Goodreads Giveaway: For the Road

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This week only, enter our Goodreads Giveaway for a shot at winning one of five paperback copies of our latest anthology, For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways.

Enter to win your copy here.

For the Road is a collection of short stories featuring 10 authors from around the country.

The book opens with Noell Wolfgram Evans’ story “Going South,” in which you’ll find an unusual pair of travelling companions. (One of them is a duck.) The book closes with Alice G. Otto’s story “Shadow of the Spider” — a haunting story of madness told in masterful prose. The eight stories in-between range from literary fiction, to tales of a dystopian future. No matter what your preference, For the Road is sure to thrill and entertain.

This giveaway will close on February 9th, 2015 and is free to enter. The regular price of the book is $14.95.

Good luck in the giveaway and happy reading!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

For the Road by Emily Hitchcock

For the Road

by Emily Hitchcock

Giveaway ends February 09, 2015.

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at Goodreads.

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Sunday — Folk & Fiction Columbus

Join us for Folk & Fiction Columbus this Sunday, 01/25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Java Central Coffee House- 20 S State St, Westerville, Ohio 43081. Our third Folk & Fiction in Columbus brings together talented artists from across the state.

Join the Facebook event here.

Two authors from our latest anthology, For the Road, will read their short stories of America’s highways. Musical acts will include local musicians Victoria Parks and Jamie Sagle. This event is free and open to the public. You do NOT need to be a CCC member to attend.

Noell Wolfgram Evans will be reading his short story “Going South.” Noell has written a number of fiction and non-fiction pieces including the books We Are Not All Winners and Animators of Film and Television. As a playwright, his work has been produced across the country–from a theatre stage in New York City to an elevator in Kentucky. A two-time winner of the Thurber Treat Award for Humor Writing, he’s also written for the award winning short films “There Will Be Blocks” and “Faceless.” He is currently working on a better version of this bio.

Emily Hitchcock will be reading her short story “Billy White’s Dog.” Emily is the Deputy Director of Columbus Creative  Cooperative, which is a volunteer position. She works as a project manager and editor for Columbus Publishing Lab, a publishing services provider for author-publishers and small presses.

Find For the Road on here.

For The Road — Now Available!

We released our latest anthology, For the Road, last week. If you haven’t picked up a copy For the road cover2yet, there are plenty of places to nab one.

The book is currently available as a paperback and an e-book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and available for download at all major online retailers. The print book can also be purchased through the store on the CCC website. If you live in the Columbus area, you can find the book at these brick-and-mortar retailers:

  • Cup O’ Joe, Lennox Town Center
  • Kafe Kerouac
  • Stauf’s, Grandview
  • Stauf’s, German Village (formerly Cup O’ Joe)
  • Cup O’ Joe, Downtown Columbus
  • Cherbourg Bakery, Bexley
  • Wholly Craft, Clintonville
  • Cup O’ Joe, Clintonville

For the Road features ten original pieces of short fiction from authors around the country. You’ll find ghosts, hitchhikers, runaways, cannibals and more within these pages. If you like dark, gritty tales of traveling, then this book is for you!

Support independent authors. Read local!

“For the Road” Anthology — Special Thanks

The release party last night was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came to support For the road cover2the anthology authors. For the Road is a fantastic book, and we owe its success to some talented, committed people. As we celebrate the release of our latest anthology, thanks are in order.

Get your copy of “For the Road” here.

Special thanks to the Columbus Publishing Lab team. Their editors and designers were invaluable in the production of this book. Columbus Publishing Lab provides professional publishing services to authors and small presses. CCC members save 5% on all a la carte services, and 10% on all self-publishing packages. Learn more about Columbus Publishing Lab here.

Thanks to Michelle Berki for her cover design work. Michelle did a great job creating a cover that reflects the dark stories in the book. See more of Michelle’s work here.

Last but not least, thanks to all of our members. It’s incredible to watch this community of readers and writers grow and support each other. Without you, none of this would be possible. Learn more about our memberships here.

We hope you enjoy For the Road!

For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways — Table of Contents

It’s finally release day! For the Road features ten short stories by authors from around the For the road cover2country. Below you’ll find the complete table of contents. When you’re finished browsing, be sure to get your copy of our newest anthology. For the Road is available in the CCC store, as well as all major online retailers. Congratulations to all of the authors who were selected for publication in this book!

Find more information about the book, and links to purchase it here.

 This is the complete table of contents:

“Going South” by Noell Wolfgram Evans

“Road Crew” by Brad Pauquette

“Cracked Blacktop” by Ed Davis

“June” by Aaron Behr

“Denial” by Ralph Uttaro

“The Screaming Bridge” by Chris Burnside

“The Summer of Growing Up” by Anne Marie Lutz

“Billy White’s Dog” by Emily Hitchcock

“Rendezvous in Grass Valley” by Wayne Rapp

“Shadow of the Spider” by Alice G. Otto

Come celebrate with us! We’re hosting a release party tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Claddagh Irish Pub- 585 S Front St #100e, Columbus, OH 43215. Stop by, meet the anthology authors and have a drink with us! This event is free and open to the public.

Find the Facebook event here. 

Special thanks to Columbus Publishing Lab for their help with the editing and production of this book, and to Michelle Berki, who designed such a fantastic cover!

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,
Columbus Creative Cooperative is a writers’ resource and independent publisher based in Columbus, Ohio. More information can be found at

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

For the Road Anthology

Production for our latest anthology–For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways–is For the road cover2almost finished! We’re putting the finishing touches on what is going to be a fantastic book.

This anthology features ten original pieces of short fiction from authors around the country. You’ll find ghosts, hitchhikers, runaways, cannibals and more within these pages. If you like dark, gritty tales of traveling, don’t miss For the Road!

Special thanks to Columbus Publishing Lab’s team of editors and designers who helped produce the book, and to Michelle Berki for her cover design.

We’ll be hosting a release party on December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Claddagh Irish Pub- 585 S. Front St #100e, Columbus, OH 43215. Clink glasses with the anthology authors, chat with other writers and enjoy some good old fashioned Irish Pub fare.This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend–everyone is invited!

Join the Facebook event here.

With your help, Columbus Creative Cooperative will keep producing great anthologies like For the Road, and encouraging writers everywhere to support each other with constructive feedback. If you’re not already a CCC Member, please consider joining today. Memberships are affordable, and they come with great perks.

Learn more about our memberships here.

Questions? Contact us.

The Great Novel Contest — Are YOU Ready?

The 2015 Great Novel Contest is less than two months away. Now’s the time to finish writing and start editing if you want your manuscript to be contest-ready by January. Every year we have authors who try to finish last-minute what they should have completed months ago. (If your book ends suddenly with a natural disaster, we WILL know you ran out of time.) There are no extensions!

Find all of The Great Novel Contest details here.

Looking for some motivation to get moving? This year’s winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $1,000, AND consideration from four independent publishers. This means the winning book will bypass the slush pile and go straight to four real, live editors. If they like what they read, you could be offered a publishing contract (or several).

The contest runner-up will receive $500, AND consideration from the four participating publishers. Ten finalists will receive recognition of their achievement, a letter of recommendation for potential agents and publishers, and a free copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.

As an added bonus, we’ve lowered the $40 entry fee of previous years to $25.

Participating publishers include:

  • Columbus Press“We believe that a book’s greatest asset is its writer. We work closely with our authors to ensure that the final product, everything from the book design to the marketing plan, is consistent with their expectations for the project.”
  • Elephant Rock Books“Think of us like Penguin Random House, minus the huge overhead, 60% market share, enormous backlist and German overlords. We publish handsome books, quality fiction and nonfiction that you won’t forget.”
  • Page Spring Publishing“We believe that the best part of reading is discovering a book that speaks to you, a book for which you will postpone dinner, or sleep, or even calling your mother . . . just to finish one more chapter.”
  • Raw Dog Screaming Press “[We’re] dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. If it’s dark, deviant, off-kilter and thought provoking we will sniff it out.”

Get off the Internet and get your manuscript ready to be read! (But get back on the Internet eventually to check out our upcoming publisher spotlights.)

Join The Great Novel Contest Facebook event here.

Questions? Contact us.

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.


Thank You for the Anthology Submissions!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a short story for consideration for our For the Road anthology!  We appreciate every submission, and every single story we receive will be considered by a live human being.

Where do we go from here?

Next, out Writer Members will help us to review all of the stories we’ve received, and to narrow down the list to the best submissions.  At that point, our book editors will take the remaining group and select the stories that will be best for this particular book.

It will take us many weeks to finish this process.  In August, we’ll be in touch with everyone who submitted a story, to alert you of the status of your story.

Please do not e-mail regarding the status of your story, unless you haven’t heard from us by August 15.

Thank you again for submitting.  We wouldn’t be able to produce anthologies of the quality that we do if you didn’t give us such an amazing pool of stories from which to choose.