Submission call for “To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity”

If you are sick of today’s portrayals of men as bumbling idiots, of fathers as incompetents, of masculinity as “toxic” then I invite you to send us your best story featuring men at their best.

We want…

  • Stories showing the masculine virtues in a positive light.
  • Stories that introduce or reintroduce young men to the manly virtues.
  • Stories that pay homage to men and masculinity.

Well-crafted, immersive stories (no present tense) in all genres (except horror) are welcome, but the manly virtue can’t depend on a speculative element, i.e. magic or superpowers do not make the man. You can have magic. You can have a superhero. But that’s not what makes him a man. It’s not what defines masculinity. Contact me at [email protected] if you’re not sure.

Submission deadline: Feb. 14, 2018

Short Story Formatting Checklist

Reprints by invitation only; no multiple or simultaneous submissions.

Send submissions to [email protected] with the subject line: Manly Antho – YourStoryTitle.

Rates: Royalties from the first copy sold (whether eBook or print).

UPDATE: The most frequent question I’m getting on this is one of word count. It’s open for a reason, and here is why:

I don’t have a limit on it because of genre. The more speculative the genre, the more words you need to world-build. Anything within the realm of short form is fine, as long as every word is needed to drive the plot, develop the character, show (not tell) the setting, etc. Having said that, don’t send me your 40K word novella or your 50K word novel.

I’m of the firm belief that an enjoyable well-written piece of 20K words feels as short as a poorly-written 6K word piece that’s barely readable and must be endured. Grab me with your characters and story. Make it clear what aspect of masculinity is being celebrated. If you can do it in 2K words, great. If you need 12K, that’s fine too. Please DO NOT send me a list story (where people are telling each other what masculinity is) or a manifesto. And don’t send me a guy’s obituary about how much of a man he was. Those things are not stories.

Hope this helps. If you have a specific word count that you’re worried about, let me know the genre and what you’re trying to do with it. But in general, I hope the above, answers any questions related to how word count affects your particular story.


After a year of unrelenting pessimistic, almost dystopian-like wails from the media, it was nice to read a selection of short stories that take an optimistic view of what has happened, and what will continue to occur.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

  • Jim Fear

    I’d be very interested in submitting a story but I have a couple of questions. Which “manly virtues” are we talking about? About how long should the story be? I don’t want to submit something that turned out to be about 2,000 words too long and get turned down because of something silly like that. Thanks!

    • Flexible on word count. We want stories that grab and hold us. As to which manly virtues, the easy answer is any of them. We want to see stories about heroes, leadership, men protecting others, doing the right thing (not the easy thing). Men who don’t quit, cheat, lie, or steal. Men women want to be with.

  • Keith_Indy

    Well, here’s a good list from Benjamin Franklin…

    TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
    SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
    ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
    RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
    FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
    INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
    SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
    JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
    MODERATION. Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
    CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
    TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
    CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
    HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

    • Virtues, yes, but what makes them masculine virtues? So as long as the emphasis is on the masculinity of it, then that would work.

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  • Dr O

    Can you submit more than one story?

  • Interesting. Reprints? Simultaneous submissions? “Royalties” is a bit vague–have you a sample contract?

    • m2foster

      No simultaneous submissions. Reprints are given second priority . Here is our page on submissions and royalties:

    • See above.

      • Thanks.

        Does the above indeed mean “from the first copy sold” _onward_? That is,
        from every copy sold, as per
        cited ?

        Sorry, but I’m trying to get your call listed on another site, and they’re balking at that.

        • Some publishers won’t pay royalties until a certain numbers of copies (ebook and print) have sold. We don’t nickel-and-dime authors. We pay from the first copy sold.

          • Ah, from the _very_ first copy sold. I see. Thank you.

            And huzza!

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