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Call for Submissions: Meadowbrook Press

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Funny-but-True Anthology Submission Guidelines

Meadowbrook Press is working on a series of hilarious anthologies featuring funnier-than-fiction tales about the "misadventures" of life. The first anthology in the series, The Breastfeeding Diaries, will be available in November 2007. In the meantime, we're planning many more titles in this funny series, and we want to hear your stories!

WANTED: Short, funny, true stories recounting the “misadventures” from weddings/honeymoons, pregnancy/childbirth, or the baby/toddler years for an upcoming series of anthologies to be published in book form by Meadowbrook Press.

STORY LENGTH: Up to 800 words

PAYMENT: For selected stories, we'll pay the following one-time fees. (Word counts refer to final edited versions.)

$50 for 100 words or less
$75 for 101–250 words
$100 for 251–500 words
$125 for 501–800 words

RIGHTS REQUIRED: Non-exclusive worldwide rights in all languages. Author retains copyright to story.

FORMAT: Stories must be submitted electronically. A story may be typed in the body of an e-mail or sent as an attached Microsoft Word document.

E-MAIL TO: with subject line “Anthology submission.” Please indicate the submission category: wedding/honeymoon, pregnancy/childbirth, or the baby/toddler years.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2007

We’re looking for tightly written stories featuring one specific incident with a clear humorous focus. For samples of stories that fit our vision for this series, please e-mail a request to with subject line “Anthology Samples”. Please do not submit stories that are interesting/enlightening/touching but not funny. Such stories are outside the scope of this project.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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