This is the first of hopefully many anthologies. Brief details are below, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Fish Tales (working title)
What to Submit: We are looking for well-written stories of your most exciting, outrageous, dumbest, most dangerous, foolish, funniest, most rewarding, or dramatic experience of your fishing life or hunting life. Stories should be reality-based.
Email your submission to paul [at] stok.es and put “Fish Tales Anthology” in the subject line or it may be missed.
Word Length: The ideal range will be 2,000-5,000 words and stories up to 10,000 words will be considered. Stories that are shorter than 2,000 words will be looked at but they had better be phenomenal to be selected. More important than word count is the quality of your work: we are looking for excellent, polished writing that pulls us into an engaging story.
Payment: 2 contributor’s copies of the book
Deadline: July 15, 2017, for hardcopy submissions.
August 15December 31, 2017, for digital submissions. Digital submissions are preferred.
We are looking to publish the anthology in the
Winter of 2017/2018 Spring 2018. Depending on the response to this first anthology, more may be planned.
Rights & Rates
You must have the publishing rights to, whether or not it has been published previously, your submitted work. You don’t have to be a professional writer here—just a storyteller in the sense of telling one to the boys at the bar or the ladies in the sewing club—lady fisher folks are welcome.
When and if your work is accepted by Stokes Creative LLC and you accept our offer to publish it, we are purchasing worldwide exclusive First Publication rights to distribute the text in multiple print and electronic formats. You may republish your story, if you wish, after
We primarily seek unpublished submissions. Please contact us on a case by case basis.
We will, because of the nature of the potential authors, except printed manuscripts. Please, no handwritten stories. Please send printed manuscripts only if you do not have proper access to other electronic correspondence.
Make sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission.
c/o Paul Stokes
4205 Milwaukee St
Madison, WI 53714
About the Organizers:
Born in Barron, Wisconsin, on September 11, 1931, Bill Stokes grew up on a small dairy farm between Barron and Rice Lake. He began his official writing career as an outdoor writer and general reporter for the Stevens Point Daily Journal, where he served as columnist, reporter and outdoor writer. In 1961 he moved to the Wisconsin State Journal, in Madison, where he wrote outdoor and personal columns, some of which were collected in a book “Ship The Kids On Ahead.” (added by Bill Stokes). In 1969, the Milwaukee Journal became his venue and as a feature writer and columnist, and he found new ground to cover in 1982 at the Chicago Tribune. After 11 years there, Bill retired to pursue free-lance projects. He has authored a half dozen books for regional publishers.
Bill’s grandson and the driving force of republishing Bill books in modern formats. Has been working on websites and blogging since 2004. Recently Paul was the runner up for the Audiobook Publishers Association 2017 Blogger of the year for his blog Audiobook Reviewer.