2019 “Endeavor” Anthology


Editor Tommie Whitener
invites your submissions!

"Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance" is the theme of the 2019 Redwood Writers anthology. The editor challenges members to reflect that theme in their memoir and short story submissions.

Who hasn't struggled?

Who hasn't persevered?

If you have, write a memoir.

If you haven't, write a story of fiction.

We are looking for stories that are inspirational—positive and uplifting stories that reflect overcoming challenges, striving and being rewarded for goals achieved. That being said, struggles that do not turn out so well can inspire, too. Stories that reflect the better side of people or cultures, as they strive to rise above less than ideal circumstances, opposition and beginnings, or as they demonstrate fortitude and perseverance in trying to become the best versions of themselves. Most important, we what stories that are interesting. Interesting because they contain people and plots told in an interesting or novel way. Stories that contain characters we will care about. Stories that examine the far reaches of the exploration of the human condition. Stretch yourself and your characters to give us nuanced pacing, realism, honesty, humor, and courage.


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

ONE submission per entrant.

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

Submission dates:

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Friday, March 15, 2019
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.)


Tommie Whitener-

Tommie W. Whitener is an enthusiastic short story reader and writer, as well as a novelist. He reports having recently read and learned from short stories by William Faulkner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, and Deborah Eisenberg. His published books include his short story collection Wanda and the Watch, as well as the personal development/marital relations cross-over Mother Earth: Three Couples. He just returned from Little Rock and Northern Arkansas where he was doing research for his in-the-works historical novel, hopefully to be completed before the end of the year. In addition to short stories, he is also working on a novel set in Russia in the late nineteenth century entitled “Pavel and Natalia." Based on an Anton Chekhov short story, it’s about a dashing young cavalry officer in love with a pharmacist’s wife. He holds two degrees in International Relations, one from UCLA and the other from Tufts University, in addition to a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. He speaks Russian and has at least once visited most of the major Russian cities. He lives in Novato with his wife of twenty years, Svetlana, an emotional intelligence coach.

Meet the Team of Editors & Workshop Teachers


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.

In childhood, Laura McHale Holland loved the musicality of language and often recalled, verbatim, conversations she heard. She has long since lost that skill, but her love of language remains, coming through in everything she writes. All four of Laura’s published books have won awards. She is now at work on a novel that introduces a cast of endearing, sometimes contentious characters in the fictional town of Kiminee, Illinois, where forces beyond everyday reality both help and hinder, and secrets surface, testing the entire community’s mettle. Curious? Browse around and leave a comment or two at lauramchaleholland.com. She’ll write you back.


Laura McHale Holland-



Linda Loveland Reid is past president of Redwood Writers and is a Jack London Award recipient. She is author of two novels, and has poetry, fiction, memoir, and essays published in over a dozen various magazines and anthologies. With two cum laude bachelor's degrees from Sonoma State University, she currently teaches art history for SSU and Dominican University through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Linda is a figurative oil painter and theater director. Visit her website at LindaLovelandReid.com

Daniel Coshnear  works at a group home and teaches creative writing through UC Berkeley Extension, and frequently runs workshops in the North Bay at The Sitting Room. He is author of two story collections: Jobs and Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine, 2001), Willa Cather Award winner, and Occupy and Other Love Stories (Kelly's Cove Press 2012). In 2015, he won the Novella Award from Fiction Fix (now Flock) for Homesick Redux.


Daniel Coshnear

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: "Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance."
  • 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 is a separate 2019 Anthology dedicated to poetry.
  • ONE submission per entrant.
  • All stories must be submitted by the March 15, 2019, 9 p.m. 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
  • Place the title at the top of the first page
  • 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 bottom center
  • 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], or use the form at the bottom of this page.


  • 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.




Complete the contest registration form, and upload your story.

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