The Writer's Workout is proud to support several publications each year.
Each portion of The Writer's Games results in a new volume of 72 Hours of Insanity. Find information about our Games Anthologies here.
WayWords is a quarterly literary journal with a central theme. For this publication, editors look for short stories or poems that interpret the central theme in whatever way the author feels inspired. WayWords also includes a small tribute section with space for creative nonfiction from people with first-hand experience on that topic. Find information about WayWords here.
Occasionally, we post open calls for standalone anthologies with varying subjects, themes, and structures. Details of these irregular publications appear below.
All writers are welcome to submit work to any Writer's Workout publication before its posted deadline.
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Tales from the Other Side
Whether it's surviving a difficult time or seeing the world from someone else's perspective, we can never fully predict what it's like from the other side. This anthology examines what was, what is, and what could be.
Poetry, up to 50 lines
Prose, up to 7,500 words
Submissions & Formatting
Entries must meet the following general formatting requirements:
Arial or Times New Roman, size 10 or 12pt, black text only
No extra spaces between lines or paragraphs except for scene breaks.
1" empty margins on all four sides
0.5" (12.7mm) or Tab indentations for all paragraphs
Do not use the spacebar for indentations
Empty line for scene breaks
Do not include your title a second time before your entry.
Tip: Keep things simple!
The Writer's Workout uses single-spaced industry standard formatting; it's designed to let the work shine without extra flourishes and unnecessary efforts. You can find great examples of industry standard formatting in a traditionally published book.
Entries must include the proper Title Information at the start of the document, aligned left:
Name and email
Title of Entry
Word or Line Count
Entries not meeting the general formatting requirements will not be considered. Entries not including Title Information in the order listed above will not be considered. Entries must be in English.
The Writer's Workout accepts these file types: .doc, .docx, .odt
Email entries to OR use our DropBox button below.
*Genre restrictions: Due to licensing restrictions, The Writer's Workout cannot accept religious or political topics.
Editors will refuse pandemic topics and erotica.
Rights information is crucial no matter where you send your work!
The Writer's Workout accepts previously unpublished short stories and poetry. We do not require the right to first refusal so if your piece was declined elsewhere, we'd love to see it! If accepted, your piece will be published in this anthology. The Writer's Workout will not retain publication rights for future anthologies or compilations so once this anthology is live, you're welcome to send your published piece elsewhere. Keep in mind many places will not accept previously published works.
If you submit a piece elsewhere that we've published in Tales from the Other Side, be sure to let them know! Remember: the rights are yours, following publication.
Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Other Side benefit The Writer's Workout, providing prizes and the means to produce competitions, workshops, and other group activities. Your submission to this anthology is a donation to help writers of all genres around the world. The Writer's Workout appreciates your time, generosity, and talent.
Tales from the Toybox
Sometimes the best stories revolve around a child's favorite toy. Adventures and lessons are best learned when we don't know we're learning at all.
Children's fiction has so much to teach adults about life, love, and the joy of exploration. Pull up a comfy seat, these tales will make you laugh, cry, and remember what it's like to love your toybox!
Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Toybox benefit The Writer's Workout, providing prizes and the means to produce competitions, workshops, and other group activities. Your purchase of this anthology is a donation to help writers of all genres around the world. The Writer's Workout appreciates your time, generosity, and talent.
Tales from the Cliff
A story doesn’t always have to end with a character completing their journey. Often, a story can end with suspense and uncertainty.
Cliffhangers, love them or hate them, are a huge part of literary tradition. Usually, there's a resolution in the sequel, but what if there isn't? Take a look inside and find out what happens when a finished tale ends in cliffhanger!
Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Cliff benefit The Writer's Workout, providing prizes and the means to produce competitions, workshops, and other group activities. Your purchase of this anthology is a donation to help writers of all genres around the world. The Writer's Workout appreciates your time, generosity, and talent.