Open Sub Call: NOT TODAY


Edited by Dan Shaurette

"What do we say to the Lord of Death? Not today."
-- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Submission Guidelines


As I grow weary of stories where everybody dies, I decided to publish an anthology of stories with real emotional depth, struggle, and in the end the characters survive to carry on, even if they may have lost something else along the way.

This anthology is flexible on theme. I will accept horror, steampunk, western, sci-fi, fantasy, even romance (but not erotica). I want sappy, I want funny, I want morbidly curious. You can have supernatural settings and creatures or embrace nature head-on. Play chess with Death, debate with your favorite psychopomp, or show real, honest, humanity raging against the dying of the light.

It's time to face Death and tell it, "Not today!"

Submission Period

Submissions officially open March 1, 2018 and close on June 1st, 2018.

Word Count

Will accept 2000 to 10,000, but the ideal range is about 5000-7500.


We are seeking First Anthology Rights, however, if you wish to send a reprint story, let me know where it was published previously with confirmation that rights have reverted back to you.

Projected Release Date

October 1, 2018 for paperback. Electronic versions may release sooner.


This anthology's goal is to donate all proceeds to UNICEF, an international children’s charity. As such, your submission is a donation to the project and there will be no financial royalties available to the author. However, authors will be provided an eBook copy (your preferred format) and the opportunity to buy paperbacks at cost through the Publisher.

How To Submit

To submit your story, send an email to with the subject line "NOT TODAY Submission". The body of the email should include your name (including pen name), the title of your story, its approximate word count, overall genre, and a brief bio. Attach your story to the email as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF formats ONLY. Do not paste your story in the email.


Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-spaced. Use first-line indents, NOT tabs or spaces. Please include your name, contact information, and word count at the top of a separate title page. No headers or footers, please.

"Every man dies. Not every man really lives."
-- William Wallace