Submission Guidelines

The Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) is now accepting short story submissions for a fiction anthology with the theme of “Redemption, Reinvention, Revenge” (final title TBA), which is targeted for publication in 2019.

What We Want: We are looking for innovative short fiction between 2,500 and 7,500 words. Stories should have diverse appeal and must incorporate one or more of the anthology theme’s concepts. All submissions must be original works that have not been previously published. We will choose approximately 15 stories for this anthology.

No more than two submissions per author, please.

What We Don’t Want: We will reject stories that include explicit sex, brutality, or pervasive profanity. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Who Can Submit: Submissions are open to writers 18 and up, who are permanent residents of the following Ohio counties: Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clarke, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Warren. Authors do not need to be members of WOWA in order to submit.

Formatting: We will accept files only in the following formats: .DOC, .DOCX, and .RTF. PDFs will not be accepted. Use Times New Roman or Arial, size 12 font, and double-space your manuscript. In the header of each page, please include the story title and the anthology theme. In the footer of each page, please include the page number, your name, and the name of your file.

The filename of your document should include your last name and the date (Ex.  Johns_Story_Smith_4-1-2018.docx). On your document be sure to include your full name, mailing address, telephone and email contacts. Please also include a cover letter as part of the same document, which should briefly tell us how your story fits into this anthology’s theme. We will let you know that we’ve received your submission, but please give us 6 to 8 weeks to evaluate your story. (Please submit everything as one document in MSWord, or compatible format – PDFs will not be accepted.)

How to Submit: When the submission period begins, we will post the email address and online for for submitting stories.

Compensation: For accepted stories, payment will be $25 and 1 contributor’s copy, payable on acceptance. Acceptance includes first North American rights with a two-year exclusivity period.