PPW Anthology Submission Guidelines

Theme for 2022 edition:


Dreams are manifold. There are lucid dreams, recurring dreams, reveries and false awakenings; delusions, bold visions, ideals and aspirations. When our lives are torn asunder we yearn for the primordial wisdom of poets, bards, and dream warriors. Whether fanciful or horrific, nonsensical or edifying, ingenious or sublime—make your dream manifest in a poem or short story.


The PPW’s second anthology, DREAM, is now open for submissions until July 31, 2021, or until we receive 300 submissions. Whichever comes first.

Get yours in early!


Who are we?
The staff for the 2022 edition are: Kathie Scrimgeour (Project Manager, Editor), Ed Raetz (Editor), Jenny Kate (Editor, Marketing Director), and Debby Brewer (Editor).

Contact: Anthology@PikesPeakWriters.com 

Submissions Open: May 15, 2021
Submissions Close: July 31, 2021 or 300 submissions – whichever comes first.

What we want

  • Short Stories (fiction or non-fiction) of 1,500-7,000 words. Genre is open – realistic or speculative, contemporary or historical, literary or commercial. As long as it has a strong plot, emotional appeal, and a connection to the theme, we want to read it!
  • Flash Fiction – 100-1,000 words.
  • Poetry – Each individual poem must be no more than three pages.

What we DON’T want

  • Children’s fiction (younger than YA). Fiction intended for middle grade, early readers, and younger is not a good fit for this anthology. Your story may have a young protagonist as long as the intended audience is adults or teens.
  • Translations or fanfiction
  • Sections of longer works. Submissions should stand alone.
  • Erotica, rape scenes, or gratuitous violence. Some sex, violence, and profanity is fine as long as it suits the story. It should not feel gratuitous or be included for shock value.


  • Who can submit? PPW members only. If you are not a member, please visit PPW’s membership page . Membership is free. Editorial team cannot submit.
  • Word Count:
    • Short Stories: (fiction or non-fiction) 1,500-7,000 words
    • Flash Fiction: 100-1,000 words
    • Poetry: Individual poems no more than 3 pages
  • Format: Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, 1″ margins, black text on white background. Include a header with the title and page number at the top of each page. YOUR NAME, OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, MUST NOT APPEAR ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT OR IN THE METADATA. Submissions are read blind.
  • Multiple Submissions: Up to three submissions will be accepted per author, but only one per submission form. If more than one of your submissions is accepted into the anthology, then it is up to the editors’ discretion as to which is published.
  • Simultaneous Submissions: We prefer that you do not submit your story elsewhere while we have it under consideration. If you have something perfect for PPW’s anthology that is submitted elsewhere, let us know. Alert us immediately if it is accepted by another publication.
  • Reprints: We are looking for original, unpublished work only. Previously published work will not be accepted. This includes stories/poems/manuscripts published in any form on your personal or professional website.

What happens once your work is accepted?
You’ve been accepted? CONGRATULATIONS!! Pat yourself on the back and throw a party. After the celebrations are over there are a few things you can expect to come your way and a couple of contracts to sign.

Someone from the editorial team will be in touch with you once your piece has been accepted. You need to be open to possible edits. We will do our best to let all the submissions stand as they are written, but there could be a need for us to make suggestions. If the author is not open to any edits or rewrites, then it will be up to the discretion of the editorial team if the piece is kept in the publication.

You will need to sign two contracts. One is with PPW and the other with the distribution service used by the anthology.

Did you say royalties? Yes. Each author published in the anthology will receive a royalty. The exact percentage will be calculated based on the number of accepted authors..

With a royalty comes a responsibility for each accepted author. Because the marketing budget is on a shoestring each author published in the anthology is contractually required to participate in promoting it. This includes, but is not limited to, promo on all social media outlets, information on author pages (GoodReads, Amazon, etc), along with websites and newsletters. The longer and harder each author promotes this anthology, the higher the sales, the higher the royalty.

We ask for first rights. Six months after publication, rights will revert to the author, meaning you’ll be free to reprint your story as you see fit. A sample contract is available upon request.

Are you ready to submit? Just click on the link and sign in with your Submittable account. Remember, your submission must be anonymous so do not have your name on your document nor in the metadata.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE JULY 31, 2021, or when 300 submissions are received.

Questions? Please contact Kathie at: anthology@pikespeakwriters.com