Please do NOT include identifying information anywhere in the manuscript, as all readings will be blind.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but only one submission per author per category. Please notify Wordrunner eChapbooks if your work is accepted elsewhere. We prefer that you withdraw the submission from your Submittable account.

Authors will receive payment. Annual anthology: $7.50 for poems, $15 to $25 for stories and essays. $125 for each fiction collection.

Wordrunner eChapbooks is primarily an online publication. Our one-author collections are also published as Kindles and on Smashwords. 

Two fiction collections will be selected for our 2022 e-chapbook series, to be published in August and December, online and in epubs. Payment: $125 plus epub (Kindle and Smashwords) royalties. In addition, some authors may receive Honorable Mentions and have a story from their collection considered for publication in our 2022 annual anthology.

Stories may be flash or longer, up to 5,000 words each.* We would like between three to five short stories (a maximum of 20,000 words total); if flash fiction, no more than 15 stories (300 to 1200 words maximum each flash). Hybrid flash/short story collections are also welcome. They need not be linked, but it would  be a plus if they belong together for some reason, be it theme, location  or character/s. We will also consider novel excerpts, if the collection can stand alone..

  • *Quality trumps word count.
  • Submit your best work only. Each story should be original and  compelling. No  genre fiction, please, unless a story is good enough to  transcend genre. What we are looking for in fiction is subtle emotional complexity. 
  • At least one-fourth of any collection should be previously unpublished. In the cover letter, indicate which, if any pieces, were previously published and where.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but only one submission per author. Please notify Wordrunner eChapbooks if your collection, or any part of it, is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Submit ONE FILE (Word doc or docx or RTF), which includes  a title for the collection and a list of contents, followed by  the  stories.
  • Please double space the manuscript and use a standard 12 point typeface such as Times Roman.
  • Please do NOT include identifying information anywhere in the manuscript, as the readings will be blind.
  • OPTIONAL: In your cover letter, please let us know how you found out about this call (e.g., from Writers & Poets, Duotrope, newpages.com, CRWROPPS, Submishmash Weekly, Facebook, or any other source.) THANK YOU!


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