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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Writers’ Workshop: Live Online Peer Critique – March 3rd

We’ll host a live online writers’ workshop on Wednesday evening, March 3, 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 no later than Monday morning February 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 March 3rd. If you would like to attend but do not plan to submit work, please send an email to 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 We’ll see you on the 3rd!

This is a great opportunity to workshop your anthology submissions!

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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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Why Workshops?

I still remember my first workshop two years ago. We met at the Pizza Cottage in Pickerington. I didn’t submit anything. I was too nervous. I hardly spoke. I sat with my shoulders up to my ears as if I could fold into myself and disappear, but I listened, and what I heard was real feedback. People were diving into each other’s words, into each other’s worlds.

I had to know what I sounded like in someone else’s head, so I did it. I submitted, and it was amazing. I did not agree with every opinion and not every opinion was flattering, but all those opinions had value. The feedback I received at the workshop helped me hear myself differently, and I started to gain a better sense of my voice as a writer. 

I also found something else at the workshops, an incredible group of writer friends who challenged me and made me laugh.

It’s this simple: I submitted the piece to the workshop, and I got a lot of amazing feedback. I took that feedback, and I made the story better. Because of workshops, because of community, I submitted the story to an online magazine, and it was accepted. We become better writers when we support each other, challenge each other, inspire each other. Workshops give us a chance to be writers who do that.

Want to check out my published story? You can find it here!  

Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea – Now Available Worldwide!

We are excited to announce Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea is now available at retailers worldwide!

Find it on Amazon or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in store.

This thrilling adventure novel is about Bindra Dhar, who has only just been welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers when she finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond.

Now she’s on a mission through time to stop Thurmond’s agenda, but in order to succeed—and survive—she’ll have to find new allies, face new adversaries, and learn that time travel is more dangerous and morally fraught than she ever could have expected.

“A whirlwind adventure, fantastical and intriguing, Jesse Bethea has reenvisioned time travel into a force of nature in Fellow Travellers.  When Bindra Dhar meets a mysterious American in her small village in India, she eagerly embraces the wisdom and danger of time traveling. Sci-fi and fantasy readers alike will be swept up in Bindra’s tale.”

— Reina Cruz, author of Daughter of Isis

Grab your copy of Fellow Travellers today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

About the Author – Jesse Bethea

Jesse Bethea is a journalist, author, videographer, and the winner of the 2019 Great Novel Contest!

In 2014, after graduating from Ohio University, Jesse moved to Columbus, Ohio and immediately started writing for, where his work has been recognized several times by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. By 2015, he was working for The Ohio Channel (Ohio’s version of C-SPAN) as an assistant producer.

On the rare occasion when Jesse gives himself a break from writing, he enjoys hiking, true crime podcast and reading non-fiction.

Jesse currently lives in Columbus with his wife Melissa and has written a new book, Fellow Travellers, which will be released by Bellwether worldwide this Friday, January 29!

Fellow Travellers follows the journey of Brindra Dhar, a young woman who, after being welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers, finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond.

Grab your copy of Fellow Travellers this Friday at major retailers worldwide!

Fellow Travellers – Hard Cover Reveal

We are excited to release the cover art for the hard-cover copies of Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea!

Fellow Travellers is a novel about Bindra Dhar, who has only just been welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers when she finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond. Now she’s on a mission through time to stop Thurmond’s agenda, but in order to succeed—and survive—she’ll have to find new allies, face new adversaries, and learn that time travel is more dangerous and morally fraught than she ever could have expected.

Fellow Travellers will be released and available for purchase this Friday, January 29!

Want to learn more about the author? Find Jesse Bethea on Facebook and Twitter.