Open Submissions: Outcasts-An Anthology

Submit your short story for Outcasts: An Anthology today! We are looking for fiction stories 1,000 to 10,000 words in length. The deadline to submit is 11:59 pm ET March 31, 2021.

There is no cost to submit your work and authors who are selected for publication will be paid for their work.

What is an outcast? Where do they come from? How do they come back? We want to know what happens when we lose our connections and what brings us home.

Dan Fogler, of The Walking Dead and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will provide the forward for this anthology! Anthology authors will have the opportunity to meet with Dan Fogler via Zoom at our book release party!

Theme: “Outcasts.” We hold this theme with a loose hand and you’re free to interpret it how you’d like. If you’re not sure if your story qualifies, go ahead and submit it.

Story Length, Content, and Genre: Stories must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words in length.

We accept all narrative genres, including literary fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, romance, adventure, and more. We are creating an anthology that showcases the variety of talent among Ohio authors. We do NOT accept erotica, poetry, or children’s stories for this project.

The content of your story should be PG-13 or less. Purposeful sexuality and violence is OK, but keep in mind that these are books for general audiences.

Deadline: All stories must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on March 31, 2021.

How to Submit: Submitting is free and easy. Just follow these simple steps:
1) Create a free Ohio Writers’ Association account (register here).
2) Confirm your account via the email you registered.
3) Log into your account at
4) After logging in, click on the link that says “Outcasts: An Anthology –> Submit a Story Now
5) Fill out the simple form and upload your work.

Note that you must upload a PDF. If you don’t know how to create a PDF you can find instructions here.

If you have any trouble creating an account or submitting, just email us at and we’ll be happy to help.

OWA members with free accounts may submit one story. Members with “Writer” level accounts ($35/yr) or greater may submit up to three stories.

Compensation: Authors who are selected for publication will receive $10 per story upon acceptance of our publishing offer as well as royalties. In return, we ask for exclusive rights to your story for up to one year from the date of publication.

Story Rights: When you submit your story, you retain all of your rights to your work. If your story is selected for publication, you’ll receive an offer and publishing agreement at that time which you are free to accept or reject.

Who is eligible? You must be an “Ohio author” to submit to this anthology. If you live in Ohio now, have lived in Ohio in the past, currently attend or have graduated from an Ohio school, or have another significant tie to the state of Ohio, you qualify.

Ready to submit? Get started right now. Log into your account now, or create a new account. Submissions will be open until March 31, 2021.

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