Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a professional writer to submit?

No! We all experience the loss of a dog and interpret these feelings differently. We are looking for a range of stories from all walks of life. Plus, if your story is selected, it will be professionally edited so there’s no need to worry about being perfect when you submit. We just hope you do.

Does my dog have to be dead?

Yes. The very essence of our book is to create a collection of stories celebrating the lives of dogs that we’ve lost. Submit your dog’s story now.

What if I don’t have a story, but a series of photographs. Can I enter those?

Yes. While Gone Dogs is definitely a book of stories, those stories might be photo essays. If your photos are selected, we’ll work with you glean enough information for us to tell your photo story. Note-when you submit your entry, you must include a document explaining that you’re submitting a photo essay.

If I’ve previously published a story, can I still submit it?

If you previously published your story on your own blog or website, or in a book you own, you may submit it to us. However if your story was part of another publication, then we can’t take it. Likewise, if you published your story on a website you do not own, and that website has exclusivity to the content, then we can’t take it. See our full IPAA here.

Can I submit a poem?


Is this a coffee table book?

Yes. The size of the book is 8.5 x 8.5 inches, is hardback, and will be filled with beautiful imagery and amazing stories. Definitely something you’ll want to leave out when company comes over.

Does my story have to be sad?

Heck no. In fact, we’re looking for just the opposite. We understand that dog ownership is as different as dogs themselves and that no two scenarios, or dogs, are alike. Gone Dogs will contain a range of stories that are funny, moving, and happy. After all, this book is a tribute, not a catalog of sadness. The relationships we have with our dogs is a reason to celebrate, and that’s just what we hope to do with this book.

Can I submit more than one story?

Yes, but you will have to pay $20 for each submission. Additionally, we will only publish one story per author. So if you’re torn between two different stories, feel free to submit both.

Will you be editing my submission?

Yes. If your story is selected for inclusion, it will be edited by a professional copy editor and proofreader. We will never alter the story itself, but every story will be edited for consistency and grammar. This is why we have an entry fee for submissions. 

Can I help fund the project?

Yes! We need to spread the word about the book beyond what we can do via word-of-mouth. The more people we can reach, the more stories we will have. Click here to donate to our advertising campaign. Thank you!

What happens if my story is selected for publication?

If your story is selected for inclusion in Gone Dogs, you’ll be contacted via email. You will receive two (2) copies of the book as payment, and will be cited in the table of contents as an author. We will also feature you here on our site, with links back to whatever channels you like. But first you have to commit to submit! 

Can I mail my story and check via the US mail?

No. We can only take digital submissions and payment at this time.

How many stories will be included in Gone Dogs?

We estimate between 40-50 stories. Submit yours today.

Is there a specific story length you’re looking for?

We are looking for stories ranging from 500-2500 words. Obviously, poems do not fall into this range. If your story contains fewer words or is a little longer, we can probably make an exception once it’s selected for inclusion. Submit your story today.

Is there a deadline for story submissions?

The deadline for submissions to be included in Volume One was April 22, 2018. But don’t worry, we will have future Volumes of Gone Dogs and will be taking submissions for Volume Two soon.

When will the book be finished?

We expect to begin shipping Gone Dogs in the last quarter of 2018. 

Can I share Gone Dogs on social media?

Are you kidding me? Yes! In fact, with a minimal marketing budget, we’re hoping that everyone who knows about Gone Dogs will share it in their social media streams. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share!

Why do you charge a fee to submit a story?

The fee for entries is to cover the cost of vetting entries and editing stories selected for inclusion in the book.

Do I need to include a photograph with my submission?

Yes. We ask that you include a photograph even if you don’t think it’s very good. Seeing a photo of your dog helps us interpret your story in a personal way. Should your story be selected for inclusion, we will work with you to get the best imagery possible. In the event you simply do not have an image, we’ll work something else out. The main thing is that you submit your story.