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2021 NCW Anthology


Chiaroscuro: An Anthology of Virtue & Vice


    • There is a capacity of virtue in us, and there is a capacity of vice to make your blood creep.

      — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, 

    And vice sometime's by action dignified.

    — William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet


    When discussing virtue and vice, it is easy to wander down the road of morality, though in essence virtue is simply the good or useful qualities of a thing, whereas vice is a habitual and usually trivial defect or shortcoming. One does not have to look too far in literature to find examples of both. Authors are fond of espousing the dark and light sides of both. 

    Perhaps most famous, or infamous, are the seven deadly sins and the seven heavenly virtues as defined by Christianity. These attributes have been explored in a multitude of arenas including prose, poetry, music, and screen. From Shakespearean dramas to serial killers in crime fiction to persecuted knights in anime, human fascination with virtue and vice, and the way those qualities play out in different scenarios, transcend culture and socioeconomic background, illustrating their timeless nature—their universality. 

    For our 2021 anthology, explore one vice or virtue using fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. It may be desired or even necessary to choose more than one of these traits for depth, but the overall theme of your submission should clearly focus on one main vice or virtue. 

    Submission Window: May 15 - September 30, 2020.

    Est. Pub Date: October 2021

    Submission Fees:
    $15/submission for nonmembers
    $5/submission for members (click here, must be logged in)


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