5) Fill out the simple form and upload your work.

You will not be able to submit your work until October 1, 2012.

*You must submit your work as a PDF.  Creating a PDF is free and easy.  Get PDF instructions.

Compensation: Writers who are selected for publication will share an equal portion of the book’s profits.  Submitting your work does NOT obligate you to publish with us. If your work is selected for publication, you’ll receive an offer, which you may choose to accept or decline at that time.

Submission Cost: Your first submission for this project is free!  If you would like to submit additional stories for consideration, the fee is $9 per story.  ”Writer” and “Executive” level CCC members may submit up to three stories at no additional charge.

Publication: 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 January 13, 2013.

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

Bicentennial Columbus Anthology: Official Submission Guidelines

Submissions are now CLOSED.

These are the guidelines for our next anthology project, tentatively titled “Bicentennial Columbus,” to be printed in August 2012.  This book will coordinate with the 200th Celebration of the founding of Columbus, Ohio.

We are seeking fiction and non-fiction narratives that conform to the following guidelines:

Theme: Columbus Past, Present and Future – All stories must be set between 1812 and 2212.  More information on the theme.

Genre: Any genre is fine.  Note: We are looking for narratives (stories).

Minimum Word Count: 1 word
Maximum Word Count: 10,000 words
Ideal Word Count: 2,500 – 7,500 words

Submissions Open: April 23, 2012
Submissions Close: May 27, 2012

Content: Stories must not exceed reasonable content for a PG-13 rating.  Language, violence and sexual themes with a purpose are fine, however, gratuitous violence and graphic sexuality will not be accepted.  More info on PG-13 guidelines.

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 work for anthology.”
5) Fill out the simple form and upload your work.

*You must submit your work as a PDF.  Creating a PDF is free and easy.  Get PDF instructions.

Compensation: Writers who are selected for publication will share an equal portion of the book’s profits.  Submitting your work does NOT obligate you to publish with us. If your work is selected for publication, you’ll receive an offer, which you may choose to accept or decline at that time.

Submission Cost: Your first submission for this project is free!  If you would like to submit additional stories for consideration, the fee is $9 per story.  “Writer” and “Executive” level CCC members may submit up to three stories at no additional charge.

Publication: The book will be distributed to local retailers and sold online.  The work will also be published to Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes iBooks and Google Books, among other markets.  Release date to be determined, but projected to be mid-August.

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

“While You Were Out” Official Submission Guidelines

Submissions are CLOSED.

These are the official guidelines for our next anthology project, titled “While You Were Out: Stories of Life and Death and Life.”

Submission Guidelines:

Genre: Any narrative form (story)
Minimum word count: 1,000 words
Maximum word count: 10,000 words
Submissions open: January 1, 2012
Submission close: February 10, 2012

Stories must not exceed reasonable content for a PG-13 rating (language, violence and sexual themes with purpose are fine, excessive violence and graphic sexuality should be avoided).  More info here.

Theme: The theme “Life and Death and Life” can be applied very liberally.  For more information about the theme, click here.

Fiction and non-fiction are both fine, however, we are expecting narratives (stories).

Here’s how to submit your work:

1.  Create a free CCC account (register here)
2.  Confirm your account by email
3.  Log into your account at ColumbusCoop.org
4.  Click on “Submit Work for Anthology”
5.  Fill out the simple form and upload your work.

Done!

Compensation: Selected writers will share a portion of the profits.  Submitting your work does not obligate you to publish with us.  If your work is selected, you’ll receive an offer, which you may choose to accept or decline at that time.

Submission Cost: Your first submission is free!  If you’d like to submit more than one entry, additional entries cost $9.  “Writer” level co-op members and above may submit up to three entries at no charge.

Publication: This book will be printed and distributed to local retailers, as well as published to Kindle Edition, Barnes & Noble Nook, and iBook, among others.  Release date TBD, but projected to be May 3, 2012.

For more information on our publication process, please see our Publication Categoryand Publication FAQ.  Please contact us for more information.