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Novelists in November ~ a complete breakdown of my plans for the anthology

by Kellyn Roth |
December 27, 2023

As some of you may know, Wild Blue Wonder Press is launching a new anthology (like Springtime in Surrey) next November, and our submissions are open now!

Though that information has been shared in other areas, I decided I’d better make use of my blog, too, so here are the facts!

From the Wild Blue Wonder Press Submission Page:

Our second anthology, Novelists in November, is now open for submissions!

Submissions will close in April 13th, 2024 at which point authors will be selected.

What are we looking for?

  • Christian fiction short story featuring a fiction writer as the main character. Novelists only, please! Published or unpublished, as long as they write. It doesn’t have to be the main plot thread; however, it should still actually be a part of the story.
  • 5,000-10,000 word range. We’re looking for short stories rather than novellas this time.
  • Can be set in contemporary or historical era. We’re still not equipped to publish speculative fiction. Soon, I hope!
  • May have romantic elements, but they are not required. However, do know that we’ll be writing adult Christian romance; therefore, other stories in the collection may contain clean but realistic romantic elements. However, they may not contain any explicit sexual content or crude sexual language.
  • Discusses all its themes from a Christian perspective, not shying away from the tougher questions. This means some stories may discuss subjects of a more mature nature.
  • Adhere to our statement of faith and are Biblically sound. Our statement of faith (and content guidelines) can be found here. These stories should be free of crude language and blasphemy, explicit sexual content, or gratuitous violence.
  • Set in November. At least a good 50% of the story should take place during this month.

Formatting guidelines for the short story are as follows:

  • Standard 8.5″x11″ pages.
  • Times New Roman font, 12 point, body text justified, double spacing.
  • Use a 0.5″ indent rather than tabs for paragraphs. Center align any chapters.
  • Divide scenes with three pound signs (###), center aligned (no indent).
  • If your story has chapters, use the “header” function at 30 point and have each start on a new page. Please format them as “Chapter One,” “Chapter Two,” etc.
  • No headers or footers.
  • Label document/save document “name” as “Author Name – Story Title.”

How to Submit:

Submit the form below and email your completed short story as an attachment to admin@kellynrothauthor.com.


There’s a little extra information you can read on our submissions page, too!

But that’s boring. I wanted to dive a little more into some of the aesthetics we hope to embrace in the collection.

Simply put, we’re looking for short stories that have a bit of a dark academic (or romantic academia) aesthetic. The Evermore to Springtime in Surrey’s Folklore. The moody autumn day with a cozy interior cottage to the teatime in the English countryside of Springtime in Surrey.

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Anyways, that’s the basic information!



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  1. I was writing an Anne of Green Gables retelling for this, but I got busy and a tad overwhelmed by reading the requirements/guidelines/etc. ???? I can’t wait to see what this becomes and what stories are chosen, though!

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