The New Jersey Anthology

Read Furiously is now accepting submissions for their second New Jersey-based anthology: Stay Salty: Life in the Garden State

Similar to our previous NJ anthology, The World Takes: Life in the Garden State - this volume will continue to explore the many beautiful, diverse, and complex relationships between New Jersey and its writers. You do not need to be a resident of New Jersey, but your submission packet must express a clear understanding of the geography, cultural identity, and/or history of the state. We are asking authors to dig deep and to create compelling narratives that reflect what New Jersey means to them.

We are accepting:
  • 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
  • Poetry submission of 3-5 poems
Poems, 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.

Submission window will open December 10, 2020 and will close March 15, 2021. Please send submissions to anthology@readfuriously.com with the subject line “New Jersey Anthology 2021.” With your submission packet, please include any social media links and/or personal websites along with a short author bio.

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.
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, and all contributors whose work has been accepted will be contacted at that time. Please do not contact Read Furiously to check on the status of your submission.
What We Don’t Want - Any stories that feature gratuitous violence and/or violence towards women or marginalized groups or any content deemed discriminatory 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. 

Any additional questions please contact info@readfuriously.com