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
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.

4 thoughts on “Best of Ohio Short Stories Volume II Official Submission Guidelines”

  1. Do you take previously published work ( on e-book only)? I recently published a book titled “The New Face of Disabilities.” The book is in regards to working with individuals with various disabilities, understanding them, and employment information. I know it would be great foe the compilation.

    1. Hi Melica. We have a strong preference for previously unpublished work, but we do accept reprints. Please feel free to submit.

  2. Dear CCC:

    I recently published a story in a literary journal that is set in Bowling Green, Ohio, where I currently live and teach. Does your anthology consider work that has been previously published? The rights have reverted to me.


    Lawrence Coates

    1. Hi Lawrence. We prefer previously unpublished work, but we do accept reprints. Please feel free to submit.

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