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2023 Anthology Rules and Guidelines

Theme this year: SPACE

If you have ever wanted to see your writing published with your name on it - now is your opportunity. As a service to members and the Houston area community BAWL will publish an anthology of short stories, essays, flash fiction and poetry with the theme of Space in December 2023. You do not need to be a member of the Bay Area Writers League to submit for publication. Members should share this information with others who may be interested.

The final deadline is August 1st, 2023 at midnight.

Prior anthologies are available in print as well as on Kindle. Buy a copy to see the quality and type of writings we accept. Available from Amazon.

As a submitter, you will not only see your name as the author; but will also receive valuable editing suggestions from our editorial board, so your work will be the best it can be.

Each submitter will receive editing advice and one print copy of the Anthology.

There is a lot of work to do before publication.  Members can get involved by working on the editorial and publishing committee and by submitting their work to be included. If you want to get involved with the production of this anthology: contact Becky Ellisor.  If you want to see your work in print, review the requirements and SUBMIT HERE.

Submission Guidelines for 2023 Bay Area Writers League Anthology

Deadline August 1, 2023


What to Submit:

·       Your best unpublished and edited story, essay, flash Fiction, or poems following the theme of Space or using the word Space somewhere in the work. You may submit more than one.

How to Submit:  Use this link: SUBMIT HERE.

Deadline: August 1, 2023, at midnight. 

Payment:   $30 to Bay Area Writers League members, $40 for non-members.

Formatting Guidelines for each item submitted:

·       Length: 500 to 4,500 words

·        Two separate MS Word documents (or Open Office documents) per entry:

                            1) Cover Page, 2) Item being Submitted (without your name)

                            see below for details

·       One (1) inch margins all around

·       Double-spaced

·       Times New Roman or Courier New (12-pt font)

·       Header required with title only or with page number (Do not include the author’s name in the Header.)

·       Page Numbers (at the bottom or with Header)

·       Cover page with:

  • Author’s Name and contact information
  • Title of Work
  • Type of Work (Poetry or short stories or flash fictions or essays)
  • Word count (not including the title or Header)

Item(s) pages with:

  • Title of Work
  • 500 to 4500 words (unless poetry)

    Submissions that are extremely sexual or violent will be returned to you as unacceptable. All work will be edited and, if needed, returned to you for corrections or changes. Submission entitles the Bay Area Writers League, Inc. to first-time publication rights only: online and in print.

    All submissions will be edited. You will work with the editor assigned to you and give your permission for any changes.

    Each submitter will receive editing advice and one print copy of the Anthology.

    About the process:

    1. The theme and milestone calendar is determined and shared with members on the website and via the monthly newsletter.
    2. The website Anthology / Rules / and Fee Product pages are created.
    3. Authors decide whether or not they will participate. This should be done ASAP.
    4. Once the fee is paid the Author using the SUBMIT link above.
    5. Purchases and purchase information are seen by website admins. You may also send receipt to
    6. When ready, Author sends the actual written work which DOES NOT have the name of the author. AGAIN: DO NOT HAVE YOUR NAME ON ANY PAGE OF THE ITEM. It is important the editor does not know who the author is at this stage of the process. Please send ASAP,  we recommend you do not wait until the last minute to submit / send your work.
    7. Once the editing is done for a submitting author. The editor will return the work to the author for their opinion of edits.
    8. Author will reply to editor with any changes wanted.
    9. Editor makes any revisions and the final copy is included in the Anthology.
    10. Editor compiles the Anthology.
    11. A copy of the Anthology, once published, is sent to the Author.

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