There’s a lot of talk about burnout, and most of it is directed at neurotypical people. That leaves autistic individuals facing autistic burnout–something completely different and much more serious–out in the cold. In this anthology we’ll explore stories of burnout. How did it happen? What helped them recover? And what advice do they have for others facing burnout? We’d love to have you contribute.
Deadline March 31, 2023
How do we make publishing more inclusive for the chronically ill and disabled? Hear directly from authors dealing with chronic illness and disability on what challenges they face and what works for them. Let’s reimagine publishing in a chronically ill landscape.
Deadline: June 30, 2023
If you haven’t heard the term, AutiGender, you’re not alone. But for many autistic individuals, their autism helps define their gender and sexual identities. What does it mean to be AutiGender? How does it intersect with queer identities? This anthology will go deep into this topic to share lived experiences.
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2023
Grief (Volume 2)
Following our first anthology talking about neurodivergent grief, we’ve opened up a second volume. (Authors who submitted for our first volume are welcome to submit again.) Those who are neurodivergent process grief differently from neurotypicals. We also have unique things to grieve, such as lost friendships, delayed diagnoses, or lost dreams and opportunities–all because of how our brains work. Please read guidelines regarding payment.
Open Until Filled
You can add these deadlines to your calendar by clicking on the “Upcoming Deadlines” link above.
March 31, 2023 Autistic Burnout (full guidelines here)
June 30, 2023 Chronically Published (full guidelines here)
September 30, 2023 AutiGender (full guidelines here)
Open until filled Grief, Volume 2 (full guidelines here)
General Anthology Information
Epona Muse Publishing creates anthologies containing the lived experience of the contributors. If you are not individually part of the group or facing the situation being discussed in each individual anthology, please do not submit. Nothing about us, without us. We welcome writers from all walks of life and do not discriminate on the basis of age (provided the author is over 18 or has parent/guardian permission), race, disability, neurotype, sexual or gender identity or expression, or any other protected class. We do not allow hate speech or hatred against a group of individuals.
Anthologies are open through the due date. Generally we like between 15 and 20 essays to fill an anthology. Please submit your essay early and sign up to our author news list for reminders of open anthologies.
All anthologies will pay the authors unless it’s otherwise specified. This means the author will be required to provide a W-9 (US) or W8 (non-US) as well as applicable identifying information. We take pen names seriously and take steps to ensure that authors are published only under the name they choose. All identifying information is held in the strictest confidence.
Our preferred submission format includes:
- .doc/.docx file emailed to our submissions email (eponamuse(a)eponaauthorsolutions.com)
- Between 1000 and 7500 words
- Times New Roman, 12 point.
- Include preferred name and author bio at the end of the document, including any links you’d like us to use.
- We do not require author photographs.
Some of the best writing we’ve published has been “stream of consciousness”. Please don’t over think your essay. Many of our favorite essays are ones where the author said, “I just sat down and began to write.” The flow of inspiration is often more powerful than calculated, careful words. If you feel comfortable, you’re encouraged to drop the mask when you’re writting an essay.
All essays will be edited. The goal is to keep the author’s voice and intent in place; therefore, all edits will focus on grammar, spelling, and where necessary clarity. Authors will be granted the chance to review edits to their essays.
At this time we only publish nonfiction. Please do not submit short stories, poems, or other fictional works.
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Following are some questions that have been asked. If you do have a question which isn’t answered here, please reach out to us and ask.
Do I need to be a professional author to participate?
No, you don’t need to be a professional author to participate. All authors are welcome.
If my essay is accepted, what will you expect from me?
As long as you provide a W-9 or W-8BEN, and contact information so we can reach out to you if necessary and pay you, then that is all that is technically required.
However, part of being an author in today’s publishing environment is also promoting your books. A rising tide lifts all boats, and if every participating author in the anthology shares the book regularly on social media, newsletters, and/or streaming channels, then that will hopefully boost sales and your author income.
Do I need to have social media/streaming channel/newsletter to participate?
No, you don’t need these things. For some writing these essays is a hobby, a way to share their experiences and help others. For other participants, they are professional authors, and they have an author platform from which to share about their works. We won’t turn anyone away for lack of a platform, and we don’t require one for submission of essays or acceptance.
Do you accept submissions from self-diagnosed authors?
YES! We do accept submissions from self-diagnosed authors. Especially in the US, it can be expensive, and in some areas virtually impossible, to receive an autism or ADHD diagnosis. Many clinicians will only diagnose those they saw as children, which makes it very difficult if you’re an adult and realize you’re autistic. We do not ask for proof of diagnosis, nor do we gatekeep in this manner.
Do I have to provide proof of my diganosis to submit an essay?
No. You do not need to submit any medical information or any proof of diagnosis to submit an essay. All submissions are welcome from those who meet the criteria, and we believe self-diagnosis (self-dx) is valid.
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