Short and Sweet Anthology Guidelines

For this book series we use words of only one syllable in the stories related to the book’s theme.

Seven exceptions to the one-syllable-word-only requirement:

1. Any proper noun is okay. (If you were born in California, don’t write Maine; if a name is Machenheimer, don’t write Clark.)
2. You may use polysyllabic words of 5 letters or fewer — for example: into, over, area, about.
3. You may use contractions of more than one syllable such as couldn’t, wouldn’t, didn’t.
4. You may use numbers (even those that are polysyllabic).
5. As in any published work, direct quotes — even in casual conversation — must be rendered word-for-word as they occurred, so their wording is exempt from the rules. This includes verses from the Bible — but only translations, not paraphrases (such as The Message).
6. Multi-syllable words for family (for which there are no single- syllable synonyms) are fine: mother, father, family, sister, brother, sibling, husband, daughter, relative etc.
7. Words for which no synonym exists — such as college/university, heredity, communication, integrity, honest/honesty, person, regret, career/ profession, passion, destination, hospital, education/ teacher/professor, institution, creativity, identity — or that cannot be replaced by a natural-sounding phrase of simple, one-syllable words.

The general purpose of your piece would be to entertain—rather than to teach or merely inform—so the tone should be personal rather than instructive. The tone needs to be optimistic.

Send your submission in an MSW file.

Word count: 250-1000 words

Please include with your submission a clear, crisp, color headshot (as an attachment in jpeg format) and a short bio (of 100-125 words—which means NO FEWER than 100 WORDS and NO MORE than 125).

The bio, photo, submission, and any correspondence on the subject should be directed to Susan King at: shortandsweettoo[at]gmail[dot]com.
RIGHTS– These may be original — or previously published if rights have been returned to you (as long as we are informed of the latter in advance). We retain rights after acceptance until publication, then rights automatically return to you.

PAYMENT: Each book  in the series is a labor of love, so no one will be compensated monetarily. All royalties go to World Christian Broadcasting. However, each of the authors whose work is selected to be published will receive a free copy of the book and a discount on any orders.

Each writer’s name, photo, and bio will appear with his/her work.

Accepting Submissions for the Following Books:

Memorable Mutts

The Feline in the Family

Mishaps and Misadventures: Vacations that took an unexpected turn along the way. These stores are about your best and funniest vacation memories, created by something completely unplanned.

Facing Fears: Facing and conquering fears big or small, whether as a child or an adult.