LONELY BOY story submissions

Lonely Boy is an anthology project which will be published by Cormorant Books in Spring 2013. I am currently collecting stories for consideration to be included in the anthology.

If you are a published male writer who has a story you wish to be considered please email me at carlamari@gmail.com . Continue reading for story guidelines.

Lonely Boy anthology criteria

This will be a collection of literary stories – creative non-fiction, fiction or poetry – by men about the loss of their fathers, either by divorce, death or emotional abandonment or distance. The stories, told in prose or poetry, must be creatively rendered – not merely a chronology of events – and ideally show a process of revelation of some kind. The story does not necessarily have to be wrapped up in an uplifting ending but should depict a journey of awareness through the loss, whether or not it is resolved.

I emphasize that the loss does not necessarily have to be death, but the absence profound enough to change the course of a life, or to cause the son to look elsewhere for a role modelling or direction. What I’m interested in is where/how/if the void gets filled.

The stories should be “exclusive to this anthology,” although is some cases, I will consider previously published work, depending on the venue in which it has already been published.


The project has a two-fold purpose:

a)     to provide a glimmer of understanding and appreciation for this vital relationship that shapes men, and therefore much of the world.

b)    to offer a venue for men to describe their inner lives, which our culture sadly rarely provides.

Book and story length

15-18 stories, approx. 10-12 pages long, between 3000 and 5000 words.

For poetry, please submit up to 5 poems, from which one or two will be chosen.

This will be a hard cover  book totalling about 250 pages with my introduction.

To submit your story/poems or for more information please contact me at:


Editor Bio:

Carla Lucchetta is a Toronto based writer, journalist and television broadcaster and producer. She is a regular on-air contributor to TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. She writes for newspapers and magazines and has published a creative non-fiction story, The Vigil, in a collection titled Mamma Mia: Good Italian Girls Talk Back (ECW Press, 2004).  She has been unofficially collecting stories about men and their fathers for a number of years. Carla keeps a blog at www.herkind.com, where she writes about news, literature, culture, and attempts to define the way we live today. She will be the collector and editor of stories in the anthology Lonely Boy: Stories about Fathers and Sons, published by Cormorant Books in Spring of 2013.


5 responses to “LONELY BOY story submissions

  • Jim Carey

    You appear to provide a forum for a hugely unrecognized and important topic in our society. However, your website provides no practical purpose for “sons without fathers” except to exploit our stories and sell books. There is absolutely no content or room for engagement of the topic.

    I am a son without a father, because my father is a coward. Sons without fathers who have died are another bread basket. I know several friends in the same boat as myself. I would guess most of us are the same. Why would we care about a rich kid like Anderson Cooper, born into wealth and no matter the career path he chose, would always be taken care of?

    “Lonely Boys”, are low – middle class sons, at least the ones who need the the most help and understanding. Rich kids without fathers can fall back on money. The rest of can’t.

    Maybe your book is intended for a Kennedy’s secret child that will have trouble having how to spend his trust funds, and why he’s not publicly recognized?

    Maybe you don’t think the rest of us read books?

    I apologize for my tone, but having spent hours researching and seeking understanding on the internet, I am really disappointed.


  • Bradford Nelson Bray

    Thanks for your interest. My dad was either murdered by the mafia, or took his own life (depending on which story you want to believe) in 1959 Kansas City, Missouri, when I was just 10 months old. My mother remarried a totally hearing impaired (deaf) man when I was 5 years old. My older half- brother’s and sister’s father was still in the picture while I was a child. “Identity crisis” was all too real for me as a child. As I got older I looked for answers to the identity crisis in spirituality and religious traditions. Eventually I would be led to pursue a religious education and have been an ordained Lutheran pastor for almost 20 years now. Nonetheless, I still feel a big
    “hole” in my life/spirit that I believe is attributed to that early loss. Even religion/spirituality seems at a loss to fill that gap. My recent readings and attempts as Buddhism “mindfulness” practices seem to be the most helpful.

  • Jesse Hall

    I am glad there is someone out there that could articulate that there seems to be no purpose for me to share my story other than to watch it be exploited…My reasoning … our materialistic society is a result of the decline of the nuclear family. My calling: I was blessed to see that the best way to influence and speak life into a fatherless boy or “man” is to spend time with them. I am a teacher. I get paid crap, work harder than I ever have at any other manual labor job, get no praise, and yet I have never felt a stronger calling or been happier. If you can spend time or show attention in any capacity to any boy at any stage in the sacred journey towards “manhood” don’t miss the opportunity…our world depends on it. Take the time to show them what you’ve learned from male role-models you had growing up…and of course the stuff you often painstakingly learned on your own! Uplift them, encourage them, and most importantly LOVE AND BELIEVE IN THEM….Ps. Math Teacher so I apologize for my inconsistent and often incorrect grammar.

  • Madeline Waters

    I’d like to suggest that women also suffer father loss/distancing father. Which was the case for me my whole life my Dad had this old school approach in that children were seen and not heard. I always wondered what was wrong with my brother. and I because he never showed us affection, yet he would tease and joke around with my cousins. It took me many years to realize that I would never have the story book father/daughter relationship with him. I’m now 39 and am happy to be at peace with him. I’ve learned that you have to show/give love in a way that the other person best understands. I’ll never get those lost hugs back, or being able to hold his hand when I was a little girl and that’s ok. Recently, he had a mini-stroke in August, unknown to us his family, and then another much more obvious in his left eye where he lost his sight. It has brought a whole new dimension to our relationship, as I must drive him to appointments. I find him making small talk with me. He seems to be opening up in this new, vulnerable place he’s in. What I know to be true, is father/child loss/lack of affection, is something that both female and male children suffer from. What I also know, is that it feels good to be needed and it feels good to know that he cares and that I care doesn’t matter about the ‘lost’ years, what matters is now!

    • Carla Maria Lucchetta

      Thanks for your comment. As a woman who had a difficult relationship with my father, I can relate. However, there is a great deal more literature available for that particular relationship than for fathers and sons. Perhaps I’ll focus my attention on girls and dads on my next project.

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