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Call for Submissions

The submission box is open for the next Start Writing anthology. Box closes March 16, 2020.


After a brief hiatus, the Start Writing Annual returns for edition #4. This print and digital anthology features original works that got their start in my workshops. If you’ve taken part in Writers Boot Camp, The Novel or 10 Self-Portraits in 2019, you’re eligible to submit.

The 2016, 2017 and 2018 annuals are available as free eBooks. Get your copies at the iBookstore or Lulu to see what made the cut in previous years, and then submit something of your own.

Submission details

Here’s some general guidelines:

  • fiction, memoir & comics are welcome
  • prose submissions should be 3,000 words or less
  • no minimum word count
  • poets: please submit 1-3 pieces
  • Word, Pages and PDFs only
  • submission deadline March 16, 2020
  • if your piece is accepted, please be open to some editorial back and forth prior to publication
  • you must have taken one of my workshops in 2019 or your submission will be declined without comment

All featured writers will receive two hard copies of the print edition. Additional copies will be available for purchase at cost. As with previous years, we’ll celebrate production with a brilliant launch event sometime between late Summer and Fall.

How to submit

Send your piece(s) via email to david@startwriting.ca.

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