Anthologies & Special Editions (27)

Our Stories of Strength Anthologies


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This series includes a long list of book topics covering a wide range of autoimmune disorders, genetic conditions, mental & emotional health topics, autism and more. "Living with a chronic, often invisible, illness is hard. At Our Stories of Strength, we bring positive, good-news accounts into focus."

Working For A Living


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""Working for a Living" is the name of Our Times' ongoing series of short stories about work, by people from across Canada. We welcome unsolicited submissions to this ongoing series of short stories. Write a story about what your job is like. What do you do? What do you see? How do you feel about it? Give us lots of details. (If you're not at a paid job now, write about what your job was like, before you quit, retired, got laid off or fired.)"

Women’s Travel Humor


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"Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures and other books such as The Thong Also Rises and More Sand in My Bra have been huge hits. We’re always looking for hilarious, outrageous misadventures for future books, so send us your stories."

More Travel Humor


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"Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana got lots of laughs, so we’re seeking funny stories for another volume. The book will include stories from both women and men. No length restrictions but for humor, shorter is usually better."

The Best Travel Writing, Volume 12


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"Send us your best stories about travel throughout the world for our annual series The Best Travel Writing. We’re looking for the full range of experience: adventurous, mystical, funny, poignant, food-related, cross-cultural, transformational."

Is Canada a Safe Haven For LGBTQ2?


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Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017

"Whether you are a newcomer or were born in Canada, we want to hear your story: What is it like to be LGBTQ2 in Canada–your celebrations, your challenges? Many LGBTQ2 people have fled their homeland to seek safety and acceptance in Canada. What was your experience before coming to Canada, and what has it been like since?"

Ain’t Nothing but a Tween/Teen Thang…


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Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017

"Calling all moms of tweens/teens or mothers who have already been through this stage and have stories and advice to share! Are you the mother of a tween/teen who is blown away by this new age of parenting? Have you had to deal with uncomfortable situations that you did not feel prepared to handle? Sex, drugs, rock and roll? Tell us your stories of transitioning from children to tweens to teens, and help moms who are getting ready to plunge into this great unknown of parenting."

Letters To My Ex Anthology


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Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017

"The purpose of the anthology is to lift the voices of women which may not otherwise be heard, to share our beauty, our joys, pains, authenticity, wisdom, capacity to love and our inherent sameness. Although your letters will be addressed to an ex-lover (of any gender), the intention behind sharing these stories is to connect women with other women, through our words and experiences."

In Celebration of Sisters – Reflections Celebrating the Wonderful World of Sisters


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Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017

We’re looking for essays and poems for In Celebration of Sisters, an anthology of reflections celebrating the wonderful world of sisterhood. Do you have any tales to tell of special sisters? Humorous stories of your female siblings? We’re looking for a range of emotions – from serious, loving, tributes to humorous tales that have us laughing in agreement with you. Sentimental or comical, it’s your call, although overall theme of the book is positive and uplifting.

Nevertheless We Persisted – Tales of Love, Laughter and Finding Your Own Power


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Submission Deadline:  July 7, 2017

"BlunderWoman Productions is looking for submissions for a collection of poems, stories, and essays that tell about a defining moment in YOUR life. We want your thoughts on love and loss, on struggle, or how you’ve overcome hardship. Maybe it's funny. Maybe it's sad. Maybe it’s a poem, a blog or essay, or maybe it’s a fiction piece that has at its heart a deeper truth."

"If selected, your piece will be performed by a professional narrator and appear as an audiobook first. Later, we may publish the collection as an eBook. A portion of the proceeds (after publication costs) will be donated to Planned Parenthood."

Dear America: Reflections on Race


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Submission Deadline:  July 31, 2017

"This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn’t meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story."

Expansive Reflections: Returning to the Feminisms of the 1970s


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Submission Deadline:  July 31, 2017

"A return to the feminisms of the 1970s is one of the most salient dimensions of feminist studies to emerge over the last decade. This proposed volume seeks essays that reflect on this return — evident not only in academia, but in emergent activist feminisms of the 21st century — and speculate on what it could mean for the futures of feminist scholarship, politics, and cultural production."

How the Light Gets in – an anthology on parenting and mental illness


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Submission Deadline:  August 1, 2017

"Through first person narratives and interviews, How the Light Gets In will explore the unique challenges and the unexpected rewards of parenting with a mental illness. We are seeking contributors from all walks of life with varying diagnoses. Likewise, we are looking for essays from any point on the parenting timeline—from the decision to have a child, to the sleep deprived early years, to the hormonally fueled teenage years, to helping children navigate adulthood."

AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief


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Submission Deadline:  August 15, 2017

Radix Media presents AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief, an anthology that will examine what it means to face the consequences after tragedy strikes. The theme is left intentionally open, giving contributors the freedom to tell their story as it is most relevant to their experiences.

Stories of Redemption – Chicken Soup For The Soul


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Submission Deadline:  August 31, 2017

"Redemption stories can be amazing. What starts out as a negative force can be turned positive and can change the world of ordinary people. There are countless stories of redemption and we want to hear yours. How did you use the negative in your life to move onto a more positive path? What did you do to make up for the wrongs in your past? We are looking for true stories of redemption that will inspire us, restore us, heal us, and make a positive difference to lead a better, more rewarding life because of the example they set."

Miracles and More – Chicken Soup For The Soul


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Submission Deadline:  August 31, 2017

"When Good Things Happen to Good People -- All of us have experienced events in our lives that are completely unexplainable: the strange premonition that made you take a different route home only, causing you to miss an accident; the eerie feeling that you should call home… now, saving someone’s life; the mysterious communication from a loved one who has passed on. Angels, divine timing, miraculous coincidences, answered prayers, premonitions that come true. Good things do happen to good people. Please share your unbelievable and amazing stories about the unexplainable events that have occurred to you. Share the awe, the faith, and the wonder with our readers."

Shame: An Anthology


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Submission Deadline:  August 31, 2017

"In this anthology, we hope to challenge the multifaceted culture of shame and the layers of silence surrounding it. We are soliciting poems, stories, and essays that critically confront shame, its causes, and its far-reaching effects. We’re interested in work that addresses shame on the individual level, the systemic level, or both. We want the personal and the theoretical, the visceral and the thought-provoking. We want to know how shame affects the individual but we also want to know how the culture of shame informs and enables imperialism, environmental devastation, mass incarceration, poverty, Trump."

My Crazy Family! – Chicken Soup for the Soul


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Submission Deadline:  September 5, 2017

"We do love our families but they can also drive us crazy! It’s fun to read about all those wacky relatives and compare them to our own. These true stories, either serious or hilarious, will touch your heart or make you laugh… or both. They will make you see that other families are not that different from your own, and that when push comes to shove, we all need our crazy families. Please submit using your real name. We will let you use a pen name if necessary when it comes time to publish your story."

Exploring The Boundaries – for future issues of Creative Nonfiction


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Submission Deadline:  September 11, 2017

"Creative Nonfiction is currently seeking experimental nonfiction for the "Exploring the Boundaries" section ("experimental," "boundaries" ... yes, we know these can be loaded terms). We're looking for writing that is ambitious, pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules. As always, we have only one absolute rule: nonfiction must be based in fact."

Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories


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Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2017

"Dagger Editions, an imprint of Caitlin Press, is currently seeking non-fiction submissions by queer women (including trans women) of all ages, colours and backgrounds, and anyone who includes this identity in their personal history (i.e. FTM trans), for an anthology examining the diverse paths to planned queer parenthood. We are looking for honest, heartfelt, unabashedly queer non-fiction prose stories (approximately 2000 to 4000 words) that celebrate LGBTQ2 families and the myriad of ways we embark on our parenting journeys. Just as every queer person has their own coming-out story, every LGBTQ2 family has a unique conception or adoption story. Biological and societal barriers have forced us to be creative as we seek to bring children into our lives."

Tribe


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Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2017

"‘Tribe’ will be a print anthology exploring the lives and experiences of older, single women and will include poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, personal narrative, prose poems… about all and any topics that affect women. It will be published by LPwordsolutions in Nanaimo, BC. Please pass the word to any female writers you know who are: a) single by choice or circumstance, and b) over 55 years old."

Our Voices Our Stories: Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color.


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Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2017

"The National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc. is holding open submissions for personal stories, poems, essays and other short stories to be featured in an upcoming anthology...We are interested in well-crafted submissions that focus on advancing, celebrating, embracing and empowering girls and women of color psychologically, emotionally, physically and socially. It is through these submissions that we hope to bring awareness, courage, empowerment, and greater solidarity for girls and women of color."

Never, Sometimes, Usually, Always


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Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2017

"Never, Sometimes, Usually, Always is an anthology of stories that aims to promote healthcare literacy through caregiver and patient narrative responses to HCAHPS (the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey questions...WE ASK WRITERS TO choose a question, think about their career and/or experience utilizing the American health care system. Don't worry so much about "hospital" as the venue that the question suggests. Write to the question as a prompt, with the goal of health literacy in mind, but also your own emotive experience. The goal is not, as it never is, to display the perfect side to your care. Many of the most impactful responses to these questions will likely be stories about when you could not deliver the care you wanted to, or when a clinician did not give you the care you wanted. Your response should not be a criticisim of HCAHPS, or of the business of patient experience, as much as a story that highlights your work/receipt of care under the shadow of these questions and all they determine in our health care system these days."

Mothers of Angels – Living and Loving after the Death of a Child


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Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2017

"We’re looking for essays and poems for Mothers of Angels, an anthology of reflections about living through the grief of losing a child. This anthology has a two-fold purpose. The main purpose is to share stories of support about surviving the grief process and finding a new normal. The stories are meant to encourage and inspire other mothers of angels, while secondarily being a way to honor the child whose loss forced us on this difficult and undesired road."

Christmas and Holiday Stories 2018 – Chicken Soup For The Soul


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Submission Deadline:  October 31, 2017

"People love reading about the winter holidays – from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day. We want to hear about your traditions and how they came to be. We want to hear about your holiday memories and the rituals that create the foundation of your life. We love to hear about the funny things too: the ugly holiday sweaters, the gingerbread house that kept falling down, the re-gifting embarrassments and the fruit cake disasters. Please be sure your stories are “Santa safe” so we don’t spoil the magic for any precocious young readers."

Risk – special issue of Creative Nonfiction


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Submission Deadline:  November 6, 2017

"Every decision we make, whether as individuals or as a society, involves some risk—whether physical or emotional, economic or legal, social or spiritual. Our comfort level with uncertainty defines not only our choices in any given situation, but how we live.
For a special issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories illustrating the ways we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. Possible subjects could be big or small, personal or public. We’re interested in intersections between deeply personal decisions and those that affect larger communities."

Finding Light in Unexpected Places – An Anthology of Surprises


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Submission Deadline:  December 1, 2017

"Palamedes Publishing seeks previously unpublished, creative essays that explore these moments for the forthcoming anthology Finding Light in Unexpected Places co-edited by Maria Jerinic and Erik Pihel. We seek artfully written pieces on the unexpected moments that surprise, inspire and console with their beauty. Go beyond the obvious. Write about the beauty and light to be found in moments of darkness and discomfort as well as in those of the everyday."