Submission Guidelines

*Submissions are currently closed.*

Happily ever after is a shattered reflection…

Mirrors & Thorns

The Brothers Grimm told vastly different fairy tales from the whimsical Disney versions. They are much darker, not quite the happily ever afters most people think of when they hear “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” or even “Frozen.”

In 2017, we want to celebrate these darker stories by creating our own dark fairy tales. Don’t rewrite* all the tried and true stories. Dive deep into the darkest corners of your imagination and weave a tale of no more than 18,000 words. Offer us a story that would make the Grimm Bros and Hans Christian Anderson want to read it.

One submission per author only. Make sure you send your best work the first time as all other submissions will be deleted.

Your submission email should include Inquiry/Mirrors/Story title on the subject line. The body of the email should include a short one paragraph synopsis of the story or blurb along with the word count.

All entries not following the standard formatting and submission guidelines will be deleted without being read. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer feedback on rejected stories at this time.

Selected authors will receive a gratis print copy and a portion of royalties to be determined after deadline.

*Old characters with new stories are not considered rewrites. We do not want another spin on Cinderella’s story, but have no issue with an original story using Cinderella as the MC.

**We only accept digital submissions.

What we expect:

  • Finished, final drafts. We expect your submission to be edited and complete.
  • Our submission guidelines followed.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

What we aren’t looking for

  • Improperly submitted manuscripts will be added to the slush pile unread.
  • Comics and/or comic books. Please submit those to our literary journal for consideration.
  • Pornographic material.
  • Erotica, violence, and extreme gore are accepted on a case by case basis.

OUR STANDARD Formatting Guidelines

  • We only accept electronic submissions in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .txt.
  • All short stories should follow the standard short story format and submitted in .doc/.docx format.
  • All manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter containing author information/bio, manuscript title, genre, and word count.
  • All pages should be numbered beginning on page 2, and include author’s last name and title of the manuscript at the top right corner, like this: author| title| 2
  • All submissions must have a blurb of the work in the body of the email unless otherwise specified.

Submissions should be sent to submissions@owsink.com with the subject line:  Inquiry / Title of Work / Imprint.
Questions about our formatting guidelines? Use the standard short story format as an example of what we expect (all anthology submissions should adhere to this format).

Response Time

We require 8-12 weeks to respond. Please do not query until at least 9 weeks has passed without a response. Queries are only for submitted work inquiries. Send queries to submissions@owsink.com. Include QUERY in the subject line.

If you are inquiring after your anthology submission, please wait at least 90 days after the deadline before following up.

What To Expect from us

  • We hold one year of publishing rights, during which we have the right to use your work as we wish for marketing, advertisement, inclusion in our literary journal, and more.
  • Marketing, promotion, author services as needed for each author and each book we publish, including anthologies.
  • No small print,  our contracts are always easy to understand.
  • Excellent quality books and customer service.
  • A wide variety of author services to assist indie authors.
  • Competitive and fair royalties. We are not currently offering advances.
  • 24-hour support.
  • A community of camaraderie and support with other authors and publishers.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, unfortunately, we are unable to provide personal feedback or critique at this time, though we will do our best to answer your questions should you have them.

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