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About PPW Anthologies

One of the best ways to get started as a published writer is to have one’s poems and short stories included in periodicals and anthologies. Pikes Peak Writers’ anthologies highlight our members’ work to help them do just that. You can find Fresh Starts, Dream, and Journeys into Possibility, wherever books are sold.


Are you ready to go on a journey to a place you have never been before? What would you like to do? Maybe a swim with dolphins, meet strange new creatures, or see John Dillinger behind bars? You could take a trip through time, visit a new planet, or hop on a train worn with memories. The possibilities are just a page away. 

Strap in and get comfortable as we travel into the imaginative realm of possibilities. Together, we will journey into all things possible and impossible. Once you’ve been there and back again, you won’t be quite the same.

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They are manifold – resolving subliminal mysteries and creating chaos.
Our dreams are delightful and bold.
Some are lucid, cyclical, and idealistic. They spawn yearning for our past – and foretell our futures.

Do you crave answers or adventure?

Join us. Step through the veil.
Discover the primordial wisdom of the universe, and the shadows of our dreams.

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After the fires are out, the smoke has cleared, the divorce is over, the widow has stopped wearing black, the sun has risen, the monsters are dead, the world is saved (or destroyed!), the storm has calmed, and the trouble is over…

…what do you do next?

Find out in the first anthology of work by the Pikes Peak Writers. From mystery to romance and science fiction—from heartfelt essays to poetry that moves the soul.

We can’t promise only happy endings. Just that moment when you pick yourself up out of the wreckage and find the strength to begin anew.

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Who Can Submit?

PPW members only. If you are not a member, please visit PPW’s membership page to join. Membership is free. The editorial team cannot submit.

 What We Want

  • Short Fiction Stories of 2,500-6,000 words. All genres are welcome with only a few exceptions (see under, “What We DO NOT Want”). Genres we desire include fiction, realistic fiction, speculative, contemporary, historical, literary, and commercial. If your story has a strong plot, makes an emotional appeal, and sheds light on our theme, we want to read it!
  • Flash Fiction of 400-1,000 words. Genre same as for short stories.
  • Poetry up to two pages in length. We are looking for poems rooted in poetic tradition that make us feel something about the theme.
  • Format: Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, 1″ margins, black text on white background. (Poetry does not need to be double spaced). Include a header with the title and page number at the top of each page. Do not include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the manuscript or in its metadata. Submissions are read blind. Acquiring editors will recuse if they recognize work as being that of a particular author. For Poetry, we regret that we are unable to accept poems with irregular, stair-stepped formatting. We can only accommodate left justified, right justified, or centered formats.
  • Multiple Submissions: Each author may submit up to three works. Each piece must be submitted separately. If more than one of your submissions reaches the final round, it will be up to the discretion of the editors as to which will be included in the final anthology. Only one piece will be accepted even if they are all magnificent.
  • Polished work: Please send only revised and polished manuscripts.

 What We DO NOT Want

  • Children’s and Middle-Grade fiction. Fiction intended for middle grade, early readers, and younger is not a good fit for this anthology. However, your story may have a young protagonist if your intended audience is adults or teens
  • Erotica or rape scenes
  • Excessive profanity or violence. Use the minimum amount your story requires
  • Any kind of racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, etc. within the narrative voice. Characters may be hateful; the story shouldn’t be
  • Overt political rhetoric or religious proselytizing
  • Translations or fanfiction
  • Sections of longer works
  • Simultaneous submissions. Please do not have your story under consideration by other agents, editors, or publishers while we are considering it
  • Reprints. We are looking for original, unpublished work. Previously published work will not be accepted. This includes work published in any form on your personal or professional website
  • Stories that are difficult to read or comprehend on account of an experimental voice
  • Stories filled with grammatical errors
  • Stories containing lyrics from a song you did not write. Copyright matters
  • Rough drafts

Response Date

You will be notified by November 30, 2022, whether your work has been accepted or not. If you have not heard from us by that date, please do contact us. Once you have submitted your work, we recommend you relax, put it out of your mind, and write half a dozen more stories or poems to submit elsewhere while you wait.


As fellow writers and members of PPW, we anthology editors appreciate your writing achievements and willingness to submit your work for our consideration. We salute you and your commitment to the writing process. You’re amazing! We hope that your experience of writing to a theme, polishing your work, and submitting with guidelines has helped you grow in your writing journey. We regret, however, that we do not have the resources to offer critique on work that we have not chosen to publish.


We consider it an honor to be able to publish PPW Members’ work in the anthology. Expect, that if accepted, your poem or story will be subject to a deep dive developmental edit with our editorial team. The edit, covering language mechanics, story elements, structure, sensitivity issues, and more, will be conducted as a dialogue with your assigned editor through email correspondence. We will endeavor to be kind and respectful as we help you refine and polish your story in preparation for its inclusion in the anthology.

If you receive notification that your work has been accepted, someone from the editorial team will be in touch with you concerning contracts. You will need to sign two, one is with PPW and the other with the distribution service used by the anthology.

Each author published in the anthology will receive a royalty. The exact percentage will be calculated based on the number of accepted authors.


As the anthology is published and promoted on a shoestring budget, its authors are contractually obligated to participate in promoting the book. This includes, but is not limited to, promotion on various social media outlets, author pages (Good Reads, Amazon, etc.), websites, and newsletters. The more effectively each author promotes the anthology; the more sales and royalties will grow. Authors are encouraged to look for ways to work both separately and together on marketing efforts.

We ask for First Worldwide English Language Anthology Rights on your work for six months from the publication date. Six months after publication, all rights will revert to the author, meaning you’ll be free to reprint your story as you see fit. A sample contract is available upon request.

Submission Window

Submissions open on June 1, 2022, and close at midnight on July 31, 2022, or earlier if the maximum number of 250 submissions is received. No late stories will be accepted.



KJ Scrim, author

Managing Editor
Kathie Scrimgeour

Kathie writes under the pseudonym KJ Scrim. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors with PPW, and the Managing Editor of Writing from the Peak (PPW’s blog), she is also the Project Manager of PPW’s anthologies, Fresh Starts and Dream (coming Spring of 2022). Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. You can follow her on her website, and on Facebook. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Arizona biking, hiking, skiing, or finding Zen through Pilates.

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Deborah Brewer

Deborah joined Pikes Peak Writers a decade ago, seeking help writing a mystery. When the novel was completed, she stayed for the camaraderie. An editor for the PPW anthologies Dream and Journeys into Possibility, she is also a contributing editor for the PPW blog Writing from the Peak. Visit Debby at her website

Editor and Future Project Manager
Kim Olgren

Like many writers, Kim Olgren is a voracious reader. She’s worn many hats but writing has been her constant companion. In her “free” time she is a house renovator, PPW volunteer, maker, traveler, and loves hanging out with her family and faithful sofa wolf. She is a published mystery writer, but writes in many genres.

Kim has been a volunteer with Pikes Peak Writers since 2018. In addition to her duties as board president, she has been the editor of the PPW newsletter, non-conference events director, and is a contributor to Writing from the Peak, the PPW blog.

A Note from Our Editors

As you contemplate taking time to write and submit, you may ask how you can give your work its best chance of being accepted. How can you write what our editors want?

Foremost, we desire to create an anthology that invites readers to experience the theme through a variety of perspectives, forms, and genres, all arranged in such a way as to take readers on a journey of emotion and discovery. Although we do want to include stories within a full range of feelings, we intend the overall mix of stories to skew towards optimism. We hope to see a wide variety of genres in our submission pile—fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, magical realism, adventure, slice-of-life stories, and more.

The anthology is not a contest. We do not aim to choose only the best stories, but rather, the best selection of good stories to create a compelling book for a general adult audience.

We are looking for stories that demonstrate writing competence, are focused, and embrace the theme. We define writing competence for stories as the ability to write with clear, complete, and ordered thoughts. There are many resources available for learning about story structure, grammar, vocabulary, character development, and the like. We encourage you to avail yourself of these materials and learning opportunities.

Poetry, like prose, has its conventions. Some are broken to great effect, some not. Know whether a certain type of poem is usually titled. Take time to read your poem out loud and listen to its rhythm. Consider how different word choices might affect the tone and meaning of the piece. We would love to see more poems that embrace rhyme and traditional forms. If your poem is accepted, expect it to be subjected to an edit appropriate to the work.

Once you have created a coherent draft of your story or poem, ask another person to read it and comment on those parts that lack causality, clarity, or continuity. Ask if your work is in line with the theme. Ask whether your protagonist’s story problem is revealed on the first page and resolved by the end. Ask if your poem makes them feel something. Think about their comments for a few days before jumping in to rewrite your work. Once your work is polished, we invite you to send it in accordance with our submission guidelines.

We take every submission seriously. As fellow PPW members, we’re all in this writing adventure together. As readers and editors, we love great stories and poems! We look forward to reading yours.


With kind regards,

The PPW Anthology Team