ANWA Anthologies


The 2020 ANWA anthology will be a collection of non-fiction inspirational stories about OVERCOMING submitted by you wonderful ANWA writers!


Authored by an ANWA member
  • Word count: 2,500 to 10,000 words
  • Non-fiction
  • “ANWA appropriate” - Meaning, no graphic violence, sex, or blatant swearing. If these are present, they will either be removed at the editor’s discretion, or the story will be denied acceptance.
  • Type Point: 12 point
  • Type Face: Times New Roman
  • Line Spacing: Double Spaced
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, although only one could be accepted for publication. Multiple submissions should be sent in separate emails.

    Publishing Details:

    Authors of published articles or stories must be willing to sign a contract that gives ANWA exclusive rights to publish for six (6) months.
  • No royalties are paid to authors of published articles as the profits are used for scholarships for ANWA members to attend ANWA events. Authors of published articles or stories receive a free hard copy of the published book as compensation.
  • The anthology is expected to be offered as hard copy and ebook on Amazon.
  • Submissions can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    We can't wait to see what inspirational stories you have to share. Our goal is to have the book available for purchase at the 2020 ANWA conference. If you are interested in contributing, our deadline schedule is as follows:

    January - March, 2020 - Monthly reminders on our Facebook page to be working on those stories!
  • April 1, 2020 - All story submissions are due.
  • May 1, 2020 - Authors of accepted submissions will be notified.
  • July 15, 2020 - Editing process completed.
  • August 2020 - Typesetting process completed and files uploaded for publication.
  • September 2020 (at Conference) - Anthology available for sale.

    Again, submissions are due by April 1st. Those accepted for publication will be notified by May 1st.
  • ANWA Anthologies from previous years

    2019 ANWA Anthology

    Wards and Rumors of Wards

    As one of the most influential and beloved authors of the Southwest, Marsha Ward has inspired a generation of writers through her teaching, writing, and mentoring. This anthology contains fourteen remarkable short stories, all dedicated to celebrating the founder of the American Night Writers Association. Fans of romance, fantasy, thrillers and more will adore the tales in this curated collection, each with a word-smith character named after ANWA's favorite Marsha. From a freeway traffic jam to the Jungle of Doom, in a surprising veterinary clinic or the lost city of Atlantis, we invite you back to the past and into the future to discover ANWA's Wards & Rumors of Wards. Contributing authors include Susan Cady Allred, Donald J. Carey, Jamie Hixon, T. M. Holladay, DeAnn Ogden Huff, Rebecca Irvine, Randy Lindsay, Stephanie Ann Morris, Grace Cady Naegle, L. G. Rollins, Tina Scott, Anneka Walker, Jill E. Warner, and Marsha Ward herself.

    2018 ANWA Anthology

    The process of creating, refining, and ultimately releasing your work to the public can be challenging, if not a bit scary. Whether you're writing an anecdote or a blockbuster, Create, Craft, Critique, and More is a collection of tips and techniques from experienced 2018 ANWA authors on how to build your skills and artistry.
  • Create: Jumpstart the writing process with advice on researching, outlining, and unleashing creativity.
  • Craft: Refine your tone, build emotion, increase tension, measure pace, and develop dialogue to make your writing come alive.
  • Critique: Improve your editing skills with revising, proofreading, and innovative exercises to get you to "The End."
  • And More: Learn the nuances of typesetting, building an author platform, and other important insights of self-publishing.
  • 2018 Contributing Authors include: Anika Arrington, Chanda Simper, Charlene Jimenez, DeAnn Ogden Huff, Donna Hatch, Gail Porter, Janette Rallison, Kate Stradling, Kaylee Baldwin, Laura Johnston, Michaela Stephens, Peggy Eddleman, Randy Lindsay, Rebecca Irvine, Soquel G Baumgardner, Stephanie Ann Morris, Traci Hunter Abramson, and Valerie Steimle
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