Stories from the Hearth

Heartwarming Tales of Appalachia


Submission Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Stories from the Hearth. This anthology will be published through Woodland Press, publishers of the Legends of the Mountain State series, the Stoker award-winning Writers Workshop of Horror, and my anthology Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalchia.


This anthology is a bit different from the others published by Woodland Press. Where most have been spooky campfire stories, this anthology will collect inspiring, heartwarming stories. Rural fairytales, in a matter of speaking, that are both entertaining and meaningful.


Here are the particulars:

·        Short stories up to 2000 words.

·        The setting must be the Appalachian states (West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia).

·        I am looking for stories with a strong Appalachian flavor. Tall tales, humorous stories, touching stories. Although I am looking for original themes, I will accept retellings of a traditional story if the author can give it a unique spin and makes it their own.

·        Although this is not a horror anthology, I will look at stories that have spooky elements to them. But they shouldn’t be graphic in their descriptions.

·        Although this anthology is targeted to adults, stories should not contain explicit language or content.

·        None of the standard, and considerably unflattering, Appalachian clichés.

·        No reprints, including stories which have been posted online.

·        No simultaneous submissions.

·        Ultimately, what I am looking for is quality fiction in the strong Appalachian storytelling tradition.


Submissions will be taken from April 10th to May 31st, 2011. Electronic submissions only. The submission should be in .rtf, .doc, or .docx format and attached to the e-mail, not included in the body of the e-mail. Only one short story per e-mail, and please put “Stories from the Hearth” in the subject line. All submissions should be sent to  I will send a response when I receive your story. Please do not send inquiries about submissions until June 1st, 2011.


Payment will be 5¢ a word for short stories, along with one contributor’s copy of the book.



Thank you again, and good luck.


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Brian J. Hatcher, Editor

Stories from the Hearth: Heartwarming Tales of Appalachia