Call for Submissions: Hero Series

Posted on November 29, 2007

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Literary Cottage is compiling a new anthology series for Adams Media featuring uplifting, original, true stories about the experiences and relationships that inspired and enriched our lives, namely those with our mothers, our fathers, and our teachers (also mother figures, father figures, and mentors).

Each Hero anthology will include a balanced mix of true stories of varied themes, such as:

• Extraordinary achievements and experiences of real life, ordinary teachers, mothers, and fathers.
• True life-changing, life-affirming, or life-defining experiences and relationships.
• Epiphany, synchronicity, serendipity.
• Finding/giving comfort in difficult times.
• Triumph over tragedy; overcoming adversity or challenges.
• Life’s blessings and miracles, big and small.
• Finding the silver lining in a dark cloud; turning lemons into lemonade.
• Relationships and experiences that bring hope, understanding, healing.
• Catalysts for and examples of positive change; acts of kindness and compassion.

LENGTH: 850 – 1200 words
PAYMENT: $100 per story (one per volume), plus a copy of the book; also 3 top story prizes: $100, $75, and $50, plus a free copy of the book
RIGHTS: Anthology, archival (data storage/retrieval), promotional use, and serial rights

Please carefully review all of the Hero Series Guidelines. Sample stories are also available.
Email submissions with Word attachment preferred.

My Mom Is My Hero

Being a mother can be the most difficult and important job in the world, one that often brings conflict but also brings many untold rewards. For this anthology in which we honor real-life mothers, we seek inspiring true, personal stories that speak to the challenges, positive experiences, and extraordinary relationships between mothers and their children (mothers of all ages and their adult children, i.e., grandmothers count).

DEADLINE: December 15, 2007

My Dad Is My Hero

This anthology celebrating the powerful bond between fathers and children will feature inspiring true stories that reveal the extraordinary impact fathers (or father figures) have on their children. We want stories that portray fathers as heroes in their children’s eyes, as companions, helpers, messengers, healers, teachers, and inspirational forces in people’s lives, as well as stories about the incredible, and the simple, yet vital, things that fathers (or father figures) do out of love for their children.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2008

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