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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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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The Great Novella Contest – Now Accepting Submissions

The Ohio Writers’ Association is excited to announce the Great Novella Contest, sponsored by Columbus Publishing Lab. This contest opens on August 16, 2018 and will accept submissions through September 27, 2018.

Submissions are open to novellas only (15k–35k words). The winner of this contest will be offered a publishing contract with Ragged Crow, an imprint of OWA and publisher of the Columbus Creative Cooperative series of anthologies.

There is no fee to enter this contest, but you must be a writer with ties to Ohio  (more details below), and you must be a member of the Ohio Writers’ Association (which is free).

Writer and Patron members of OWA may submit up to three novellas to this contest. Peer (Free) and Supporting members may only submit one novella.

Why novellas?

Too short to shop around to most publishing houses, but too long to find a home in a magazine or collection of short stories, novellas are the proverbial middle child. We have a hunch that there are a wealth of novellas languishing in drawers without good homes. The Great Novella Contest is a mechanism to see what short work is out there, and put one great piece of writing on the map.

Attention spans are shorter, people are busy, and there’s an unmet demand for books that can be consumed quickly. We think novellas are the next big (small) thing.

Submission details: A team of judges selected by the Ohio Writers’ Association will choose the winning manuscript. Every manuscript submitted will be reviewed by at least one judge, without exception.

Genres: All genres are accepted, except for erotica and children’s books.  Ragged Crow does not accept erotica or children’s books, therefore there’s no merit to winning the contest.

Minimum Word Count: 15,000 words
Maximum Word Count: 35,000 words

Qualifications for “Ohio Author”: Authors must have ties to Ohio to submit, which can include:

  • born in Ohio
  • achieved a life milestone here (graduation from school, etc.)
  • lived in Ohio for 5+ years at one time
  • presently reside in Ohio
  • presently enrolled in an Ohio school
  • permanent address in Ohio

Compensation: The winning manuscript will be compensated for their work and receive royalties. The specific offer will be made by Ragged Crow upon selection of the winner. Winning author is not obligated to accept the offer.

Publication: Upon acceptance of the publishing agreement, winning book will be produced by Ragged Crow, and distributed to all major markets in print and digital editions. Tentative release date is spring, 2019.

Submission fee: $0. There is no fee to enter this contest, but you must be registered as an OWA member to submit your work for consideration. Becoming an OWA member is free and easy. Click here to learn more.

No preference will be given to members with a “paid” membership. However, by becoming a paid member of OWA, you get access to cool features and resources, and you support future publications, contests and resources for Ohio writers. Writer and Patron Members may also submit up to 3 submissions to this contest.

How to Submit:

  1. If you are not yet a member of OWA, create a free account here.
  2. Login to your OWA account here.
  3. From the members’ home page, click “The Great Novella Contest.”
  4. Fill out the simple online form, and upload your work as a PDF. (Click for instructions on creating a PDF)
  5. Tell others about this contest, in your local writers’ groups, on Facebook and Twitter.
  6. Wait.

Questions: Contact us at, or fill out the form here.

Our Sponsor

Columbus Publishing LabThe Ohio Writers’ Association thanks Columbus Publishing Lab for sponsoring this contest. Columbus Publishing Lab provides outstanding production and marketing work for small presses like OWA and Columbus Press, as well as individual authors around the country. Learn more about Columbus Publishing Lab here.