Bicentennial Columbus Anthology: Official Submission Guidelines

Submissions are now CLOSED.

These are the guidelines for our next anthology project, tentatively titled “Bicentennial Columbus,” to be printed in August 2012.  This book will coordinate with the 200th Celebration of the founding of Columbus, Ohio.

We are seeking fiction and non-fiction narratives that conform to the following guidelines:

Theme: Columbus Past, Present and Future – All stories must be set between 1812 and 2212.  More information on the theme.

Genre: Any genre is fine.  Note: We are looking for narratives (stories).

Minimum Word Count: 1 word
Maximum Word Count: 10,000 words
Ideal Word Count: 2,500 – 7,500 words

Submissions Open: April 23, 2012
Submissions Close: May 27, 2012

Content: 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 work for 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: Your first submission for this project is free!  If you would like to submit additional stories for consideration, the fee is $9 per story.  “Writer” and “Executive” level CCC members may submit up to three stories at no additional charge.

Publication: The book will be distributed to local retailers and sold online.  The work will also be published to Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes iBooks and Google Books, among other markets.  Release date to be determined, but projected to be mid-August.

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.

6 thoughts on “Bicentennial Columbus Anthology: Official Submission Guidelines”

    1. Hi Barbara. No, you do not need to review your story through one of our workshops.

      It’s a good idea, and I’m confident that it will improve the quality of your work, but it’s not at all required.

      You can always find the time of the next workhop here: http://ohiowriters.org/news/?cat=9

  1. I have just submitted a story for the Bicentennial Anthology — and I now realize I forgot to put the date in the title! The title should read:
    Learning Columbus, Ohio: 1967
    Should I resubmit the whole thing? Or will that make for confusion?

  2. Besides the year in the title, are there any other technical/formatting requirements? For example, font type/size, names/titles in the header or footer, page numbers, cover page, etc.

    1. We have no other formal requirements. We recommend that you use a standard font like Arial or Times New Roman in 12pt to make things easier on our reviewers, but as long as the submission is readable it will still be considered.

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