Call for Submissions: Autumn

Kawartha Lakes is home to a lot of talented writers.

This anthology aims to showcase writing talent across genres. Often, genre literature is able to tell stories and present issues that might not otherwise be told. It is hoped that fictional stories from genres such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, action-adventure, romance, and mystery will help form and inform the culture of Kawartha Lakes. Using Kawartha Lakes as a setting will also give opportunity to engage a wider audience with this beautiful city.

Story setting must be within Kawartha Lakes. Stories should be works of fiction of about 3000 words. Shorter works will be accepted. Longer works will be considered (up to a maximum of 7000 words, but query before sending.) Stories must fit the theme: autumn in Kawartha Lakes.

Writers do not have to reside in Kawartha Lakes.

I am purchasing non-exclusive, first world anthology rights both electronic and print in English. Payment for stories is one-time $25 CAD on publication, plus contributor copy. (Selected stories will be edited, and writers will be expected to adhere to all deadlines.)

Excerpts from longer works will not be considered at this time. I want stories with beginnings, middles and endings, and characters I want to spend time with.

Open to ALL genres. Fiction preferred. Non-fiction will be considered, if it meets these guidelines.

Submissions deadline: July 31, 2021

To submit, send a brief cover letter in the body of the email with your submission attached as a Word document (.doc only) in standard manuscript format (12-point Times New Roman. See here for explanation of standard manuscript format.) Your cover letter should be short and include relevant experience and publishing credits, if you have them. (See here for examples of cover letters.)

Send submissions to:

Here are some examples of what I’m looking for, but the possibilities are endless:

  • a ghost story set in the Academy Theatre or the old Lindsay jail
  • a fairy encounter along the Omemee Hogsback/Esker
  • a werewolf story set in the woods near Bobcaygeon
  • an alien attack in Kirkfield
  • a feud between cottagers where the cottagers are witches
  • a murder mystery set at a local bed & breakfast

I want characters with agency and stories with conflict.

For more examples, check out Kawartha Lakes Stories and Kawartha Lakes Stories: Winter

Please send any questions to

Workshop: Work with Ann Douglas to Get That Book Out of Your Head

Now available online:

Workshop: Ann Douglas presents “Get That Book Out of Your Head: A Workshop for Authors-to-Be” in Peterborough. Get that book out of your head and on its way to publication by working one-on-one with published author Ann Douglas via email, private message board, Skype, telephone, and/or in-person sessions (whichever options seem like the best fit for you). Workshop commitments are renewed on a month-to-month basis, with both the instructor and the student agreeing to a workplan for the upcoming month. No ongoing commitment required: enroll for one month, two months, three months (your choice). Workshop fee is $299 per month plus applicable taxes.


Kawartha Lakes Stories, volume 2: Winter

This second volume of Kawartha Lakes Stories takes readers on a journey through the darkest of seasons. A mix of genres– including historical, memoir, comedy, poetry and more– reveals Kawartha Lakes as its never been seen before.

– Shannon Peters Bain
– Vivienne Barker
– Russ Bentley
– Jean Booker
– Stefan Ellery
– Cathy Hamill-Hill
– Connie Neil
– Brenda O’Keefe
– Ann Rocchi
– Lori Rowsell
– Tiffany Short
– Karen Sproxton
– Janet Stobie
– Sara C. Walker



Kent Bookstore – Lindsay

The Book Lady – Fenelon Falls

GRR8 Finds – Fenelon Falls


Jasmine Fogwell

Jasmine Fogwell grew up in Norland, Ontario.

Author website:

While living in the old inn of Nemesté, James discovers that he and his parents are not the only ones calling the inn ‘home’. On the third floor lives a mysterious old lady named Rionzi DuCrét. Though Rionzi is feared by the villagers and confined to her rooms, she and James strike up an unlikely friendship and soon discover they have both befriended leafy, mushroom footed creatures in the woods called Fidoris.

James’s parents tell him he is too old to have imaginary friends like the Fidoris. And when 150 year old Rionzi DuCrét tells of her Fidori adventures, the people of Nemesté say she has gone insane. Will James and Rionzi be able to prove the Fidoris are real, even though their secret mission is threatened by suspicious villagers and their own doubts about the existence of the Fidoris begin to grow?

An Unlikely Friendship
The Purple Flower
The Journey to the Top of the Trees