In the Company
of Wolves: Lessons of Healing
and the Art of Happiness from Nature’s Most Resilient Creatures, is a collection of true, inspirational short stories gathered from people
who’ve had healing and spiritual encounters with domestic-bred wolves and wolf-dogs
throughout North America.
Half of the book's proceeds will go to Howling Woods
Farm rescue in support of their
mission to rescue
and place abandoned or surrendered wolf-dogs and to educate the public about wolf and wolf-dog facts
Writers, photographers, and poets donating material for
the book will get a byline and a section in the book for a brief
author’s bio. When material is accepted by a publishing house, the individual
author, photographer, or poet will receive a rights-to-print contract from
PLEASE read all the guidelines below before you start
writing. Material will be chosen by an editorial screening team and will ultimately
receive Mike Hodanish’s, Founder of Howling Woods Farm seal of approval.
How to submit a story or poem?
You can send attachments and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Need help putting a story to paper?
Have a story but not comfortable writing it? Great stories need to be told! Confidential help is available, email email@example.com
Guidelines for short stories:
Inspiring wolfer stories with
word counts between 1,200- 2,500 words.
Format: Doubled-spaced, 12
point font Courier script is preferred, but if that sounds like Greek, don’t
worry about it.
PLEASE read the category sections before you write.
Sections may be added or removed depending on the amount of submissions, so try
your best to fit into a few categories.
First, what makes a great inspirational story?
Inspirational stories have an element that makes us
feel hopeful, connected, thankful, passionate and better about life in general.
They’re stories that bring tears, laughter, goosebumps (the good kind) or any
combination of these. The stories should be written in first-person and have
a beginning, middle and an ending that closes with a punch, creating emotion
rather than simply talking about happened.
Most of all, inspirational stories don’t preach, they
inspire by example.
The anthology will have five (more or less) sections.
Submissions will be assigned to sections according to how well they fit into
the following working titles.
•Stories of the Pack - Think of ways wolfers have
enhanced your relationship with family, friends, and nature... or brought you
closer to understanding someone very different from yourself.
•Stories of Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Healing –
Those of you who have been profoundly touched by wolfers will not need an
•Stories of the Joys of Rescue- Have a happy or sad
story of picking up a rescue, helping them heal, fostering or adopting? This is
the place to tell your story. But it should have a happy ending about how the experience
affected you on an emotional level.
•Stories of Conservation- Do you find yourself rallying
for the cause of wolf conservation? "Intimate" stories of changing
someone’s image of the wolf or helping someone feel connected to nature and
wolves will work better in this section than large-scale group efforts.
•Stories of the Wolf Spirit – What have you taken home
from wolfers that changed your life, thinking, or attitude? Mike laughed when
told him the wolfers taught me how to be a better parent, but it’s true. What’s
your wolf-spirit story?
Guidelines for poetry:
It would be nice to open and close each section with
poetry. I have no poetry experience, but I was told the general rule for most
publications is a limit of 100 lines, to me less is more if it grabs you.
The poetry should reflect one of the above titles. It
would also be nice to open the book with one very short piece (half a page)
about rescuing wolfers.
Guidelines for photography:
Quality digital camera pictures are preferred, but unscratched
good negatives will be considered. You will have to shrink your file or leave a
link to a photo-sharing site at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to submit a story or poem?
You can send attachments and emails to email@example.com