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
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.

5 thoughts on “Best of Ohio Short Stories Official Submission Guidelines”

  1. Hey CCC,

    My brother and sister-in-law lived in Chagrin Falls, Ohio for years and years. He had a research lab at Case Western and she helped develop doctor training programs. Do I get any credit for ‘sibling osmosis’? I would love to enter.


  2. Hey Tammy,

    We’d love to have you, but unless you lived with your brother (or at least claimed his address), there’s no osmosis credit. 🙂

    Most of our projects don’t have this strict of a limitation though, so be sure to check back for other stuff.


  3. Will you consider previously published stories?
    Will you consider simultaneous submissions (i.e., stories being sent to other publications in addition to your anthology)?


  4. Hi James,

    Generally, no. We do not accept previously published work.

    However, we do make exceptions, especially if the first publication was very small or localized, like a community or college magazine/newspaper, local writers’ group’s compiled work, writers’ website, etc.

    Please feel free to contact us at with the details of what you’d like to submit and when and where it was previously published, and we’ll let you know if we can make an exception.


  5. To answer your second question: out of respect for the fine folks who spend their time meticulously reviewing every submission we receive, we ask that you only submit if you’re serious about accepting the agreement if selected. We leave it to your judgment (we really have no way to enforce it after all), but in most cases that means no, please do not submit work here if you are also waiting on a response from another publisher.

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