Enter the anthology

Past anthologies

Authors’ Tale published its first anthology, Once Upon a Wednesday, March 15, 2017. It is available in paperback, e-book, and hardcover. Find it on the AT bookshelf, through Amazon, or through B&N.

Authors’ Tale published its second anthology, Heart of a Child, March 24, 2018. It is available in the same formats as the first anthology at the same locations.

Upcoming anthology

The third anthology, Ink Dreams, is set to publish in 2019. Submissions open June 1, 2018 and close September 1, 2018. Writers who opt-in for the short story workshop will take part in the monthlong event, which occurs throughout September. Judging begins in October.

Want to submit? Find the link here!

Any editor feedback will be received after judging is completed and results are finalized.

Learn more about what goes into each anthology and why you should be a part of it.


Each submission has a $5 entry fee, including a 3% surcharge for online payments. This fee does not include editor feedback if the author requests it. That is an additional charge.

The workshop is free. Not participating in the workshop does not remove the fee from your entry.

All money from fees goes toward ISBN numbers for this anthology, as well as for future anthologies.


All profits from book sales go to a designated organization or charity, which is decided before the publication is released. This year’s anthology, Ink Dreams, will give all profits to Authors’ Tale, because while your community leaders love to serve you, it’s pricey, and we are hoping that this year, we can benefit the community itself with the talents y’all have shared with others for the past two years. This will allow us to bring you more resources, opportunities, and tools. If you have additional questions or reservations, please read this FAQ page.

Before submitting: format

  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • Name, title, and prompt at the top of the first page
  • No cover pages
  • No headline-style formatting
  • No hyperlinks or images
  • Send as .doc, .docx, or .rtf file only
  • Start paragraphs using the Word ruler (paragraph settings > indentation > under “special” choose “first line”
    Another option is to use the arrow at the top of the document. Avoid the tab button and do not use spaces to identify the next paragraph

How to submit

Anyone interested in taking part will need to be a member of Authors’ Tale to gain access to all previous writing prompts eligible for this year’s anthology. The password for the prompts page is found in the pinned post of Authors’ Tale. If you are a member and want to see the list of prompts, click here.

If you’re not a member and want to join, click here.

Submit your story here! Interested cover designers have until May 31 to submit their covers before voting begins. Cover designers are no longer able to submit a cover for the 2018-19 anthology.



Be part of a workshop

Workshops are coming to Authors’ Tale! After a successful short story workshop that accompanied the first anthology, soon, Cayce Berryman will begin offering additional workshops for those who seek help writing, revising, editing, and more.

Visit this link to see what others have said about the workshop.

More information on workshops will be provided soon.