Submissions

One Day To Go! Get Your Subs in and Watch Your Mailbox.

Our team is gearing up for the busiest days ahead. There’s one more day to the deadline and  over 700 submissions in review. We’ve got decisions to make and the entire anthology to put together! 

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Get your submissions in now before the deadline at midnight EST October 31, 2018. 

Keep an eye out for a few more “Meet the team” blog posts and future updates.

Watch your Inbox and add our email address to the approved senders list so we don’t go to spam. Ourlossanthology@gmail.com

Also to come, our new Facebook page to keep up to date with anthology progress, the official title, the cover reveal and much more! 

We are so excited to begin the journey and can’t wait to launch the final book slated for March 2019 release. 

In the meantime, good luck. 

We are grateful for everyone who took the leap, gave us a chance and shared your work with us. You overwhelmed us with so many great submissions, and we have many tough decisions to make. Unfortunately, we cannot accept them all. The most important thing is to keep writing, keep submitting, keep doing what you do.

Sincerest thank you from the Anthology Team

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Meet the Team: Six Questions with Joshua George, Editor and The Greatest of All Time. . .

Joshua George, editor and greatest of all time . . . 

Our Loss Anthology is bridging creativity and inspiration in the writing world. Five people from all across America came together to create Our Loss. Hundreds of writers and authors have already submitted content and the deadline is just under two weeks away.


How did each member get involved?

Somehow, somewhere Aaron Pasker convinced five different voices to join the executive team (or as Aaron would say, coerced into joining) to edit, design, publish, and market a brand new anthology.

Here are six questions with Joshua George one of our editor’s, the greatest of all time, and a voice of reason.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing? 

A: Hi! I am from Lexington, KY, a part of the state that really defies stereotypes. It’s progressive, has a rich history and a love affair with good food. I identify with a couple of those things. My real job is as a DJ, which funds my favorite hobby—LARPing—because I am a massive nerd.

Q: About your writing: When did you realize you were a writer or when did you fall in love with writing? Have you published before and where? What are your writing dreams and goals or what do you enjoy writing the most?

A: I’ve known that I’ve wanted to be a writer since high school. The first time I wrote a short story, I remember getting lost in the process, putting around 5k words down in one sitting. Since then, I’ve devoted a lot of my time to learning the minutiae of the craft. If everything goes as planned, I’ll still be a household name a few centuries from now.

Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?

A: Aaron and I met at a writing class held at a bar a few years ago and he quickly became one of my closest friends. When he asked me to help out with this new project, I couldn’t turn him down.

Q: Do you have any advice for the writers submitting to Our Loss Anthology? Any advice to aspiring writers in general?

A: Same advice for both, actually; don’t fall in love with the sound of your own writing. Fall in love with what those words do for your readers. If you can do that, you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?

A: Look for me on Facebook! I’m always excited to engage with writers and readers. We’re in this together!

Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?

A: Dune, by Frank Herbert, is the best book ever written.

Tune in next time for 6 questions with the last, but not least, team member…
ME (Erica Marchant). 

P.s. I had to look up LARPing too! 

Aaron Pasker | Melissa Schell | Michael Riley | Erica Marchant | Joshua George.

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Meet the Team: Six Questions with Michael Riley, Editor and Overall Badass. . .

Michael Riley a.k.a Editor and Overall Badass General Manager and the guy who keeps it all rolling

Our Loss Anthology is about more than just creating an anthology. It was an idea turned into a collaboration and a way to understand writing, the publishing industry and how loss affects life every day. Bridging creativity and inspiration in the writing world, five people from all across America came together to create Our Loss. Hundreds of writers and authors have already submitted content and the deadline is just over a month away.


How did each member get involved?

Somehow, somewhere Aaron Pasker convinced five different voices to join the executive team (or as Aaron would say, coerced into joining) to edit, design, publish, and market a brand new anthology.

Here are six questions with Michael Riley our Editor and overall badass, general manager and the guy who keeps it all rolling–or “the guy who does stuff,” as he would say.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing?
A: My name is Michael Riley and I currently live in Palm Harbor, Florida with my wife and two dogs. I wish I could fill this section with all sort of interesting and unusual facts about myself, but in reality, I lead a pretty mundane life. I ran a couple of marathons a few years back, but I’m not sure that could be considered fun nor would I ever suggest that anyone attempt it.
I can usually be found at home hiding from the world, on a beach with my dogs, or with my wife and close friends huddled around a dining room table playing endless rounds of spades.
Q: About your writing: When did you realize you were a writer or when did you fall in love with writing? Have you published before and where? What are your writing dreams and goals or what do you enjoy writing the most?
A: I used to write as a child through my teenage years, never with the goal of publishing and rarely with an intention to share anything with anyone. It was a way to pass time and an avenue to express my overactive imagination. Years passed, I married and raised a family, and writing was a hobby largely forgotten. It wasn’t until fairly recently when a close friend suggested out of the blue that we write something together that I rediscovered the agony of putting thoughts to paper. I currently have a novel underway and have developed a love for writing short stories and flash fiction, probably stemming from my notoriously short attention span. I have just started the submission process of several pieces.

Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?
A: Aaron beta read a story I had written and asked if I had interest in submitting it to an anthology he was in the very early stages of putting together. A conversation followed centered around my thoughts about the project, and while I have no prior experience putting one together, I do have considerable organizational experience in a business setting. I guess he liked some of my ideas because the next day I found myself on the team.
I really don’t remember accepting the offer, and I am starting to think I may be here against my will. He keeps saying that he is a benevolent overlord, almost in a hypnotic, brainwashing sort of way, but I am starting to have my doubts.

Q: Do you have any advice for the writers submitting to Our Loss Anthology? Any advice to aspiring writers in general?

A: Be different. Take a risk. In a theme such as this, there are endless possibilities, yet the majority of people will offer variations on just a few basic ideas. Inevitably, many of those works will blend into each other and become more or less indistinguishable from the crowd.
My best piece of advice for submitting to this anthology, and for writing in general, is to think outside the box. Give your audience something they aren’t expecting. Also, develop your characters. Make me care about them and their struggle. A connection with a character will last much longer in my mind after I close a book than elegant prose

Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?

A: I actually don’t have an author site as of yet. That is something I will be changing soon.

Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?

A: I grew up reading Stephen King (I lived close to the library and would check them out and smuggle them home hidden in my backpack), still my favorite, went through a Tom Clancy phase, and recently started reading Chuck Palahniuk, of which I am becoming a fan.

Tune in next time for 6 questions with another team member

Aaron Pasker | Melissa Schell | Michael Riley | Erica Marchant | Joshua George.