Submissions open from March 15-April 20 for 

Interested in Joining?

Tales From the Year Between is NOT like any other anthology. You aren’t submitting a story for us to publish — you are applying to be part of the creative team behind a pirate-themed book of loosely connected writing. Contributors create a shared world together and use it as the setting for their stories.

We will be playing with the genre as well, so be prepared for Jack Sparrow, but also steam-punk sky-pirates, astroid hopping space-pirates, and cutlas wielding elven mages!

We are interested in ALL styles and genres of writing, from short-stories and flash-fiction to poetry, journal entries, letters, faux-academic articles, recipes, music scores, and more. We want it all!

What We're Looking For

Each contributor will submit up to 5,000 words, which can be one traditional short story or several shorter pieces. 

Before we begin writing, you will need to be available to play a world-building, storytelling “game” in mid-late May (exact dates TBA). You won’t have to commit to specific hours, but you will need to put aside a few minutes over a couple days to take your turn.

We value flexibility, creativity, creative chaos, and fun! 

Tales From the Year Between 

is like a literary journal crossed with a massive game of D&D run by an improv troupe.

Payment & Funding

We are funding this edition through Kickstarter, and author payments will be tied to that campaign. At the start, we are NOT paying for submissions. However, once we’ve raised enough money to pay for the cover and publication costs, our stretch goals are for paying contributors. Depending on the success of the Kickstarter, we will pay you zero, $10, or $20 for your writing.

At a bare minimum, you WILL appear in a professionally published book. Look at our other series of books to see the quality of work. If we invite you to join, your work will be available not just as an eBook or on Amazon, but in print through Barnes & Noble and any other bookseller.

Two points of advice:

  • If you haven’t checked out Volume 1, Achten Tan: Land of Dust and Bone, as well as Volume 2, Under New Suns, you should in order to have some idea what you might be getting into. 
  • THEN: forget about all about Volume 1 and Volume 2. Our goal is to not just make a new world, but have a new tone and feel entirely unique.

This is not a traditional submissions process. You aren’t sending us a story to see if we want to publish it. Rather, you will apply to be a contributor—if we ask you to join and you accept, you’re in. You’ll get a giant welcome email with all the logistics, you’ll help build the world, then you’ll write something for the final book.


Submissions close April 20th, 10 PM EST

Send a sample of your writing to, with a subject of “APPLICATION TO VOLUME 3."

  • The writing sample can be any style or genre and can be pasted in the body of the email or sent as an attachment. (We use google docs A LOT, so sending a google doc would be great). 
  • Please include no more than 1,000 words, which can constitute an entire piece or an excerpt from a longer story. While the limit is 1,000 words, the count is not exact, so feel free to go slightly over to conclude a sentence or paragraph. Please don't submit much LESS, either, as if your sample is too short we can't get a sense of your writing. The sweet spot is 800-1000.
  • The sample does NOT need to have been previously published! Although we love working with established writers, Volume 1 is the first place many of the contributors were published. We just want to get a sense of the quality and overall style of your writing. 

In your email, please tell us a little about yourself and why you’re interested in joining Volume 3 of the Year Between. We are looking for a diverse group of writers--if you bring any life experiences or part of your identity to your writing that you’d like to share with us, please do.