Thursday, March 17, 2022

Writing, Submitting, and Marketing Short Stories / Making Anthologies

Writing, Submitting, and Marketing Short Stories / Making Anthologies



The New England Horror Writers are putting out our ninth anthology,

so we’re having a massive anthology event!


Join us for full day of events at Atelier Pro-Kreative in the C.C. Sargent’s & Sons 1877 mill building on 69 Broadway Street, Westford, MA, beginning at 9:30 AM and going until 6:00 PM


After some networking time with morning refreshments, instructors Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Scott T. Goudsward, and Trisha J. Wooldridge will lead a three-hour workshop on writing, submitting, and marketing short stories, with the option of additional critiques for submitted writing samples. In the afternoon, authors and editors from NEHW’s Wicked Women and Wicked Creatures anthologies will be signing, selling their own work, and taking part in a giant Q&A. Opportunities to network, purchase anthologies and authors’ publications, and socialize will happen before the workshops, during lunch, and at the end of the event.


Included in the price of the full-day event will be light morning refreshments and lunch options. Those who want to just attend the afternoon signing, Q&A, and networking will have access to lunch offerings.


Attending authors and editors from Wicked Women and Wicked Creatures may bring their own books to display, sign, and sell. Individual sellers are responsible for reporting and handling their own sales tax and paying 15% of their total sales to the venue. NEHW will also have available their other anthologies and pre-sale information for brand new NEHW swag with the new logo!


Costs for the event are tiered and a la carte:


Full day of 3-hour workshop, breakfast, lunch, networking, signing, author Q & A: 

            NEHW members:        $50                              Non-NEHW members:           $60


Afternoon only, including lunch:

            NEHW members:        $25                              Non-NEHW members:           $30


Critique by all 3 instructors (only with Full-day admission):

            NEHW members:        $15                              Non-NEHW members:           $20

            Critique is for 1500 words or up to 5 pages in Standard Manuscript Format.



For those purchasing full day or afternoon admission:

            Wicked Women and Wicked Creatures (regularly $15 each),

signed by all attending authors and editors:                                                   $25


Pre-purchase the 2022 anthology Wicked Sick,

signed by editors and available authors,

including postage anywhere in the continental U.S.:                                                 $17

or pick-up at an NEHW table event in October:                                            $13





Meet your Instructors


Kristi Petersen Schoonover is editing NEHW’s ninth anthology, Wicked Sick. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, serves as co-host of the Dark Discussions podcast, and is founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 Orchard. Follow her adventures at


Trisha J. Wooldridge, editor of NEHW’s Wicked Women, writes stuff that occasionally wins awards—child-friendly ones as T.J. Wooldridge. Find her in the Shirley Jackson Award-winning The Twisted Book of Shadows; some HWA Poetry Showcase volumes; and in multiple anthologies (as writer or editor). She also lovingly tortures consenting authors with her editing talents.


Scott T. Goudsward, editor on nearly all of the NEHW anthologies, from Wicked Tales to Wicked Sick was also published in the first two anthologies, Epitaphs and Wicked Seasons. He’s also the author of dozens of other short stories, the novels Trailer Trash and Fountain of the Dead, and half the team behind the popular non-fiction Horror Guide series, documenting the geographic locations referenced and used in movies, television, and literature. Wicked Sick will be his 12th edited / co-edited anthology.


Meet the Event Moderator


CIBA-award winner and author of the best-selling series Recollections of a Rune Knight, Jack Cullen lives in New England where he can be found traveling around in a 1956 Willys Wagon named The Professor. His many professions include veteran, attorney, and police captain. Check out his website at


Jack will be keeping the day on track, announcing each event, moderating, and hosting the afternoon Q&A of authors and editors.


About the Venue:


Atelier Pro-Kreative is a multi-functional artist's loft to create the latest visions within videography, photography, podcasts/multimedia and more. It’s a beautiful space on the second floor in a historical mill location. Unfortunately, there is no elevator for members with special needs. But there will be a video of the workshop available for members to purchase and future opportunities for critiques from NEHW editors. Members wishing to purchase signed copies of Wicked Women and Wicked Creatures, or to pre-purchase Wicked Sick, can send an email to


Atelier Pro-Creative has a small parking lot and on-street parking. Attendants will be on site to assist attendees.


The full-day workshop is limited to 25 attendees; afternoon tickets will be capped based on the venue’s limits. We will send notices as we reach capacity and if same-day sales of the workshop (without critique) and afternoon signing and Q&A will be available. To secure your place, email Scott at or Trisha at stating what you want to sign up for, and you will receive a detailed invoice to complete the purchase. Those purchasing the additional critique will receive further instructions upon their completed purchase; critique material MUST BE SUBMITTED by 11:59 pm, Monday, April 4th or the critique slot will be forfeited without refund.



Health & Safety Precautions:

NEHW and Atelier Pro-Creative will work in compliance with local mandates. Currently, masking in Westford, MA is optional. We have capped attendance and included breaks with respect to safe distancing for an indoor event. We will not require proof of vaccination and cannot provide on-site testing. Attendees are welcome to wear masks and take additional breaks outside as they feel necessary. We ask anyone feeling sick or showing any symptoms the day of the event not attend. Admission sales are not refundable, but all paid attendees who cannot attend will have free access to the recorded workshop and Q&A, will receive submission critiques via email, and will receive any pre-purchased and signed books via mail; NEHW will pay for media mail postage.



Agenda for April 9:


9:30-10:00:                  Light morning snacks, coffee, tea, water

10:00 -10:50:               Workshop Part 1: Crafting Short Stories

11:00-11:50:                Workshop Part 2: Submitting and Selling Short Storie

12:00-12:50:                Workshop Part 3: “I sold a story! Now what?” Marketing & Promo

1:00-2:15:                    Lunch and Networking, Shopping Time

2:30-2:50:                    Author Signing (& Shopping Time)

3:00-4:30:                    Wicked Q&A

4:45-6:00:                    Individual Critique feedback in private, Social & Networking Time