Share Your Short Story

As David Byrne says in the Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime”: “And you may ask yourself . . . well, how did I get here?” We have all asked ourselves this question at some point!

Using similar themes to our books, we welcome short stories—non-fiction, creative non-fiction, and realistic fiction—of up to 3,000 words (as a rough guide). If you have a short story to share, we’d love to hear from you. We will publish the most interesting, unique, and weird and wonderful short stories on our website. Suggestions include:

  • coming of age stories—growing up in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s
  • visiting, moving to, or living in a foreign country (or town!)
  • memorable characters and experiences from your travels, your work, or in your neighborhood or family
  • the ups and downs of being famous, almost famous … or not famous at all (as a musician, actor, e.g.)
  • going against the grain of your peers and their “accepted” group tastes vs. yours (music, fashion, etc.)
  • culture shock / class shock
  • triumph over adversity

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View the FOW Shorts Author-Publisher Agreement.

Submit your story to us at Please include a short bio and (optional) photo and let us know how you heard about Fish Out of Water Books.

Jon and Laurie Wilson, Ann Arbor, MI

“WELL … HOW DID I GET HERE?” Short Stories

  • VIOLIN MONSTER, Ann Arbor’s own 496-year-old fiddle-playing werewolf, takes a cross-county trip with two new companions in “FROM THE BIG APPLE TO THE BIG EASY.” Awwwooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
  • Nine-year-old R.J. FOX learns that his classmates don’t always have the best intentions at hand in “TREE HUGGER.”
  • In 1978, ABBA sang “If you change your mind, I’m the first in line.” Eleven-year-old JON WILSON didn’t quite hear it that way. Read “TAKING A CHANCE ON AGNETHA.