Osprey is an important totem animal. They take their time positioning themselves just right over a river, waiting for the right moment to dive for the fish that are their prey. Osprey plunge into this alien world of water, something outside their usual comfort zone, to sieze their prize. 

Osprey's advice for you is to take the plunge, go beyond your known comfort zone into the unknown where lies the thing you seek.

                Deadline:   Dec 21, 2021

We are looking for vibrant fiction and are open to any genre and everything from a short story or short story collection, a novel, novella . . . even a collection of micro-fiction or flash fiction. We have a penchant for works which draw us into the story and the characters, we like humor and mystery, conflict yes / glorification of war no, works which lean more rural than urban, however, urbanity and culture is a part of our built environment, and more and more, a topic which gains increasing relevance. We like place-based narratives and works of literary human ecology, spiritual rather than religious, works based in our humanity, whether in the past or the present . . . or the future, for that matter (yes we would love to see good quality sci-fi.) 

Osprey Fiction Award winners and authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication will have the opportunity to enter into a publishing contract making them eligible for 5 free initial author copies of the work, generous percentage of royalties on future regular retail sales and highly discounted author copies.

All submissions must be received before midnight, Dec 21, 2021




Manuscripts must meet the following minimum requirements:

No limitations on length or style.


Original works (including title pages, table of contents, author bio or acknowledgment pages). Please acknowledge any previous publication of individual stories or pieces or any source material quoted.


No artwork aside from drawings or maps or charts that can be rendered either in b&w or a few simple colors. Our financial ability to print and reproduce color photographs or detailed artwork in a cost effective marketing ability does not match our quality standards at this point, although we would love to expand into lovely quality photo books one day. Baby steps.


Artwork for covers etc will be discussed later and we will always consider your art or work with an artist whose work you feel compliments your writing. We also love creating our own covers and will retain the right to steer the quality and content in a way we feel is best for the publication. 


Electronic submissions only please. Submitted via submission form to the right. Use a file name that begins with "OSPREY SUB: (title of your work)"


In English, to include translated works, bilingual or multilingual script.


In a simple, common font, with a preference for Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma or Verdana set at either 12 or 14 pt.


A $25 reading fee must be included with each submission and received by contest deadline. Reading fees and submissions received after midnight, November 30, 2020 will be disqualified, declined and/or returned.


WITH PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT: Manuscripts may be submitted via email to Editor@middlecreekpublishing.com, with a subject title starting with the words "OSPREY SUBMISSION" and as an attached Word or MS Word filePayment of the Reading Fee may be made through PayPal (using editor@middlecreekpublishing.com and "Reading Fee" as a heading)


A check or money order may also be made out to Middle Creek Publishing & Audio and mailed to 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah CO. 81023. Please write READING FEE in the memo line/box. Check or money order must be received before manuscript will be considered and must arrive by end of contest submission deadline (although we will most likely generously grant a three day mailing grace-period at our discretion.) Any Payment, Check or Money Orders received after the contest deadline will be subject to refusal and returned.