2018 Anthology


Editor Robbi Sommers Bryant
invites your submissions!

"Redemption" is the theme of the 2018 Redwood Writers anthology. Robbi challenges members to reflect that theme in their submissions for Redemption: Rising from the Ashes.

Have fun with this genre as you stretch your abilities to meet the challenge to write your edgy story of redemption.


Edgy stories such as: 

  • Epiphanies that changed a person’s direction away from hopelessness
  • Act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed
  • Deliverance, rescue
  • Atonement for guilt
  • Getting back what is owed to you

 What makes a story edgy?

  • A story having a sharp, exciting quality
  • A gripping story that tackles difficult subjects: addiction, crime, search for identity, etc.
  • A style that pushes boundaries and draws readers in
  • Someone with a distinct voice or eccentric way of viewing the world compels us to watch or listen to them.


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

TWO submissions per entrant.

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

Submission dates:

Sunday, October 8, 2017

NEW Close:
Sunday, January 21, 2018
at 9 p.m.

 Got Questions?

Send an email to
[email protected]


(NOTE: The flier lists the rules, or CLICK HERE to read the RULES and SUBMIT your work.)


Robbi Sommers Bryant

Robbi Sommers Bryant's award-winning books include a novella, four novels, five short story collections, and one book of poetry. Her work is published in magazines including Readers Digest, Redbook, Penthouse, college textbooks and several anthologies.

Robbi’s work was also optioned twice for television’s Movie of the Week. She is past-president of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club, and currently serves as vice president. Her focus is developmental, content, and copy editing.



Amrita Skye Blaine
Amrita Skye Blaine


Skye Blaine writes memoir, fiction, poetry, and blogs, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2003. Her novel, Unleashed, was just published. Bound to Love: A Memoir of Grit and Gratitude was published in 2015 and has won three prizes. She is included in seven anthologies, and in national magazines: “Yes” and “Catalyst.” She teaches creative writing to older adults as Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Faculty.



Daniel Coshnear works at a group home for homeless men and women suffering mental illness. He teaches creative writing through UC Berkeley Extension and occasionally runs workshops at The Sitting Room in Penngrove. He is author of two story collections: Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine, 2001), winner of the Willa Cather Award for Fiction, and Occupy & Other Love Stories (Kelly’s Cove Press, 2012). In 2015 he won the Novella Prize from Fiction Fix for Homesick Redux.

Barbara Cottrell
Barbara Cottrell


Barbara Cottrell is the author of The Shadows of Miskatonic, a series of supernatural thrillers inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and presented her work at the 2016 Mystery Writers in the Mausoleum.

Sharon Hamilton
Sharon Hamilton


Sharon Hamilton is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series, her Golden Vampires of Tuscany, and Guardian Angels. All of Sharon’s books are available on eBooks.com (most formats), in print, and at Audible. com. A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting very, very dirty in the mud, or wandering farmers markets looking for new heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

Jean Wong pix
Jean Wong pix


Jean Wong, author of Sleeping with the Gods and Hurtling Jade, is an award-winning poet and writer of fiction and memoir. Her work has been produced by the 6th Street Playhouse and other theater venues. Jean writes from the bottom of a well, always amazed to look up and see the sky.


Please observe the following contest rules. Only entries that comply with the rules will be considered. No exceptions!


  • The story must relate to the theme of the anthology: Redemption.
  • The Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the  education of writers. As a non-profit organization it is our position that the club and its publications do not engage in any political or religious activities. Stories that promote a specific political or religious doctrine will not be accepted.
  • Poetry will not be included, as there will be a separate 2018 Anthology dedicated to poetry.
  • TWO submissions per entrant.
  • All stories must be submitted by the January 21, 2018, deadline for consideration.
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher (self-published works are acceptable.)
  • Immediate family members of judges and chairs of this contest are not eligible to submit.



  • This is a blind judging. DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your submission.
  • Word count: No more than 2,500 words
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced
  • One space after punctuation
  • Page number at upper right corner
  • Spelling errors could cause a submission to be rejected prior to the editing process.selecteddocs


At the time of submission, include a 50-word professional biography written in third person.


Questions should be addressed to: [email protected]


  • Document format: Your manuscript should be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (doc or docx).
  • ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY: All entries must be submitted online using the submission form linked below.


For the benefit of our readers and for our growth as writers, we want to help each other hone these works to make them the best possible. As such, each member whose work is accepted will be expected to work with an editor in order to make recommended revisions.

If the editor-in-chief feels that you need to make specific edits for the integrity of the piece, you have the right to refuse; unfortunately, your refusal is grounds for the story to be eliminated from the anthology.