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Voices of the Main Line Writers

We are excited to announce the reading period for the Main Line Writers Book Project, “Voices of the Main Line,” will open February 1, 2013, and run through March 31, 2013.

Here are some details:

Because this is a project by and for the members of the Main Line Writers Group, certain rules and considerations apply that may differ from other places to which you might submit a manuscript. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO READ AND FOLLOW THESE RULES. YOUR SUBMISSION SIGNIFIES YOUR AGREEMENT.

  • Only paid-up members of the Main Line Writers Group are eligible to submit for this project. If you are uncertain of your “paid” status, please consult the treasurer, Susanna Reilly. After all, we want it to truly reflect the Voices of the Main Line Writers.

  • To ensure impartiality in the selection process, Gemini Wordsmiths have been engaged to act as acquisitions editors. You will make your submission using an “alias.” Your own name must not appear on any material submitted to Gemini Wordsmiths through the Submittable tool. Work previously edited by Gemini Wordsmiths is not eligible for submission.

  • The purpose of this project is to promote the work of group members, and to promote the group itself. No profit will be made by the group from sale of books, and no payments will be made to writers whose work is included in it.

  • Writers are responsible for the content of their submissions, including specifically liability for plagiarism or libel.

The detailed rules for submissions follow or download them:

The value to you of inclusion in this collection will be the publication credit, and the promotion of the book and its authors which will be performed by the Main Line Writers Group.

To maintain impartial judging of all work, submissions require you use an alias. You can do this easily by setting up an email account on gmail (follow their instructions). DO NOT USE ANY PART OF YOUR NAME IN THE GMAIL ACCOUNT NAME. This gmail account ( will become your alias for submission. Use this alias on all material; your real name must not appear anywhere on your submission.

Follow the Submittable process described below.

The reading period will close at the end of March 2013, and the selection process will continue through April. Writers of selected pieces will be notified by the end of May.

Follow the guidelines in the attached MLWG Book Project Submission Template


  • Create a new Submittable account, using your alias gmail account. You can create your account here: https://mainlinewrite...
  • Then go to the Main Line Writers Group Submittable page, and submit your work, with the appropriate reading fee (flash fiction has the “poetry” reading fee): https://mainlinewrite...

You may already have a Submittable account. We’re asking you to create a new one so we can be sure the submissions are anonymous.

Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, and Historical Fiction are all welcomed, as are the following more detailed genres:

  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Horror
  • Paranormal
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Young Adult/Teen
  • Romance
  • Memoir
  • Action/Adventure
  • Spiritual
  • Humor
  • Flash Fiction
  • Poetry

Acceptable Adult Content:
No Graphic Violence
No Graphic Sexual situations or sex scenes
No excessive profanity

Submissions may contain sex references, explicit language, drug innuendo, strong crude/suggestive humor, mature/political themes, moderately long horror moments, and/or moderate action violence. There are no restrictions on non-sexual nudity. However, extreme bloodshed is not acceptable. As a practical guideline, use the “PG-13” film rating as the limit for acceptable material. The films Gremlins and Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom are well known as the movies for which PG-13 was created.

Minimum – N/A
Maximum – 5000 words or 15 pages (average of 350 words per page.)

Submitted work must be publication-ready. Contributors are encouraged to get developmental edits before submission. Pieces rejected with the comment that they have promise but must be rewritten cannot be re-submitted for this volume.

Gemini Wordsmiths will act as the independent acquisitions editors for this project. After the reading period has closed, they will present a ranked list of submissions to the book project team. The following will also be noted:

  • Submissions that are appropriate for inclusion.
  • Submissions of high quality that require extensive editing. (This feedback will be reported to the writer.)
  • Submissions that do not meet the content guidelines.

The book project team will notify authors of the editors’ decisions at the gmail account used for the submission. Submissions that require extensive editing or that do not meet the content guidelines will be rejected, regardless of ranking.

If any writer has more than one piece identified by the editors as of acceptable quality, a second piece will be included only if fewer than 15 writers’ pieces have been accepted. Selection will be in the order of the ranking provided by the acquisitions editors. No more than two pieces will be selected for any one writer.

There are two kinds of costs associated with this project that will affect you if you submit.

Editorial and Submission
The independent editors and the “Submittable” tool both charge fees that will be covered by a reading fee for each piece submitted. For general submissions, the editors charge $20; with the Submittable fee that generates a reading fee of $22.09/submission. For flash fiction and poetry, the editors charge $5; that generates a reading fee of $6.29. You may make as many submissions as you wish, but each submission will require a separate fee.

Production and Promotion
We expect to spend a total of about $75 on production of proof copies and $675 for a launch party, promotional copies of the book, and retail sales materials for local merchants.

If your material is accepted for publication, in addition to the reading fee you will be asked to contribute $50/piece published to cover the production and promotion costs. This is based on the assumption that the book will contain 15 pieces.

In order to limit the burden on any one writer, no more than two pieces will be published by any one contributor. You may also specify that no more than one of your pieces be published.

Here are some examples of the potential cost to you:

Example #1: three submitted, two published
X number of submissions 3
Submission fees (@$22.00 each) 66.00
X number of pieces printed 2
Author Contribution (@$50.00 each) 100.00
Total 166.00

Example #2: four submitted, none published
X number of submissions 4
Submission fees (@22.00 each) 88.00
X number of pieces printed 0
Author Contribution 0.00
Total 88.00

Example #3: two submitted, one published
X number of submissions 2
Submission fees (@22.00 each) 44.00
X number of pieces printed 1
Author Contribution (@$50.00 each) 50.00
Total 94.00

Example #4: one submitted, one published
X number of submissions 1
Submission fees (@$22.00 each) 22.00
X number of pieces printed 1
Author Contribution (@$50.00 each) 50.00
Total 72.00

The latest version of this document can be found for download on the web site at:

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UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE December 13, 2013 4:59 PM Gary Z.
Voices of the Main Line Writers January 30, 2013 4:34 PM Gary Z.
About Main Line Writers July 16, 2015 8:30 PM Gary Z.

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