Written by Emily Harstone January 13th, 2022

Fit for the Gods: An Anthology From Knopf is Now Seeking Submissions

Fit for the Gods is a new anthology that will be published by Vintage Books. Vintage Books is an imprint of Knopf Doubleday.  It is being edited by Jenn Northington and S. Zainab Williams.  They are accepting submissions from new and established writers.

This is how they open up their call for submissions:

“Greek mythology has proven itself to be of perennial interest. From reprints of classics like the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths to retellings of the Iliad, Odyssey, and the Aeneid by everyone from Ursula K. Le Guin to Madeline Miller, writers are continually fascinated and readers are continually compelled by these stories. But while we know today that the Greco-Roman world was international and diverse in racial, ethnic, and sexual identities, this is hardly reflected in the retellings we have. Readers of all backgrounds are actively looking for inclusive, broad-ranging, cross-genre retellings; it’s time to give them their favorite myths with a new twist.”

All genres except nonfiction, art, and poetry, are accepted. The anthology is intended for adults, so the submitted stories must also have adult readers in mind.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern, on February 1st, 2022. All submissions must be made by email. They only consider original, unpublished short stories that are between 5,000 – 10,000 words. You must submit two versions of the manuscript, one with your name and contact information, one without. It needs to be attached as .doc, .docx, or .txt file.

They also say “We’d love to consider works by authors from marginalized communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled authors, and would be interested in knowing if that’s you. Feel free to include it in a separate bio attachment.”

Only submit one piece, via email, and please do not submit it elsewhere. Applicants will receive confirmation after their email is received. Only indviduals whose work is selected for inclusion will be emailed after that point. All contributors will receive $1,500.00 USD. This is a flat rate and not open to negotiation.

To learn more, or to submit, go here.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.



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