Anthology Submissions

Read Furiously is currently holding a submission call for our bestselling, award-winning anthology series Life in the Garden State

For our third volume titled Disco Fries and Scenic Drives: Life in the Garden State we are accepting creative work about all things New Jersey. Works can be submitted in the following formats:

  • Short stories with a length of 1,000 to 4,000 words
  • Flash Fiction up to 750 words
  • Creative nonfiction pieces with a length of 1,000 to 4,000 words
  • Comics in black and white between 5-15 pages
  • Photographic or illustrated stories in black and white between 3-8 pages

Creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and short stories should be sent as a Word Document.

Comic and photographic/illustrated works should be sent as a single low res PDF file (high resolution files will be requested from those stories that are accepted). Please keep in mind that the printed book will be 5x8 inches, so all artwork must adhere to these dimensions.

Please send submissions to with the subject line “Read Furiously Anthology Submission.” With your submission packet, please include any social media links and/or personal websites along with a short author bio. Submissions will remain open until June 30th, 2024.

Policies to know before submitting: 

Multiple Authors- If you wish to submit a piece that contains multiple authors or creators, please have one point of contact.

Reprints or simultaneous submissions will not be accepted at this time.

Factors for Acceptance- All submissions should include completed works, fully edited and as close to final publication as possible. We ask that all authors present themselves with professionalism and respect towards their writing subjects. If accepted for this anthology, we will move through the editorial process of checking for proper organization, copyediting, and proofreading. However, we are not responsible for “almost” completed works or works that need an extensive editorial oversight.

AI - All submissions should be wholly the work of the respective creator's. Works generated in full or part by any chatbot, AI (artificial intelligence), or other MLA (machine learning algorithm) will not be accepted. It is the creators responsibility to uphold this standard. Failure to do so will result in removal from the anthology and all contracts being voided including any royalties due.

Payment and Compensation - Notices of acceptance will be sent to those pieces selected to be included in the anthology, along with a schedule of payment, and advance and royalty scheme for creators determined by their respective page percentage to the anthology. Every creator involved will receive a complimentary copy of the printed anthology, with the option to buy additional copies at cost.

Rights to Story - Read Furiously is only interested in previously unpublished works. The author(s) must be the sole rights owner for the work they send. If accepted in this anthology, Read Furiously retains first publication rights and authors are able to reprint the story in other publications one year after the release date of this anthology. Authors retain full creative rights to their stories. Read Furiously is not responsible for any stories whose ownership has been misrepresented, or the consequences therein.

Response time - There will be an automatic response for all submissions upon receipt. We will hold a two month reading period after the submission window has closed. All contributors whose work has been accepted will be contacted at that time. Due to the number of responses we receive for the anthology, we will not be able to respond to every inquiry. Please do not contact Read Furiously to check on the status of your submission.

What We Don’t Want - Any stories that featuring content deemed discriminatory, dehumanizing, and disrespectful will not be considered. 

Any submissions that are not proofread or do not follow the above submission guidelines will not be considered. Read Furiously cannot respond to every submission packet and will only notify contributors that have been accepted for this project.

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