Recently the SSWC Board agreed to create an anthology of material written by SSWC members. A primary purpose of the anthology is to provide an opportunity for those who have yet to publish their work in a bound volume. There is no intent to make loads of money for the individual or club. The works to be included are not restricted to those who have not yet published. All members are welcome to submit unpublished works as we want to showcase the best of the talent SSWC has to offer. “SSWC has talent!”
Intent is to include short story fiction, non-fiction pieces of general interest, and poetry. We are also considering acceptance of a chapter from a work not yet published. The chapter should be reasonably stand-alone and perhaps have a lead-in paragraph to provide perspective.
Your Anthology Committee will review the material, return same for additional work if required and select the pieces to be included. At this time we are thinking that the bound book will be approximately 300 pages; included material, except poetry, would contain from 500 to 5000 words. Up to three written works may be submitted by one author and several from one author may be included in the volume with the understanding that the first priority will be to have as many authors included as possible.
The anthology will reflect SSWC members’ caliber of writing. Therefore, it is important that we adhere to principles of good writing. Following are criteria we would expect:
- The work will have been reviewed for spelling, grammar, and punctuation by a person competent to do so prior to submission. There are club members who will assist you for a fee if you like.
- The writing should have agreement: noun to pronoun, subject to verb, simile or metaphor to action or description.
- The work should contain a minimum of clichés, ‘darlings’ or hackneyed phrases.
- Narrative should be on point, not aimless, unnecessarily or rambling.
- Imprecise language should be avoided.
- Endings should resolve that story, make a point, and not give the impression that the author just stopped writing.
Note that the above are problems encountered by the California Writers Club in reviewing work for their anthology. They had an 85% rejection rate for submissions from their members. Note that your story has a better chance of acceptance if reviewed by a critique group prior to submittal. The Anthology Committee will not make corrections. We intend to have a workshop to cover the above items at the November meeting.
The committee will accept submissions in electronic or printed form. We will review them in Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Please include a cover page with name, title, number of words. Do NOT include your name on subsequent pages but do show title and page number..
Below is a proposed schedule for the Anthology Project:
- Submissions should be in the hands of the committee by the March SSWC meeting (March 11, 2013). Material may be submitted earlier; it will be reviewed earlier.
- The committee will review the submittals by April 1, 2013. If more editing is required, submittals will be returned with comments indicating necessary corrections.
- If corrections are required, the author will have until May 1, 2013 to return the material.
- The committee will make final selections and organize the anthology by June 1, 2013.
- The committee will deal with the publisher (POD) with the intent of having copies available by July 1, 2013.
In association with this project, we would like to have interested members submit a cover design. That design should also be submitted by March 1. We will draft criteria.
So, get writing. You may contact Tom Hessler by email at email@example.com if you have questions. We will provide updates as time goes by.
Your Anthology Committee.