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TALES

This themed anthology welcomes fiction and poetry from writers around the world. Open calls run April to September and include larger word and line count ranges than our literary journal

Editors for this anthology change depending on theme and availability (we're volunteers). On average, Tales publishes 35% of submissions received.

 

 

Submission to Tales will always be free. Tales is published in digital and print; contributors receive a digital contributor copy. Learn how to claim your authorship here. 

 

 

Annual open calls from April to September. The Writer's Workout accepts submissions via email, Dropbox, and Duosuma

 

 

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by volunteers.

We provide accessible, free  creative writing education through competitions, workshops, and publication opportunities. Check our donations page to learn more about how The Writer's Workout strengthens the global writing community. 

OPEN CALL: 
 

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Tales from the Kitchen

Editor's Tip: For much of recorded history, the kitchen has been the center—the heart—of the home. Food can bring people together or tear them apart. Important conversations happen around the kitchen table, kids learn self-sufficiency, and traditions begin in this space.

 

Edited by Theresa Green

Theresa is a co-founder of The Writer's Workout, a crime fiction writer, and a freelance developmental editor. 
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Theresa is looking for well-developed concepts, inviting storytelling, clear description, and an occasional laugh to break the tension. Genre is yours to play with*. Pieces will be reviewed and writers contacted in the order received.

OPEN CALL

 

This anthology is OPEN to short stories and poetry through Sept 16.

I'll contact writers on a rolling basis throughout the call. 

 

 

Submissions 

Submissions must be in English and include the required Title Information. 

Try to keep your submission under...

7,500 words for fiction

50 lines for poetry

Times New Roman or Arial, size 10 or 12, single spaced

Indented paragraphs except for poetry

Empty margins on all four sides

Empty line for scene breaks

Tip: Keep your formatting simple!

Remember, you're formatting for review, not for publication. Don't hide your gorgeous prose behind stylized asterisks and flourishes.

 

Title Information

 

Entries must include this Title Information in this order at the top of the document body, aligned left: 

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Name or Pseudonym, email

Entry Title

Tales

Word or Line Count 

 

If your submission was previously published, please cite your success below your word/line count.​

Accepted file types: .doc, .docx, .odt

Submit via email OR Dropbox OR Duosuma.

 

Live, unlocked Google Docs or Microsoft Word links are accepted via email (submissions [at] writersworkout.net). Set your document permissions to "anyone with the link" so we can download it. We will not request access and we are not responsible for locked docs.

 

 

*The Writer's Workout will reject fanfiction, religious, political, erotic, or AI-generated content.

Rights

​The Writer's Workout requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution.
We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you retain the right to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it. 

If you'd like to withdraw, please let us know.

This anthology is published in digital and print. Accepted authors will receive a digital contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers.

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Kitchen benefit The Writer's Workout, providing the means to produce competitions, publications, 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.

 

Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. 

 

 
Recently published: 

 

Tales of the Strange ebook cover

2023

Tales of the Strange

 

This anthology asked writers to explore the beautifully weird, the slightly off, and the unusual. Break free from the norm to investigate the strange!

 
Featuring the collected works of Warren Benedetto, Bhupin Butaney, Stephanie Daich, Steve Denehan, Richard R. DiPirro, Frank William Finney, Rosie Garland, Lori Graham, SV Hirons, Gavin Kayner, Martin Kearns, Stephen Kingsnorth, Margaux LeSourd, Claire Massey, Ariel K. Moniz, Glenis Ann Moore, John Mueter, Seth Pilevsky, Julia Platt, Sithia Queen, Rod Raglin, S.E. Reed, Christine Maree Reid, MM Schreier, Kathy Sherwood, David Sheskin, H.E. Shippas, M.R. Lehman Wiens, and Nick Young

 

Edited by Theresa Green

Theresa is a co-founder of The Writer's Workout, a crime fiction writer, and a freelance developmental editor at Premier Literary Services
 

 

Pushcart nominees 2023

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales of the Strange benefit The Writer's Workout, providing the means to produce competitions, publications, 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.

 

Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. 

 


 Other anthologies in the Tales series:
 

Tales from the Deep ebook cover

2022/23

Tales from the Deep

 

Exploring the deepest oceans, you never know what you might find. This anthology asked writers to dig into the dark recesses of physical, emotional, and aquatic depth and explore what's hidden. 

 

Featuring the collected works of John Bartell, Clarissa Cervantes, Daphne Fauber, Elizabeth Gabel, Janet Guastavino, T. K. Howell, Ann Howells, A.J. Huffman, Rachel Loughlin, Ruth Marie-Clair, Claire Massey, Megan Denese Mealor, David Milley, Sharon Mitchell, James Mulhern, James B. Nicola, Trish Tyler, Jennifer Weigel, and Charlotte Young

 

Edited by Theresa Green

Theresa is a co-founder of The Writer's Workout, a crime fiction writer, and a freelance developmental editor at Premier Literary Services

 

 

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Deep benefit The Writer's Workout, providing the means to produce competitions, publications, 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.

 

Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. 

 

Tales from the Other Side ebook cover

2021/22

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. 

 

Featuring the collected works of Michael Cooney, Maid Corbic, Oriada Dajko, Paige Foster, Maryanne Frederick, JB Hansen, Mark Andrew Heathcote, A.B. Kelly, Matt J. McGee, Jessica Morris-Reade, S.E. Reed, Srivalli Rekha, Val Vickers, and Liza Wolff-Francis

 

Edited by:

Theresa Green

Theresa is a co-founder of The Writer's Workout, a crime fiction writer, and a freelance developmental editor at Premier Literary Services.

 

Sofie Leggett

Sofie is a current college student studying creative writing, Spanish, and music. She enjoys playing instruments, hanging out with her dogs, making art, watching TV, and of course, reading and writing. The historical fiction and mystery genres are her current favorites, but she likes to experiment in every genre of writing. While her current experience is limited to short stories and poetry, in the future, Sofie hopes to expand her horizons by working in different types of media such as television and video games.

 

 

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Other Side benefit The Writer's Workout, providing the means to produce competitions, publications, 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.

 

Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. 

 

Tales from the Toybox ebook cover

2019

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!

 

Featuring the collected works of Becca Smith Bachlott, Nellie Batz, Claire Marie Binkley, Linda M. Crate, Katie Evans, Adrienne Fraser, H. M. Gooden, Amy Hickman, Anushree Jagtap, Rachel Kolodziej, Stacey Lobo, Srivalli Rekha, E.E. Suchowolec, Irina Tyunina, and Suzanne Wdowik

 

Edited by Leigh Davis

Leigh enjoys a wide range of fiction and helping others achieve their publishing goals.

 

 

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Toybox benefit The Writer's Workout, providing the means to produce competitions, publications, 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.

 

Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. 

 

Tales from the Cliff ebook cover

2018

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!

 

Featuring the collected works of Helen Bradley, EJ Fowler, Carrie Houghton, Jessica Morris-Reade, Jennifer Palmer, Srivalli Rekha, MM Schreier, E.E. Suchowolec, Hannah Taylor, and Shanan Winters

 

Edited by Leigh Davis

Leigh enjoys a wide range of fiction and helping others achieve their publishing goals.

 

 

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales from the Cliff benefit The Writer's Workout, providing the means to produce competitions, publications, 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.

 

Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. 

 

The Writer's Workout will reject fanfiction, religious, political, or erotic content.

 

Rights

​The Writer's Workout requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution. We will not retain rights to republish a work in an additional collection.
We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you retain the right to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it. 

 

If you need to withdraw, please let us know.

 

This anthology is published in digital and print. Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run by volunteers.

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