Special Call for Submissions: Shelved

We’re working from home, meeting online, and homeschooling. Our shopping trips take place almost exclusively online, we’re planning and planting victory gardens… Covid19 has turned our lives upside down like it or not. Plans have changed, our routines have been disrupted, so much has been, well, shelved. Shelved. Yes, shelved. This is the theme of Mountain Gap Books’ first pandemic anthology. Shelved stories revived and completed, essays written because everything else was shelved, poetry crafted to stave off the Covid stress demons. Show us your Appalachian resilience and adaptability. Show us how you’ve used being shelved to your advantage. However your submission might be directly or indirectly related to this pandemic, we want to see it.

General Guidelines:

  • Submitting authors must currently live or be native to Appalachia
  • Most genres will be considered but dystopian, erotic, apocalyptic/ post-apocalyptic, or faith-based works will not be considered for this anthology.
  • Graphic violence is strongly frowned upon.
  • You may submit a combination of poetry, essays, and short stories as long as the total length of the combined works does not exceed 10,000 words
  • First-time authors are encouraged to submit
  • No reprints are allowed for this anthology (if you’ve published it elsewhere, even online, it cannot appear in this anthology)

Short Stories/ Nonfiction Guidelines

    • 300-10,000 words in length
    • No more than three stories or essays total, totaling no more than 10,000 combined
    • Nonfiction names must be changed to protect privacy and secure legal rights
    • Your submission(s) should be in MS Word Format, Lucinda Bright 14 font, and double spaced.
    • Please place your name and contact information on the front page of your submission file.
    •  Send your submission to publisher @mountaingapbooks. com with Shelved Submission in the subject line.
    • Tell us about yourself in your cover letter, which should be in the body of your email and be certain to include prior publications, if any.

Poetry 

    • No more than ten poems total
    • No single poem can be more than 20 lines in length
    • Single space poetry with a double space between poems
    • Please title all poems
    • Your submissions should be in MS Word Format, Lucinda Bright size 14 font
    • Please place your name and contact information on the front page of your submission file.
    • Send your submission to publisher @mountaingapbooks. com with Shelved Submission in the subject line.
    • Tell us about yourself in your cover letter, which should be in the body of your email and be certain to include prior publications, if any.

This anthology will be curated by Appalachian natives currently living in Appalachia.

– Tell us about yourself in your cover letter, which should be in the body of your email and be certain to include prior publications, if any.

Our response time will be by June 30, 2020. After that, feel free to inquire at publisher @mountaingapbooks. com

MGB’s general guidelines are available under the submissions tab at the top of the page or HERE.

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