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!


Outcasts: An Anthology Story Selection

Thank you for your patience during our judging period. We have selected the final stories for Outcasts: An Anthology. Thank you to the following authors for sharing their stories with us!

Diane Callahan “Man in the Box”

Carnegie Euclid “Little Jimmy”

Mary McFarland “Best If Used By”

Krista Hilton “Good Friday”

David Simon “Treetown”

George Pallas “Number 385712”

Joseph Graves “The Priest and the Robot”

Stephen Kaczmarek “A Tummy Rub for Gaffney”

Devon Ortega “The Bear”

Mike Sieminski “Parquet to the Past”

Steven Kenneth Smith “Axman”

D. Wayne Moore “Sensible Attire”

Stella Ling “The Suitor”

Curtis Deeter “Those Who Slip Through”

Brian Luke “The New Chastisement”

Brad Pauquette “For Sale. Handmade.”

Brian Johnson and Elora Lyons “The Fog of Fate”

Emily Jones “In the Beginning”

Thank you again to everyone who submitted. The judges had a great selection of stories to choose from. We will keep you posted as our anthology develops!

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!

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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Workshop Materials Available

Workshop materials are now available for our upcoming online workshop on March 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET. Log into your Ohio Writers’ Association member account and click the link for Workshop Materials to access the stories for our March workshop. If you haven’t submitted anything, you are still welcome and encouraged to attend. If you would like to attend, you MUST RSVP by sending an email to workshops@ohiowriters.org. If you have already sent us an RSVP, you will receive a link to the meeting at 6:45 p.m. ET on March 3rd.

 Please come prepared to discuss all the submissions. Have questions about the workshop? Email us at info@OhioWriters.org.

We look forward to seeing you via Zoom on March 3rd!

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Join Our Members Only Facebook Group

Want to get connected with other local writers? Join our Ohio Writers’ Association Facebook group for members only here! This is a place where we can share writing victories, publishing opportunities, and the struggles of the craft. Find inspiration and accountability by connecting with other writers. We grow in community.

Right now, the group is buzzing about the upcoming anthology. We are sharing our progress and keeping each other motivated as we approach the submission window. You can be part of the conversation.

Not a member of the Ohio Writers’ Association yet? It’s free and easy. You can sign up here.

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Publishing Opportunity for Ohio Writers!

Your story could be in our next publication! We are opening submissions for our next anthology about outcasts, and we want to see what you can do. We want stories that explore what connects us and what happens when we lose those connections. We want to see humanity from the outside looking in. Submissions open March 1, 2021!

We have a very special guest for this anthology! Our foreword will be written by none other than actor, director, and writer Dan Fogler of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Walking Dead, Fogler’s Fictions, and so many more amazing projects!

The complete anthology will be released in the fall of 2021, to all major markets in print and digital formats.

Word Count: 1,000 to 10,000 words

Genre: Any

Submission Period: March 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021

Submission Cost: You may submit one story to this project for free!  “Writer” level OWA members may submit up to three stories for consideration.

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.

It is free to submit a story for consideration to this anthology.  Writer members of the Ohio Writers’ Association may submit two additional stories for consideration.

Submitting is easy! Log into your account at ohiowriters.org and click the Outcasts: An Anthology?Submit a Story Now link to submit. Not a member? Sign up for free today!

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.

“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.”

Have questions? Please reach out to us at info@OhioWriters.org.

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