Call for Submissions

NO FEE Submission calls & editor interview–Five59 Publishing, DEADLINES: Dec. 15, 2016 / Jan. 3, 2017

five59Five59 Publishing is “the brainchild of author and editor Alan Seeger, imagined as an incubator for new and upcoming authors.” They offer editing and publishing services for indie authors at reasonable rates. They also publish anthologies and other special projects, including two current open submission calls for a forthcoming collection of poetry and prose, tentatively titled Standing with Standing Rock and their second issue of their short story anthology Other Realms.
I wondered how and why this publisher came to be, so I asked Five59 founder and editor Alan Seeger a few questions to find out. See my interview with Seeger and submission information below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Five59.

SEEGER: Five59 Publishing is a small publishing house and thinktank, oriented toward helping fresh, up-and-coming new authors to find their voices and learn the ins and outs of self-publishing.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Five59 originally started?

SEEGER: I have always had a natural affinity for finding spelling and grammar errors, and for making prose read smoothly. In 2005, I co-founded a weekly online newspaper, the Metaverse Messenger, and served as the senior editor of that publication for more than four years. When I finally had to step down from there due to illness, I looked around for something else to do.

I discovered the ease and simplicity of reading books on Kindle shortly thereafter. Then I noticed a book that I greatly enjoyed which had a severe need for additional editing–namely, it had a lot of spelling and punctuation errors. So I offered to fix them, and then I did another book for the same author, and soon I began working with other authors. That was more than three years ago.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

SEEGER: We publish four short story anthologies each year–OTHER REALMS, a fantasy collection, in January; PLAN 559 FROM OUTER SPACE, a science fiction anthology, in April; a title to be announced each year in July, and 13 BITES, a horror collection, in October.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

SEEGER: I enjoy e-mail journals such as Writer’s Digest,, and Goodreads.

HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?

SEEGER: By e-mail at

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you? 

SEEGER: Questions are welcomed at or via Facebook messaging @Five59 or @alanseeger59.

Standing for Standing Rock submission guidelines

A collection of poetry, short fiction and essays around the theme of supporting Native American rights. All proceeds will go to support the legal fund for those affected by recent events at Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
There’s no limit to the number of submissions. Maximum word count on prose is 10,000 words.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2016
FORMS: poetry, short stories, non-fiction essays

Other Realms submission guidelines

Other Realms volume 2 is a fantasy collection–think Lord of the Rings, Dragonslayer, Game of Thrones, The Dark Tower, even Harry Potter or characters playing games along those lines.
There’s no limit to the number of submissions. Maximum word count per story is 15,000 words.

DEADLINE: January 3, 2016
FORMS: short stories

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