All entries must be original unpublished works by nonprofessional (amateur) authors and must be short works of historical fiction related to one of the four prescribed categories:
Maryland Signers of the Declaration of Independence;
Benjamin Banneker and other people of color;
Mary Katharine Goddard and other women patriots;
Maryland’s Unsung Patriots.
The writer's narrative and character development should be as historically accurate as possible, i.e., remaining faithful to the details of actual history while bringing the person(s) and events to life through fictional elements.
The deadline for submitting entries is March 1, 2023. No entries will be accepted after that date.
Entries should be 1,000 to 3,500 words. Entries greater than 3,500 words will not be accepted.
Entries must be formatted as follows:
Typed on 8.5″ x 11″ size paper using a word processing program such as Word. 1-inch margins; double-spaced; 12 point type; black font in Arial, Verdana, or Times New Roman.
Numbered pages; entry title (or abbreviated title) should appear on each page of the manuscript as a header in the upper right hand corner.
Title page should contain the full title of the story and the author’s name.
Author’s name should only appear on the title/cover page.
No graphics, pictures, special covers or bindings are allowed.
Entries are to be submitted as electronic submissions and in a word processing format with extensions such as .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf. We cannot accept PDFs, .odt files or shared Google documents.
Each entry should be submitted digitally via email to MarylandAnthology@mddar.org. The entry must be accompanied by a completed submission form which may be downloaded here. Please save the form to your computer before filling it out or your information will not be saved.