The Writers Circle Anthology Series

The Writers Circle is a social media group that focuses on sharing writing resources, submissions calls, and work that people others to look over. This group led to The Writers Circle, which is a series of anthologies published by Prime Press.

The main volumes include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and center on a single word for inspiration. We want writers to take that single word and let their imaginations run with it. This less strict theme has lead us to read and publish a wide variety of content.

Future one-off anthologies will focus on a variety of different themes. These books will focus on specific age groups (9-12, YA, etc.), various genres (horror, sci-fi, etc.), or setting all entries in one shared universe. Our first one-off anthology, a collection of horror stories for 9-12-year-olds, opens for submissions on October 1st, 2020.

Quota: This project has established a quota. Submissions will close when it is reached.

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The Writers Circle Presents: Campfire Stories Free

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The Writers Circle Presents: Campfire Stories – A Young Readers Horror Anthology

Edited by Nathan Primeau, and Abigail Rabishaw

Submissions Open: October 1st, 2020

Submissions Close: December 31st, 2020

The Writers Circle Presents: Campfire Stories is an anthology that will contain independent horror stories interwoven by of a group of kids telling tales around a fire. This book is our first fiction only anthology, and the first book we have done that will restrict itself to one genre and an age group.

Criteria:

  • Story length between 500 and 7,500 words
  • You may submit up to two pieces at any given time, as long as their combined word count is 7,500 or less
  • Previously unpublished (previous publication on author's Internet platform is acceptable) short stories
  • Since we are going to prioritize local contributors for this book, please let us know if you identify as a resident of either Canada/Turtle Island or if you are an International contributor
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us if your piece is accepted elsewhere

Schedule:

Submissions deadline: December 31st, 2020

The Writers Circle series editors Nathan Primeau and Abigail Rabishaw will select stories for inclusion in the anthology.

Stories selected for the anthology will be offered a contract for publication. The anthology will be professionally edited and produced. The eBook and paperback will be internationally distributed. Prime Press will promote the collection through social media.

Compensation:

Unfortunately, due to the lack of funds we have as a publisher, we will not be offering monetary compensation for entries within the book. All contributors will be provided with an eBook of the finished anthology. (There will be a possibility of a payment in the form of a paperback, but this option's logistics need to be worked out.)

Those who are not currently members of the private Facebook group where The Writers Circle communicates will be granted access to the group. Benefits of membership include peer edits from fellow community members and insider knowledge on further Prime Press/The Writers Circle plans. Oh, and writer memes. Don’t forget the memes.

About the Editors:

Nathan Primeau holds a B.A. in English, with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in film studies from Carleton University. Nathan currently works full-time from home for a tech company and dreams of becoming a full-time writer one day. Nathan began his love of stories with primarily fantasy and science fiction. However, as Nathan changed, his tastes did as well, and he has found himself on a kick of CanLit and poetry. Some of Nathan’s favourite authors include Stephen King, Thomas King, Téa Mutonji, Leo Brent Robillard, and Teri Vlassopoulos.

Abigail Rabishaw has wanted to be a writer since she fell in love with books at a young age. Abigail found comfort in the worlds created by fantasy writers and always had the burning desire to be just like them. Recently having an epiphany of sorts, Abigail decided to switch majors and study English at Carleton University. Instead of being worried about happiness coming from a paycheque, Abigail knew she needed to earn a degree in a field she was passionate about. Abigail loves to read pre-teen, YA, and speculative fiction. Still, she is open to reading all sorts of genres, including CanLit. Some of Abigail's favourite authors include André Alexis, Margaret Atwood, and Ray Bradbury.

Closing Remarks:

Incomplete submissions and manuscripts, or manuscripts discovered not to meet the guidelines of this call, will be automatically rejected. This call will remain open until December 31st, 2020. Except for confirmation of receipt, you should not expect to hear from the series editors unless you have been chosen for publication. Form rejection should be anticipated by authors whose submission does not meet the editors' needs at this time. Still, comments and feedback may be offered per the editors’ discretion.

All copyrights will remain with the authors, but Prime Press will retain first publication rights for The Writers Circle Presents: Campfire Stories anthology. Prime Press will also continue to have the right to publish all selected pieces in the first and continued editions of the collection. After one year of publication, the authors will have the right to submit their articles to other outlets. The book contracts will represent all details.