Guild members who participate will write a short story to be part of the anthology for that year.

These are general guidelines for the yearly anthology short stories written by guild members.

  • Target age for readers: 9 – 11.
  • Age of characters: 13 (Upper middle-school).
  • Short Story Length: 4,000 – 7,500 words.
  • Each story will be tied to a simple truth.
  • Location of the stories will be determined each year.
  • General instructions for type of story will be determined each year.

Location and type of story by year:

  • Book 1 (published 2017) is located in Currituck County, NC. The story is about kids at summer camp with magic horses.
  • Book 2 (to be published 2018) must have some part of the story set in Davie County. The story is about a character and their pet.
  • Book 3 (to be published 2019) must be based within a 60-mile radius of Hart Square (southwest of Hickory, NC). The book will be an anthology of ghost stories set in the 1790-1890 time period.

Additional frequently asked questions:

  • Past or present tense. Author preference, but keep it standard throughout the story.
  • Point of view. Author preference. There is no right or wrong, except for second person.
    • First person POV – told from the point of view of the main character and uses “I”. The reader only knows/sees what the POV character knows/sees.
      • First Person Peripheral: This iswhen the narrator is a supporting character in the story, not the main character. It still uses the “I” narrator but since the narrator is not the protagonist, there are events and scenes that will happen to the protagonist that the narrator will not have access to.
    • Second person POV – used for instructional writhing. POV is “you”. Don’t use.
    • Third person POV – narrator is not a character in the story and uses pronouns like he/she/it.
      • Third Person Limited:Limited means that the POV is limited to only one character. The narrator only knows what that character knows. With third person limited you can choose to view the action from right inside the character’s head, or from further away, where the narrator has more access to information outside the protagonist’s viewpoint.
      • Third Person Multiple:Still in the “he/she/it” category, but the narrator follows multiple characters. The challenge is making sure that the reader knows when you are switching from one character to another.
      • Third Person Omniscient:Still uses the “he/she/it” narration but the narrator knows all. The narrator isn’t limited by what one character knows. The narrator can know things that others don’t, can make comments about what’s happening, and can see inside the minds of other characters.
  • Simple Truth. The simple truth is the moral of the story. The guild maintains a list of   simple truths and each guild member will choose from that list. The goal is to not duplicate one that has already been used in other guild anthologies.