Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 — Available Now!

It is with great pride that we present our newest anthology, Best of Ohio Short ebook_coverStories: Volume II, featuring short stories from fifteen Ohio authors. This eclectic collection of literary and popular fiction spans several genres, and is sure to please readers of all types.

A mischievous caretaker monkey, a busted midnight joyride, a holocaust childhood, the goodness of Kentucky wonder beans–this latest volume of the best of Ohio presents all this and more between its covers. These engaging, powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories are the best of the best, carefully selected from hundreds of submissions.

Purchase Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 here as a paperback or e-book.

Below you will find the complete table of contents. Browse it at your leisure, and when your interest is sufficiently piqued, we hope you’ll get yourself a copy and enjoy it as much as we do.

Congratulations to all the authors who were selected for publication!

“Miss Ellen Told Me” by Brooks Rexroat

“Nikos the Barber” by G.L. Mislin

“Hostess of the Dead” by Tonja Matney Reynolds

“Trey” by Scott Geisel

“S. 18th St.” by Emily Hitchcock

“Kentucky Wonder Beans” by Brenda Layman

“Plan J” by Chris Burnside

“The Weight of Indecision” by Michael O’Donnell

“How You Were Born” by Sara Ross Witt

“Pigtail Fatty” by Jennifer Bryan

“Starlit” by Ian Moeckel

“Joe and the Cake” by Charles Derry

“Emergency Candles” by Kathleen Nicklaus

“The Midnight Rambler” by Lawrence Parlier

“Second-Hand Monkey” by Tom Barlow

Best of Ohio Short Stories Volume II — Update

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We want to thank everyone who submitted a story to Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II. We received far more submissions than anticipated, which resulted in a fantastic pool of stories we now have to narrow down. (This is a good problem to have.)

The large number of submissions and the high quality of those stories makes the selection process time consuming for our volunteers, and we appreciate your patience as we continue our selection process.

In order to give ourselves time to fairly evaluate each submission, we’ve pushed back our deadline for completing our preliminary review to September 15, 2015. 

All authors whose stories are still being considered for the anthology will be emailed directly by this date.

Waiting to hear back from a publication is agonizing. Know that our volunteers are working diligently to make their determinations fairly, accurately, and as swiftly as possible. Thank you for your patience!

We ask that you hold all inquiries about your story until after September 15. For all other questions, contact us here.

Thank You to All Who Submitted a Story for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story for consideration for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II.

We will now review the stories using a two-part system.  In the first phase, Writer Members of CCC will review stories.  The stories that receive the best reviews from our members will move on to the second stage, in which the editors of the book will select the final stories for publication.

If you are a Writer or Sponsor Member of CCC, you are invited to help us review stories.  To do so, simply login, and then select “Review Anthology Submissions” from the member’s home page.  If you’d like to participate, you have about two weeks to review stories and submit your scores.  So get started right away!

If you are not a paid member of CCC, but would like to participate in the reviewing process, registering or upgrading your account is easy.  We’d love to have you help with this part of the anthology process.

Both stages of our review and selection process will be complete by August 15, 2015.  If you’ve submitted a story and don’t hear from us by then, please feel free to follow up.

Thank you again to all who have submitted a story for consideration!  The strength of our cooperative and the strength of our publications is a reflection of our tremendous membership.

The Writers’ Forum is Open!

Our Writers’ Workshops come just once a month, but the CCC Writers’ Forum is open 24/7. The Writers’ Forum is a private community where writers can post work 24/7, and receive objective feedback from other writers.

Learn more about our Writers’ Forum here.

The submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II is nearing the halfway point. If you’ve yet to submit a story, why not upload your draft to the forum, get some feedback and polish up your submission before you submit? We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing publication, whether with us, or through any other outlet, to seek an honest critique, and then revise, revise, revise.

If something’s not working in your story, find out about it now. Don’t waste your shot with an editor by submitting a story that’s not ready. Get some feedback, use it to make your story better, and THEN submit.

The forum is also a great outlet for those who are unable to make it to our monthly Writers’ Workshops, or anyone who’s looking for immediate feedback on a story.

To ensure we’re facilitating a place for serious exchange, the forum is only open to paid CCC Members. (A Writer Membership is just $15/year.) There are no ads, no trolling, and no self-promotion.

Here’s how to get started on the Writers’ Forum:

If you’re already a CCC Writer Member, simply log into your CCC account, and click on “Writers’ Forum” in the Members Only area of the website.

If you’re not a CCC Member, click here to sign up, and then follow the instructions above.

If you’ve registered for a free CCC Peer account, you can upgrade your membership to gain access to the forum by logging in, and clicking “Upgrade Account.”

Questions about the Writers’ Forum? Contact us here.

 

Now Accepting Submissions–Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II

The submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II has officially begun! The Best of Ohio Short Storiessubmission period will close on June 30, 2015, so don’t wait to send us your best short story!

Click here to submit a short story for this anthology.

It is free to submit a story for consideration. “Writer” level CCC members may submit up to three stories for consideration. 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.

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.

Stories do NOT need to be based in Ohio, although the author must have some tie to the state. Be sure to read the rules and requirements for entering here.

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

What are you waiting for?! Clean up your best short story and submit it here.

Questions? Check out our publication FAQ first, and contact us here with additional questions.

 

Best of Ohio Short Stories Volume II — Get Your Stories Ready!

In just two weeks, the submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II will Best of Ohio Short Storiesbegin! Polish up your best short story, and get ready to submit to what will be a fantastic book.

Find rules and requirements for entering here.

The submission period will open on June 1, 2015 and close on June 30, 2015. 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. Stories do NOT need to be based in Ohio, although we do require authors have some tie to the state. (Find more information on submission requirements here.)

This is an opportunity for publication, NOT a contest. All stories will be fairly considered, and those deemed most suited for publication will receive an offer. 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.

Submitting your story to one of our workshops is a great way to get some objective feedback to help you get your story in shape. Learn more about our Writers’ Workshops here. We also encourage you to browse our other anthologies to get an idea of the caliber of work we publish.

Please see our Publication FAQ for answers to common questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us.

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.

Win a Free Copy of The Ides of March

In honor of the Ides of March, we’re running a giveaway for our poetry anthology of the same name. Today through March 15th, enter our Goodreads giveaway for a shot at winning one of five paperback copies of The Ides of March, edited by Hannah Stephenson.

This fantastic book is filled with work from 32 Ohio poets. Get into the spirit of Spring with poetry that explores every facet of the concept of Ides — ranging from unexpected topics to those that are pleasantly predictable.

This giveaway won’t last long! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to nab a free book.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Ides of March by Hannah Stephenson

The Ides of March

by Hannah Stephenson

Giveaway ends March 15, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Book Giveaway: For the Road

I constantly find myself running out of reading time, and as a remedy to this problem I’veDocument10 taken to carrying a book with me everywhere. You never know when you’re going to get to your next meeting twenty minutes early, or your bus is running late, or you just need to take a break from reality.

That’s the great thing about short stories. If you have 15-20 minutes, you have time to get away to another place, to be another person, and be back in time to get to the next thing on your to-do list.

If you’re looking for your next great read, check out this Goodreads Giveaway. We’re giving away five paperback copies of our latest anthology, For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways. (The book sells on Amazon.com for $14.95.)

Enter to win your free copy of For the Road here.

This anthology features short stories by ten authors from around the country. From bizarre travelling companions, to ghost stories, to madness described in eloquent prose, For the Road has a little something for everyone.

If you’re expecting tales of good Samaritans and happy travelers, you may want to take another route. For the Road explores the spectacular fear we hold for the unknown, as embodied by the lonesome highway. Seasoned travelers may laugh at the villains and specters within these pages, while homebodies will make sure to lock their doors a little earlier in the evening.

-CCC Director, Brad Pauquette

This giveaway is only open for a short time! Enter to win while you still can.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

For the Road by Emily Hitchcock

For the Road

by Emily Hitchcock

Giveaway ends February 09, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads Giveaway: For the Road

Free book alert!

This week only, enter our Goodreads Giveaway for a shot at winning one of five paperback copies of our latest anthology, For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways.

Enter to win your copy here.

For the Road is a collection of short stories featuring 10 authors from around the country.

The book opens with Noell Wolfgram Evans’ story “Going South,” in which you’ll find an unusual pair of travelling companions. (One of them is a duck.) The book closes with Alice G. Otto’s story “Shadow of the Spider” — a haunting story of madness told in masterful prose. The eight stories in-between range from literary fiction, to tales of a dystopian future. No matter what your preference, For the Road is sure to thrill and entertain.

This giveaway will close on February 9th, 2015 and is free to enter. The regular price of the book is $14.95.

Good luck in the giveaway and happy reading!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

For the Road by Emily Hitchcock

For the Road

by Emily Hitchcock

Giveaway ends February 09, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win