Please read the guidelines below and then click a category to begin the submission process.
Whether you are submitting your work to one of our Writing Contests, our Legends Literary Journal, one of our Community Service Anthologies, or sending us your complete manuscript for a Complimentary Review…
We have a few guidelines:
- The purpose in requesting your full contact information is to more easily send complimentary copies to contributors. Your submission will not be accepted without your full contact information.
- All submissions must be sent electronically in either MS Word, PDF, or RTF format. We do not accept hardcopy (paper) submissions.
- All work must be double-spaced, with a blank space between paragraphs.
- The margins should be set at one inch.
- All submissions must be written in English.
- We have no preference as to font choice, but it must be highly legible, and black. Swirling and colored fonts are difficult for the review and editorial process.
- The author name (and pen name, if you use one), along with the title of the piece, should appear in the header of your submission.
- We understand the editorial process may change your work. However, the work you submit should be your “best paw forward”. Be certain you have resolved most spelling, punctuation and grammar errors before submitting.
- Include your contact information in the header of your submission… name, phone number, email address.
- Contest entries and Journal or Anthology submissions received after the deadline date will not be considered for publication.
- Manuscripts seeking a complimentary review should expect a return correspondence within two to four weeks.
- To streamline our submission process, you now have the option to submit photos or illustrations with your writing. Including these, of course, is optional. However, to be included for publication, they must be submitted simultaneously, with your writing.
- Photographs and illustrations must adhere to Grey Wolfe Publishing's ethical standards; which means they may depict anything that is representative of the piece, excluding explicit sex; explicit drug use; graphic violence against women, children, or animals. (If you are unclear regarding these exclusions, please send an email to email@example.com for clarification and approval.)
We look forward to reading your work!
- The Premise: According to Mark Nichol, there are thirty-three genres of fiction literature. Our goal is to publish five short stories in each genre. The end result will be an anthology with a total of one hundred sixty-five short stories.
- The Challenge: Choose a genre and write a short story, being careful to meet the requirements of each genre prompt. Stories that do not fit the prompt will be rejected. If you wish, you may write more than one story. You may choose just one genre, or several genres. You may write several stories in a particular genre... You choose!
- The Charity This Anthology Will Serve: Doctors Without Borders. 100% of the proceeds from book sales will be donated annually to the charity.
- Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018.
- The Reward: The Top five stories in each genre will be published in the anthology, and writers will receive an award (suitable for displaying on a mantle or bookshelf) for their 1st place ranking. Certificates of Achievement will be awarded to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place stories. All published contributors will receive a 50% discount on the purchase of a single copy of the anthology. Additional copies may be purchased from The Grey Wolfe Website, from Amazon.com, and at The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium bookshop in Clawson, Michigan. Books are not shipped to locations outside of the USA.
- The Rules: Writers may submit up to five stories in each genre. The top five stories in each genre will be published in the anthology. All decisions regarding publication made by the Grey Wolfe Publishing editorial staff are final, and non-negotiable. Writers will be notified via email regarding the status of their submissions on or before March 30, 2019.
- Who Can Submit: Writers world-wide who are sixteen years or older may contribute to this anthology. All contributors must have a USA postal address and an email address associated with their work.
- Minimum Word Count: 2,000 words. Stories with fewer than 2,000 words will be rejected.
- Maximum Word Count: 10,000 words. Stories with more than 10,000 words will be rejected.
- Forbidden Subject Matter: Only Fictional Short Stories will be accepted. Poetry, Essay, and all Non-Fiction submissions will be rejected. The "F" word; The "C" word; Explicit sex; Graphic violence against women, children, and animals (unless it is specific to the story, such as a wartime epic) discovered in any submission will reject that submission.
- Language and Format: All stories must be submitted in English. File formats must be DOC, DOCX, ODT, or PDF. Standard fonts are preferred, fancy fonts will delay the selection and editorial process. Submissions must be double-spaced. Each story must be submitted separately. Multiple files in a single submission will reject all of the files in that submission. Submissions from countries outside the USA will be accepted if they meet all of the rules, language and format criteria.
- Anthology Delivery: All submissions must be associated with a USA shipping address. Copies of the anthology will not be shipped outside of the USA to contributors or buyers. The anthology will also be available for purchase at The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium in Clawson, Michigan. Phone calls will not be returned regarding this anthology. Email correspondence only, please.
Authors! Reserve Your Table NOW for The Scriptorium BookFest 2019!
BookFest Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
This is a first-come, first-served event. If you have Michigan author friends who are interested in participating in our BookFest, please send them the link to this page, or have them connect with us on Facebook. We are limiting our participants to MICHIGAN AUTHORS ONLY. We will make an announcement on our Facebook page, and on our website when tables have sold out.
Enrolling your book(s) inThe Grey Wolfe Scriptorium Consignment Program for a minimum of six months is a requirement of participating in the BookFest. This will help to promote not only authors and their books, but also the bookshop, well after the festival is over. Participation in the Consignment Program is completely free to Michigan Authors, and the particulars of that program can be found HERE. Books must be shelved at The Scriptorium one month prior to the BookFest date.
BookFest Time: 10am to 7pm
Depending on author and space availability, we may offer children's events, author readings, and panel discussions in addition to general book sales. Keep a watchful eye on our Faceebook page as these details develop!
BookFest Location: The Laurus Academy is located at 24590 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48034 (see the map on The Scriptorium Bookshop website), with ample parking for both authors and readers. The school is located on Lahser Road, just south of Ten Mile Road, approximately one mile south of the I-696 exchange. The Laurus Academy is a wheelchair accessible, non-smoking facility. Service animals are welcome.
BookFest Admission: Admission to attend The Scriptorium BookFest is FREE! We encourage readers of all ages to attend. We ask that children under the age of 13 years old be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Hourly Raffle Drawings: We will have several fun items available for our hourly raffle drawings. You never know what you may win when you drop your card in the box! Authors and their table buddies are eligible for hourly raffle drawings, too. You must be present to win. Let us know if you are interested in donating a book or other item to our raffle. It's a great way to generate additional awareness of your writing and your attendance at BookFest!
Food & Beverages: Food Concessions for visitors will not be permitted inside the school. Authors may provide FREE, small, commercially wrapped candy or other snacks (cookies/chips) for visitors to their tables. Authors are asked not to sell food at their tables. Parents are asked to watch over their children and please be sure they have clean hands when handling books! Alcohol of any kind is not permitted on school grounds!
Author Table Reservation Fee: $80 per author for a full table (6 foot) includes one Panera box lunch. Table fees are not pro-rated for those authors who opt-out of lunch. Authors may purchase an additional lunch for their table buddy, if they choose. One author per table, please. Half tables are not available. However, if you want to invite another author to share your table, that's fine; but the registration reservation must be in one author's name, and if you invite another author to share with you, this precludes you from having a "table buddy" at your table. We only have room for two humans at each table. Each author is also expected to donate at least one signed copy of one of their title(s) to The Laurus Academy Student Library. Books that are not "school-age appropriate" will be donated to the school's PTO Lending Library for teachers, administrators and parents.
Author Set Up Time: Authors may begin table set up at 9:30am-10am on Saturday. Table displays must be "family-friendly". We recommend that you enlist the help of a "table buddy" (one table buddy per author, please) to help with table set up and to spot you for breaks during the day. If you see another author who doesn't have a buddy, please be kind to your neighbors and spot them whenever the need arises.
Author Break Down Time: 7:00pm - 7:30pm. We ask that authors please do not begin to pack up tables until 7pm. It's important that our tables remain available for as many readers to visit as possible. You never know who may visit late in the day.
Book Stock: Authors are responsible for providing their own books for the BookFest. Inventory held on The Scriptorium shelves will NOT be substituted, should you run out of books (this is to maintain the integrity of our consignment records). However, if you do run out of books, you may send readers to The Scriptorium to buy copies that are on the shelves. The Scriptorium will be open for business on BookFest day. If you run out of books, you must remain at your table (promoting and handing out swag) until the BookFest closes.
The Cash Register: Each author must have their own cash box, and we hope you will also accept credit and debit cards, as well. There will not be an ATM on the school grounds. WiFi is available for those authors processing credit cards on their phone or tablet via Square or a similar system. Contact us if you need help setting up your Square account. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with other payment platforms.
A Note To Authors Regarding Promotion: We expect that if you're going to commit to joining us for The Scriptorium BookFest, you will promote the thing like crazy! The more people you tell, the more books we all sell, the bigger the event gets to be next year! You can be sure that we'll be sharing the event on our social media channels, in our email blasts, on our website, with the local Chamber of Commerce(s), in press releases, and at our bookshop (of course)... and we expect that you will be just as enthusiastic and engaged as we are in getting the word out. After all, if no one comes, we've all wasted our time, haven't we? So, talk about it, post about it, tweet about it, blog about it, host a giveaway of some sort at your table or on your Facebook page, scream it from the rooftops, post flyers around your neighborhood... whatever it takes to get lots of readers in the door... do that! Remember, the latest PEW Research shows that it takes 28 impressions of an image for someone to take action on that message. Share often, saturate the airwaves with your message... it's the best way to see success!
If you are NOT agreeable to consigning your books at The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium, and/or if you are unable to commit to staying for the ENTIRE Festival (9:30am - 7pm), please DO NOT reserve a table at the BookFest.
BookFest table reservations are first-come, first served.
Please keep in mind that all table fees are non-refundable.
If you have any questions, email us at BookFest@GreyWolfePublishing.com or call The Scriptorium at 248-629-6800. To avoid any unpleasantness, ask all of your questions before you pay your non-refundable table fee! Please remember: Space is limited... please act quickly to reserve your table!
For 2017 we've found some inspiration for our contests from a fun book, discovered in the Kindle Store: A Year of Creative Writing Prompts by Love in Ink
We've posted a creative writing prompt each month which we hope will challenge your writing craft. Your task is to write up to 2,000 words about each prompt. Prizes will be awarded each month for the winning entry. We must have a minimum of three (3) contest entries each month in order to award a prize. There is no entry fee to submit to the monthly contests, and you may enter as frequently as you wish, and as early as you wish. Choose a particular contest, and then click the submit button to send your entry in either an MSWord, ODT or RTF formats. Each winning entry will be featured on our website and the winning entries, as well as honorable mentions, will be published in one of our Legends anthologies . Each month we will award a $25 Visa Gift Card! There is no entry fee. All judges decisions are final. Be sure to include the month/contest name as part of the title when you complete the submission form. Winners are announced via email, and also on our website and social media channels.
Prizes will be awarded each month for the winning entry. We must have a minimum of three (3) contest entries each month in order to award a prize. There is no entry fee to submit to the monthly contests.
Please type the name of the monthly contest in the header of your submission. You may enter as frequently as you like, and as early as you like. Each winning entry will be featured on our website and
the winning entries, as well as honorable mentions, will be published in the next general edition of our Legends Literary Journal.
Visit our website to read each monthly prompt, and click the monthly contest icon next to the description of each contest to read the winning submissions that month.
Each month we will award a $25 Visa Gift Card! There is no entry fee. All judges decisions are final.
Writers may submit multiple entries, under separate submission. Grey Wolfe Publishing accepts simultaneous submissions, and pieces previously published, as long as original copyright ownership can be provided, if requested.Submission Deadline is the last day of each month.
Winners agree to grant one-time print publication rights, as well as right to publish selected pieces to the Grey Wolfe Publishing website. The Grey Wolfe Publishing editorial team's decisions regarding submission inclusion are final. Inclusion in the Legends Literary Journal is intended as a tool to build your writer’s platform and to add to your writing career momentum. Contributing authors are not paid royalties; however, each contributor will receive a 50% discounted copy of the Legends Literary Journal.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Grey Wolfe Scriptorium Radio Broadcast. We are excited to help you create greater awareness of your book(s) and your writing career. Read the information below carefully and then submit your materials and get ready to promote!
Our goal is to record one new show weekly, beginning June 20, 2018. We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule, but because we have so many Michigan Authors to represent, we will need you to be flexible. Once you receive your date and time for the radio broadcast, we expect you to connect with us, either via telephone or in person at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled air time. Whether you are doin an in-person or phone interview, we will be producing the session live, allowing for fans to call in and ask questions. The show will also be recorded for our archives and made available for fans who could not tune in for the live broadcast.
No matter where you live, we will set up a phone connection to conduct the interview. You will be given a phone number and URL to promote the show's "call in" guests. If you're local, an in-person interview is best, because then you can invite people and customers of The Scriptorium can enjoy the interview as well. There's nothing quite like live interaction!
THE SHOW FORMAT:
After a brief introduction, you’ll be given about 8-10 minutes to perform a reading from your book. If you have several titles, choose one wisely. This is an excellent opportunity to promote a new title, or one that hasn’t received the kind of exposure you might have wanted, or a book you’ve published some time ago and would like to remind readers that it’s available. Be sure to choose a segment of your book that entices readers to buy… but not one that gives away a critical part of the plot – or the ending! Remember, this is meant as a moment to generate buying enticement, not offer spoilers!
After your reading, we will take questions from fans, or we’ll jump right into our pre-planned interview discussion… depending on the audience attendance for your segment. Our intention is to keep the interview informal and as organic as possible. We will gladly explore tangents, just as long as they don’t stray too far off topic. And, remember, if fans call in, we can’t predict what their questions might be; but we’ll handle as many of them as we can.
Segments last for 30 minutes. We’ll begin our sign off procedure at about five minutes the end of the show, to ensure that we don’t run over time. If you have several books, and you’re interested in doing a separate segment to promote each, we can accommodate that during future shows. Just let us know if this is something you’d like to explore.
Because we will be broadcasting live, we won’t have the ability to edit the content, so be sure to keep your readings and conversations “G” rated and “family-friendly”. We will tell readers that they can buy your book(s) at The Scriptorium, and you will let them know where they can leave reviews, so be sure to have those URLs handy. Also, we encourage you to let listeners know where they can meet you… upcoming festivals, readings at bookshops, and other signing events. We intend that our author interview radio broadcasts will be an opportunity for you to promote your work and your writing career, so be sure to take full advantage.
No-show authors will not be rescheduled or invited to participate again.
Once we have received your information, we’ll send you a notice about when you are scheduled to appear on the show. Keep in mind; if you are traveling or have a prior commitment on a day that you are scheduled, you have the option reschedule your segment, as long as we have at least two weeks advance notice of your need to reschedule.
PROMOTE THE BROADCAST!
Saturate social media, your website, and your email list with notices that you will be appearing on the air with Grey Wolfe Publishing in the days and weeks leading up to your show date. And then, continue to promote your segment after the broadcast is archived into our station. We’ll make sure you have the phone number to give to readers and fans so they can call in on the day of the broadcast and be a part of the conversation… and once it's been archived, we’ll be sure to give you the URL for your segment so they can listen to the archived show afterward.
REMEMBER… IF YOU DON’T TELL PEOPLE, THEY CAN’T PARTICIPATE AND YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS WILL HAVE BEEN FOR NAUGHT!
Set Your Writing on Fire with Grey Wolfe's Writing Coaches!So often, we writers have a spectacular idea for a story, or a series of stories, that we are certain readers will enjoy, but we’re not quite sure how to put our writing plans into action. While writing groups and beta readers are instrumental in honing the writing craft and should not be overlooked, tremendous value can be realized when working one-on-one with a Writing Coach.
Writing Coaches are especially helpful for new writers who aren’t sure where to begin… or for seasoned writers who are having difficulty with one specific aspect of their book… or for those who require another set of eyes to notice gaps in plot and character continuity.
Our Writing Coaches hold degrees in English with concentrations in Creative Composition and other disciplines. Some Writing Coaches have certifications in Early Childhood Development to lend special expertise with children's books.
Grey Wolfe Publishing provides Writing Coach services for all genres and styles of books. From general fiction, to young adult and children’s books, to poetry and memoir, we can help you refine your story and cultivate confidence as you realize your dream of publication.
WRITING COACH DETAILS & FEES
Grey Wolfe Publishing offers Writing Coach services to writers worldwide! You have the option to work via email exchange, telephone, SKYPE, or In-Person sessions.
The timelines involved in our coaching program varies from project to project because the scope of each project is very different. One writer may only require a short amount of time in refinement, whereas another may need assistance in several areas. We take the time that is necessary to make sure that you are comfortable with the direction your story is going, and the skills you are learning.
Coaching sessions are arranged “on demand”, which means that we will work at your pace. We’ll take as much time as you need with each area of craft until you are satisfied and ready to proceed. By example, one writer may want to work with their Writing Coach each week, while another may only want to meet once per month, or once each quarter. The choice is yours.Coaching fees are as follows:
This is not a subscription service; although you may arrange for pre-payment of several coaching sessions in advance. Fees are expected at the time of page submission if you choose electronic coaching (email, telephone, SKYPE), or you may pay your coach directly (cash, check, credit/debit card) at the time of your in-person coaching session.
- $50 per hour for as many pages (double-spaced in DOCX, DOC, RTF, or ODT format) as can be effectively reviewed within that time period. In-person coaching sessions are held in the SE MI area, at a location mutually convenient to both the Writing Coach and the writer. Writers electing in-person coaching may submit a maximum of 50 pages. Pages not reviewed during the session may be carried over and addressed in the next session. A $2 reservation fee is required to hold your timeslot.
The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium is pleased to support Michigan authors by offering a convenient Consignment Program. Taking books on consignment allows us to feature a wider variety of books, including traditionally published, self-published, independently published, and print-on-demand titles. We’re not limited to the traditional distribution requirements, and therefore, we can help authors reach more readers without the frustration of exorbitant distribution fees.
If you are an author who would like to participate in The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium's Consignment Program, please complete one application for each title. Multiple titles on the same application will be rejected without review.
CONSIGNMENT PROGRAM BENEFITS
Authors are invited to participate in reading & signing events to introduce their books to the public. These events are held at our Clawson, Michigan location and simulcast on our Internet radio program. The events are recorded and offered for access at our digital radio archive library for later listening, giving authors the opportunity to share the link with their marketing outreach efforts.
Enrolled books will be featured on our Social Media channels, in our e-newsletters, and on marketing materials distributed directly to customers of The Scriptorium during the six month term of the consignment period.
We offer six month shelving periods, giving you more time to reach new readers… with the option to continue in our Consignment Program if your book sells well. There is no enrollment fee or renewal fee for participating Michigan authors.
POLICIES AND PROGRAM GUIDELINES
We accept consignments of traditionally published, independently published, or self-published books written by Michigan authors. We will consider books written by authors residing outside of Michigan, as long as the book has a strong connection to Michigan in some way, either through history, technology, plot, setting, or characterization.
The Scriptorium retains 40% of the list price for each consignment sold. The author receives 60% of the list price for each consignment sold. List prices are determined by the author at the time of consignment enrollment. All consignment sales are paid to authors in U.S. dollars via check or electronic deposit (details to be discussed at time of enrollment acceptance) after the six month consignment period has ended.
If a book has a strong Michigan connection, and the author resides outside of Michigan, authors must pay a $35 shelving fee every six months, for each title that is enrolled in the Consignment Program. This fee is paid at the time of delivery of consignment materials. International authors are welcome to join the program, but they must have access to a United States mailing address and bank account to receive payments, reports, and other documentation and correspondence.
All participating authors must provide a valid phone number, US based "snail mail" address, and an email address to receive communication from The Scriptorium regarding program details, book sale progress, event schedule details, and other important information. It is the author's sole responsibility to make us aware of any changes to the author's contact information.
The Scriptorium will keep in inventory up to six copies of each title, in each format (trade paperback, hardcover, CD audiobook), enrolled in the program for a period of six months, after which time we will evaluate the sales attributed to that title and discuss with the author the future of their book’s consignment opportunities with us. If a title is removed from the Consignment Program, it is the author's responsibility to pick up the remaining inventory personally, or arrange for shipment of materials back to the author, at the author's expense.
The Scriptorium will only pay for books (of any format) that were sold within the consignment term. Damaged or stolen consignment materials are the sole financial responsibility of the author.
To be considered for enrollment in the Grey Wolfe Scriptorium Consignment Program, authors must provide the following Consignment Materials within 14 days of acceptance:
- Up to six copies (or fewer) of each title the author is enrolling in the program, in either trade paperback, hardcover edition, or CD Audiobook format.
- We will accept up to six copies of each format for a single title. (i.e. 6 paperback, 6 hardcover, 6 CD audio; for a total of 18 copies of a single title).
- Making an Application to the Consignment Program does not guarantee acceptance into the program. All decisions regarding acceptance are made by The Scriptorium management, and are final.
All books in all formats must be bound with legible titles on the spines. Lower page count books with a binding too narrow upon which to print tittle information (such as poetry collections, some children's titles, and chapbooks), spiral bound, comb bound, or other specialty bindings may be accepted into the Consignment Program on a case-by-case basis, at the sole discretion of The Scriptorium management, dependent on suitable shelving space for these particular formats.
The Scriptorium is a bookshop that encourages readers and visitors of nearly every age, stage, and literary interest. We are proud to be family owned, and family accessible. Therefore, a book's cover art must represent the title and/or back matter blurb, and not depict explicit violence or erotic themes.
We do not accept erotic fiction, sexually explicit non-fiction, or books of any genre with an inappropriate abundance of violence. If you are uncertain if your book falls into one of these prohibited styles, please speak with a Scriptorium staff member or send us an email for clarification.
Books enrolled in our Consignment Program must include an ISBN bar code on the back cover of the book. Price bar codes are optional, but authors must provide the list price for each title. This will be the price your consignment royalty is based upon, and it will not be changed during the six month consignment term. If your book is not selling as well as you would like, and you would like to extend its enrollment in our Consignment Program for an additional six month term, with a new list price, you must contact us via email, before the start of a new consignment term, and pricing information is changed at The Scriptorium.
Please Note: Consignments are removed from the sales floor for approximately two weeks at the end of June each year for bookshop inventory purposes. All consignment agreements are temporarily on hold during that time.
Not all of The Scriptorium sales staff are editors, proofreaders, or publishers. However, if you are looking for information on writing a book, or the publication process, please visit our parent company, Grey Wolfe Publishing and/or their independent publishing division, Write Duck Press, for information about how you can participate in writing workshops or have your manuscript reviewed and discover it’s publishing potential.
The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium is currently seeking friendly, intelligent, readers... people who are interested in supporting literacy by selling books in our shop, and helping to host a variety of literary events.
Our regular bookshop hours are Monday through Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm; and on Sunday: 12:00pm to 7pm.
We are a family-owned business, and we honor the commitment our Pack makes to their Family and Country at special times throughout the year. Therefore, we are closed on the following days. If you join the Grey Wolfe Pack as a Scriptiorium Scribe, you will have the benefit of these 15 days off.
New Year's Day
Election Day (November 7, 2017)
Veteran's Day (November 11, 2017)
The Day Before Thanksgiving
The Day After Thanksgiving
The Day after Christmas
New Year's Eve
Employee Appreciation Day (March 2, 2018)
Are you interested in joining the Grey Wolfe Pack as a Scriptorium Scribe? If you can answer "yes" to ALL of the questions below, you might be a good fit!
Do you love books and reading?
Do you enjoy talking with people... even if it's not about books?
- Do you enjoy spending time with children and dogs?
Do you have a good memory?
Can you manage maintaining inventory, and will you be able to help readers find the book they're looking for in the shop once you learn the layout?
Do you take direction and constructive criticism well?
Are you willing to work part-time hours? (Maximum of 20 hours per week)
Do you believe that a $8.90 per hour wage, without medical benefits, is fair?
Do you feel comfortable handling money and giving back change accurately?
Are you comfortable using a computer?
Are you willing to clean the bathroom, wash the windows, and/or vacuum the sales floor occasionally?
Are you willing to be flexible with your schedule?
- Do you have reliable transportation?