’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.

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