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Get your short story published in an eBook produced by the Sunnyvale Public Library and distributed to libraries throughout the greater Bay Area and beyond. Sunnyvale is part of the Bay Area Library ePublishers (BALE) program that regularly produces differently themed eBooks featuring a collection of creative works by authors.

This project provides a longer reach for local authors who are interested in building name recognition through their presence in regional library catalogs and beyond.

The Library will announce an open call for submissions at the start of each new book publishing cycle. A panel of creative writing instructors and library professionals will review all submissions and select the top submissions for publication.

The current project cycle is closed. A new theme and submission information will be shared on the Library's homepage when it becomes available.

What are the General Guidelines?

  • Open to residents and nonresidents of all ages
  • Only one entry per person
  • Short story or short nonfiction
  • Illustrations will not be accepted
  • Work must be free from any other copyright holders
  • All submissions are considered final

How Do I Submit a Manuscript?

  • Produce and digitally submit your manuscript
  • Include a short biography

How are Manuscripts Selected?

Qualifying manuscripts are read and ranked by the BALE panel of writing instructors and library representatives, using standardized criteria, which includes points for language, technique and style, form and flow, impact, voice, and relevance.

To be considered, manuscripts must:

  • Be among the first 100 submissions received during open call
  • Meet all writing and submission guidelines

What Happens if my Work is Selected?

  • You will be invited to an orientation at the Sunnyvale Public Library.
  • You will be asked to sign a licensing agreement, which gives the library editing, publishing and distribution rights to your story.
  • Your story will be published in the Library's eBook anthology, and you may be invited to give a reading at a special library event on the release date of the eBook.
  • The eBook anthology will be added to the online collections of libraries that participated on the selection panel.
  • The "library edition" of your story in no way alters your copyright to the work or ability to publish it elsewhere or make additional changes later.

This project is supported in whole or in part by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2020