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OIW’s crowning glory is the annual anthology of short stories and poems written by its diverse and creative members. Fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, humour, memoir, poetry, plays… we welcome all genres. We also look for opportunities to publish the works of our younger members when possible.

The annual anthology is a wonderful opportunity for OIW members to have their works featured in a publication that is sold through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Chapters-Indigo, as well as directly from OIW. OIW members receive a free copy of the anthology as a membership perk. For more information, please contact anthology@ottawaindependentwriters.com.


 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the 2022 OIW Anthology is NOW CLOSED.

The theme for OIW's 2022 Anthology is Ottawa Rising, showcasing stories of hope, overcoming adversity, and embracing humanity. 

If you missed the deadline or want to submit for 2023 Anthology, then join OIW now to get your free copy and become a contributing member. 

Our submission guidelines are very straightforward and we strongly encourage emerging talent in the National Capital Region to submit. 


See below for submission guidelines and format. 

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Short Stories for a Long Year (2020)

Stories and poems have a way of transporting our minds to another place, making us feel something we have never felt, while informing and entertaining. Ottawa Independent Writers selected twenty-nine member submissions for Short Stories for a Long Year, and created a diverse offering to suit every literary taste. As headline-grabbing events continue to unfold around us during this period of dynamic change, there has never been a better time to enjoy the power of words.


Authors: Eleanor Abra, Tanya Bailey, Robert Barclay, Alex Binkley, Anna Blauveldt, Martin Bueno-de-Mesquita, Scott Bury, L.D, Cross, Barbara Florio Graham, Angelo Fulco, Joe Italiano, Susan A. Jennings, Majid Kafai, Peggy Lehmann, Sylvia Melba McGee, Tamara Miller, Keith Newton, Molly O'Connor, Ian Prattis, Norm Rosolen, Philip Schubert, Jagjeet Sharma, Ralph Smith,  Margaret Southall, Fika Taillon, Maggie Taylor, Susan Taylor Meehan, Rem Westland and Lisa Zanyk.

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A 24 of Tales (2019)

Running the gamut of fiction and non-fiction, delving into speculation and introspection, and exploring the future, past and the present, A Two-four of Tales has something for all tastes. These stories provide a fine illustration of the diversity of talent among local writers. With wit, poignant moments and grand sweeps of imagination, these stories will offer an enjoyable escape into prose.

Authors: Eleanor Abra, Bob Barclay, Alex Binkley, Anna Blauveldt, Martin Bueno, Barbara Florio Graham, Angelo Fulco, Joe Italiano, Susan A. Jennings, Majid Kafai, Peggy Lehmann, Tamara Miller, Jill Morningstar-Janzen, Meghan Negrijn, Keith Newton, Ian Prattis, Kelly Raab, Norm Rosolen, Ralph Smith, Stevie Szabad, Maggie Taylor, Susan Taylor Meehan, and Rem Westland.   

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Twenty in Eighteen (2018)

With the theme of short fiction and carte blanche as to content, we threw out a challenge to OIW members for their 2018 anthology submissions. In response, our authors found twenty very different ways of answering the call: twenty stories to share in this eighteenth year of the new millennium. The tales here range from history to futuristic speculation, from personal memoir to wry comedy, and many other themes besides. Together, they provide ample testimony to the versatility and energy of their authors, and a deep appreciation of the talent that OIW boasts among its membership.

Authors: Ian Prattis, Norm Rosolen, Barbara Florio Graham, Martin Bueno, Eleanor Abra, Robert Barclay, Rick Prashaw, Gladys Galay, Majid KafaÏ, Susan Taylor Meehan, Keith Newton, Maggie Taylor, P. Andrew Power, Peggy Lehmann, Kelley Raab, Meghan Negrijn, David Huffman, Susan Jennings, Tanya Bailey, Benoit Chartier. 


Ottawa One Five O (2017)

Introduction by the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson


Authors: Eleanor Abra, Bob Barclay, Martin Bueno, Benoit Chartier, Judith Cowan, Benardette Cox, Janet Fenwick, Barbara Florio Graham, Gladys Galay, Bill Horne, David Huffman, Darren Jerome, Hazel Johnson, Majid (Abdol) Kafai, Peggy Lehmann, Meghan Negrijn, Keith Newton, Molly O’Connor, Ian Prattis, Norm Rosolen, Maria Saba, Philip Schubert, Margaret Southall, Louise Szabo, Maggie Taylor, Susan Taylor Meehan, Alberte Villeneuve, Nix Wadden and Remmelt Westland


Thirty at Thirty: Thirty Stories, Thirty Years (2016)

Thirty years ago, a disparate group of Ottawa writers decided it was time to get together. The initiators of Ottawa Independent Writers represented the compete range of literature:  novelists (in many genres), poets, speechwriters, historians, journalists, essayists and many more. There continues to be a great deal of talent in OIW; some writers are beginners, others have years of writing experience, and some are starting to write after long experience in other fields. Every story, essay and poem in this anthology demonstrates the members’ craft and skill.. We can heartily recommend them to you, and we know you are sure to find a few—or many—that speak to you.

Authors: Silvia Alfaro, Robert Barclay, Benoit Chartier, Jessica Clarke, Barbara Florio Graham, Gladys Galay, Qais Ghanem, Nevin Humphrey, Susan A. Jennings, HazelJohnson, Majid (Abdol) Kafai, Mary Ellen Kot, PeggyLehmann, Keith Newton, Molly O’Connor, Ian Prattis, Norm Rosolen, Raeanne G. Roy, Laurie Stewart, Maggie Taylor, Susan Taylor Meehan, Raymond Tremblay and Remmelt Westland.


Sprouts - The Trillium Anthology

Authors: Tom Shoebridge, Jennifer McClung, Laurel Douma, Brian Hughes, Gianmarco Biasone, Roxana Puia, Laura Greenberg, Alex Gheorghe, Gemma Villanueva, Paul Dwulit, Catherine Joyce, Joe Cousineau, Colleen Leminski, Kimberley Lorente, Jeremy English, Sarah Moffat, Sabine Platzer-Gibbins, Krista Ferraro, Stacey-Ann Morris, Amy McCulloch, Amanda Hutchins, Carissa Di Gangi, Siân Rochefort, Adam Lim, Owen Hewitt, Ruxandra Lungu, Barbara Jane Heath, Jon Pierce, Rosaleen Geraghty, Stephen Gower, Cristina S. Gheorghe, Lisa Wong, LM Rochefort.

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