Invitation: Tales from the River

Stormbird Press is inviting creative writers, non-published and published, to submit stories for a ‘Tales from the River’ Anthology. The anthology will have an international list of contributors and have one clear and unified message: Our rivers are worth saving.

The decision to focus on wild waterways in the first print anthology is motivated by the urge to restore a culture of treating rivers with reverence. With over a dozen World Heritage Sites now threatened by large dams, and wild rivers suffering from major deforestation, habitat loss and degradation, and possible ecosystem collapse, we feel that now, more than ever, there is a need to remind people of how important wild rivers are.

Rivers are our home, where we work, play, and relax. We make connections, form memories, and build a sense of place on our local rivers. These stories inspire those of us who already know and love rivers to further protect them but also stir the next generation towards being river-saving eco-heroes.

We hope the completed anthology will reflect Stormbird Press’ core principle: that the diversity of life includes human and non-human cultures.

The ideal submission will be a short story that the reader will remember beyond reading. It can be fiction or nonfiction. It will be expertly crafted, unique, and paint a beautiful picture using words interwoven with emotions.

Suggested word length is 3 – 4,000 words, however essays up to 6,000 words will be considered.

Stormbird Press cannot offer monetary payment for published contributions at this time, however each contributor will receive one hard copy of the anthology. The anthology will be listed in Stormbird Press’ 2018 Catalogue and be actively promoted through social media and distributed to main online eBook and bricks and mortar independent booksellers. All authors will be listed on the Stormbird Press ‘Our Authors’ webpage and work will be credited and links provided to other titles, blogs, and conservation organisations. The copyright remains with the authors and artists.

For all submissions, please include (in a single document) the entire essay and an author bio listing all publishing credits, awards, and experience. Include a valid e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number. In the subject line of your email should be your name, title, and ‘Anthology Submission.’

Thank you for considering Stormbird Press and spreading a message of environmental awareness and social justice. We look forward to reading your work.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

For more instructions about essay submission, email Donna Mulvenna,