Open Mic Write (Summer Open Call)

From now until June 15, 2017, OWS Inked is currently accepting submissions to publish in our Summer edition due out in August.

THEME: This issue’s theme is all about inspiration. As such, we want you to choose a song (Any song you want or choose one from our exhaustive list below) and write a story to it, any genre, any style (poetry included!). Make sure your story is between 500 and 2500 words and send it to, with OPEN MIC WRITE/Name of Song in the subject line. Please include a short synopsis of your story in the body of the email.*

For poetry, a minimum of 10 lines and maximum of 50 lines is expected. Please add a sentence or two describing your poem’s topic in the body of the email.

FORMATTING: All short stories should be formatted using the standard submission format (Single spaced, 12 pt font in Times, Roman, or Cambria, proper paragraph indention) and include a cover sheet with author’s details, word count, and title of work.

Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017, 11:59 PM PST.

COMPENSATION: Accepted authors are compensated with a digital copy of the magazine and bragging rights. OWS Ink, LLC does its best to promote authors, especially those we include in our magazine.

INSPIRATION SUGGESTIONS: Need help with a song idea? Choose one of these to inspire you:
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
Open Your Eyes (Snow Patrol)
She Only (Great White)
Jealous (Nick Jonas)
Anyway (Martina McBride)
Concrete Angel (Martina McBride)
Independence Day (Martina McBride)
God’s Will (Martina McBride)
Stay (Rhianna)
Red Right Hand (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
Falling (Nick Cave)
Two Black Cadillacs (Carrie Underwood)
Jesus Take the Wheel (Carrie Underwood)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen or Panic at the Disco)
I Write Sins not Tragedies (Panic at the Disco)
Heathen (Twenty One Pilots)
My Immortal (Evanescence)
Like You (Evanescence)
Seven Years Old (Lukas Graham)
Dream On (Aerosmith)
Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
Living on a Prayer (Bon Jovi)
Desperado (Eagles)
Hotel California (Eagles)
When the Children Cry (White Lion)
Try (Colbie Caillat)
Human (Rag’n’Bone Man)
Everyday People (Sly & the Family Stone)
Love Bites (Def Leppard)
One (Metallica)
People Every Day (Arrested Development)
Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
Love Story (Taylor Swift)
Cheap Thrills (Sia)
Waiting on a Woman (Brad Paisley)
Live to Tell (Madonna)
Silent Lucidity (Queensryche)
Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio)
Sorry (Beyonce)
Moon baby (Godsmack)
Love the Way You Lie (Eminem & Rhianna)
Mockingbird (Eminem)
Counting Stars (One Republic)
Helena (My Chemical Romance)
See You Again (Charlie Puth & Wiz Khalifa)
Stitches (Shawn Mendes)
Unsteady (X Ambassadors)
New Mexico (Carrie Elkin)
Tea Party (Kerli)
Walking on Air (Kerli)
Welcome to Mystery (Plain White Ts)
Rhythm of Love (Plain White Ts)
A Team (Ed Sheeran)
Kiss Me (Ed Sheeran)
I’m Gonna Be (The Proclaimers)
Does He Love You (Reba McEntire)
Fancy (Reba McEntire)
Don’t Take the Girl (Tim McGraw)
If You’re Reading This (Tim McGraw)
Whiskey Lullaby (Brad Paisley)
If I Die Young (The Band Perry)
Ghost Riders in the Sky (Johnny Cash)
Have A Little Faith in Me (John Hiatt)
The Good Stuff (Kenny Chesney)
There Goes My Life (Kenny Chesney)
Piece by Piece (Kelly Clarkson)
Anymore/Tell Me I Was Dreaming (Travis Tritt)
What Hurts the Most (Rascal Flatts)
Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
Killing Me Softly (The Fugees/Lauryn Hill)
At This Moment (Billy Vera)
Can’t Do That Anymore (Faith Hill)
Let Her Go (Passenger)
Sound of Silence (Disturbed)
Yesterday (Boys II Men)

You can find a playlist containing all these and more right here.

THE FINE PRINT: *We reserve the right to reject any work not properly submitted, so please review the guidelines established in this post before emailing your work. We hold rights to each work we publish for 1 year from date of publication.

Email submissions only. Please post your questions in the comment section below.

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