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Taking Submissions: The Prison Compendium

September 30, 2016


Deadline: September 30th, 2016
Payment: $0.01/per word and a contributor’s copy
Reprints Allowed

Bring us your best prison stories. Any genre. Any point of view. The story can be from the perspective of an inmate. It can be from the POV of a guard. It can be from the viewpoint of a family member visiting a lifer. It can be a prison ghost story. It can be about redemption, or a spiral down into oblivion. It can be about friendship, or prison gangs and rivalries. It can be about a riot. It can be about an ex-con, who’s gotten out and is struggling to reintegrate into an unforgiving society. As long as it holds true to the main theme of prison, it fits.

Any genre works: historical fiction, paranormal, supernatural, drama, comedy, dark noir, mystery, etc. Just make certain your story has something to do with prison or confinement (incarceration). This can include inside a mental hospital, juvenile detention, or other correctional facility.

Guidelines for Submissions:

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Payment: $0.01/per word + one contributor’s copy

Word count: 1,500 – 6,000

Acceptable file types: doc. and docx.

Simultaneous/multiple submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes (payment is 1¢/per word)

All submissions should be formatted 12 pt. Times New Roman. Please use auto-indent for paragraphs, and no space between paragraphs. In your cover letter, include your contact information and a brief bio. We are asking for six months exclusive rights for all accepted stories. All authors included in the anthology will receive two contributor’s copies. All authors will receive contributor listing on Amazon. We may send out rejections/acceptances before the deadline, but please do not query about your story’s status until October 11, 2016, or later. There is NO fee per submission.

The final TOC of selected authors and stories will be announced on 10/10/2016. Again, authors may be contacted prior to this date, but please wait to query on the status of your story until 10/11/2016, if you haven’t already been contacted. Thank you.

All submissions must be sent through our Submittable link here: Submittable.

Questions? Please e-mail ‘Dear Editor’ at [email protected]

Here is a list of movies and books (or sometimes both) that helped inspire the idea for The Prison Compendium:

The Green Mile (film and novel)

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (novella)

The Shawshank Redemption (film)

Dead Man Walking

Escape From Alcatraz

The Rock

American History X

The Longest Yard

The Experiment

Cool Hand Luke

Orange is the New Black

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Caged Heat

Dog Pound


Amazing Stories – Life on Death Row (1986)

The Twilight Zone – The Executions of Grady Finch (2003)

The Count of Monte Cristo

Scenes from ‘Walk the Line’

An Innocent Man

Return to Paradise

Brokedown Palace

Scenes from ‘Up Close & Personal’

It’s Kind of a Funny Story


Stir Crazy


Boot Camp


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Via: EMP Publishing.


September 30, 2016