Outcasts: An Anthology Now Available!

Outcasts: An Anthology is now available for purchase! We have eighteen short stories that will transport you across a vast range of experiences, realities, and disconnections.

Stories of wizards, prisoners, preachers, and robots. They stick out. They change the conversation. They challenge the traditional narrative. They fascinate us with their ability to act, to dissent, to dare.

It’s rare to find someone who has never experienced the feeling of “otherness”—that isolating feeling of being different and misunderstood. We all are alone in one way or another. We have all felt what it’s like to be on the outside looking in.

Being an outcast can sometimes mean depravity, sometimes sorrow, and sometimes joy. Being normal is nice, but being an outcast is truly an essential aspect to the human experience.

With a foreword by Dan Fogler of The Walking Dead and Fantastic Beasts, Outcasts includes short stories by some of Ohio’s finest authors.

You can find it here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Outcasts-Short-Stories-Ohios-Writers/dp/1633375463

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/outcasts-dan-fogler/1140231136?ean=9781633375468

Please make sure to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads!

Rolling Out a Second Workshop!

We have exciting news! We will be holding two workshops every month starting in September! One will be a Zoom workshop held on the first Wednesday of the month. The second workshop will be in person in Pickerington, Ohio on the third Wednesday of the month. You can check the calendar to see the dates for the online and in person workshops. 

With your options in front of you, it is time to open submissions for the Zoom workshop that will be held on September 1, 2021. You may submit to the Zoom workshop only. Please put “Zoom Workshop” in the subject line of your submission. Our second in person workshop will be held on September 15th, and we will call for submissions for that workshop at a later date.

If you’d like peer feedback on your work at this workshop, please email it to us at workshops@ohiowriters.org no later than Friday morning August 20, 2021. You may submit a short story (up to 10,000 words), novel chapters (up to 5,000 words), essays, poetry, or whatever else you’re working on. Please submit your work as a PDF. We would also appreciate it if you put the author’s name on the first page, page numbers, and a brief synopsis if part of a larger work.

You MUST BE PRESENT (ONLINE) to receive feedback. Please only submit your work if you’re confident that you can attend.

We will meet via Zoom. Everyone who has submitted work will receive a Zoom link about 15 minutes ahead of the meeting on September 1, 2021. If you would like to attend but do not plan to submit work, please send an email to workshops@ohiowriters.org to be included on the invite list.

Writers’ Workshop: Live Online Peer Critique – July 7th

We’ll host a live online writers’ workshop on Wednesday evening, July 7, 2021 at 7pm ET.

All are welcome to attend. There is no cost.You do NOT need to be a paid OWA member.

If you’d like peer feedback on your work at this workshop, please email it to us at workshops@ohiowriters.org no later than Saturday morning June 26, 2021. You may submit a short story (up to 10,000 words), novel chapters (up to 5,000 words), essays, poetry, or whatever else you’re working on. Please submit your work as a PDF.

You MUST BE PRESENT (ONLINE) to receive feedback. Please only submit your work if you’re confident that you can attend.

We will meet via Zoom. Everyone who has submitted work will receive a Zoom link about 15 minutes ahead of the meeting on July 7th. If you would like to attend but do not plan to submit work, please send an email to workshops@ohiowriters.org to be included on the invite list.

Only those who have been invited to the workshop will be able to view the meeting. It won’t be made available publicly.

As usual, we will make the work we’re discussing available for download one week before the workshop, so that everyone has a chance to download it and read it before the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact us at workshops@ohiowriters.org. We’ll see you on the 7th!

Writers’ Workshop: Live Online Peer Critique – June 2nd

We’ll host a live online writers’ workshop on Wednesday evening, June 2, 2021 at 7pm ET.

All are welcome to attend. There is no cost.You do NOT need to be a paid OWA member.

If you’d like peer feedback on your work at this workshop, please email it to us at workshops@ohiowriters.org no later than Saturday morning May 22, 2021. You may submit a short story (up to 10,000 words), novel chapters (up to 5,000 words), essays, poetry, or whatever else you’re working on. Please submit your work as a PDF.

You MUST BE PRESENT (ONLINE) to receive feedback. Please only submit your work if you’re confident that you can attend.

We will meet via Zoom. Everyone who has submitted work will receive a Zoom link about 15 minutes ahead of the meeting on June 2nd. If you would like to attend but do not plan to submit work, please send an email to workshops@ohiowriters.org to be included on the invite list.

Only those who have been invited to the workshop will be able to view the meeting. It won’t be made available publicly.

As usual, we will make the work we’re discussing available for download one week before the workshop, so that everyone has a chance to download it and read it before the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact us at workshops@ohiowriters.org. We’ll see you on the 2nd!


Writers’ Workshop: Live Online Peer Critique – May 5th

We’ll host a live online writers’ workshop on Wednesday evening, May 5, 2021 at 7pm ET.

All are welcome to attend. There is no cost.You do NOT need to be a paid OWA member.

If you’d like peer feedback on your work at this workshop, please email it to us at workshops@ohiowriters.org no later than Monday morning April 26, 2021. You may submit a short story (up to 10,000 words), novel chapters (up to 5,000 words), essays, poetry, or whatever else you’re working on. Please submit your work as a PDF.

You MUST BE PRESENT (ONLINE) to receive feedback. Please only submit your work if you’re confident that you can attend.

We will meet via Zoom. Everyone who has submitted work will receive a Zoom link about 15 minutes ahead of the meeting on May 5th. If you would like to attend but do not plan to submit work, please send an email to workshops@ohiowriters.org to be included on the invite list.

Only those who have been invited to the workshop will be able to view the meeting. It won’t be made available publicly.

As usual, we will make the work we’re discussing available for download one week before the workshop, so that everyone has a chance to download it and read it before the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact us at workshops@ohiowriters.org. We’ll see you on the 5th!

Outcasts: An Anthology Submissions Closed

The submission period for Outcasts: An Anthology is closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted for consideration in our upcoming anthology. We received an amazing amount of quality stories, and we can’t wait to read them all!

We will begin contacting authors regarding publication in Outcasts: An Anthology in May. A complete list of authors included in the anthology will be posted by May 30, 2021. Thank you in advance for your patience!

Outcasts: An Anthology, Less Than a Week to Submit

We are getting ready to assemble an epic anthology, and 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. That is less than a week away!

It is free to submit, and great rewards await. Authors will be compensated for their work as well as having a chance to meet Dan Fogler of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Walking Dead 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 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 OhioWriters.org.

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.

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

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 OhioWriters.org.
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 info@ohiowriters.org 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.

Have questions? Email us at publishing@ohiowriters.org.

Submissions for Outcasts: An Anthology

Today is the day! We are accepting submissions for Outcasts: An Anthology! with special guest foreword by Dan Fogler of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Walking Dead. It is free to submit! Log into your account and click “Member Home.” Our member home page has a link to submit. 

Stories are already coming in, and we can’t wait to dig in and start reading. Will your story be in our next book?

Have questions? Please ask! Send us an email at publishing@ohiowriters.org

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Cover Reveal – Outcasts: An Anthology

We have big news! Our upcoming anthology has a cover, and we are excited to reveal it here!

We will begin accepting submissions on March 1, 2021. It’s just a few days away, and we can’t wait to read everyone’s outcast stories. What happens when we lose our connections? What new horizons await when we reach the edge of everything we know? Ladies and gentlemen, send us your stories.

You can find more information about the anthology here!  

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