Cold River Press is now accepting submissions for their yearly anthology, VOICES. This year's theme is AN OFFERING OF FRUIT.

Is there intelligent life out there? Are we alone in the universe? If there is something out there, what would it want? Would it want to help us evolve, or enslave us, or perhaps destroy us? Or would it simply want us to first offer it a token gift, perhaps a gift of fruit, and
nothing more?

With all that is going on in the world these questions, questions that have been asked for ages and ages, remain unanswered. What do you have to say?

Please send all submissions to

Please send files as either a PDF, or .DOC file with ALL of your submissions in ONE file.

Submissions included in the body of an email will be rejected.

Do not send us submissions with corrections notated in the margins of your document or sticky notes explaining what you want us to correct. Fix it and correct it and then send it to us.

Please let us know who you are and if you are wanting to be published under another name. We cannot know to do this if you don't tell us.

While we prefer unpublished work we always accept previously published work with indication of where, and when, the piece was FIRST published.

The theme, if you will, is fairly large in what it might encompass. If you do not think you have something along the theme's line take some time to think about the enormity of what is, or is not, out there. We bet something will come to mind.

This is NOT a solicitation for manuscripts. If you have a book you think we might be interested in publishing, send us a query letter and we will go from there. If you send us an unsolicited manuscript without a letter of inquiry we will offer it up to the gods for their amusement, but that's about it.

All contributors receive a complimentary copy of the book upon publication and a greatly reduced discount from retail price if more are needed. International shipping rates might be additional and all mail restrictions due to the unique circumstances of each foreign country are beyond our control, in which case the writer will receive a PDF of the book.

We look forward to seeing what you have to say. Again, please send
all submissions to

Deadline for submissions:
June 1, 2021





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