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Winter 2015 Anthology
The theme for our winter anthology is strange encounters.

Poetry, fiction and memoir will be considered for the winter 2015 e-chapbook anthology by multiple authors, to be published around January 31.

We want to read about any kind of unusual encounter and its impact, be it serious or humorous or both. We are not interested in horror or sci fi, unless it transcends the genre.

Submissions will be accepted beginning November 1. Last day to submit is December 31, 2014.

Submit up to three poems or a short story, novel or memoir excerpt (to 5,000 words). Note that really long poems are not suitable for this venue. Send us your best. Work should not have been previously published.

Rolling Submissions for "Occasional" Publications:
Submissions are open for memoir/personal narrative collections from February 1 through December 31. There is no publication schedule. If you send us something brilliant, we will want to publish it, as time allows.

Prose narratives should be based on personal experience. They may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 3,500 words each, totalling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words for the collection. No more than 20 pieces, please.

These narratives should belong together for some reason, be it theme, location or people. They can be funny or serious, or both, but something should have changed for the narrator or have been learned in the process of reshaping that experience.

General Guidelines:

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but only one submission per author. Please notify Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks if your collection, or any part of it, is accepted elsewhere. We prefer that you withdraw the submission, if need be, from your Submittable account.

At least one-fourth of any collection should be previously unpublished, either in print or online. (But no stories need be previously published.)

In the cover letter, indicate which, if any pieces, were previously published and where.

Submit ONE FILE (Word doc or docx, RTF, ODT), which includes a title for the collection and a list of contents, followed by the work

Please do NOT include identifying information anywhere in the manuscript, as the readings will be blind.

There is no fee for submissions.

Payment: $100* for collections ($5 to $20 for single pieces in anthologies)

*Thanks to two anonymous Floridian benefactors who have donated enough to float Wordrunner eChapbooks for the next year or two, we're increasing payment to authors from $65 to $100.

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The featured echapbook for fall 2014 is Monsters in the Agapanthus, a story collection by Jessica Barksdale Inclán.

Monsters in the Agapanthus

What are we looking for in submissions?
Click for Duotrope interview.
Also see Jim Harrington's Six Questions blog, and an
interview with Jo-Anne Rosen on Flash Fiction Chronicles.

If you share our enthusiasm for the stories, poems and memoirs on this site, as well as our conviction that authors should be paid for their work, we hope you will consider supporting us with a donation. Details here.

Another way to support us is by purchasing the Kindle or Smashwords version of our echapbooks. Links to these may be found next to the description of each book in the archives. (Book purchase page coming soon.)


Submission Schedule 2014
Submissions will be open for e-chapbooks, as follows:

Submission dates


Estimated Publication Date

February 1, 2014 to end of year



March 1 through May 31, 2014


July 15, 2014
September 18, 2014
November 15, 2014

November 1 through December 31, 2014


January 31, 2015


*Open, ongoing submissions. If we come across a brilliant manuscript we can't put down, we'll publish it.


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