Rescued Volume 2: Call for Submissions

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Rescued call for submissionsFitCat Publishing is accepting submissions for volume 2 of our award-winning book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. As with the first volume, it will feature 12 stories, all written in First Person Cat (in other words, through the eyes of the rescued cats), and a portion of the profits will go to cat rescue. The book is tentatively scheduled to be published in January, 2017.

We are looking in particular for cat bloggers, cat writers, or aspiring writers whose cats have blogs, Facebook or Twitter profiles — writers who are social media savvy, who are part of the online cat community or cat writing community, and those who have relationships with local rescues. And of course, you must have a rescue cat in your life, who will be the protagonist of your story. Even though having a cat’s point of view gives the story a highly creative angle, we are looking for stories based on real-life events.

The cats will tell the story of where they came from, how they were rescued, how they came to live with their family, and the adjustments they made along the way. The stories should be engaging and have a strong voice. There will be 12 cats and 12 stories in this book, and each story will be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The pay will be $150 for each story, with a bonus if the book sells over a certain number. FitCat will have exclusive worldwide print and digital rights to the published stories for the first 13 months of release, and nonexclusive rights beginning with the fourteenth month onwards. A third of the book’s profits will be donated to cat rescues.

For the first 13 months of release (except for December 2017), the net profit percentage designated for the rescues will go to groups chosen by the book’s writers, and each writer will be assigned a month to promote the book, during which their rescue will receive the third profit amount earned. At the end of the 13-month period, the writer whose month generated the most book sales will also see December’s designated rescue profit percentage go to their group.

Submission Requirements

Submission requirements — please follow these exactly:

  • A one-page synopsis of your cat’s story. This can be written in third person.
  • The first three paragraphs of the cat’s story, written through the cat’s eyes, just the way they might appear in the book. Please double space these paragraphs and indent (tab) the first line of each paragraph. Stories must be written in plain English; in other words, no LOL catspeak or kitty patois. While this style of writing may work for a 400-word blog post, it would make a 3,000-5,000-word story very hard to follow. Small inflections or speech quirks are fine, but your writing style must not depend on it. It is possible to infuse a feline narrative with lots of personality without stretching language to extremes. The paragraphs and synopsis should be in a .doc or .docx file.
  • At least two, and no more than four of your best photos of the cat narrating the story.
  • The URLs to your blog and social media accounts, especially any related or attached to the cat in the story, plus your marketing plan: how you plan to promote the book during your designated month.
  • The cat rescue you would like to support. It must be a U.S. 501(c) non-profit.
  • A way to contact you, including email (if different from the email you will be using to send the submission) and a phone number.
  • These requirements are the minimum of what we need to judge your work. If you’d like you may include a resume, bio or links to past work.

StrayCat3Please send submissions to rescuesubmissions AT Any questions about this project can also be sent to this email.

Only one submission per writer. If you have more than one rescue cat, pick the one you can voice the best or the one with the most interesting story.

Submissions will be accepted until October 31, 2015, and accepted writers will be contacted throughout November. If you are not one of the accepted writers, please don’t feel badly — writing ability is one of the criteria, but not the only one, and it is quite possible that, like with the first book, we will get many more good submissions than we can actually use. This will be a fun and rewarding project, but the desire and ability to promote the book will be as important as the writing when it comes down to the authors chosen for this project.

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  1. Danny Teller says

    i am looking to send a submission

  2. I usually illustrate my own short cat stories, but presumably here you require just the 3000 to 5000 words, with no illustrations?
    Are non-US writers welcome to enter? All my favourite cat rescue centres are around Manchester UK.

    Great project,
    Best wishes, Peter

  3. Anna Urbina Miron says

    explain to what address do I send the story … thanks

  4. The email address to send submissions to is rescuesubmissions AT – replace the AT with @. We don’t accept mailed submissions.

  5. Hi Peter,
    I replied to your question on a Facebook post where you also asked, but for the record, I’m repeating my answer here:

    The format is stories, plus photos of the cats – I want people to see these cats as they exist/ existed IRL. I love the idea of illustrations, but that is probably for another project. Although I’m accepting submissions from outside the U.S., for tax purposes, the rescue chosen by each author must be inside the United States. For Volume 1, I had a Canadian author who chose a NY rescue she was familiar with.

  6. Fionan franklin says

    Ive tried to email a couple time but it says its not a valid address.

  7. Even though the paperwork for our little Facebook diva tells of her neglect, I have to fictionalize where she originally came from. Or would you prefer we only tell from the point we actually got the cat?

  8. Hello again Janiss,
    Presumably we would only send the complete 3000/5000 word document at your request, if we have passed the initial assessment?
    So the Oct 31st deadline applies only to the first 3 paragraphs?

  9. That’s right. You will probably have six to eight weeks to complete your story if accepted.

  10. You are welcome to fictionalize the beginning to hide identities. I think it’s important to know where the kitty is coming from emotionally before she came home to you.

  11. I would LOVE to enter this writing competition, but the only website I have is my own personal facebook page. Am I still eligible?

  12. You are welcome to submit. If you are creative about making promotion opportunities for yourself that don’t involve social media, and list them in your proposal, they will strongly be taken into consideration.

  13. Does the cat rescue have to be a place that only deals with cats or can it be to a shelter in general, as long as it’s a 501 non-profit?

  14. It can be an all-animal shelter, as long as it’s a 501(c)3.

  15. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly, I did forget to ask, however if the synopsis is double-spaced as well?

  16. The synopsis can be single-spaced.

  17. Any progress to report, please?

  18. We are sending out emails, but there was such a great response and the submissions were so good, it is taking a little longer than we expected. Don’t worry, you will hear soon!

  19. Yvonne K. Clapper says

    A friend just sent this to me on Facebook! I have a fantastic true rescue story. I have been working on a book for the past two years. I would love to submit “Matilda’s Journey”, but am past the deadline. Has that been extended?

  20. Sorry, but the submissions closed on October 31 and the writers have been chosen – we will be announcing them soon!

  21. sunanda Bhadra says

    Can an Indian send her submission for the upcoming anthology?

  22. I’m sorry, but submissions for this volume are closed. I do want to say, however, that yes, we did accept international entries and one of the writers accepted was from way outside the U.S. – South Africa, to be exact.

    If this volume does as well or better than the first one, there will likely be a volume three.


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