Upcoming Publications

"Finding Family–Stories of Connection of Hope"

Submission Type: Personal Essay/Short Stories Submission Deadline: January 31st, 12:00am, EST “Finding Family–Stories of Connection and Hope” is open for submissions of personal essays and stories (2,000 - 7,500 words) that center around families coming together and the importance of connecting with one's loved ones. The inspiration for this title came from the many stories of distant cousins, half-siblings, and even parents reuniting with those closest to them after finding them through family tree programs–think Ancestry.com–but we also want to hear any and all other stories you may have about your family rejoining and how that has affected you. Click here to submit: "Finding Family–Stories of Connection and Hope" Submissions Here!

Humor Short Story Writing Contest!

Submission Type: Humorous Short Stories Submission Deadline: February 28th, 12:00am, EST

The Red Penguin Collection is so excited to announce our second anthology competition, and this time, it's gonna be funny! In submissions of 2,500 to 7,500 words, we are looking for humorous short stories that will make any reader roll on the floor laughing!

A little information on how we are running the contest:

The final book will feature the top stories (somewhere between 15 and 20) that were submitted overall, alongside the winner, which will be the first story in the publication. While the primary editor of the project will be choosing which pieces to publish, the entire editing staff of Red Penguin Books will be reading the top five stories (as chosen by the editor) to determine an overall favorite.

The winner of this contest will not only have their stories title featured on the cover, with a design that matches the top story, but the winner will also be rewarded with a $100 prize. The second place story will receive $50, and the next three $25 each.

We hope that you will join us in this first venture into comedy for the collections and we can’t wait to read your work!

Click Here to submit: Humor Short Story Writing Contest Submissions Here!

"Darkness Falls"

Submission Type: Urban Fantasy Fiction Short Stories
Submission Deadline: March 31st, 12:00am, EST

“When you crest the distant rise and you come upon Darkness Falls, you see the town laid out before you in a flat floored valley, usually shrouded in haze. Drawing closer, a collection of unbecoming rectangular buildings can be seen, gray or brown with little character. The town, once beautiful, actually did have a waterfall, an abundant river crashing over the ridge to the north and depositing into a wide lake. But no one alive remembers back that far and the river has long since run dry. Early on there was nothing more than a couple of dozen farms and a white clapboard chapel with a peculiar rood atop its steeple. But as the place grew, an ordinance was changed allowing a steel factory to be built, in the hopes of revitalizing the struggling economy. Other businesses followed. The amount of people that filtered in for work was more than the local boarding houses could handle and apartment buildings were soon constructed. From that point on Darkness Falls deteriorated into an urban complex, complete with crime, unrest and desperation. Sections fell into dilapidated slums while others teetered on the fringe of sustenance, trying vainly to hold onto their crumbling worth. Now there are as many abandoned buildings as viable ones and there are few remnants of the little community of homes that once thrived along its winding roads. Nobody stays long in Darkness Falls; the companies, the tenants, even the vagrants. There are only a few permanent residents that linger here, people you wouldn’t want to meet on the hollow streets at night. The one constant is the darkness that at some point overcomes everyone and everything. And there are strange occurrences in that darkness. Things that most people wouldn’t want to experience even in their dreams. Some recover and move on. Some never escape. Whatever the reason that your travels bring you into Darkness Falls your best option is to keep going. Do not stop for food or gas or lodging. Unfortunately, some do and they find out that the town stays true to its name. There is always the darkness…”

“Darkness Falls” is looking for submissions of short stories (2500-7500 words in length) that exist within the vivid world described above, written and conceived by R. J. Erbacher. This unique anthology will be the first in The Red Penguin Collection to unite its stories with a prompt that brings writers together in the journey to write the town of “Darkness Falls” its own assortment of tall tales.

Click Here to submit: "Darkness Falls" Submissions Here!

"Proud to Be–A Pride Poetry Collection"

Submission Type: Queer/LGBTQIA+ Poetry
Submission Deadline: April 30th, 12:00am, EST

“Proud to Be–A Pride Poetry Collection” is open for submissions of poetry written by and for LGBTQIA+ writers as a celebration of identity and love. Bringing together and uplifting the voices of poets from across the globe, this title will symbolize a community that is united by what makes them different and their honoring of their truest selves.

Click Here to submit: "Proud to Be" Submissions Here!

"Tales of the Sea–A Short Story Anthology"

Submission Type: Seafaring Short Stories
Submission Deadline: May 31st, 12:00am, EST

“Tales of the Sea–A Short Story Anthology” is looking for submissions of short stories (2500-7500 words in length) that take place on the open ocean. Think back to the classics, such as Moby Dick and The Little Mermaid, and the vastness of the adventures that take place both above and below the deepest waters. This anthology aims to shine a spotlight on tales along these lines and to bring together an array of writers who wish to celebrate such seafaring stories.

Click Here to submit: "Tales of the Sea" Submissions Here!