2020 ‘Sunset Sunrise’ Anthology


Editor Crissi Langwell
invites your submissions!

"Sunset Sunrise" is the theme of the 2020 Redwood Writers anthology. The editor challenges members to reflect that theme in their memoir and short story submissions.



A new relationship. A divorce. Your first day on the job. The day you retired. A newborn baby. The 92-year-old matriarch of the family. The first step on a three-month journey. The day you reached your destination. What do these things have in common? They could be possible stories in the Redwood Writers 2020 Anthology.

This year’s theme is “Sunset Sunrise,” and will be a collection of fiction or memoir pieces that tell of either an ending or a beginning. Crissi Langwell is excited to be this year’s editor of the anthology, especially since Redwood Writers members are invited to submit TWO pieces of writing this year! Usually, we only allow for one submission in the anthology, but because there are two parts to this year’s theme, we are allowing people to send in two stories—but only if one of the submissions tells the story of a beginning, and the other tells the story of an ending.

Some Inspiration


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, January 19, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020
at 9 p.m.


Anthology Workshop

Sign up today and get ready to submit your work to the
Redwood Writers 2020 "Sunset Sunrise" Anthology.

Get tips and suggestions on how to write a compelling piece for this year's anthology, and learn how to submit.

Join Editor-in-Chief Crissi Langwell, workshop moderator Linda Reid, and this year's team of editors at this workshop to discuss topics that will include:

Email questions to
[email protected],
or use the form at the bottom of the page.

  • Writing to the "Sunset Sunrise" theme
  • Writing dialogue
  • Judging process
  • Share questions and answers about what makes a good story
  • Review the submission process for the anthology

Workshop Details:

Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
at the Flamingo Hotel
2777 4th Street
Santa Rosa


Redwood Writers
Members: $25

Seating is limited so RSVP early!




Complete the workshop registration form, and we'll see you on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.



Crissi Langwell

Crissi Langwell is the editor of Redwood Writers 2020 anthology Sunset Sunrise: A Collection of Endings & Beginnings. She is the past editor of the Redwood Writers newsletter and author of eleven books. Her young adult novel Forever Thirteen received an honorable mention in the Writers Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Her latest novel Numbered is a dystopian romance set in 2050. She’s currently editing her next novel, Turtle Treasure. More at www.crissilangwell.com.

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Meet the Team of Editors & Workshop Teachers



Skye Blaine writes fiction, memoir, and poetry, 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 released in 2017. Her sequel, Must Like Dogs, is in final edits. Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, published in 2015, won three prizes. Skye teaches creative writing to older adults as Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Faculty. More at www.skyeblaine.com.

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





Amanda McTigue’s short stories have earned her a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a Semifinalist nod from the American Literary Review fiction contest. Her debut novel Going to Solace was named a Best Read of 2012 by public radio KRCB’s “Word by Word.” Her written works for the stage have been produced at Carnegie Hall, the Minnesota Opera, and Sonoma County’s Green Music Center. She’s currently editing her second novel, The Cautionary Tales. More at www.amandamctigue.com.

Roger Lubeck, Ph.D., our current Redwood Writers president and the California Writers Club vice president, was the editor of several past Redwood Writers anthologies, including Untold Stories (2016) and No Contest (2017), plus heavily involved in the production of other past Redwood Writers anthologies. Roger is also president of Corporate Behavior Analysts, Ltd., publisher and president of It Is What It Is Press, and has more than 30 years of consulting experience. More at www.rogerinblue.com.



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: "Sunset Sunrise: Endings and Beginnings."
  • 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.
  • TWO* submission per entrant.
  • *Two entries are allowed per person, but only if one tells the story of a beginning and the other tells the story of an ending.
  • All stories must be submitted by the Friday, March 13, 2020, midnight deadline for consideration.
  • Work must be complete works.
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher (self-published works are acceptable.)


  • 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 (per story)
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced
  • One space after punctuation
  • Page number at bottom right
  • An abundance of 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) or as a PDF.
  • 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 anthology registration form (open soon), and upload your work.

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