We’ve Moved – 620 Alum Creek Dr., Suite 304

We’ve moved!  Our new location is 620 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus, OH 43205.  We’re on the third floor of the building in suite 304.

We’ve loved our time at The Salt Mines over the past couple of years.  But we’re looking forward to this new chapter, in which we’ll have full autonomy over our space.

From July 1 onward, all meetings and events will be held at this new location, unless otherwise posted.  Click here to see the new location on Google Maps.

We share the building with Life Church, and several other businesses.  Life Church owns the building, so when in doubt, look for their giant sign in the front yard.   It may be at least a few weeks before our signage is also out in front of the building.

This location is easily accessed from I-70, and is literally seconds off of the highway.

When coming east on I-70, get off at the Main St. exit (not the Alum Creek Dr. exit).  The Main St. exit will spit you out onto Alum Creek Dr. and the building will be a half mile down on your right, before you get to Main St.

When headed west on I-70, take the Livingston Ave. exit.  Turn left off of the exit onto Livingston Ave., then take an immediate right onto Alum Creek Dr.  The building will be about a half mile down on your right, before you get to Main St.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to seeing you in our new home soon!

The Writers’ Forum is Open!

Our Writers’ Workshops come just once a month, but the CCC Writers’ Forum is open 24/7. The Writers’ Forum is a private community where writers can post work 24/7, and receive objective feedback from other writers.

Learn more about our Writers’ Forum here.

The submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II is nearing the halfway point. If you’ve yet to submit a story, why not upload your draft to the forum, get some feedback and polish up your submission before you submit? We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing publication, whether with us, or through any other outlet, to seek an honest critique, and then revise, revise, revise.

If something’s not working in your story, find out about it now. Don’t waste your shot with an editor by submitting a story that’s not ready. Get some feedback, use it to make your story better, and THEN submit.

The forum is also a great outlet for those who are unable to make it to our monthly Writers’ Workshops, or anyone who’s looking for immediate feedback on a story.

To ensure we’re facilitating a place for serious exchange, the forum is only open to paid CCC Members. (A Writer Membership is just $15/year.) There are no ads, no trolling, and no self-promotion.

Here’s how to get started on the Writers’ Forum:

If you’re already a CCC Writer Member, simply log into your CCC account, and click on “Writers’ Forum” in the Members Only area of the website.

If you’re not a CCC Member, click here to sign up, and then follow the instructions above.

If you’ve registered for a free CCC Peer account, you can upgrade your membership to gain access to the forum by logging in, and clicking “Upgrade Account.”

Questions about the Writers’ Forum? Contact us here.


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 ColumbusCoop.org.
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.

Guest Post — Hannah Douglas: The Great Novel Contest Deadline is Near!

Hannah Douglas– freelance writer/journalist, CCC volunteer for The Great Novel The Great Novel Contest 2015Contest— wrote this guest post on defeating deadlines, and the importance of the The Great Novel Contest 2015 deadline. Visit Hannah’s website for the original post: here

Let me just be straight. I don’t like deadlines. What kind of person likes them, really?

When I’m on deadline, I’d much rather make a sandwich. And then do the dishes after eating said sandwich. And then clean the entire house because if the dishes are done, then everything else must be clean, right? Then maybe I’ll call a friend to see if they need their dishes done or their house cleaned. OK. Enough.

Deadlines can put a lot of pressure on the creative process, placing a time stamp on a thought, an idea for a book, can seem so wrong! I’m writing. Don’t rush me.

Regardless of my strong disdain for deadlines, they exist to help move us forward. When it comes to The Great Novel Contest, maybe the deadline is in your favor! Deadlines could just be that inspiration you need to achieve your goals. You can finally polish off that manuscript and turn in a completed work that you love.

Learn more about The Great Novel Contest here.

Sometimes I’ll make my own self-imposed deadlines, and include a twisted rewards system to go along with it, just to make sure I finish a project. I’ll think of an angle for this story by 5p.m. No more coffee until I get this paragraph right. I can have these emails sent by tonight. Those 500 words will be done by Friday, and then I’ll have a big fancy dinner at a big fancy restaurant. And so on. You can judge me, but that’s my own process. You have your own.

I had to make a deadline for myself in order to finish writing this blog post. If not for that fake deadline, you probably wouldn’t be reading this.

It’s also really great when you turn your work in early! Beating the deadline can be a tremendous feeling. And The Great Novel Contest is no exception!

When I really wanted to get something done, I’ve also asked friends or editors to create deadlines for me, so that I can complete the work they’re wanting in time. I hated doing it, and I felt a little weird, but in the end, the story ran on time, and we all lived happily ever after!

But remember, deadlines are only effective if you actually meet them.

Whether you’re imposing your own fake deadlines or asking your friends to give you fake deadlines, let me assure you, the deadline of January 31, 2015 for The Great Novel Contest is very real. So real it’s almost here. So, what are you waiting for? It feels really good when you meet your deadlines! And receiving prizes for the contest feels really good too- just in case you need more of an incentive to make the deadline.

For more details on contest prizes and rules, visit www.greatnovelcontest.com. Or check out the Facebook page, here.

Guest Post: Christopher Stollar on The Great Novel Contest 2015

The Great Novel Contest is underway! Each year we receive tons of submissions from The Great Novel Contest 2015talented authors who have worked hard to perfect their manuscript. We recently had a chat with CCC Member Christopher Stollar, who is submitting his first novel to The Great Novel Contest this year.

Find the contest rules and instructions for entering here.

CCC: Did you submit to last year’s novel contest?

Christopher: I didn’t submit to last year’s contest because I wanted the writers at Columbus Creative Cooperative to critique my manuscript first — and hopefully find all of its flaws before the judges do.

CCC: Why did you decide to submit to TGNC 2015? Did you have any reservations?

Christopher: I didn’t have any reservations. In fact, I wanted to see how well my novel could fight among the competition.

CCC: What are you submitting?

Christopher: I’m submitting my first book, The Black Lens. It’s a dark psychological mystery  about a teenage girl and her sister who fight back at the pimp that forces them into sex trafficking in a small American town.

CCC: That sounds really interesting! What did you do to prepare your novel for submission to The Great Novel Contest?

Christopher: I have spent the last three years researching, writing and editing my manuscript. That includes interviews with prostitutes, police officers and social workers. Most recently, I have spent the past three months making dozens of edits suggested by the writers at Columbus Creative Cooperative.

CCC: Have you submitted to any novel contests in the past?

Christopher: This is my first novel and contest.

CCC: What part of the contest are you most excited about?

Christopher: I’m excited to see if my book makes it into the top 10. That would give me an objective sense of encouragement, which my mom just can’t provide.

CCC: Have you shopped your novel around to publishers?

Christopher: I have pitched my manuscript to 44 agents since Aug. 29. So far, 17 have gotten back to me with rejection letters. However, I did receive one encouraging comment from an agent: “Your book has an interesting synopsis, exploring the shady world of sex trafficking and using photography as a weapon against it.”

CCC: If you win, how will you spend your prize money?

Christopher: I will donate a portion to a nonprofit organization that fights sex trafficking. Then I will put the rest of the prize money toward a trip with my wife. she has spent the past three years both encouraging and critiquing my work — and she deserves a break.

CCC: Who has helped you along the way with your novel?

Christopher: I have relied each day on God, the Great Author, my mom, who kindled my love for writing, my wife, who kept those embers burning, and more than a dozen writers who torched my drafts until one survived the fire.

CCC: Why do you write?

Christopher: I love the thrill of creating a new world, one that belongs just to you, your characters — and any reader who wants to join.

Find rules and instructions for entering The Great Novel Contest here. Submit your novel before January 31, 2015 for a chance to win $1000 and priority consideration from four independent publishers. 

Call for Coordinators

Our coordinators keep CCC’s wheels turning, and new resources coming. Each year these positions roll over, and we put out a call to the public for new coordinators. If you’re interested in helping out  in 2015, now’s your chance to become more involved in our community, and provide valuable help to your fellow writers. All of the roles available are year long positions, some of which are paid. Take a look at what’s available, and email emily@ohiowriters.org if you’re interested in volunteering in 2015. Be sure to specify which position you’re interested in pursuing.

Workshop Coordinator– This coordinator is responsible for answering questions about our monthly writers’ workshops, and collecting the workshop work each month. This person must be very responsive and able to sort and pass the workshop stories to the webmaster quickly. This is a volunteer position. Requires 2-4 hours per month.

Distribution Coordinator– This is a paid coordinator position. The Distribution Coordinator is responsible for making sure our anthologies are delivered to various vendors throughout Columbus. This includes personally making deliveries. The Distribution Coordinator must be a responsible individual, have reliable transportation and be able to accurately stock, invoice, and document deliveries with honesty and accuracy. This coordinator is also responsible for scouting out new local retailers to sell CCC anthologies. This position is compensated on a commission basis, but this is not currently a full-time position. Requires 6-20 hours per month.

The Great Novel Contest Coordinator– This coordinator is responsible for administrating The Great Novel Contest. This role includes finding judges, establishing rules and procedures, overseeing the marketing of the contest, answering emails from the public and overseeing the collection of submissions for the Great Novel Contest. This position is compensated on a commission basis. Requires 20-40 hours per contest.

Contest Coordinator- The contest coordinator is responsible for administrating contests (excepting The Great Novel Contest). This role includes coming up with contest ideas, marketing contests, establishing rules and procedures, answering emails from the public and choosing and distributing contest prizes. This is a volunteer position. Requires 4-6 hours per month.

Community Coordinator– This coordinator is the ambassador to our community partners. This coordinator is in charge of disseminating partner news on the blog and social media, as well as seeking out new partners and partner discounts with local retailers. Requires 2-6 hours per month.

Staff Designer- The staff designer will design marketing media for Columbus Creative Cooperative. This is a volunteer position, but larger jobs may be compensated. Requires 2-3 hours per month for volunteer tasks. Paid tasks vary in time commitment.

Festival/Event Coordinator– This coordinator is responsible for managing CCC’s retail operations at festivals and events around Columbus and neighboring areas, including staffing the booth with volunteers. This position includes finding, researching and applying to be a retailer at festivals and events. Requires 2-10 hours per month. Time commitment varies seasonally.

Staff Proofreader – This individual is responsible for proofreading all marketing materials, website pages and published work that Columbus Creative Cooperative produces. This will be an ongoing task, with a substantial number of hours required when a book is produced. This is a volunteer position, but compensation will be provided for larger projects. Requires 2-3 hours per month for volunteer tasks. Larger projects typically require 6-12 hours each.

Publicity Coordinator– The publicity coordinator is responsible for creating and sending press releases, soliciting media for press coverage, as well as sharing and disseminating event information, publishing opportunities and other CCC-related events to numerous writing groups and media outlets. This is a volunteer position. Requires 2-6 hours per month.

 Educational Coordinator– This coordinator is responsible for finding and administrating seminars and other educational opportunities relevant to the CCC audience. Duties include finding speakers, finding venues, publicizing events and answering questions from the public about planned events. Requires 2-6 hours per month.

If you’re willing to invest some time and effort into one of these positions, we’d love to speak with you. Email emily@ohiowriters.org specifying which position you’re interested in pursuing.

PR: “For the Road” Anthology to be Released Dec. 10

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For the Road Anthology to be Released Dec. 10 

Columbus, Ohio — Columbus Creative Cooperative is proud to announce the release of its latest anthology, For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways.

For the Road takes readers into the minds of ten exceptional authors, collecting tales from the highway. America has a great literary tradition of the road – from Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and The Grapes of Wrath, to Kerouac’s On the Road, the highway has consistently represented a place of adventure and the prospect of something better over the horizon. From literary fiction, to science fiction and ghost stories, CCC’s new anthology examines the world from hearth and home.

“One thing that’s really excited me about this book is the variety of genres and interests it represents,” said Brad Pauquette, CCC director. “I think it’s one of the best anthologies our members have produced so far.”

The public is invited to celebrate the anthology’s launch at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 10 at the Claddagh Irish Pub, 585 S. Front Street, Columbus. The launch party is free and open to the public, and will provide a chance to clink glasses with anthology authors, chat with other writers, enjoy some Irish pub fare and pick up a copy of For the Road.

Find the Facebook event here.

CCC’s ninth anthology, For the Road will be available in paperback and e-book formats on December 10. Copies can be purchased from CCC’s online store, columbuscoop.org/store.
Columbus Creative Cooperative is a writers’ resource and independent publisher based in Columbus, Ohio. More information can be found at www.ColumbusCoop.org.

What: For the Road, CCC’s new anthology, release party
Where: Claddagh Irish Pub, 585 S Front Street, Columbus
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 10

Lin Rice
CCC Publicity Coordinator

Monthly Member News — October 2014

Each month we highlight the accomplishments of our Writer Member members and Sponsor members with our Monthly Member News. If you have news to share, email email@ohiowriters.org.

The Abundant Bohemian by Joe Downing was recently published by Columbus Publishing Lab. Joe’s book is a guide to living an alternative lifestyle while still making  a living. Find The Abundant Bohemian here.

Nice work, Joe!

The Tales of Victor Coachman by Birney Reed was recently published by Bad Dream Entertainment. The book has been nominated for a Stoker Award in the short story collection category. Find The Tales of Victor Coachman here. 

Congratulations, Birney!

“Culling” (a vignette) by Heather Sinclair Shaw was recently published in Vine Leaves Literary Journal. You can read Heather’s story online here.

Great work, Heather!

Clare R. by Ryan Blessing was recently published by Columbus Publishing Lab. This debut romantic comedy tells the story of a chance meeting, and the love that develops afterward. Find Clare R. here. 

Congratulations, Ryan!

“Ezra’s Mission” by Janet Slike was recently published in The Screech Owl Magazine. Read Janet’s story online here.

Nice work, Janet!

If you’re not already a Writer Member, please consider registering or upgrading and supporting Columbus Creative Cooperative. Membership comes with a ton of great benefits in addition to supporting the events and resources CCC provides to writers.

Learn more about membership here.


Monthly Member News — September 2014

Our members are awesome and we want to help spread the word! Every month we highlight the accomplishments of our Writer and Sponsor Members in our Monthly Member News.

The Light Catcher by Cynthia Rosi is now available to pre-order. The book features a strong female protagonist, paranormal experiences and mystery. Assent Publishing will be releasing the book on October 17. Pre-order The Light Catcher here.

Nice work, Cynthia!

Hagridden by Samuel Snoek-Brown was recently released by Columbus Press. Hagridden is set in Civil War times against the backdrop of the war-ravaged bayou. Two women, stranded and alone, fight to survive. Find Hagridden here.

Congratulations, Sam!

The Self-Publishing Handbook by Brad Pauquette was recently released by Columbus Press. The handbook clearly and concisely highlights the essential processes for producing a great book. Learn the five key steps to professional self-publishing while avoiding common pitfalls. Find The Self-Publishing Handbook here.

Congratulations, Brad!

Chris Minton was recently awarded first place in a Brilliant Flash Fiction contest. Participants were given the first half of a story, and instructed to finish it while staying under a strict word limit. Chris’s story was picked out of 187 entries! Read his winning story here. (The stories are listed alphabetically. Keep scrolling until you get to the “M” section!)

Way to go, Chris!

If you are a Writer Member or a Sponsor Member with news to share, email Emily@ohiowriters.org. The Monthly Member News is released once a month to spread the word about our members’ accomplishments.

If you’re not already a Writer Member, please consider registering or upgrading and supporting Columbus Creative Cooperative. Membership comes with a ton of great benefits in addition to supporting the events and resources CCC provides to writers.

Learn more about membership here.


New Events Added

If you haven’t looked at our calendar recently, it’s time to check it out! We’ve recently added tons of upcoming CCC events. These dates are coming up fast-

03/27- Last day to submit for our ‘Ohio Springs Forth’ flash fiction contest

03/31-Last day to support the Read Local movement with an awesome T-shirt

04/05- Workshop Leadership Training

04/09- Self-Publishing Seminar

You can also check the date of our next writers’ workshop or browse festivals and other events we’ll be attending in Columbus.

Check the calendar here.

We need volunteers for each festival listed on the calendar. Festival volunteers help us man/woman the CCC booth, talk to festival goers about what we do and enjoy the atmosphere. Becoming a festival volunteer is a great way to help out CCC, meet new people and experience some of the best Columbus festivals in the shade. 🙂

If you’re interested in volunteering, email Festival Coordinator Aaron Behr at aaron@ohiowriters.org

If you enjoy the events, classes and workshops CCC hosts, we hope you’ll decide to purchase a Read Local T-shirt. $7 of each T-shirt sale goes to CCC to help fund cool opportunities like the ones you’ll find on our calendar.

There isn’t any branding on the T-shirts. Rather than choosing to advertise Columbus Creative Cooperative, we want to promote the idea that “Reading Local” is important. We think it’s important  to support local writers, and we hope you do too.

Click here to order a cool T-shirt here and support reading local

Read Local Tshirt