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Maine Character Energy

A Charity Anthology

Call for Submissions

There’s no place quite like Maine. It’s Vacationland. The birthplace of L.L. Bean and the whoopie pie. During the Age of Sail, Maine’s White Pines were harvested to construct ship masts that sailed all around the world. Today, thousands of miles of Maine coastline are used to harvest clean energy in the form of offshore wind. Maine’s landscape encompasses mountains, forests, beaches, islands, and even a desert! The winters are long and brutal, and the summers are plagued by black flies, venomous caterpillars, and tourists.

But despite these challenges, and in part because of them, the people who call Maine home are some of the most generous, hard-working folks you’ll ever meet. They never fail to show up (even in knee-deep snow) to support their communities.

Maine Character Energy is a charity collection of fifteen stories that celebrate Maine’s small towns, rugged wilderness, rocky coasts, and the everyday characters that make the Pine Tree State special. The anthology will be edited by Sarah Parke.

All proceeds from the collection will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety in honor of the victims and surviving family members of the Lewiston-Auburn massacre that took place on October 25, 2023. Rogue Owl Press, its editors, and its authors are not affiliated or endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety. We are authors who hold Maine close to our hearts and want to help the best way that we can.

Submission Information and Instructions

  • To be considered for publication, stories must feature a Maine setting and/or characters from Maine.
  • Stories can be in any genre (creative nonfiction, popular fiction, literary fiction) or style.
  • Given the charitable nature of the anthology, we will not consider stories with gratuitous violence and/or guns.
  • Word count is 8,000 words maximum.
  • Both unpublished and previously published works are encouraged.
  • If selected, authors will receive a complimentary copy of the collection upon publication.
  • Deadline: Friday, November 24 at midnight.
  • Submissions should be emailed to with the subject line "[YOUR NAME] Maine Anthology"
  • Please use proper manuscript format and attach manuscripts as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF files.