Open Call: The Golden Door

The Golden Door

This is the second volume in an anthology series about justice, freedom, and democracy edited by Jamie Ferguson.

Stars in the Darkness, the first volume in this series, was released in the fall of 2017.

The series name is almost, but not yet, final.


  • Genre: Fiction
  • Due date: see update above
  • Length: 4-12k
  • Rates: All proceeds go to charity.


Immigration, migrant rights, borders.

Show the impact on individuals—and/or the world—when a country turns away immigrants, or changes the rules so that people who immigrated to a country become forced to return to where they came from—even if they were small children at the time.

Think about events throughout history, like during WWII when the U.S. turned away a ship carrying roughly 900 Jews during WWII—254 of whom died in the Holocaust. Or the U.S. Congress rejecting a bill which would have allowed 20,000 Jewish refugee children to enter the U.S. Or Italy blocking a ship carrying immigrants from all Italian ports.

Ancient Rome welcomed a number of immigrants, but didn’t do as well with the Goths, who were instrumental in the defeat of the Roman Empire.

Other options include writing about the contributions immigrants make to a country, or how the culture changes (whether for better or worse) when migrants are allowed in a country.

While this collection is inspired by events in the U.S., you can set your story anywhere in the world—or in an entirely different world.

Your story can be serious or funny, happy or sad—but it should be meaningful. Make your characters and their stories come alive.

The title for this collection comes from the poem The New Colossus, which was written to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. This poem appears on a plaque on the inner wall of the pedestal.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Submission details

All proceeds will go to charity. See below for details.

Deadline: CLOSED

*** Submissions may close early depending on story acceptances. ***

Word count: 4,000-12,000

Manuscript format: .doc or .docx

Genre: Anything except erotica is fine, as long as your story fits the anthology’s theme.

How to submit:

  • Send your story as an attachment to [email protected].
  • The subject of your email should be: collection name / your name / your story title
    For example:
    The Golden Door / Jamie Ferguson / Super Awesome Story
  • Use standard manuscript format. Refer to William Shunn’s guidelines if you need a reference.
    This anthology will be published using BundleRabbit’s collaborative publishing feature, and will be available for purchase through Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. Participating authors will sign a contract with BundleRabbit, and will be able to track sales via that platform. The editor will prepare the ebook and print book, and will handle transfer of the proceeds to the selected charities.

    Charity details

    Participating authors will vote on which two charities to donate the proceeds toward; all proceeds will be split equally between both charities.

    Nominated charities must fit the theme of this volume (immigration, migrant rights, etc.). Any participating author may suggest a charity for the group to vote on.

    Charity voting/selection will occur once the author list has been finalized.

    We encourage submissions from diverse authors.