Cowboys on dusty trails. Cattle drives. Bank robbers and sheriffs. Whether riding a horse in the old West, a pickup truck in present day, or a mining transport on an asteroid, good fought evil, and tales of the West continued. Enjoy this collection of stories from the authors of Writers Unite! as they take you from the old West into the future.
Paranormal. Does the word bring a shiver to your spine or cause you to think of ectoplasmic slime? Your favorite group of authors from Writers Unite! invite you to experience their version of shivers and slime.
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Welcome to Writers Unite!’s sixth anthology volume. We invite all writers of westerns or any writers interested in the western genre to submit a story to our Dimensions of The Wild West anthology.
Ah… the western… say the word and cowboys and horses and saloons are the images you recall. The traditional western contains several expected components and themes—good vs. evil, bad guy redeeming himself, sheriff fighting off the bad guys threatening his town are among them. The tropes abound. While traditionally, the period for westerns is between the late 1800s and early 1900s, a resurgence of the western has found its way into present day.
A new sub-genre, the neo-western, has gained popularity. We will post a workshop about the western genre this week, beginning today, and we will discuss the neo-western in more detail. This sub-genre takes the characteristics of a western, its themes, characters, and locations but placed in a modern-day setting. Also remember, the sub-genres are plentiful. You can write a romance (a lot of western romance novels happen in present-day), paranormal, thriller, science fiction, or a good old train robbery. You may set your story in the old west or the modern-day west. Your character can ride a horse and wear a Stetson or drive a Cadillac and wear a Stetson (or not) and take place in the western US or the western Australian Outback, but we will require these genre components.
We are providing extended time for submissions as this Is a genre that is regaining its popularity. Please note: The publisher will begin work on this anthology after January 1, 2021 when the selection committee will review the submissions for inclusion. Publication expected in early Spring 2021.
Welcome to Writers Unite!’s fourth anthology volume. We invite all writers of science fiction or any writers interested in the science fiction genre to submit a story to our Dimensions of Science Fiction anthology.
If you are interested in submission, you must be a member of Writers Unite! on Facebook. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions open on April 1, 2019, at Noon EDT
Submissions close on June 30, 2019, at 11: 59 pm EDT
5000 maximum. (Please no less than 500 for stories, 25 words for poetry).
You may submit shorter stories and poems (max word count 3000)
Only authors of stories of min 3000 + words receive cover credit. Shorter stories will be included as space allows and authors given credit in the index of authors.
Each author may submit up to five total stories.
Each author is only allowed one 3K-5K word story (These stories take precedence in publishing)
Up to four flash fiction and/or poetry pieces (max 1000 words each) are acceptable from one author in addition to the 3K-5K story. (These stories and poems will be selected on quality and space needs in the anthology.
Editing and Proofreading:
Submitted manuscripts MUST be WELL-EDITED for consideration. Manuscripts not meeting the requirement will be rejected by the Writers Unite! Administrative team and not forwarded to the PUBLISHER.
Formatting requirements are listed at the end of this document.
PUBLISHER shall make no changes in, or to the manuscript without AUTHOR’S consent. In order to obtain such consent PUBLISHER shall submit the copy-edited manuscript to AUTHOR for approval. AUTHOR agrees to return such proof to PUBLISHER within ten (10) days of delivery of copy-edited manuscript.
Publication and Compensation:
AUTHORS will retain sole copyright ownership of their individual respective works.
AUTHORS may submit work for publication under a pseudonym but must provide true name for purposes of royalty payments.
AUTHORS’ compensation will be based on a pro rata royalty share of 50% of net proceeds to be divided among all AUTHORS whose writing appears in WORK.
CONTRIBUTOR’S *** MUST *** have a Valid PayPal ID will be required for royalty payouts to AUTHORS. If an individual AUTHORS refuses to provide PayPal ID they will not be eligible for compensation and their content will not be included in WORK. PUBLISHER will provide Authors with one electronic file of the finished product at no charge. If additional author copies are required, they will be provided as follows: AUTHORS may each purchase up to five (5) copies at PUBLISHER’s discounted rate of 30% off the distributor’s retail price. No royalties will be paid by PUBLISHER for copies purchased using Publisher/vendor discount.
Selling Price: PUBLISHER will set the retail price (“cover price”) of the WORK, based on length, comparable works, and format. PUBLISHER reserves the right to raise or reduce the price as needed to stimulate sales.
PUBLISHER at its sole discretion will make WORK available through distribution and/or vending companies in one or more of the following formats:
Readable (text) digital format (electronic download, disk, CD/CD-ROM, E-Book reader or similar media of presentation, excluding motion picture/television/video/DVD rights) whether now known or hereafter invented or developed
Romance. The word alone conjures up a myriad of emotions depending on the state of our relationships, but the fact is, romance creates intense reactions. Whether we are overjoyed because we are with the one we love or heartbroken over a loss, romance has fueled our imagination from the beginning of time.
Writers Unite! chose romance for our second Realm anthology because the genre is the world’s most popular. From innocent to the most intimate of stories, there is something to please everyone. With an international membership of 45,000 writers from all walks of life, the admins had no doubt the members would rise to the occasion and provide excellent stories about love gained and lost.
We were not disappointed.
As you read the wonderful stories included, remember that these excellent writers had restrictions. The stories are limited to 5000 words or less. Writing a complete story in so few words is an art, and there are artists among us. As we read through the entries, we laughed and cried, and you will too. Keep the tissues handy!
Mystery writers, join Writers Unite! for the third volume in our Anthology Series!
Submissions for Realm of Mystery will open on September 1, 2018, and closed on October 31, 2018.
You must be a member of the Facebook group Writers Unite! or a follower of this blog to enter. Click here to join WU!
The guidelines for the anthology and directions for the submissions port are found here.
Two crucial points:
You MUST edit your entry prior to submission. We do a light edit on the stories before they are sent to the publisher but will not correct excessive errors. Those stories will be rejected.
You MUST have the anthology’s theme as the focus of your story. Writers Unite! chose to do a main genre as opposed to specific themes so that authors had a broader scope to choose sub-genre of interest.
There is an art to short stories. The writer must condense a story into fewer words and also choose those words carefully. Writing a mystery short story has the added element of clues and foreshadowing that are difficult to develop within a few thousand words.
Starting on Monday Writers Unite! will offer a workshop on writing short stories and the mystery genre.
What is Mystery?
Mystery (pronounced mis-tuh-ree, ) is a genre of literature whose stories focus on a mysterious crime, situation or circumstance that needs to be solved. The term comes from the Latin mysterium, meaning “a secret thing.” stories can be either fictional or nonfictional, and can focus on both supernatural and non-supernatural topics. Many mystery stories involve what is called a “whodunit” scenario, meaning the mystery revolves around the uncovering a culprit or criminal.