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Pushing Boundaries/Breaking Barriers

Our spring 2017 echapbook anthology explores the outer boundaries of human experience and endurance. Pushing Boundaries • Breaking Barriers features fiction by by Daniel M. Jaffe, Steven Ostrowski and Erika Staiger; nonfiction by Samuel R. George, Darryl Graff and Eileen McGorry; poetry by Leah Angstman, Joseph Buehler, Josephine Cariño, Leonore Hildebrandt, Michelle Perez and Maggie Rosen.

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 on the e-Store page.

Listed at Duotrope

Two fiction collections, each by one author, will be selected for our Fall 2017 e-chapbooks, to be published in September and November, respectively. Stories by authors who receive Honorable Mentions will be considered for publication in our annual spring anthology. (Submissions for the anthology will open December 1, 2017.)

Submissions open on June 1.
Last day to submit is
July 31, 2017.

Stories may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 5,000 words* each. We would like a minimum of five stories, but no more than 15 (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 these echapbooks. What we are looking for in fiction is subtle emotional complexity.

*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.

General guidelines:

At least one-fourth of any collection should be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but only one submission per author. Please notify Wordrunner eChapbooks if your collection, or any part of it, is accepted elsewhere.

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

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

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

Regretfully, we must now charge a submittal fee of $5 per collection so that we can pay the authors we publish. 


Payment: $100 for collections, $5 to $20 for poems, stories and essays published in the annual anthology.

All rights revert to authors.

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