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TALES

This themed anthology accepts work from writers around the world for six months at a time. These fiction pieces are typically longer than our literary journal allows, resulting in a deeper exploration of the theme. 

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

Submission to Tales will always be free.

 

Open calls from April to September annually. 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. 

Releasing December 9

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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
 

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Print link coming December 9.

Proceeds from the sale of Tales of the Strange 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 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

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.

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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. 

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, Liza Wolff-Francis, S.E. Reed, Srivalli Rekha, and Val Vickers.

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.

*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'd like to withdraw, please let us know.

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

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