2015 Redwood Anthology

Girl on RoadJourneys

Call for Submissions

Submission Period: December 15, 2014 to March 1, 2015

Eligibility: Members of Redwood Writers Branch
                    California Writers Club

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Redwood Writers anthologies. We’ve come a long way since 2006, and it seems fitting to reflect on the journeys that brought Redwood Writers to where we are today. There are many types of journeys: travel adventures, life passages, heroes’ journeys, pilgrimages, odysseys, and flights of fancy. All journeys begin in one place and end in another, having elements of challenge, change, and transformation. Where have you been? Where will you and your heroes go in the future? Bring us into the worlds of your journeys.

Note: Submissions are required to reflect the theme, which may be interpreted broadly.


Your Editorial Team

This year’s overall anthology editor is Amber Lea Starfire, assisted by selection team members Kate Farrell and Helen Sedwick. A team of editors will assist with editing the final selections for publication. Linda Loveland Reid serves as the board liaison.

Our annual Redwood Writers anthologies provide an opportunity for members to experience the submission, selection, and publication processes. Think of the selection team as acquisition editors who accept pieces based on adherence to the guidelines and quality of the work. If your piece is selected, you will be assigned an editor to guide you through the publication revision process, just as would be the case if you were working with a publishing house.

Submission Guidelines

  • Each Redwood Writers member may submit up to 2 pieces in any genre. For example, you may submit 1 poem and 1 prose piece, 2 prose pieces, or 2 poems.
  • Prose pieces may include flash fiction and nonfiction, short stories, memoir vignettes, essays, interviews, and journalistic pieces up to 2,000 words.
  • Poems are limited to 50 lines (about 2 pages).
  • Only original, previously unpublished work which reflects the theme will be accepted.
  • Standard formatting required: 1-inch margins on all sides; double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Poems may be single-spaced.
  • Document formats accepted: Microsoft Word (doc and docx) and Rich Text Format (rtf).
  • All work should be proofread and polished to the best of your ability. Typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors will reduce the likelihood of piece(s) being selected for publication.

Submission Method

We will not be accepting submissions by email this year. Instead, we will utilize a new, easy-to-use online submission form at https://redwoodwriters.submittable.com/submit. Submission guidelines will be posted on the Submittable website, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the form and upload your work. 

Here are a few things to remember as you prepare your work for submission:

  • Format your piece according to the guidelines above.
  • Submissions will be judged “blind.” Do NOT include your name or identifying information anywhere in the header, footer, or body of your piece. You will enter your name and author bio in separate fields that will not be revealed to the editors until after the pieces have been selected.
  • Enter each piece separately (one document per submission).
  • As part of the total publishing experience, your piece, if selected, will be reviewed and edited. This is a professional service offered free of charge by your fellow members.

If you have any questions about the theme, submission guidelines, or submission method, or are interested in joining the editing team, please contact Amber Lea Starfire at [email protected].

Amber Lea Starfire

Amber Lea Starfire

Anthology Editor

Amber Lea Starfire is an author, editor, and creative writing teacher with a passion for helping others bring their stories to life. As writing coach and editor, she has assisted many writers through the publication process. Author of Not the Mother I Remember: A Memoir, Publish Your Chapbook!, and Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations, Amber is also co-editor of the popular anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s and past editor of Story Circle Network’s annual True Words anthology.

Step-by-Step Submission Instructions, Click HERE!