Central Ohio Writers’ Workshop – Submit Your Work Now

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Central Ohio on Wednesday evening, October 2, 2019.  Login to your free Ohio Writers’ Association account to retrieve the time and place details.

If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now.  All work must be received by Monday morning, September 23rd.

Submit your work by emailing it to workshops@ohiowriters.org.  If you’re able, please convert your work to a PDF before sending it.

All of the work that is received and selected for the workshop will be posted to the members-only area of the website by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 24th so that everyone can download it and read it in advance of the workshop.

You may submit short stories, essays, novel chapters, poetry, or any other written work to the group for review.  Note that if your work is accepted for the workshop, we expect you to read and provide feedback to the other writers. If you submit, you must be present at the workshop on October 2nd to receive feedback.

You are welcome to attend the workshop and provide feedback even if you have not submitted any work for review. This workshop is free. While you do need an OWA membership to download the work, it is free and easy to become a member by registering here.

We look forward to reading your work and seeing you on October 2nd.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 2nd, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

Central Ohio Workshop Open for Submissions September 16th

Get your work ready for the next workshop. We will be accepting submissions beginning on September 16th. Unless you plan on being the only audience for your work, feedback is crucial to developing your writing. Don’t miss this opportunity for a free peer critique.

We are passionate about supporting writers of every skill level. Have questions about the workshop? Ask them here

Writers’ Workshop on Wednesday, August 7th

Our next workshop (peer critique) will be in Central Ohio on August 7th at 7pm. Log into your free OhioWriters.org account to get the time and place details, as well as to download the stories we’ll be discussing.

You do NOT need to be a paid OWA member to attend the workshop and provide feedback to the writers who have submitted their work for review. This workshop is free and open to the public.

The Great Novel Contest 2019: Judges Be Judgin’

The judging period for The Great Novel Contest is underway!

A special team of handpicked judges is hard at work reading novels. The winning novel could be in front of a judge RIGHT NOW.

We know it’s tempting to email and ask for an update on your submission, but we ask that you respect the time of our volunteers and wait for our official announcement. We will announce the winner, runner-up and finalists soon. No updates will be given before that time.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a manuscript to this contest. So far, we’ve been very pleased by the quality of the books our judges are reviewing.

Central Ohio Writers’ Workshop – Submit Your Work Now

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Central Ohio on Wednesday evening, June 5, 2019.  Login to your free Ohio Writers’ Association account to retrieve the time and place details.

If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now.  All work must be received by Monday morning, May 27th.

Submit your work by emailing it to workshops@ohiowriters.org.  If you’re able, please convert your work to a PDF before sending it.

All of the work that is received and selected for the workshop will be posted to the members-only area of the website by the end of the day on May 28th so that everyone can download it and read it in advance of the workshop.

You may submit short stories, essays, novel chapters, poetry, or any other written work to the group for review.  Note that if your work is accepted for the workshop, we expect you to read and provide feedback to the other writers. If you submit, you must be present at the workshop on June 5th to receive feedback.

You are welcome to attend the workshop and provide feedback even if you have not submitted any work for review. This workshop is free. While you do need an OWA membership to download the work, it is free and easy to become a member by registering here.

We look forward to reading your work and seeing you on June 5th.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 5th, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

Submit Your Work for Zanesville, Ohio Workshop

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Zanesville, Ohio on May 1, 2019.  If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now. All work must be received by April 22, 2019 at midnight.

Submit your work by emailing it to workshops@ohiowriters.org.  If you’re able, please convert your work to a PDF before sending it.

All of the work that is received and selected for the workshop will be posted to the members-only area of the website by the end of the day on April 23rd so that everyone can download it and read it in advance of the workshop.

You may submit short stories, essays, novel chapters, poetry, or any other written work to the group for review.  Note that if your work is accepted for the workshop, we expect you to read and provide feedback to the other writers. If you submit, you must be present at the workshop on May 1st to receive feedback.

You are welcome to attend the workshop and provide feedback even if you have not submitted any work for review. This workshop is free. While you do need an OWA membership to download the work, it is free and easy to become a member by registering here.

We look forward to reading your work and seeing you on May 1st.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 1st, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

We’ve Moved – 620 Alum Creek Dr., Suite 304

We’ve moved!  Our new location is 620 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus, OH 43205.  We’re on the third floor of the building in suite 304.

We’ve loved our time at The Salt Mines over the past couple of years.  But we’re looking forward to this new chapter, in which we’ll have full autonomy over our space.

From July 1 onward, all meetings and events will be held at this new location, unless otherwise posted.  Click here to see the new location on Google Maps.

We share the building with Life Church, and several other businesses.  Life Church owns the building, so when in doubt, look for their giant sign in the front yard.   It may be at least a few weeks before our signage is also out in front of the building.

This location is easily accessed from I-70, and is literally seconds off of the highway.

When coming east on I-70, get off at the Main St. exit (not the Alum Creek Dr. exit).  The Main St. exit will spit you out onto Alum Creek Dr. and the building will be a half mile down on your right, before you get to Main St.

When headed west on I-70, take the Livingston Ave. exit.  Turn left off of the exit onto Livingston Ave., then take an immediate right onto Alum Creek Dr.  The building will be about a half mile down on your right, before you get to Main St.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to seeing you in our new home soon!

Best of Ohio Short Stories Volume II Official Submission Guidelines

Best of Ohio Short StoriesCalling all Ohio writers!

We are now collecting submissions for our next anthology project! Submissions for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II began on June 1, 2015 and will close on June 30, 2015.

The complete anthology will be released in the fall of 2015, to all major markets in print and digital formats.

It is free to submit a story for consideration to this anthology.  While paid membership with Columbus Creative Cooperative is encouraged and appreciated, it is not required and will not impact your likelihood of selection for inclusion in the book.

We are looking for short stories, of length between 1,000 and 10,000 words.  We will accept fiction and narrative (creative) non-fiction.  We are looking for exceptional work from ALL genres.

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: June 1, 2015
Submissions Close: June 30, 2015

“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 ColumbusCoop.org.
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, 2015.

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.

Guest Post — Hannah Douglas: The Great Novel Contest Deadline is Near!

Hannah Douglas– freelance writer/journalist, CCC volunteer for The Great Novel The Great Novel Contest 2015Contest— wrote this guest post on defeating deadlines, and the importance of the The Great Novel Contest 2015 deadline. Visit Hannah’s website for the original post: here

Let me just be straight. I don’t like deadlines. What kind of person likes them, really?

When I’m on deadline, I’d much rather make a sandwich. And then do the dishes after eating said sandwich. And then clean the entire house because if the dishes are done, then everything else must be clean, right? Then maybe I’ll call a friend to see if they need their dishes done or their house cleaned. OK. Enough.

Deadlines can put a lot of pressure on the creative process, placing a time stamp on a thought, an idea for a book, can seem so wrong! I’m writing. Don’t rush me.

Regardless of my strong disdain for deadlines, they exist to help move us forward. When it comes to The Great Novel Contest, maybe the deadline is in your favor! Deadlines could just be that inspiration you need to achieve your goals. You can finally polish off that manuscript and turn in a completed work that you love.

Learn more about The Great Novel Contest here.

Sometimes I’ll make my own self-imposed deadlines, and include a twisted rewards system to go along with it, just to make sure I finish a project. I’ll think of an angle for this story by 5p.m. No more coffee until I get this paragraph right. I can have these emails sent by tonight. Those 500 words will be done by Friday, and then I’ll have a big fancy dinner at a big fancy restaurant. And so on. You can judge me, but that’s my own process. You have your own.

I had to make a deadline for myself in order to finish writing this blog post. If not for that fake deadline, you probably wouldn’t be reading this.

It’s also really great when you turn your work in early! Beating the deadline can be a tremendous feeling. And The Great Novel Contest is no exception!

When I really wanted to get something done, I’ve also asked friends or editors to create deadlines for me, so that I can complete the work they’re wanting in time. I hated doing it, and I felt a little weird, but in the end, the story ran on time, and we all lived happily ever after!

But remember, deadlines are only effective if you actually meet them.

Whether you’re imposing your own fake deadlines or asking your friends to give you fake deadlines, let me assure you, the deadline of January 31, 2015 for The Great Novel Contest is very real. So real it’s almost here. So, what are you waiting for? It feels really good when you meet your deadlines! And receiving prizes for the contest feels really good too- just in case you need more of an incentive to make the deadline.

For more details on contest prizes and rules, visit www.greatnovelcontest.com. Or check out the Facebook page, here.

Guest Post: Christopher Stollar on The Great Novel Contest 2015

The Great Novel Contest is underway! Each year we receive tons of submissions from The Great Novel Contest 2015talented authors who have worked hard to perfect their manuscript. We recently had a chat with CCC Member Christopher Stollar, who is submitting his first novel to The Great Novel Contest this year.

Find the contest rules and instructions for entering here.

CCC: Did you submit to last year’s novel contest?

Christopher: I didn’t submit to last year’s contest because I wanted the writers at Columbus Creative Cooperative to critique my manuscript first — and hopefully find all of its flaws before the judges do.

CCC: Why did you decide to submit to TGNC 2015? Did you have any reservations?

Christopher: I didn’t have any reservations. In fact, I wanted to see how well my novel could fight among the competition.

CCC: What are you submitting?

Christopher: I’m submitting my first book, The Black Lens. It’s a dark psychological mystery  about a teenage girl and her sister who fight back at the pimp that forces them into sex trafficking in a small American town.

CCC: That sounds really interesting! What did you do to prepare your novel for submission to The Great Novel Contest?

Christopher: I have spent the last three years researching, writing and editing my manuscript. That includes interviews with prostitutes, police officers and social workers. Most recently, I have spent the past three months making dozens of edits suggested by the writers at Columbus Creative Cooperative.

CCC: Have you submitted to any novel contests in the past?

Christopher: This is my first novel and contest.

CCC: What part of the contest are you most excited about?

Christopher: I’m excited to see if my book makes it into the top 10. That would give me an objective sense of encouragement, which my mom just can’t provide.

CCC: Have you shopped your novel around to publishers?

Christopher: I have pitched my manuscript to 44 agents since Aug. 29. So far, 17 have gotten back to me with rejection letters. However, I did receive one encouraging comment from an agent: “Your book has an interesting synopsis, exploring the shady world of sex trafficking and using photography as a weapon against it.”

CCC: If you win, how will you spend your prize money?

Christopher: I will donate a portion to a nonprofit organization that fights sex trafficking. Then I will put the rest of the prize money toward a trip with my wife. she has spent the past three years both encouraging and critiquing my work — and she deserves a break.

CCC: Who has helped you along the way with your novel?

Christopher: I have relied each day on God, the Great Author, my mom, who kindled my love for writing, my wife, who kept those embers burning, and more than a dozen writers who torched my drafts until one survived the fire.

CCC: Why do you write?

Christopher: I love the thrill of creating a new world, one that belongs just to you, your characters — and any reader who wants to join.

Find rules and instructions for entering The Great Novel Contest here. Submit your novel before January 31, 2015 for a chance to win $1000 and priority consideration from four independent publishers.