2016 Anthology Untold Stories



Exceptional stories and poems that share truths about life and illuminate the human condition. That’s what we are looking for from the writers submitting their work for consideration in the 2016 Redwood Writers Anthology, Untold Stories. We encourage our writers to submit creative stories and poems that expose life on the razor’s edge.

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Inspiring Voices

The literary voices of three authors served as inspiration for this anthology.

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

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Jack London

Jack London

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.



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Only Redwood Writers members in good standing
may submit works to be considered for this anthology.

If you are interested in becoming a member,
click here
for more information.


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Submission dates:

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
at 9 p.m.


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Saturday, Jan. 16
9:30 a.m. to noon
Flamingo Hotel
2777 Fourth St.
Santa Rosa

Fee: $20

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To assist our authors in preparing a story or poem for submission, we are offering this workshop. The anthology editor and editorial team will discuss the
following topics:

  • Submission guidelines
  • Crafting a great short story
  • Writing an exceptional short memoir
  • Poems with “a magnificent glow”
  • Drafting a professional bio

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CLICK HERE to register for the January workshop.

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Roger Lubeck

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Roger Lubeck, Ph.D., is the president of It Is What It Is Press in Cloverdale. Lubeck’s published works include business articles, two business books, five novels, and half a dozen short stories. He edited and published three anthologies by The Writing Journey and a memoir by Daly City Librarian Samuel C. Chandler. Lubeck taught psychology for 15 years at the university level, followed by a 23-year career as a business consultant. As an authority on leadership and management, he has worked with companies in all 50 states. Lubeck’s blog, RogerInBlue.com features his writing, photography, and art. In 2015, he joined the Redwood Writers board and published his most recent novel, Key West.

Questions regarding the anthology or the January workshop can be emailed to our editor at [email protected]

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Fran Claggett

Fran Claggett is the author of two poetry books, Black Birds and Other Birds and Crow Crossings. Her poems deal with life events, love and loss. After years of teaching, consulting, publishing and writing, currently, Claggett is an instructor of memoir writing and poetry at Sonoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has written a number of books for teachers and students on critical thinking, literature and composition, and has received many writing awards. She lives in Sebastopol with her Saluki and whippet.

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Susan Gunter

Susan Gunter

Susan Gunter, Ph.D., has published poetry, three books on the James family, and a memoir, My Vacation at the Beach, about her transformation from college professor to full-time nanny for her granddaughter. She studied poetry with James Dickey, and her poems have appeared in small journals around the country, including Poet Lore. She held the William Dean Howells Fellowship in American literature at Harvard’s Houghton Library in 2005. Currently, Gunter is finishing a suspense novel about two women college professors, The Juke Joint; or, The Life and Times of Mrs. Ann James.

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Eugene McCreary

Eugene McCreary

Eugene McCreary’s love of writing has persisted through varied careers ranging from college professor to carpenter and real estate appraiser. He has written several screenplays and his first novel, Madame President, a political thriller, was optioned by Milestone Productions in Los Angeles and formed the platform for an ABC series. His new book, Gift of the Tiger, set in China during World War II, was a finalist in the 2015 Indie Book Awards in historical fiction. McCreary also won the Grand Prize at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference 2015 Contest.

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John Abbott

Catharine Bramkamp

Robbi Sommers Bryant

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Joelle Burnette

Marlene Cullen

Cristina Goulart

Crissi Langwell

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Juanita Martin

Jan Ogren

Janice Rowley

Helen Sedwick


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  • ACCEPTED: Works of fiction, memoir, or poetry. Only original, unpublished works.
  • NOT ACCEPTED: Essays, interviews, reviews, or travelogues will not be accepted for this anthology.
  • Authors may submit up to two pieces. If you submit two pieces, you can choose one or two of the three categories.
  • BLIND SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts must be submitted as blind submissions: include the title and word count of the piece, but the author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • WORD COUNT: Stories can be up to 2,500 words.
  • POETRY LENGTH: Each poem can be no longer than 50 lines maximum.

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  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced for prose, poems may be single-spaced
  • Paragraphs indented a half inch
  • One space after punctuation
  • Page number at bottom center
  • Must comply with the Chicago Manual of Style 15th or 16th edition.
  • Spelling and grammar errors could cause a submission to be rejected prior to the editing process.


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  • Document format: Your piece(s) should be formatted as one the following: MS Word (doc or docx) and Rich Text Format (rtf).
  • Each piece is to be submitted separately (one document per submission).
  • ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY: All entries must be submitted online using the submission form linked below.


  • Include a 50-word professional biography at the time of submission.


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Questions regarding the anthology or the January workshop can be emailed to Editor Roger Lubeck:
[email protected]


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The submission period has ended.
More writing opportunities can be found on the
Redwood Writers contests and books pages.

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