42-Word Stories Anthology

An anthology of 42 categories of 42 selected works of 42-word microfiction stories, 

and 42 art pieces, one per chapter. 

 All submissions must contain a beginning, middle, and end. AFTER SUBMITTING, CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS FOR EMAILS FROM THE EDITOR. 

There are five guidelines:

1) Label the subject line 42subs_Category_Initials Example: 42SUB_PoetryProse_Bam 

Don't email asking "is it sub, SUB, or subs or SUBS?" we aren't that nitpicky. Just label it kind of right and you're good. 

2) The title needs to be, read this carefully please, 42 characters long including spaces. Use wordcounter.net and make sure you did it correctly. Please write the title in all CAPS. We won't reject a story if you forget the latter, but it really helps us save time when we add stories into the anthology draft.  

3) Write a story of exactly 42 words

4) Write a bio exactly 42 words long in third person. It is suggested that you make this timeless. You never know what year someone will read your story. Bios in general are better read this way. Here's a short blog on writing a bio if you need help. 

5) If you are submitting more than one story (four max can be accepted and submitted), none of them can have the same name. You can submit up to four works. Your bio has to include your pen name, not your real name anywhere. If you try to sneak your real name into a multi-sub submission, your story will be rejected and possibly any accepted stories for disregarding guidelines. The anthology aims to have 1,764 names in it. If you don't like this rule, only submit one story. 

Example of pen names: 

Story 1 by B. A. Mullin 

Story 2 by Bam 

Story 3 by B. Allan Mullin 

Story 4 by Devilsthrill 

There is an example of how we like our stories formatted at the bottom of this link with the original call for submissions. Please read it. 

No simultaneous submissions. No attachments. NO ENTRY FEE

Send: Nothing that's been published anywhere. No Erotica.  No Animal Abuse.

Payment: Most of the money earned from book sales will pay for anthology expenses such as editing, art, beta reads, and advertising. The book will be published on Amazon.com and other platforms. Therefore, we cannot afford to pay every writer in the project as of now, but we are open to the option as a possibility in the future. 


Every category (chapter) will have a Story of Excellence Award selected by a guest judge. 

Winners receive:

1) Either $0.42 payment or the option to donate the money to a pot that will go to United Through Reading.

2) Their story read (by themselves or a friend) on YouTube with all 42 selected Story of Excellence Award winners.

3) An award certificate signed by the compiler of the 42 Stories Anthology. 

4) A blog, email, and media spot with other winners that will be read by about 5,000 subscribers.

5) Writing the introduction to the chapter their story won the award in and their name on the first page of that category as the Story of Excellence Award winner. 

6) Possibly more. 


Submission details

Subject has: 42SUB_Category_AUTHOR INITIALS 

Example subject line: 42SUB_SF_DNA 

Specifics of your story that goes into the body of the submission: 


by Your Writer Name  

Your story here 



Example submission:

Subject line: 42Subs_CLOWN_EAJ

Dear editors,

[PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL] My name is Eval Allan Jaeger. Perhaps you’ve never heard of me? My email is eaj@eaj.com. This story would fit into your clown or monster categories. Thank you. 



                        by Eval Allan Jaeger

I was seven years old when the clown attacked. 

Right in my face, zany. Scary white hands. 

Aggressive smile. “Hi, little boy," he exclaimed. "Do you like balloo—ugh.” 

Bozo never saw my fist coming. 

Blood slid down from his squeaky red nose.


Eval Allan Jaeger was a blogger who went by Devilsthrill back in the Myspace days. He had the number one read blog then vanished from the Internet until the Project 42 Stories Anthology launched. He looks like Don Quixote and is fictitious.

Detailed format is here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2018/07/42-stories-anthology.html


Alternate Reality & Alternative History

  • Named the former in the anthology



Craft of Writing: 

  • No unsolicited submissions accepted. Invitations will be emailed. 


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Dystopia & Utopia


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Fairy Tale

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Hitchhiker's Guide to History or HGH

  • This is creative non-fiction and historical fiction. Alternate History is welcomed, but there is also an Alternate Reality category for that. Both are okay for fictional history. 


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  • Sherman Alexie inspired this chapter

Macabre & Morbid: 

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Outer Space



  • Filled-No More Submissions

Poetic Prose: 

  • Filled-No More Submissions


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Science Fiction: 

  • Filled-No More Submissions




Sword & Sorcery

Thriller & Suspense


  • Filled-No More Submissions


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Numbers are updated here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2020/02/anthology-numbers.html

Categories with few submissions are subject to alterations.

Stories submitted to filled categories are subject to rejection or category change.  

Recent prompts for categories here 

Please refrain from asking about the release date or deadline. Related questions will no longer be answered. You can find a helpful Q & A here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2020/06/42-anthology-charity-announced.html

Blog: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/ 

Email subscription: https://tinyletter.com/bamwrites 


By submitting your work, you agree and confirm that we can publish your piece in the anthology. However, you will have 30 days after acceptance to withdraw your story if you change your mind about having it in the anthology. More...

You grant the 42 Stories Anthology and staff first serial rights to your original work submitted. Rights revert back to you the author one year after publication. If your work is that of plagiarism, you agree to take full responsibility legally and otherwise for work you have claimed is originally yours.

Moreover, by submitting a story, you agree that we can reformat and make punctuation changes without your prior consent. If the story is formatted a specific way that you prefer, let us know in your cover letter. However, we will contact you if we want to change any of the words. 

Do not withdraw or re-submit your submission if you made a mistake. Rather message us what you need changed. We also have a submission email: 42anthologysubs@gmail.com

Read the submission guidelines above carefully before submitting. 

A mistake might result in your submission going unread and rejected.

Good luck. 

Original submission call here

An anthology of:

42 categories (chapters)

42 selected works per chapter

42 art pieces, one per chapter


Thank you and happy writing.  

Deadline: When filled.

42 categories listed on the previous page. 

More example submissions: Here

Submit your story through Submittable, or email here (42anthologysubs@gmail.com). Send any questions to that email as well. 

All entries will be automatically subscribed to BAM Writes' email updates (https://tinyletter.com/bamwrites). It's easy to unsubscribe. However, the subscription will keep you informed of the project's progress. 

Make sure you followed the guidelines listed on the first page. 

Best of luck.

42 Stories Anthology