Literary Cottage Anthology Series

Literary Cottage is compiling a new anthology series for Adams Media featuring uplifting, original, true stories about the experiences and relationships that inspired and enriched our lives, namely those with our mothers, our fathers, and our teachers (also mother figures, father figures, and mentors). These true, original slice-of-life stories will be written by people from all walks of life and will provide unique personal insights into powerful universal truths, as well as honor the “everyday hero” in their lives. Each anthology in the series will be divided to highlight the variety of ways real life mothers, teachers, and fathers go beyond the call of duty to heroism.
Each Hero anthology will include a balanced mix of true stories of varied themes, such as:
Extraordinary achievements and experiences of real life, ordinary teachers, mothers, and fathers.
True life-changing, life-affirming, or life-defining experiences and relationships.
Epiphany, synchronicity, serendipity.
Finding/giving comfort in difficult times.
Triumph over tragedy; overcoming adversity or challenges.
Life’s blessings and miracles, big and small.
Finding the silver lining in a dark cloud; turning lemons into lemonade.
Relationships and experiences that bring hope, understanding, healing.
Catalysts for and examples of positive change; acts of kindness and compassion.
850 – 2000 words or four to eight pages double-spaced.
Stories must be original, true, uplifting, poignant, heart-warming, and/or humorous, and in English. The intended audience is mainstream adult readers. Please carefully review all of the Writer’s Guidelines (below) prior to writing your story. Early submission is both suggested and appreciated!

Click HERE to see Samples.
We are now seeking submissions for the following volumes:
My Teacher Is My Hero
My Mom Is My Hero
My Dad Is My Hero
Go to the site for FULL Writer’s Guidelines
One of the best ways to discover the nature and flavor of a Hero story is to request a sample via e-mail.
Terms & Conditions
$100 (each) for all stories published in the books, plus one complimentary copy of the book on publication. Three stories in each anthology will be selected as a prizewinner. The First Prize story will earn an additional $100; the Second Prize story will earn an additional $75; and the Third Prize story will earn an additional $50. The editor, not the publisher, is offering the prizes.
Story Length: 850-2,000 words (four to eight double-spaced pages)

: Literary Cottage
Attn: Susan Reynolds
P. O. Box 1070
Pembroke, MA 02359


Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at

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4 comments on “Literary Cottage Anthology Series
  1. seawoman says:

    NB. Response on September 26th 2007 below:

    Please note the following extension to the MY TEACHER, MY HERO anthology from the editor Susan Reynolds. You have until October 1st:

    “Thank you, Sandra. It’s very kind of you to post the notice, and I hope some of your readers will contribute stories for the three anthologies underway. I posted a comment on the site saying that we only want prose, and that I will read stories submitted by October 1st for the Teacher anthology, but only if they are well written and focused on the teacher hero/heroine.”

  2. I’m sorry, but we are not accepting poetry for this anthology, nor the two that will follow (see “Hero Series Guidelines” on We are seeking prose in the form of a short story or essay (850-2000 words). The teacher must be the hero/heroine, and the story must be focused on the hero/heroine. I’m down to the wire on the Teacher anthology, and up to my neck in stories about writing teachers, but if someone sends me a story by October 1, 2007, I will read it and consider it…if it’s fabulously written and about the hero/heroine. Thank you!

  3. seawoman says:

    Dear D A Wilson:

    I’ll certainly check for you to see if they may have extended the deadline.

    What other opps did you find of interest?

    BTW, how did you find this site?


  4. D A Wilson says:

    Is it too late to submit a poem for the ‘My Teacher My Hero’ Anthology?

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