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 in all genres 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

  • In the top left corner of page 1: Your name, address, phone number, and email address
  • In the top right corner of page 1: Approximate word count
  • In the middle of page 1: Story title and author name
  • Beginning on page 2: top-header with your last name, the abbreviated story title (3 or 4 words), and the page number in top right corner
  • Font: 12-point Times New Roman, double space with half-inch indents (like a book)
  • Margins: 1-inch
  • Line breaks:  ###
  • Format: doc, docx, rtf

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

  • 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…

    http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/03/franklins-13-virtues.html

    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.