2020 Anthology

Story submissions are CLOSED!

We received a whopping 78 stories, and we have some tough decisions ahead of us! Thanks to everyone who submitted for trusting us with your words. We’ll respond to all submissions in October 2019.


RMFW’s next anthology will be published in 2020! Here are all the details.

Editors: Natasha Watts and Rachel Craft

Theme: WILD

We want your wild, your fierce, your out-of-control. Stories of rebellions, escapes, and shattered boundaries. Tales of feral humans and sentient robots, exotic places and nature in all its glory. Give us your amazing stories about forces and desires that can’t be contained.

What we want

  • Short stories of 1500-6500 words
  • Any genre—realistic or speculative, contemporary or historical, literary or commercial. As long as it has a strong plot, emotional appeal, and a connection to the theme, we want to read it!

What we DON’T want

  • Children’s fiction (younger than YA). Fiction intended for middle grade, early readers, and younger is not a good fit for this anthology. Your story may have a young protagonist as long as the intended audience is adults or teens.
  • Poetry, nonfiction, essay, or memoir
  • Translations or fanfiction
  • Sections of longer works. Submissions should stand alone as a short story with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Erotica, rape scenes, or gratuitous violence. Some sex, violence, and profanity is fine as long as it suits the story. It should not feel gratuitous or be included for shock value.

Submission guidelines

  • Deadline: Submissions will be open May 1 through June 30, 2019.
  • Eligibility: YOU MUST BE A CURRENT MEMBER OF RMFW TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION. If you’re not a member, you can join HERE.
  • Word count: 1500 to 6500 words.
  • Format: Arial or Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced, 1” margins, black text on white background. Include a header with the title and page number at the top of each page. YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT, as submissions will be read blind.
  • Simultaneous submissions: We prefer that you do not submit your story elsewhere while we have it under consideration. If you have something perfect that has already been submitted elsewhere, let us know on the submission form and alert us immediately if it gets accepted by another publication.
  • Multiple submissions: You may submit as many stories as you like, as long as you fill out a separate submission form for each. However, we will not select more than one story per author for publication.
  • Reprints: We are looking for original, unpublished fiction only. We will not accept stories that have been previously published in any form, including on your personal website.

Rights & compensation

  • We ask for first rights. A year after publication, rights will revert to the author, meaning you’ll be free to reprint your story as you see fit.
  • Contributors will receive two free copies of the anthology and a discount to the 2020 RMFW Colorado Gold conference.

Review board

If you’d like to get involved but don’t want to submit, consider joining our review board! Reviewers will read between 5 and 10 submissions and rate them yes, no, or maybe; no critical feedback is required. (The editors will still read every submission and make all final decisions.) Reviewers are disqualified from submitting their work to the anthology.

Interested? Click here to join the review board. 


  • Call for review board: March 1 through June 30, 2019
  • Submissions open: May 1 through June 30, 2019
  • Reading period: July 1 through September 30, 2019
  • Responses sent: October 2019. We will respond to all submissions, though we regretfully cannot provide feedback on submissions we decline.
  • Editing: Upon acceptance, we’ll work with authors on developmental and line editing. We want to make your story shine!
  • Publication: Fall 2020


The editors will hold free programs in January (Denver) and March (Western Slope) to discuss the anthology and answer questions. You can also contact us at anthology@rmfw.org with any questions or concerns.