Behind the Plots – An Open Call

Writing Bad is seeking submissions to their upcoming, creative non-fiction anthology, Behind the Plots. This anthology will be a collection of short essays written by published authors about writing. We are seeking the comical and inspirational real-life stories on the life and challenges of the writer.

These stories are written by experienced authors to offer advice, insight, and encouragement for new writers. Each essay should offer knowledge, wisdom, inspiration, and smiles.


WORD COUNT: 3,000 to 5,000 words

AUTHOR ELIGIBILITY: Must have a minimum of three published essays, stories, articles, and/or books.

AUTHOR COMPENSATION: Free digital book copy & $15.00 USD

REPRINTS: Not allowed



Follow classic shunn formatting guidelines

-Send your story as a Word (.doc) format attachment to

-Your document name must include the anthology name, your pen name, and the story title.

-Your email subject should be “[Anthology Title] – [Story Title] – [Pen Name]”

-The body of the email must contain the name of the anthology, the word count, the author’s real name, and the author’s pen name

-Please include a 100-150 word bio

PLEASE NOTE: If you are making a submission to Writing Bad, please note our intention to produce top-quality books. We intend to showcase your work in its best form, and so each article, story, essay, or other form of writing accepted for publication through us will receive in-depth editing prior to publication. Our editing process will preserve the heart of your writing while ironing out grammatical errors and increasing clarity and tension. Final edits are always sent to the author beforehand for approval before publication.

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