The Midnight Writers put together an anthology each year and are always looking for some great submissions.

2017 Anthology Guidelines

Topic: Last Shot Fired

Imagine a war going so long that every last resource has been used up in the fight for survival, or a world that has taken extreme measures to end warfare and violence. In this anthology we want to explore what the idea “Last Shot Fired” means to you.

This could be about a spouse that has finally reached their breaking point and said that one thing that cascades the relationship into total chaos, or being against the wall against overwhelming odds with almost no resources or backup, what imagery is brought to your mind by this phrase?

We are looking for a wide variety of stories from almost every genre.


Limitations: Keep it PG-13. Not too much gore, nothing sexually explicit, and keep the cursing down. Also, we are NOT looking for suicide stories with this theme.

Word count: 2,000-6,000 words

Due Date: 30 April, 2017

PaymentWe will pay $10 for each story that is accepted, send you a free ebook copy, and you will receive a 40% discount code for paperbacks which you can sell at full price. You will also be invited to a private forum just for anthology members.

Contract Details: We are asking for Exclusive (for 6 months from publication) First Anthology Rights.

Formatting: Use a standard font (Times New Roman, Courier new), 12 point, double spaced. Indent the first line of each paragraph using the ruler, NOT WITH TABS OR SPACES.

You will be expected to work with our editor to polish your story if your story is selected.

About the Author: Please include a short biography (1-2 paragraphs) about the author at the end of your story (after the words THE END). This biography will be used in the anthology if your story is accepted.

How to submit:

Send your story as a .doc or .docx attachment to the following address. You will receive a confirmation that we received your story within 7 days.

No simultaneous submissions.

Submissions are now closed. Please check back this fall for the announcement of our next anthology.