CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ...

anthology series title:  M O T I F
theme for vol. 4:  WATER
editor:  Denton Loving
submission deadline:  February 1, 2014
publication:  Summer 2014

MOTIF is an anthology series published by MotesBooks. Previous MOTIF volumes have featured emerging
and established writers in various genres. Past
MOTIF contributors include Patty Griffin, Buddy & Julie Miller,
Maurice Manning, Barbara Crooker, Frank X Walker, Silas House and Pamela Duncan.

Beginning with Volume 4, the book’s size will decrease and the selection process will be intensified.

Each volume in the
MOTIF series focuses on a theme – for MOTIF Volume 4 the theme is WATER.
Submissions may be poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays, letters, nonfiction, or other forms.
Combinations of forms from a single writer are acceptable up to the limits described in these guidelines.

MOTIF Anthology Series will accept submissions of the following lengths:  
~ Prose (fiction or nonfiction)  -  under 3,000 words
~ Poetry
or Lyrics  -  up to 3 pieces.  

All genres will be considered as long as
WATER is referenced or illuminated in the works, directly or indirectly, in
significant and artful ways. The definition, metaphor or concept of “water” can be interpreted in any way the writer
sees fit.  

Submit by email only. Your manuscript (any standard 11 pt. font, single-spaced) should be submitted as a Word
file (.doc or .docx). Send it to  IMPORTANT:  Use "MOTIF-4" as the subject line
(email containing blank subject lines will automatically be deleted; other subject lines may inadvertently be tagged
as spam).

Include all author contact information (name, phone, mail and e-mail addresses) on each piece you submit.

Include a 50-word bio to appear in a “Contributors” section of the anthology, in case of acceptance.

Writers retain their copyrights. Do not send previously published or simultaneously submitted material.

We charge
NO reading fee.

Submission period closes February 1, 2014.  Acceptances notified in Spring. Publication in Summer 2014.

NOTE:  Submission guarantees that contributors (1) own and control rights to the work they submit
and (2) agree that published submissions (or excerpts) may be posted on (or on a separate
MOTIF series website if one is created) and used in the series’ promotional materials.

NOTE:   If any piece we accept is later published elsewhere, it should at that time indicate that the work was
“previously published by MotesBooks in the MOTIF Anthology Series.” A volume number and/or year may also
be added.

Contributors whose work appears in MOTIF-v4 will be granted wholesale discount pricing for unlimited copies.
However, this opportunity is entirely optional; there is
NO purchase requirement.

Retail outlets will include,,, and other online or brick-and-mortar
booksellers. We are fans of independent bookstores, and they will order books on request. MotesBooks titles are
distributed by Ingram.
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