Open Calls

Wayward & Upward – an anthology inspired by music


Our inaugural anthology is a multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit..

The anthology will include one short story and three poems for each track on this album.

Short stories and poems must use the same title as the relevant track.

Draw inspiration from the title, but be sure to also listen to the track. Imagine that the track is the main theme or opening music in a movie that is your story or poem.

All genres welcome.

Please include a cover letter on the first page of your file. This cover letter must include:

  • A short bio (<80 words)
  • A brief explanation of how your piece relates to the track

Short stories: 1500-3000 words (some wiggle room is allowed, but don’t be ridiculous)

Payment for accepted short stories: $100 CAD upon publication (more if fundraising goals are met)

Poems: maximum 30 lines

Payment for accepted poems: $50 CAD upon publication (more if fundraising goals are met)

All payments through PayPal (or etransfer within Canada only).

Multiple submissions: Yes. You can submit as many pieces as you like. Please submit each poem or story as a new submission.

Simultaneous submissions: No.

Format: We aren’t too hung up on formatting. Just make it easy for us to read. No PAGES files. DOC or DOCX preferred. PDF accepted for poetry.

Deadline: Open until filled.

Listen to the album



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Prodigal Moon:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Underground United:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Minerva Revealed:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Bring It On:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Shakedown In Uptown:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

401 Rush:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Neon Skyline:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Waywardly Mobile:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

As Night Lifts:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

The Departure:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN