Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Contest Announcement/Call for Submissions: Uncertain Promise, a Literary Anthology

The editors of Compass Flower Press, an imprint of AKA-Publishing in Columbia, MO, are sponsoring a contest and seeking submissions for a literary anthology to be published this fall.

Full disclosure: I am a board member of AKA Publishing

Here is some basic information about the call out. For complete guidelines, visit the AKA-Publishing website:

* Fiction and creative nonfiction submissions only (no poetry)

* Word limit: 3,000 per entry (sections from larger works will be accepted)

* First place $1,000

* Second place $500

* Third place $250

* No previously published work

* Submissions are read and evaluated anonymously by two editorial boards

* Deadline: May 10, 2014 NOTE: Deadline extended until May 25, 2014
* Planned publication date: October 2014

* Working title/themeUncertain Promise. Examples of uncertain promise: an unexpected outcome (joy, satisfaction, renewal, despair, emotional growth, etc.) from an otherwise routine or mundane circumstance; an unspoken commitment from a friend or lover falls through due to misunderstanding or unforeseen happening; a career or future crashes—or ascends—depending on the outcome of a single event. These are the editor's ideas, with encouragement for those submitting to "use your imagination and please interpret broadly."
* Submission does not guarantee acceptance

* Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology

*Non-refundable entry fees:

*Electronic submissions $18 (US$) per entry (paid on website)
*Mailed submissions $15 (US$) per entry (paid by check or on website) 

Entry form for the 2014 Anthology/Contest may be downloaded at and must be completed and accompany each entry.  

Or by snail mail: 
AKA-Publishing / Compass Flower Press
315 Bernadette Dr, Ste 3
Columbia, Missouri 65203

JUDGE: Von Pittman

For complete guidelines, including detailed official submission requirements, or for questions, visit the AKA website or e-mail: 

Good luck if you enter!


  1. Hi Donna: Thanks for the info and congrats on being on this board! :)

  2. Hi Margo,
    Thanks. I'm looking forward to learning more about what I'll doing as a board member.

  3. Thanks for the tip! Maybe I can learn to beat a deadline. Maybe not.

    1. You can do it, Val!

      But I tend to agree that deadlines can be daunting--hence the first part of the word deadline.

  4. Hi Donna - I recall already reading this post . . . wonder why I didn't leave a message? Anyway, thanks for the info. Maybe I'll take a break from my WIP and see what I can come up with. :)

  5. Hi Lisa,
    Wonder what happened. Glad you persevered and reposted. The prize money is generous.

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    1. Hi Mary,
      You are welcome! Good luck if you submit.