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Beginning in 2014 Wordrunner eChapbooks will publish one collection of fiction each spring, featuring one author, and an annual themed multi-author anthology of fiction, memoir and poetry in the winter. We will also publish occasional echapbooks of fiction or memoir (by one author) from ongoing open submissions. We are no longer publishing poetry collections, though we'd like to see poetry in the anthology. Guidelines are different for each collection, so please visit again.

Small fiction collections by one author will be considered for the June, 2014 echapbook.

Submissions will be accepted beginning March 1, 2014. Last day to submit is May 31, 2014.

Stories may be flash or longer, from 750 up to 4,000 words* each, totalling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words for the collection. We would like at least five stories, but no more than 20 (if flash fiction). They need not be linked, but it would be a plus if they belong together for some reason, be it theme, location or character/s. We will also consider novel excerpts for this echapbook.

*Quality trumps word count.

Submit your best work only. Each story should be original and compelling. No genre fiction, please, unless a story is good enough to transcend genre. Also, see the General Guidelines below before clicking the Submittable button.

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 the 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.

Click here to submit to Wordrunner eChapbooks via Submittable

All rights revert to authors.

Note: By submitting to Wordrunner eChapbooks, you are also signing up for the emailed announcement of newly published echapbooks. We will never give out your e-mail to anyone else. You can always opt out of the mailing.

If you are not submitting at this time, click here to sign up online for email reminders of each issue and upcoming submission deadlines.


The featured echapbook for winter 2014 is Talk in the Reading Room, a memoir by Nils Peterson.

Talk in the Reading Room. Nils Peterson

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.


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


June 21, 2014

August 1, 2014 to end of year



September 1 through November 21, 2014


December 27, 2014


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


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