Submission Details

Submissions for the United Way anthology are now closed. Order your copy.

If you’ve been looking for a way to use your talents to make a difference during the pandemic, this project might be for you. Your writing could help support the United Way of Eastern Maine’s COVID-19 relief fund.

Note: We need fiction! We’re getting tons of poems and essays but no fiction yet. Help us out. Send your fiction.

“Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”

― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Maine writers, submit your stories, essays, and poetry to the anthology of writing by Mainers during the COVID-19 crisis. Kids, Teens and Adults are all invited to send their work. Please make your submissions before 11:59 a.m. on Monday June 22.

You’re eligible to submit if:

  • You resided in the State of Maine between March 1 and June 30, 2020
  • You wrote during or about the COVID-19 crisis (the pandemic doesn’t have to be the focus of the work)

You DO NOT have to be a published writer to appear in this anthology, you just need to have something to say. 

The editor, Emma G. Rose, is a fantasy author who reads a little bit of everything. Let your imagination run wild. No topic is too big, too small, too strange, or too normal as long as it makes us feel, think, question, laugh, or wish for more. Speaking of laughing. Humor is good for the soul, so funny stories are a-okay. Sad stories are okay too. Send us your anxious poetry, your angry essays, your hysterical haiku. If you’re feeling it right now, someone else might be too.

No graphic sex or graphic violence, (we want to keep it family friendly) but don’t be afraid to explore challenging topics. 

All are welcome to submit. We do not discriminate based on age, race, gender, orientation, affiliation, or any other category you can think of. Your work will be chosen based on these criteria: 

  • Is it about the COVID-19 crisis or did you write (or edit) it during this time?
  • Does it entertain, challenge, make readers think, help us understand, make us laugh or generally cause us to respond in some way?
  • Is it a polished and complete work that requires minimal editing? 
  • Does it meet our length requirements?

Send us the best draft you know how to make. Typed, double spaced in Word or Google Docs. No images please. No personal statement or cover letter required. Just include your first name, email address and whether you are a kid (6-13) teen (14-18) or adult (19 and older).

Short stories: 500 to 10,000 words
Essays: 500-1000 words
Poetry: 2 pages or less

If your work is accepted we will email you to collect an author bio and signed contract. Plus, because we believe that art is valuable, we will provide a small honorarium of $25 to each author who is selected for publication.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 a.m. on Monday, June 22

Send submissions to submissions@imperativepressbooks.com
Subject Line: Pandemic Anthology

Submissions for the United Way anthology are now closed. Order your copy.