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

Hard Sci-fi Made Me Cry

Tired of the remakes, the reboots, the “let’s see how much more blood we can squeeze out of this turnip” output of today’s Hollywood? I think you’ll find Passengers a refreshing change.

If like me, you didn’t rush out to see it in the theatre, it might’ve been because of blurbs like this one from IMDB: “A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.”

Sounds like a snore, doesn’t it?

It is rated PG-13, just under two hours long, and tagged as adventure, drama, and romance. What it is, however, is a story about love, redemption, and forgiveness. It’s about making the best of life, even when things don’t go as planned. It’s about the pioneering spirit, about a positive future, about what a man and a woman can achieve together.

“But wait, you said this is hard sci-fi.”

Yes, I did. And I stand by it. It’s science fiction because of the setting, a spaceship traveling between the stars. It’s hard sci-fi because it’s closer to 2001: A Space Odyssey in that it’s an extrapolation of current knowledge, than to the space-fantasy cum turnip known as Star Wars.

But what this movie actually is, is a great example of using science/setting as a trope, a literary device for delivering a character-driven story. The science is not the point of the story, but there is enough verisimilitude that it has a real feel to it (this comes from someone who can get really picky about the scientific details). Continue reading