After a year of tireless work, the editors – Edward Raetz, Debora L. Brewer, Kathie Scrimgeour, and Jenny Kate – are proud to present the second anthology from Pikes Peak Writers, Dream. Congratulations to the 27 authors whose short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, appears in this newest anthology!
About the book:
Whether you are awake or asleep, dreams take your mind and open it to a kaleidoscope of dreamscapes you never knew could exist. In a blink, the dream can transform from a bloody war to a little boy escaping his troubled childhood with his action figures.
In this second anthology from the Pikes Peak Writers, you will take a journey through the creative minds of the twenty-seven writers who penned the following works based on a simple one-word prompt – Dream. Let yourself experience worlds in a spirit-filled house, on a pirate ship, or teeter on the precipice of Hell. Then, with the turn of a page, walk through the beauty of far-off lands, watch purple ducks on a yellow pond, or run with terror through a town filled with monsters. Enjoy this stroll down a crooked path that could hold your worst nightmare or your most beloved wish. Be careful what you wish for, a genie may be lurking in the labyrinth of your mind waiting to be set free.
Congratulations to the 27 authors who were chosen for this year’s anthology, Dream. These worldwide authors were chosen from a field of nearly 200 submissions consisting of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry each following the theme of a dream. To read more about each author please visit PPW’s anthology page on their website.
The authors are: Jean Alfieri – “She Told you in a Dream” Steven Anderson – “House of Dreams” C.E Barnes – “The Jungian Offensive” Lou Berger – “The Last Ember Fades” John M. Campbell – “Living the Dream (Except for One Thing)” John Christenson – “Der Traumlicht” DJ Davis – “Dream Quota” Rick Duffy – “The Boundless Dream” Marlene Fabian-Stiles – “Computer Genie“ Karen Fox – “Seedlings of Reality” Lawrence Good – “Black Man Running, 1969“ Ronnie Graham – “I Always Wake Up” Matthew Heneghan – “A Boy Named Ryan” Scott Kerby – “The Bunker” T.R. Kerby – “Dream Harvest” Lauren Lang – “Dream On” John Lewis – “Sleepstone” Gregory Mattix – “Dream Eater” Peter McQuade – “Dreamwater” Tracy Mitchell – “False Fate“ P. James Norris – “Wind” Barbara Preslier – “Augmented Dreams” Uchechi Princewill – “Blanket of Joy” Sandy Reay – “Damn The Dream” Susan Schoolman – “Dream Crush” CS Simpson – “Other Lives” Benjamin X. Wretlind – “Over There”
About the book:
Dream is an anthology published by Pikes Peak Writers following a theme. This year that theme is:
Dreams. They are manifold – resolving subliminal mysteries and creating chaos. Our dreams are delightful and bold. Some are lucid, cyclical, and idealistic. They spawn yearning for our past – and foretell our futures. Do you crave answers or adventure? Join us. Step through the veil. Discover the primordial wisdom of the universe, and the shadows of our dreams.
Pikes Peak Writers and the editors of, Dream, are proud to introduce the twenty-seven authors selected for this second anthology. Congratulations to everyone! Click here to learn more about each author.
With PPW’s new anthology, FRESH STARTS, publishing today it seemed appropriate to talk a little about anthologies. Back in August I wrote a post, Submitting to an Anthology in 5 Easy Steps. Today I will answer a few questions you might be thinking about. What exactly is an Anthology? Why write for one? How do you find an anthology to submit to?
What is an Anthology?
Simply put, it is a book that brings together a series of short stories, poems, and/or essays written by different authors. Usually there is a theme that all the authors write to. For FRESH STARTS the theme is the same as the title, with the added theme statement:
After the fires are out, the smoke has cleared, the divorce is over, the widow has stopped wearing black, the sun has risen, the monsters are dead, the world is saved (or destroyed!), the storm has calmed, and the trouble is over…
…what do you do next?
We can’t promise only happy endings. Just that moment when you pick yourself up out of the wreckage and find the strength to begin anew.
Is an anthology the same as a collection? No. A collection is a book that the contents are written by the same author, whereas an anthology’s stories are by different authors.
Why submit to an Anthology?
Even if you’re a novelist, you should consider writing for an anthology. Creating a short story will help you tighten your writing. You will learn how to condense descriptions the size of the Sistine Chapel down to a masterpiece the size of a thumb tack. It will still make your reader’s heart flutter, but with fewer words.
Maybe you want to try out an idea you have for an epic novel, but you aren’t sure if the subject will keep your reader engaged (or keep you writing). Start with a short story and shop it around to see what response you get. If it falls flat, then you might reconsider writing a three-book project.
An anthology also gives you a way to test out a genre you have never written in before. Writing outside your normal genre may spark inspiration in unexpected ways.
One last reason to submit to an anthology is to expand your resume. For most writers, books take a long time to write, but a short story…? With practice it can be created in a short period of time. Each publication in an anthology is another notch on your writing resume.
How do you find an anthology to submit to?
Well, PPW just so happens to be one resource. Plans have already started for the next anthology which should publish in March of 2022. The theme and details are being worked on and you can check the website for up-to-date information.
In the meantime, there are several ways to discover anthologies that are accepting submissions. One, is a search on your favorite online outlet using the keyword, “anthology”. Make notes of the publishers that pop up and check out their websites for information.
Doing a search like that is a little arduous so you might consider opting for a subscription to a listing service such as DuoTrope or Submission Grinder.
I did a broad search on DuoTrope for “anthology” and here is a screen shot of the results:
As you can see, there are a lot of anthologies to submit to (173 to be exact). DuoTrope does have a free trial that you can take advantage of if you want to take it for a test run.
Submission Grinder is a little cumbersome to use. Searches here are limited to names, titles, fiction, and poetry. Here is a screen shot of the search I did under the fiction option which took me to a menu to drill down my search. Anthology was not an option.
But, the landing page does list the names of publishers and what they are looking for whether it’s flash fiction, short stories, poetry, or essays.
Even if you never submit to an anthology, you will gain writing skills. Find a fun theme then write to it. You never know, you may end up opening your mind to things you never dreamed of.
Kathie Scrimgeour writes under the pseudonym KJ Scrim. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors with PPW, she is also the Managing Editor of Writing from the Peak (PPW’s blog) and the Lead Coordinator of PPW’s first anthology, Fresh Starts. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. You can follow her on her website, and on Facebook. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing.
P.S. Have you heard? PPW’s first anthology is here! Fresh Starts is now on sale!
CONGRATULATIONS to Pikes Peak Writers! Their first ever anthology, FRESH STARTS will be released on April 9, 2021. In total this anthology has 30 authors, 4 editors, multiple genres, a gorgeous cover, and 414 pages of awesomeness. Two years in the making this eclectic collection of stories, poems, and essays has something for everyone.
About the Book
“After the fires are out, the smoke has cleared, the divorce is over, the widow has stopped wearing black, the sun has risen, the monsters are dead, the world is saved (or destroyed!), the storm has calmed, and the trouble is over…
…what do you do next?
Find out in the first anthology of work by the Pikes Peak Writers. From mystery to romance and science fiction—from heartfelt essays to poetry that moves the soul.
We can’t promise only happy endings. Just that moment when you pick yourself up out of the wreckage and find the strength to begin anew.“
To learn more about the authors and editors, please visit FRESH STARTS.
Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.
Having your work published in an anthology is a great way to expand your writing horizons and add another notch on your writing resume. Most anthologies are open to everyone, no matter if they are a seasoned professional or just getting started.
Submitting to an anthology is, in general, simple.
Write a story – be sure it is well written, grammatically correct, and it fits the theme.
Find an anthology open for submissions
Have a cover letter or query just in case
Read and follow every step of the guidelines
Hit that submit button
Simple, right? Now, let’s look at each step in more detail.
WRITE A STORY
There are two basic ways to write your story. You can either write the story you love, then find an anthology that fits it, or write a story specifically for a themed anthology. I have found the latter is somewhat easier to write for. If you have a story already written, the hunt for a matching theme is tedious.
FIND AN ANTHOLOGY
Finding the perfect anthology for an already written story can be, as I said, painstaking unless you use a couple of tools to help with your search. Like anything in this digital world, searching on the internet is a good first step. A few other resources that you can use are online data bases like Duotrope, Submittable, or New Pages. Be aware that some of these require a monthly fee.
Easier yet, is to do the same search but read what they are looking for and write to the theme. This can be a great exercise to expand your skills as a writer and increase your diversity.
COVER LETTER OR QUERY
Not all anthologies require a cover letter or a query, but if they do, I suggest you have this ready to go. You may find that perfect publication only to learn their deadline is in an hour. If you already have a cover letter written you won’t have to put yourself through any unnecessary stress.
READ THE GUIDELINES
I’d like to put this in huge letters, all caps, highlighted, and in red ink. READ THE GUIDELINES!!No matter how many times you read the guidelines, read them again until you have precisely what they editors want. If your story only “kind of” fits the theme, don’t send it until you have made the necessary rewrites, so it fits perfectly. If they say, “no gratuitous gore”, take the time to do a simple rewrite to remove any unwanted portions. If the guidelines specifically want the metadata removed, get it out of there. Check and double check your submission to be sure it meets every point the guidelines make. These steps are a sure way to avoid the reject pile on the first pass.
HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON
STOP! Don’t hit submit quite yet. No matter how sure you are of a submission this is the stage of no return. Once you hit that submit button, it is gone. There is no turning back. Take a deep breath and review the submission guidelines one more time. Open your story and re-check it for typos and grammar one more time. Check the formatting one more time. Review your query one more time. You will be surprised at what you might find that you missed the first 50 times you went over everything.
Once your story is in the hands of the editors. BE PATIENT. Most publications will send an auto response saying they received your submission so trust that they did get it. If you haven’t heard back from them by the deadline set, then it is ok to inquire what the status is. Until then, maintain a level of professionalism by sitting on your hands and waiting. Some publications can take up to six months to let you know if you have been accepted, others just a few months. The best way to pass the time while you wait? Write more stories and submit them on a regular basis then repeat. Time will fly.
Having your work included in an anthology is rewarding to say the least. Following these easy steps will help you stay out of the reject pile and get your work read. You never know, you might find yourself published alongside someone you admire.
Kathie “KJ” Scrim, Managing Editor of PPW’s blog and Co-Editor of Fresh Starts (PPW’s first anthology), is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.