Ashland Creek Press publishes literature with themes of the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife—but above all we’re looking for exceptional, well-written, engaging stories.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have received a number of personal essays and stories about animals, so please note that we are NOT looking for essays about animals -- we are seeking articles about the process of writing about animals. We will not be accepting essays that are not about the writing process. If you have questions, please contact us before submitting. Thank you!

Writing for Animals: An anthology for writers and instructors to educate and inspire

From Franz Kafka’s Report to the Academy to Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, animals have played a central role in literature. Increasingly, writers are playing a central role in advancing awareness of animal issues through the written word.

And yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals—from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of articles, by writers and for writers—but most of all, for the animals.

Call for Submissions

We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature.* Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it. Articles may be previously published and should not exceed 10,000 words. 

There is no deadline at this time; we will accept submissions on a rolling basis until further notice. Accepted submissions will receive a stipend of $100 plus a copy of the finished book upon publication.

*Please note that this is collection of instructional articles about the craft of writing. We will not be publishing animal stories or personal essays, only articles that deal specifically with the art and craft of writing about animals.

Areas of interest include:

·      Anthropomorphism and writing from the animal’s point of view

·      The rethinking of animal-centric idioms (such as “fish out of water” or “kill two birds with one stone”)

·      How to elevate animals from “set pieces” to “characters” in your writing

·      How to address violence toward animals

·      Animal rescue themes

·      Animals and “personhood”

·      The “animal turn” and what it means for animal-centric literature

·      Animals in children’s literature


$ 17.00

The Siskiyou Prize is open to published books and unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts with environmental themes, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.

Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).

All submissions must be made online via Submittable and must include the following:

  • a cover letter with author’s full contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address; if the manuscript is a collection of stories or essays, please include acknowledgments in the cover letter
  • the full manuscript, including a table of contents, if applicable
  • a nonrefundable $17 reading fee

A Few More Details…

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $17 reading fee. 
  • The $17 reading fee is nonrefundable, and we are unable to accept changes or additions once manuscripts are submitted.
  • Because our goal is to celebrate and promote all new environmental literature, both published and unpublished books are eligible for The Siskiyou Prize. 
  • We require electronic submissions via Submittable for unpublished manuscripts. We strongly prefer electronic submissions via Submittable for published books as well (please send the final version of the book as a PDF). If you must submit a hard copy of the book, however, please use Submittable to pay the fee and include a cover letter letting us know the book will arrive via U.S. mail (Ashland Creek Press, Attn: Siskiyou Prize, 2305 Ashland Street, Suite C417, Ashland, OR 97520). Please note that authors/publishers may be asked to submit a second hard copy if their books are chosen as finalists.

This year's judge is JoeAnn Hart, the award-winning author of Addled (Little Brown, 2007) and Float (Ashland Creek Press, 2013).

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a four-week residency at PLAYA. All unpublished manuscripts entered in the prize will be considered for publication by Ashland Creek Press.

Please visit The Siskiyou Prize website for additional details and FAQs.

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