Guidelines Are Important!

Please take careful note of the guidelines and read them all the way through before submitting. We have received some submissions which have missed some of the key aspects of the anthology. We have attempted to highlight them, but it does not hurt to repeat them here.

  • This is a themed anthology. All of the stories which will be published in this collection must deal with themes of isolation, abandonment, loneliness, or solitude. Our intent is to draw attention to one of the benefits of adopting animals -- the companionship they provide -- by featuring stories which discuss the absence of this companionship. Stories which fail to include this element will not make the final cut.
  • While the goal of the anthology is to raise money for canine rescue, submissions do not have to include dogs or any other animal for that matter. Inclusion of canines is heartwarming, but is not an acceptable substitution for the theme we are exploring.
  • Stories which feature animal abuse or the abuse of children will not be included in this anthology.
  • Submissions must be formatted professionally. If you are unfamiliar with standard formatting, please refer to this page. Shunn provides the perfect example of how we want our stories to be formatted. We don’t do this to be jerks. Having uniform formatting makes it easier for us to read submissions, to refer back to them if we have questions, and should the story be accepted, to format it for publication.