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Make Your Mark! Join us on the X Team with your short story submission.

Xchyler Publishing sponsors three short story contests a year, with the winning entries to be included in a published anthology. Winners will receive royalties for their work. Judging will be conducted on anonymous works. Submissions for each contest will remain open for a one-month period.

We will judge entries on quality of writing, originality, creativity, inclusion of thematic elements, and compliance with submission requirements. Winners will be chosen based on writing scores, length, and compatibility with other selections in the final project. Writers must be willing to work with editorial staff to revise their work to meet XP standards.


From November 30, 2014, through December 31, 2014, Xchyler Publishing will accept submissions for our SPRING/SUMMER STEAMPUNK ANTHOLOGY. The theme: The Strange Island of . . . 


  • Submissions must be received from November 30 to December 31, 2014.
  • Work must fall into the STEAMPUNK genre.
  • Word count 5,000 to 10,000♦.
  • Stories received outside the submission window will not be considered. The X will announce winners on or about January 15, 2015.
  • Short stories must follow the submission guidelines for full manuscripts, as found on our submissions page, with the following exceptions:
    • Submit the entire work, rather than a segment.
    • DO NOT include your name in either the MANUSCRIPT or SYNOPSIS document (.doc or .docx) to ensure the anonymous nature of the judging.
    • DO NOT include your name in the file title; include only the title and either "manuscript" or "synopsis".
    • Include all contact information in your email, including the title of your work. 

Please note the change in word count limit. No entries over 10,000 words will be accepted.


Spring/Summer: (Steampunk)
Open Submissions: November 30, 2014
Submissions Deadline: December 31, 2014
Release: May 31, 2015
Theme: The Strange Island of . . . 

Autumn: (paranormal)
Open Submissions: March 31, 2015
Submissions Deadline: April 30, 2015
Release: September 26, 2015
Theme: Losers Weepers

Winter: (fantasy)
Open Submissions: July 31, 2015
Submissions Deadline: August 31, 2015
Release: January 31, 2016
Theme: Worldwide Folklore and the Post-modern Man


Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions Terra Mechanica: A Steampunk AnthologyMoments In Millennia: A Fantasy AnthologyShades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology A Dash of Madness: A Thriller AnthologyForged in Flame: a Dragon Anthology