Guidelines for Submissions

Tips for A Successful Necessity is a Mother Submission

A Necessity is a Mother story is a true, personal story or poem about silly circumstances, amusing anecdotes, and much-better-than-expected outcomes when resorting to the use of items available as alternative tools when in a bind.

It is a simply told story or poem that will make our readers laugh and shake their heads in amazement at people’s endless ingenuity. The best stories are filled with vivid descriptions and self-deprecating humor.

If we publish your story or poem, you will receive a free digital copy of the book in PDF and MOBI format, plus 1 coupon which can be used to purchase print copies at a discount.

Guidelines for a Necessity is a Mother story

  1. Write a comical story or poem about something that has happened to you or someone you know who has had to resort to using an unconventional tool to solve a problem. Your story should be written about yourself or someone close to you.
  2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader laugh, be surprised, or even say “Wow!”
  3. Your story must be 1200 words or less. Poems have open line count.

A few more tips about submitting

  1. We accept submissions only through our website. If you have any problems when trying to fill out the form and submit your work, please contact our webmaster at: moc.r1542207957ehtom1542207957asiyt1542207957issec1542207957en@su1542207957ksa1542207957. Responses from the webmaster usually take several days, so be patient.
  2. No previously published stories or poems – print or online – will be accepted, including poems or stories previously on personal websites or social network websites.
  3. No simultaneous submissions.
  4. Submit each story or poem separately via our website.
  5. Include a 60-word bio written in third person with each submission.
  6. Acceptance for publication conveys first North American serial rights and first print publication rights to MTC Publications. Rights revert to the author upon publication.
  7. Please note that suitability for our publication, ease of editing (readability), and the number of other submissions will determine what actually is printed. Extreme political opinions and explicit sexual submissions are not appropriate for this anthology.
  8. The editors of “Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails” will make the final determination of the works that appear in the anthology.

I’ve submitted. Now what?

Once you press the SUBMIT button, WAIT for the confirmation screen to appear. This may take up to a minute.

You will receive a confirmation email for each submission. This will confirm that we have received your story or poem.

How will you know if your story is selected? You will receive an email informing you whether or not your submission has been accepted for the anthology. We expect to make our final selections by June 25, 2016, and have the anthology in print by October 1, 2016.

If your e-mail address changes after you submit your story, please email us at moc.r1542207957ehtom1542207957asiyt1542207957issec1542207957en@su1542207957ksa1542207957.