Submission Opportunities – Anthologies & Special Editions

Opportunities listed here are for anthologies, special magazine editions, themed projects or other similar writing projects with deadlined calls. To see all of our submissions with rolling/regular submissions, click HERE.

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July 9th, 2016 Deadline

The Narcissist’s Playbook Anthology – Nutshell Media Group

“We want to bring narcissistic abuse out of the shadows with stories of experiences, healing, and renewal. Although fiction is a powerful way to connect with readers, this anthology will focus on truth told through essays, poetry, reported pieces, and creative nonfiction. “


July 10th, 2016 Deadline

Blank Spaces – Canadian Literary Magazine
“The mission of Blank Spaces is to celebrate and champion the work of Canadian creatives, bringing exposure and support to artists in every stage of their career. We are seeking flash fiction (under 1000 words), creative non-fiction, and poetry from diverse Canadian writers for our premiere issue. If you are passionate, attentive, and wholeheartedly invested in your craft and in presenting your best face to the world, we want you on our team! Because that’s what we are: a team. Whether you’re from Newfoundland or the Yukon or anywhere in between. We are in this together. We are here to hold one another up. Together, we will fill in the gaps with our heart-rendered stories and our colourful spirits.”


July 15th, 2016 Deadline

Life in 10 Minutes – Life in 10 Minutes

“Welcome to Life in 10 Minutes, featuring creative nonfiction and poems that are raw, heartbreaking, funny and true, that read like dreams unfolding or a secret letter found, that come from the heart and the gut before being filtered through the head and the hand, that are lifted from life or experience or memory. Stories and poems that are all written in about 10 minutes. In the spirit of Life in 10 Minutes, do not edit the life out of your writing. Let it rip. Tell it like it is. Speak to us. Invoke a feeling. Tell the truth. Tell your truth. Dig deep and then dig deeper. Start in the present moment and wind your way backwards through time. At the end of 10 minutes, write for 10 minutes more if you feel called to do so. Travel through the labyrinth until you find yourself at its center. Write for as many ten minute segments as you’d like. Now, find the piece that catches your breath, holds your heart in your throat, raises the hair on the back of your neck. Find the piece that contains something true, something you can’t live without. Now edit it as you see fit.”


July 31st, 2016 Deadline

Parent To Parent – Chicken Soup For The Soul

“We look at this book as kind of a support group for parents, whether you are trying to solve a problem or figure out how to teach good values to your children. These stories will show you the way other parents dealt with issues and what worked… and what didn’t. We know you will find many helpful suggestions and valuable tips on parenting in this book.”

Themed Issue: Food – Room Magazine

“Writers and artists, share with Room your work that tell stories related to food—cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. Editors Kayi Wong and Rose Morris are looking for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art that explores food in all its glory and complexity for Room issue 40.1, which will also feature work by Marilyn Dumont.”

Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness (2nd Edition) – Brindle & Glass

“Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness was successfully released in 2012 by publisher Brindle & Glass will be re-released as a 2nd edition in spring 2017. We are looking for three additional creative nonfiction/personal essays written by writers domiciled in the United States that address experiences with mental health issues. We seek a variety of work that will speak to all aspects, including direct experience from those who have received a diagnosis, as well as the experiences of spouses, siblings, and children. Writing from more than one family member would be of interest, especially if it rounds out the view. We are not looking for therapeutic accounts from therapists, nor do we seek prescriptive essays of the self-help variety. By mental health issues we refer to some of the more extreme diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, and autism. We recognize that many people suffer with depression and addiction, but at this time we are not seeking writing on these topics unless they are part of a dual diagnosis, or in the case of depression have resulted in psychosis or other extreme manifestation.”

Curvy & Confident – Chicken Soup For The Soul

“Women come in all shapes and sizes. We’re all beautiful and the key is to be fit and healthy within the body type that we were issued at birth. Our new book is all about body image, self-esteem, and feeling comfortable within our own skins. We want to stress the mind + body + spirit connection, the rational consumption of foods that we like (no stringent dieting) and the pursuit of exercise that makes us feel happy and connected to the wonderful machines that are our bodies.”

Stories About Teachers and Teaching – Chicken Soup For The Soul

There isn’t a single one of us who doesn’t owe something to a teacher. They are the unheralded heroes of society. Tell us your stories about the great teachers who changed your life. And if you’re a teacher, tell us about the kids who changed yours, who motivated you to keep on teaching, who showed you that it was all worth it. We’d love to share your best advice with other teachers as well—what works, what doesn’t, how you stay enthusiastic about your jobs. What advice do you have for your colleagues? Tell us the funny stories too—we know you have lots of those.

Blended Families – Chicken Soup For The Soul

Are you part of a blended family, enjoying stepchildren, stepsiblings, etc.? Blending two families after a second marriage can be a real joy… and sometimes a challenge too. Tell us about your own blended families. How did you make it work? What advice do you have for other families? We are looking for true stories about all aspects of blending families—stories that will make us laugh and cry, nod our heads in recognition, and give us great advice. Tell us about your kids if you’re a parent, your parents if you’re a kid, your pets, whatever you think would enlighten and entertain someone else in the same situation.


August 1st, 2016 Deadline

Black Anthology: Fostered & Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space – The AN-YA Project

“The AN-YA Project is thrilled to announce that it will co-edit an incredible anthology with nationally known adoption, race educator and activist, Susan Harris O’Connor, on a book solely dedicated to Black Adoptees and Black Persons who were fostered. It will be the first global anthology of its kind to bring together those who are connected by the Black Diaspora in adoption and foster care. This anthology will be a collection of personal encounters, viewpoints, artistic expressions, artistic interpretations, and goals for the direction fostered & adult adoptees are headed.”

Anthology of Family Narratives:  Bringing diaries and letters alive for present and future generations – Hidden Timber Books

“This new anthology in print and ebook will focus on creative nonfiction, found poetry and other poetry, and essays inspired by diaries and letters, genealogical records, gravestones, and so on. Our goal is to publish a volume that showcases the telling of historical family narratives for present and future generations, both for our own families and for other readers.”

Rookie Mommies Raising Boys: A Collection of Hilarious & Heartfelt Stories With Tips & Tricks to Survive Raising Boys – Morgan Lewis Starr

“We are looking for both hilarious and heartfelt stories from moms of boys about raising their sons, ranging anywhere from the time they were infants to the teenage years…Each story will be prefaced by a “Boy Mom Life Hack.” For example, if I were to include a story about my son diving into a mud puddle, I’d include a brief laundry hack to get the mud out of his clothes. Please submit a “hack” to accompany your story that has some kind of relevance.”

August 15th, 2016 Deadline

Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing – NewTown Writers

“NewTown Writers Press is delighted to announce that our annual print publication, Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, is now accepting submissions for Volume 20. Off the Rocks publishes poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) by the GLBT community and its advocates. For this volume we also invite submissions of short plays, and we are seeking photography and artwork to be considered for the anthology’s front cover as well. The theme of this year’s anthology is “Coming Out on Stage.” Submissions should explore the GLBT community’s relationship to the performing arts.”


August 31st, 2016 Deadline

Unsplatterpunk Special – Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction

“If ever there were a subgenre that demonstrates the idiom, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” unsplatterpunk is it. Unsplatterpunk offers the same vile ingredients of splatterpunk, literature’s most extreme progeny, with one exception: somewhere within all that nastiness, unsplatterpunk offers a message that promotes virtue.”

Roads Less Travelled – Little Fiction Big Truths

“…this will be our first anthology dedicated exclusively to diverse writers and their stories. Sponsored by The Festival of Literary Diversity (aka, The FOLD), ROADS LESS TRAVELLED will be a fiction and nonfiction anthology of stories that often go untold. But that we all need to hear. The road can be any kind of journey — a life experience that details a metaphorical path, or a fictional story about a road trip. Or vice versa. We want to know about the paths that are unique to your life (your struggles / your joys) or the lives of your diverse characters.”


September 1st, 2016 Deadline 

Under My Thumb: The Songs That Hate WomenAnd The Women That Love Them – Repeater Books

“Under My Thumb: songs that hate women and the women that love them will be a study of misogyny in music through the eyes of women. It will bring together stories from music writers and fans about artists or songs they love despite their questionable or troubling gender politics, as well as looking at how these issues intersect with race, class and sexuality.”

The Kindness of Strangers: A Wising Up Anthology – Wising Up Press

“When and where in your life have you experienced the kindness of strangers? When have you demonstrated it? Why? How did you respond to the experience at the time? What sense do you make of it now? How has the experience shaped—or reshaped—your view of the world and of your place in it?”


September 30th, 2016 Deadline

Best Mom Ever! – Chicken Soup For The Soul

“Is your mother the best mom ever? How about your stepmother, grandmother, or mother-in-law? How about the wonderful woman who is raising your children? Share your stories about the amazing, loving, miraculous, intuitive, and just plain fabulous moms in your life. Here is your chance to let all the moms know they are appreciated, loved and respected, and that you can’t imagine anyone better.”

Chronic Illness Truths – Julie Morgenlender

“Chronic Illness Truths (working title) will be an anthology (a collection of stories by different writers and published as a book) about living with a chronic illness. It will offer comfort to those who feel alone and it will offer insight to those whose loved ones have chronic illnesses. It will discuss both the big pictures and the tiny details that we encounter every day.”


October 15th, 2016 Deadline

Book Proposal: Writing Pittsburgh – In Fact Books

“One of the books in the Writing Pittsburgh series will be a single-author book-length work of creative nonfiction with a significant connection to contemporary Pittsburgh. This book could be a work of immersion journalism, a memoir with a strong connection to the present, a collection of essays, a series of profiles, a travelogue … or something else! The only real limitations are that the work must be nonfiction, have a strong Pittsburgh element, and appeal to a broad national audience.”


October 31st, 2016 Deadline

Stories About Cats – Chicken Soup For The Soul

“We are working on and collecting stories and poems for another wonderful book about our cats. We love stories about our cats and the amazing and magical things they do. We rejoice in their simple absurdities, funny habits, and crazy antics. Our cats make us smile and laugh every day, but sometimes they really outdo themselves. Whether they came up with the idea themselves, or you put them in a situation that caused them to do something unusual, we want to hear about it!”

Stories About Dogs – Chicken Soup For The Soul

“We are working on and collecting stories and poems for another wonderful book about our dogs. We love stories about our dogs and the amazing and magical things they do. We rejoice in their simple absurdities, funny habits, and crazy antics. Our dogs make us smile and laugh every day, but sometimes they really outdo themselves. Whether they came up with the idea themselves, or you put them in a situation that caused them to do something unusual, we want to hear about it!”


December 31st, 2016 Deadline

The Binge-Watching Cure: Fabulous Stories that Start Small and Grow Longer – Bill Adler Jr.

“The Binge-Watching Cure will be an anthology of short stories of increasing size. The first story will be 100 words—anyone can read that. The next, 200 words. Then 500, then longer, all the way to novella length. By the time you’ve finished reading The Binge-Watching Cure, you’ll be able to tackle Joyce and Pynchon. Or at the very least, you’ll enjoy novels you hear about from friends and family. The Binge-Watching Cure will reignite your love for reading; it will better your life.”


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Writing for Animals Nonfiction Anthology – Ashland Creek Press

“We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature.* Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it…*Please note that this is a collection of instructional articles about the craft of writing. We will NOT be publishing animal stories or personal essays, only articles that deal specifically with the art and craft of writing about animals.”

All About The Breakup

“This is an unusual book project: Thousands of love letters have been compiled and published into hundreds of books, but little has been published on the ways we break up. We think this is weird, considering how many of us have some award-winning break-up stories. So we want to include YOUR experiences of when relationships went sour: from saying “it’s over, John” in red lipstick on his bathroom mirror, to when your boss asked you to stay late again, and something in you just snapped…”

Our Stories of Strength Anthologies

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.”

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June 30th, 2016 Deadline

Exploring The Boundaries – Creative Nonfiction

The Girl God: Single Mothers Speak on Patriarchy – Trista Hendren

July 7th, 2016 Deadline

Nothing to Lose but Our ChainsJustice Matters Press

June 1st, 2016 Deadline

Hysterical – Diana-Ashley Krach and Karrie Higgins

Magic of Memoir – Write Your Memoir In 6 Months

Knocked Up Abroad (second edition) – Lisa Ferland

May 31st, 2016 Deadline

Loving Moments – Grace Publishing via Yvonne Lehman

May 25th, 2016

Autistic Worlds – Autistic Worlds

May 15th, 2016 Deadline

Trigger Points to Present Fathering as a Survivor Interview Series – Dawn Daum and Joyelle Brandt

May 1st, 2016 Deadline

Special Call Reader’s Write Topic: First Impressions – The Sun Magazine

April 30th, 2016 Deadline

The Joy Of Christmas – Chicken Soup For The Soul

Angels and Miracles – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

April 17th, 2016 Deadline

Milestones (Blog Series) – Brain, Child

Multiples (Blog Series) – Brain, Child

April 15th, 2016 Deadline

Sandwiched: Voices from the Middle – Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson

April 5th, 2016 Deadline

Tempest – Mind Key

April 1st, 2016 Deadline

Special Call Reader’s Write Topic: Restaurants – The Sun Magazine

Stories of Music Volume 2 – Timbre Press, LLC

March 31st, 2016 Deadline

2016 Articulated Press Short Story Anthology – Tayen Lane

This Bridge Called Language – Meredith King

Online Dating Anthology – Mary Everist

March 25th, 2016 Deadline

The Gig Economy (Fall Issue) – YES! Magazine

March 7th, 2016 Deadline

Siblings – Creative Nonfiction – In Fact Books

February 29th, 2016 Deadline

[Not] The End: Stories From Prison – TulipTree Publishing

March 1st, 2016 Deadline

Special Call Reader’s Write Topic: At The Last Minute – The Sun Magazine

February 21st, 2016 Deadline

Parents of Teenagers Special Edition Print Magazine – Brain, Child

February 15th, 2016 Deadline

Once Upon An Expat – Canadian Expat Mom

February 7th, 2016 Deadline

Canadian Comedy Anthology – Exile Publishing

Survivors Empowering Survivors – Trigger Points Blog

February 1st, 2016 Deadline 

Bad Jobs & Bullshit – The Geeky Press

Special Call Reader’s Write Topic: Houses – The Sun Magazine

Learning From Nature – Creative Nonfiction

January 30th, 2016 Deadline

The Spirit of America – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

January 31st, 2016 Deadline

Valentine’s Day Anthology – From Faith By Grace Publishing

An Anthology about People with Down Syndrome – From Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji and Julie Willson

By the Rivers of Babylon: Apostates Remember Believing – Chris Stroop and Lauren O’Neal

Independent Women – DayDreamsDandelions Publications

January 25th, 2016 Deadline

Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails – MTC Publications

January 15th, 2016 Deadline

Grandparents (Special Blog Series) – Brain, Child

The Power of Gratitude – Chicken Soup For The Soul

Birthdays (Special Blog Series) – Brain, Child

January 9th, 2016 Deadline 

Stand There Shining: A Recovery Anthology – TulipTree Publishing

January 1st, 2015 Deadline

Perceptions: Special Needs – Inklings Publishing

Mom for the Holidays: Stories of Love, Laughter, and Tantrums at Christmas and Hanukkah – Monkey Star Press

December 31st, 2015 Deadline

#IAmAble! Anthology, Vol. 1 – From Ramp Your Voice!

December 15th, 2015 Deadline

Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture – Harper Perennial

December 14th, 2015 Deadline

How I Got My Book Published – From Authors Publish

December 1st, 2015 Deadline

The Postpartum Year: Tales From The Trenches in the First Year of Motherhood – Kelly Edson

What Does It Mean To Be White In America? – 2 Leaf Press

BLUNTlove – BLUNTmoms

November 30th, 2015 Deadline

Military Families – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

November 15th, 2015 Deadline

Autism & Race Anthology – Autism Women’s Network

November 8th, 2015 Deadline

Multiples Illuminated: An Anthology of Stories and Advice from Parents with Twins, Triplets and More – Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee

November 1st, 2015 Deadline

Mommy Diarist – Robyn Lane Books

October 31st, 2015Deadline

Fright Mare – Women Write HorrorBillie Sue Mosiman

Rescued VOL 2: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their EyesFitCat Publishing

October 30th, 2015 Deadline

Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

The Joy of Less – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

Girlspire Short Story Anthology To Inspire Girls – From Sang Kromah to benefit Project R.E.A.D.

October 15th, 2015 Deadline

#FACEIT Stories of Resilience – From United 4 Strength

October 12th, 2015 Deadline

Boobs: Explorations of Women’s Relationships to Their Bodies – From Caitlin Press

October 1st, 2015 Deadline

How To Help Book 

September 27th, 2015 Deadline

My Very Good, Very Bad Cat – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

My Very Good, Very Bad Dog – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

Early September, 2015 Deadline

Anthology of Quitters

September 5th, 2015 Deadline

Pure Green In Season: A Collaborative Recipe Anthology – Pure Green Magazine

September 1st, 2015 Deadline

Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing The Motherland – Demeter Press

Memories From Maple Street – Prairie Rose Publications (Sundown)

August 31st, 2015 Deadline

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It – Riverhead Books

Digital Detoxing (Canadian Submissions Only) – Postmark Books

August 15th, 2015 Deadline

Lose The Cape – NEVER Will I EVER…(and then I had kids) – From Lose The Cape

The Technology Anthology – A Nonfiction Collection About Our Digital Lives – Little Fiction Big Truths

August 13th, 2015 Deadline

2015 Horror Anthology – Fox Emm

July 31st, 2015 Deadline

Random Acts of Kindness – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

July 12th, 2015 Deadline

Around the World: An Anthology of Travel Writing –  Harvard Book Store

July 15th, 2015 Deadline

Holiday Anthology 2015 – Ylva Publishing

 June 30th, 2015 Deadline

In-Law Hell Book – From Madcasm Books

Women’s Travel Anthology – World Traveler Press

Adventure Travel Anthology – World Traveler Press

Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out – Motivational Press

Angel Bumps – From Anne Bardsley

June 15th, 2015 Deadline

Christmas Moments Book #2 – Grace Publishing

Kaleidoscope – Writers Abroad

June 1st, 2015 Deadline

Feisty after 45 – The Best Blogs from Midlife Women – Mill Park Publishing

My Mom Body: Reflections on Body Image and Motherhood – Monkey Star Press

My Special Needs Child: Reflections on Raising a Child With Special Needs – Monkey Star Press

#NoMoreShame Project’s 2015 Anthology

How The Internet Saved My Life – From bloggers Mama Non Grata and Schmutzie

May 31st, 2015 Deadline

So Glad They Told Me: Women On Getting Real About Motherhood – From The HerStories Project

Trigger Points: Abuse Survivors Experiences Of Parenting – From bloggers W.T.F. Words Thoughts Feelings and

May 15th, 2015 Deadline

Frozen Fairy Tales – World Weaver Press and Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

May 1st, 2015 Deadline

Being Dad – From Dan Coxon

The Convertible Chronicles: Going Topless – From Jayne Robinson

Paths To Forgiveness – Faith By Grace Publishing

April 3oth, 2015 Deadline

Think Possible – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

Eclectically Vegas, Baby! – From Inklings Publishing

April 6th, 2015 Deadline

Becoming A Teacher – In Fact Books

April 15th, 2015 Deadline

Revenge Anthology – From Robocup Press (Submissions closed early/March 2015 due to overwhelming response)

March 31st, 2015 Deadline

Make Your Own Luck – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

Merry Christmas! – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

Volunteering & Giving Back – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

To Honor The Heart: Women’s Stories of Rape – From Claudia Moss

March 30th, 2015 Deadline

Tough Times In America – From Donna Aza Weir-Soley and Max Freesney Pierre

March 15th, 2015 Deadline

Dreams & Premonitions – From Chicken Soup For The Soul

Precious Moments – Grace Publishing

February 28, 2015 Deadline

Caesarean Birth Anthology – From Amanda Fields, Kathleen Glasgow, and Rachel Moritz

Life Is A Journey – A Brush With Death – From Rain Drop Press


Among Animals Anthology – From Ashland Creek Press