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http://www.outriderpress.net/ Fiction - 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works OK, in Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word - RTF preferred. State the software program used, please.

PLAY Anthology deadline:  8-30-20 to deadline of October 31, 2020

Planned publication date: First or Second Quarter, 2021

Working Title:  'PLAY' can include: kids' games; mind games; gambling; sports and board , dice and card games, and ‘play’ used in the sense of theatrical productions. Sports include all types of kids’ games, pro and amateur athletes and their agents and teams; the business of professional sports; school sports; and more. The area of board and card games can range from a family game of Monopoly to world-class Chess; from Go Fish to professional-level Poker with high stakes. The theatrical sense of ‘play’ can include actors and acting; production and direction; backstage drama; the high-risk business of creating and producing plays.  

We recommend becoming familiar with past years' anthologies for a better sense of the work we publish.  Go to: wwwDOToutriderpressDOTnet and click on the ‘Publishing’ tab, which includes information on our SALE through 10-31-20. Those details are also available at 'Order Past Anthologies' at this Submittable site.

All submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff. Submission does not guarantee acceptance; manuscripts making the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $500 First Prizes each for poetry and prose. Also: 2nd and 3rd places. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kickoff reading (depending on Printers Row Lit Fest scheduling) at Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind, with 100,000 in 2019 attendance. Lit Fest 2021 details are undetermined at this writing.

In addition, all winners and other selected contributors also receive invitations to our Publishing Party, free and open to all, and traditionally held at Chicago's venerable Sulzer Regional Library. Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

​Judge: TBA

Non-refundable entry fees ($US) for each category are $19 reduced to $15 each for TWG members. TallGrass is rare among arts organizations since it is independent and self-supporting. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee is $50 (students: $35) and includes four 10-page newsletters each year. Newsletters contain current events in the creative arts community; member news; book reviews; and pages of Manuscripts Wanted that list publications seeking writers’ submissions.

Format: no long titles, please, since our pages are 5.25" X 8.25" and in addition, no head notes or foot notes. Reading fee for each fiction or nonfiction entry is $19 reduced to $15. Separate file for each entry by title. Include your name, postal address, phone number and email on the first page No academic phone numbers or emails. Number your pages. Specify the word processing program used (Microsoft Word or RTF).



Our 2019 (LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds. 2018 (THE STARS), 2017 (THE MOON), 2016 (HOME) and 2015 (EMBERS AND FLAMES) anthologies featured in  LITERARY LICENSE, published by the Society of Midland Authors.

Non-refundable entry fees ($US): for each separate fiction entry, the fee is $19 for non-TallGrass Writers Guild members, reduced to $15 each for members.

We suggest you familiarize yourself with recent past anthologies;  Please visit www.outriderpress.net and click on "Publications' for details on our SALE. You can also take advantage of our Special Sale on this Submittable site at "Order Past Anthologies" through 10-31-20.

TallGrass membership is available in a TallGrass Writers Guild category as part of this Submittable listing. Choose the correct Fee Option from the Fee Option dropdown selection list when you enter your credit card information on the submission form.  


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