Last Call for Anthology Submissions

Today (March 1, 2011) is the deadline for submitting your work to be considered for the “Origins” anthology.  Please submit your work  by midnight tonight to be considered.

For more information on the submissions process, please visit Submit Your Short Story – Origins Anthology.  There’s no submission fee, so if you’re not sure about whether or not to submit it, please do.  You’ve got nothing to lose.

We’ve received a number of fantastic submissions already, but we’d like the opportunity to look at as much local work as possible before selecting our final candidates.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The “Origins” Theme

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on our “origins” theme.  I want to tell you, don’t be scared off.

Almost every story is a story of some origin or another.  Your work doesn’t need to be strictly about an origin, like the origin of the universe, to qualify.

If you’ve constructed a character’s motivation for action and included the character’s background, that’s an origin.

If a character is overcoming a problem with a definitive beginning, that’s also an origin.

If any element of your story has a beginning, that’s an origin.  If an element has a definitive end, in many cases, there’s an implied origin.  You see?  You can’t lose.

We use a (secret) 30 point rubric to initially evaluate all of our submissions.  Spoiler alert: 2 points are allotted for whether or not the story fits the suggested theme.  A good story can overcome.

If you’re in doubt about whether or not your story is an “origins” story, please consider submitting it anyway.  We’d love to read as much local work as possible before selecting our final candidates.

To submit your work, here are instructions.

Any questions?  Please ask!

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Please consider joining our mailing list.  Visit this link: http://columbuscoop.org/mailing_list.php to signup!

The mailing list is a great way to stay informed about things happening around the Columbus Creative Cooperative.  Per your selection, you can receive updates about writing workshops, events and publication opportunities, book releases and new materials, or opportunities for your local business to work with the writers’ co-op.

Don’t worry, we won’t assault you with daily e-mails, and we’ll never give out your contact information to third parties (except as required by law).

Happy writing.  As always, contact us with questions or feedback.

Submit Your Short Story – Origins Anthology











We’re now collecting submissions for our first published anthology. Our focus is short stories with the theme “origins”, although work of all formats and themes will be considered.











We’re now collecting submissions for our first published anthology.  Our focus is short stories with the theme “origins”, although work of all formats and themes will be considered.

It’s our intention to find the best written work Columbus has to offer, but writers from around the world are encouraged to submit their work.  There is no fee to submit your first short story for consideration.

Writers who are selected for publication will be compensated for their work!

Submitted work should be less than 10,000 words, and submitted as a .pdf.  If you’re having trouble with the format, please contact us for assistance.

Theme: Our official theme is “origins”.  This could be the origin of the universe, the origin of a character trait or emotional element, the origin of your grandmother’s cookie recipe or the story of a UPS package.  Fortunately, almost all stories are a story of some form of “origin” or another!

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2011.

Selection Process: We will make our final selection by March 16, 2011.  Writers who have submitted work will be notified as soon as possible.  Stories will be chosen according to the co-op’s bylaws for doing so.  We’re simply looking to publish the best short stories.

Compensation: Writers who are selected for publishing will be compensated based on total revenue from book sales.  We won’t know exactly how much this is until well after the book is released, but writers can reasonably expect to receive between $20 and $200 for the work.

How To Submit: The submission process is free and easy.  Here are the steps:

1) Create an account with the Columbus Creative Cooperative by visiting ColumbusCoop.org/membership.php .  You are not required to be a paid co-op member to submit your work, but having each writer create a simple account helps us to organize the submissions more easily.  Registration is free and easy.

2) Confirm your account with the email address you provided, then Login to ColumbusCoop.org .

3) Export your story as a PDF (this is super easy – instructions are provided).

4) Click “Submit Work for Anthology” in the menu on the left side of the page (under “Members Only”).

5)  Fill out the form and select which file you’d like to upload. You’re done!

Misc Info: You retain full rights to your work until you sign a publishing agreement.  After the selection process is complete, you’ll be given an opportunity to review the publishing agreement and compensation information before making your final decision.

For more information, or if you have any questions.  Please contact us right away!

We’re looking forward to reading your work.

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The Columbus Creative Cooperative maintains a dual mission











Welcome to ColumbusCoop.org, the home of the Columbus Creative Cooperative.

The Columbus Creative Cooperative maintains a dual mission.

Our first mission is to assist local writers with the development of their craft. We accomplish this with writers’ workshops – which are basically just specialized peer review sessions.

Our second mission is to help local writers make their efforts economically worthwhile. Writing is a time-consuming craft, and difficult to make profitable. By working together to publish collective anthologies and other collaborative works, our writers can turn their talent and hours into a small payoff. It’s not enough for anyone to quit their day job, but it does help each of us to justify the hours we pour into our craft.

Please check back often for ways to support the Columbus Creative Cooperative. We need readers to support our work, writer’s to collaborate with, and local businesses with which to work. Please stay posted for opportunities to participate in the ways that suit you best.

Thanks, and happy writing!