Call for Submissions

Essay Anthology Publishing in 2021

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2020 has been a wild ride. The more I speak to people in my community and the world at large, the more I realize how many of us have gone through major spiritual shifts during all of the chaos, stress, and uncertainty.

Some people have developed a much stronger connection with Source, while others have disconnected (and some have then found their way back).

I’m putting together an essay anthology (title forthcoming) to collect stories of relationships with Source during times of chaos. Submissions will be open through December 31, 2020, with the book publishing in late Spring of 2021.

What we’re looking for: Essays should focus on your relationship with Source during these trying times. How Source is defined is up to you; it could be the Universe, Spirit, Mother Nature, a god or goddess, your own inner guide or intuition, collective unconscious, etc. We’re particularly interested in essays about either connection or disconnection from Source. While essays don’t need to be “uplifting” they should have some sort of valuable takeaway for readers.

Essays should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words (or thereabouts).

We prefer essays that have not been published elsewhere. In the event you’re submitting something that has been previously published, please include information about where it was published (including links, if applicable) and the estimated readership.

How to submit: Your submission should be created in Google Docs and the file should be shared with thirteen@cameronchapman.com. Please send an email with the sharing link, with the following in the subject line: “Anthology Submission: [Essay title]” (working titles are fine). 

Deadline: Submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2020.

We’ll be accepting essays on a rolling basis, and plan to accept between 20 and 25 essays total.

Final decisions will be made by January 31st.

How much we pay: Authors accepted into the anthology will be paid an advance against royalties of $250 upon publication. Royalties will be paid out at 2.5% of net revenue, paid on a quarterly basis once the advance has been exceeded. Authors will also get a print copy of the anthology once it’s published.

Rights: You retain all copyrights to your work. We’ll take a 1-year exclusive license on any work included in the anthology (a contract will follow if your submission is accepted for publication), and then a non-exclusive license for as long as the anthology is available in print or ebook formats. In the event that a work is previously published, you won’t be able to publish it in additional places during the 1-year exclusive license term, but are not required to remove it from any places where it’s already published.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions: You can submit more than one essay, but please don’t submit more than three (and in all likelihood, only one will be selected for the anthology). Please send a separate email for each submission, but indicate that it’s a multiple submission. Simultaneous submissions are also fine, but please specify that you’ve submitted the essay to other publications and notify us as soon as possible if it’s accepted for publication elsewhere and if that acceptance is exclusive.

Response Time: We aim to review and reply to submissions within three weeks. If you haven’t heard back within that time, please feel free to follow up on your submission (resubmitting the original email works best, as that way we have all of the information about your submission in case it did get lost in the shuffle). 

Crowdfunding Notes: This anthology is going to be crowdfunded via Kickstarter (or a similar platform). Contributors are asked to share the campaign with their social networks and/or email list at least once during the campaign. Crowdfunding allows us to pay authors a reasonable advance as well as build momentum for the anthology prior to publication. In the event that the minimum fundraising amount is not reached, the anthology may be canceled and all rights will revert back to the individual contributors.

Helpful Resources: If you’ve never had a personal essay or narrative published before, here are a couple of resources to help you get started:

How To Write A Personal Essay That Will Get Published Online, In 11 Practical Steps (Bustle)

From ‘Lives’ to ‘Modern Love’: Writing Personal Essays With Help From The New York Times

7 Helpful Tips on How to Write A Memorable Personal Essay (Grammarly)

How to Write a Personal Essay: 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid (The Write Life)

6 Steps to Writing the Perfect Personal Essay (ThoughtCo)

About the Editor

Cameron Chapman has been a freelance writer and editor for more than a decade. She has published four non-fiction books (two under her own imprint), five novels and novellas, and has had chapters included in several other books. She’s written for Mashable, Smashing Magazine, Thought Catalog, The Muse, Daily Worth, The Startup, and numerous other publications.

Cameron has spent the past several years reconnecting with Source and diving into her own shadows and gifts. She’s an empath, healer, tarot reader, and intuitive transformational life coach. You can find out more on Instagram at @thecameronchapman or @triplefiregirl, on Twitter at @cameron_chapman, or on Facebook.