Saturday, February 8, 2020

Anthology Numbers

Greetings writers!

UPDATED August 19, 2022

We've received a number of emails from excited writers asking, “When will the anthology come out?” We will no longer be able to answer related questions, as this blog has the answer. 

The answer is: 2024

Below are the number of stories we’ve added to the book so far, and in parenthesis are how many we need:

Stories Needed

Craft of Writing (three needed) details: If you have won any awards in writing, or are a publisher, agent, or editor, help other writers (e.g., sending submission calls) and do not have stories in the anthology already, you can submit to this category. More details and a Q&A on the Craft of Writing category here:

Total accepted: 1,761 or 1764 stories

Alternate Reality: 42
Apocalyptic: 42
Clown: 42
Crime: 42 
Culture: 42 
Dystopia & Utopia: 42
Escape: 42
Fairy Tale: 42
Fantasy: 42
Fight: 42
Hitchhiker's Guide to History: 42
Horror: 42
Humor: 42
Impairment: 42
Indigenous: 42
Macabre & Morbid: 42 
Monster: 42
Mystery: 42
Myth: 42
Noir: 42
Oddball: 42 
Outer Space: 42
Paranormal: 42 
Parent: 42
Poetic Prose: 42
Romance: 42
Satire: 42
Science Fiction: 42
Siblings: 42
Sports: 42
Steampunk: 42
Sword & Sorcery: 42
Thriller & Suspense: 42
Tragedy: 42
Trapped: 42
Travel: 42
Vampire: 42
War: 42
Western: 42
Werewolf: 42
Zombie: 42


  1. Has my story been rejected? I would be more than happy to see my story in your book.

    1. Hello. This comment gives no information about you. If you're unsure about a submission, please send an email to with your Re: story's subject line and title information. Have a good one.

    2. I have the same question and have done what you suggested. Thank you

  2. When the anthology is published, do each of us get a free contributor's copy?

    1. I'm trying to think of a way to do this and will touch on the question is a Q&A blog.

  3. Do the numbers above include the 200 acceptance not confirmed? I'm counting maybe ... 776 or so acceptances, then, or a little under half?

  4. I don't mind the post's picture as a concept for the cover πŸŽ‰πŸ˜ŽπŸ€”is it?(earth calling)

  5. Hi Not Just The Cake Lady.
    Above in this blog post is a count for each category. If you are viewing on mobile I would instead suggest to view the page on a computer instead to better see the counts until we reach 42 stories in each of the 42 different categories.

  6. If we submitted in March and haven't heard yet, is is safe to assume you haven't gotten to it yet?

    1. Hello. Your story was received March 20, 2021. It takes 6 months or more for a reply. We try to be faster, but it isn't always possible. Cheers.

  7. Sorry, I forgot. I just got so excited seeing the closed sections and was worried mine would fill up before you saw it. 😁

  8. Hello -- My piece (“The Fairy Girl with a Daisy Crown and PTSD") was accepted on May 1, 2020. Since we're coming up on 2 years since that date, I thought I would check in. Are the above numbers for the same anthology, or did the one with my piece come out already and I missed it somehow?

    1. It's the same one; they don't have all the stories yet!
      It has been 42 months since the project started. An appropriate time to be nearing the end.