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

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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 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

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! Beginning March 1, 2021, there will be a link on our homepage for submissions. Log into your account and click the 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

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Central Ohio Workshop Open for Submissions September 16th

Get your work ready for the next workshop. We will be accepting submissions beginning on September 16th. Unless you plan on being the only audience for your work, feedback is crucial to developing your writing. Don’t miss this opportunity for a free peer critique.

We are passionate about supporting writers of every skill level. Have questions about the workshop? Ask them here

Six Excellent Reasons to Join Our Writers’ Forum

From writers’ workshops, to seminars and contests, we do our best to make sure we’re The Writerproviding our members with the best resources we can muster. Out of these, one of the most valuable (and little known) tools we offer is our Writers’ Forum.

The Writers’ Forum is a private community where writers can post work 24/7, and receive objective feedback from other writers. 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.

To show you just how awesome the Writers’ Forum can be, we’ve created a nifty list of six excellent reasons to join the CCC Writers’ group:

TL;DR version: Participating in a writers’ forum is a great way to improve your writing, help other writers, and get active in the writing community. Become a CCC Writer Member here to gain access to the forum. 

1. You’re considering submitting a story to a publication, but you want to make sure it’s ready. The folks on the forum have no reason to lie to you. If something’s not working in your story they’ll let you know. If you’re seriously pursuing publication, this type of honest feedback is invaluable. 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.

2. You’re a new writer who’s testing your chops. Putting your work out there is scary. If you’re not quite ready to face a room full of writers at a writers’ workshop, the writers’ forum is a great way to get your feet wet. The folks who use the forum are honest, but trolling, meanness, and bad attitudes are prohibited. Go for it!

3. You’re not able to get to a writers’ workshop. Whether you’re limited by a crazy work schedule, a growing family, or you’re physically or geographically incapable of getting out to a writers’ workshop, you can get feedback on your work from home on the writers’ forum. While nothing can truly compare to face-to-face feedback, the writers’ forum is a great substitute.

5. You’re looking for submission opportunities. Each week we post a submission opportunity from an outside publication. Scrolling through sites like Duotrope or Writer’s Digest for submission opportunities can be tedious and time-consuming. We do the time-wasting for you! We vet publication opportunities and post only those we think are legitimate, interesting and worth pursuing.

6. You want to swap writing tips, or discuss the craft. The Writers’ Forum has a separate section for “General Discussion.” Whether you’re sharing a cool article, or asking for advice on writing your query letter, there are a host of other writers waiting to chime in.

7. Help other writers while sharpening your own skills. Other writers are taking the time to review your work, and we assume that you’ll return the favor by giving feedback now and then. In addition to helping your fellow writer, providing constructive criticism is a great way to hone your writing skills. Learning to see and articulate what doesn’t work in the writing of others, in turn makes you better at recognizing the same problems in your own work. Everybody wins.

We all have a stack of half-finished stories, sitting sadly in a file labeled “Writing Crap.” Why not throw one on the Writers’ Forum, and see if you don’t get unstuck?

If you’re not already a CCC Writer Member, you can easily become one by clicking here. In addition to access to the Writers’ Forum, a Writer Membership comes with tons of other cool perks, including discounts on books, extra anthology submissions, and discounts at our partner business.

Questions about the Writers’ Forum, membership, or any other aspect of Columbus Creative Cooperative? Contact us here.

In Loving Memory of Birney Reed

Birney Reed, Author
Birney Reed, Author

I learned today of the passing of a dear friend, and a man who contributed much to Columbus Creative Cooperative.

Birney Reed, an author and CCC member since 2011, passed away at the age of 63.  Birney was a wonderful conversationalist, an intelligent man who had a story for everything.

Birney’s short stories were featured in several of our books, including “Shore Leave” in Overgrown, “Rerun” in While You Were Out and “2124: Finder’s Fee” in Columbus.

Here is Birney’s bio, which was posted to our blog after the release of Overgrown.

coachmanHe also published a collection of his own stories with Bad Dream Entertainment in the fall of 2014.  The book is called The Tales of Victor Coachman.

Birney was a fixture at our writers’ workshops, read every word of every story and was always ready with thoughtful feedback.  Even after moving to Florida, he was our most faithful contributor to the writers’ forum.  If you posted a story on the forum, Birney was always the first to provide feedback.

Birney Reed as Captain Hook at Bishop Hartley, circa 1968.
Birney Reed as Captain Hook at Bishop Hartley, circa 1968.

Birney volunteered at countless festivals and markets.  With a history in sales and marketing, he never backed down from the chance to hawk books, and he loved to share his work with readers.

Something about Columbus Creative Cooperative clicked with Birney, it just made sense to him for some reason.  And he gave of himself tirelessly to support the group.  As a result, he shaped much of what we do and the organization truly wouldn’t be what it is today without his influence.

Birney and I became close friends during the few years that I knew him.  Even though he was 35 years my senior, there was something between us that allowed us to connect as peers, as equals.  Birney could be a real pain in the butt sometimes, and he’d never hesitate to tell me what he thought.  But we shared a mutual respect and love for each other, and as such, our conversations were honest and comfortable.

I’ll miss talking to my friend Birney Reed.  We talked about nearly everything.  He was typically the cynic, I played the part of the hopeful idealist.  He was a worthy adversary in debate.

I’d like to share the very last two sentences he ever said to me, via an e-mail on December 17.  A couple of days before, he had a close call with a heart attack, which was not his first.  His heart stopped for several minutes, and he told me in detail about visiting heaven before being recalled to earth by his wife’s voice.

The coolest of cool result from all this is I now know there is something else and there is nothing to be afraid of.

You take care of yourself my friend and I will see you when I see you.

Here’s to you, Birney.  I’ll see you when I see you.

Birney Reed, 1951-2015

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

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 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.