Call for Submissions

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Believe it or not, we are gearing up for our next anthology!!!!! And this is your call for submissions.

We are raising the bar this time round. Please read this all the way through! Also, at the end of this message, you’ll see there is a call for team members on a number of teams. If you want to be on one of the teams, respond to this email and we’ll make sure your name gets on the team list!


  • Pieces must be memoir or fiction based on real events (please specify which your piece is).
  • Between 1700 and 2000 words.
  • Submitted before December 31.
  • Submitted to the email:
  • Pieces must have an arc (beginning, middle and end).
  • You must be a Red Wheelbarrow Writer (defined as someone on our mailing list and/or someone who drinks with us from time to time).
  • Pieces must have a THEME that completes this sentence: “So much depends upon…” The continuation of that sentence must inform the piece and must be evident to the judges. (Your title can be whatever you want it to be.)
  • Please submit two versions of your piece—one with your name on it and one without. Submit them as attachments in THE SAME EMAIL.
  • Follow the formatting and usage guidelines listed below (e.g., 12 point New Times Roman font, double-spaced, compliant margins, etc.).

Acceptance: This year the submissions will be juried by a blind committee (thus the need for a version of your piece without your name on it). To be accepted a piece must meet the submission guidelines above. Judges will put pieces into THREE categories:

  • Yes
  • Yes with edits as suggested
  • No thank you

The anthology will accept 34 pieces. Get yours in!!!

Formatting and Usage Guidelines for Submissions

Word count: 1700-2000

First page: Title only –submissions are blind

Deadline: December 31, 2017

Attach Word document and submit to:

Please no foreign alphabets

Bio: 45-50 words submitted upon acceptance


Font: 12pt Times New Roman

Double spaced

1” margins, including top and bottom

Align text left, not justified

First line of paragraphs indented 0.2”

No extra line spaces between paragraphs

How to Format in Word: 

Select Format: Paragraph.

Select Alignment: Left

Below Indentation, select Special: First Line and fill in 0.2”

Below Spacing, make sure it says 0 in the boxes next to Before and After.

Line spacing: Double

Only one space after punctuation at ends of sentences


Use double-quotes around all spoken dialogue. Single-quotes are only for quoted words within double-quoted dialogue. If possible, use the “smart” or “curly” quotation marks and apostrophes.

Use italics for book and song titles, letters, signage (Small caps also an option for signage)

Create a long dash with alt-shift-hyphen: — (don’t use two dashes—no space on either side of the dash)

Dialogue that’s interrupted ends with —, if the speaker trails off use an ellipsis. Three separate periods with spaces between . . .

If an ellipsis comes after a complete sentence, put a period at the end of the sentence. . . . then three more periods for the ellipsis.