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Tales 

The Writer's Workout is proud to produce several publications each year. We welcome work from writers around the world.

 

We hold a six-month open call each year for a themed anthology called Tales. These fiction pieces are typically longer than our literary journal, resulting in a deeper exploration of the theme. We try to keep these anthologies under 400 pages so we can showcase as many authors as possible.

All writers are welcome to submit fiction to any Writer's Workout publication before its posted deadline. All published works come from open calls. All publications are available in digital and print.

 

During the open call period, links to accepted submissions methods are included below. The Writer's Workout accepts submissions via email, dropbox, and Duosuma. 

The Writer's Workout is a global charity working to improve literacy through creative writing. We hold competitions, workshops, open calls, and discussions; provide motivation, tips, prompts, and giveaways; and offer a community rich in culture and skill. Check our Donations page to learn more about how The Writer's Workout strengthens the writing community. 

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Tales from the Deep

Exploring deep space or diving into the deepest oceans, you never know what you might find. This anthology asks writers to dig into the dark recesses and explore what's hidden. 

 

Accepted:

Poetry, up to 50 lines

Prose, up to 7,500 words

Open fiction genre*

 
Status: in review

I'm currently reviewing all submissions for this anthology.

I'll reach out as soon as possible to everyone who included contact information with their submission.

*Genre restrictions: Due to federal licensing guidelines, The Writer's Workout will reject religious, political, or erotic topics.

Rights

The Writer's Workout accepts previously unpublished short stories and poetry.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 Deep, be sure to let them know.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Deep 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.

Past anthologies:

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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. 

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.

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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.

Cliffs

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.

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