Charity Antholoy

Thank You For Your Service: An Anthology

We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty.
— Ronald Reagan

The Editors:

Renee Firer, Adrienne Firer, & Craig Rodgers



Publication Date:


What is this anthology about?

We’re incredibly grateful to those who serve, who put their lives on the line for people they’ve never met so we don’t have to. Their courage and sacrifices quite often are underappreciated and overlooked.

We, however, see you. All of you.

If I was a millionaire I’d create a safe haven for veterans and their families. A place where they can seek medical attention regardless of the injury without fear of judgment or being turned away, including mental health services. A place where they can go when they need job assistance, a bed to sleep on, a friend, whatever they need.

Why? Because our servicemen and women deserve it.

All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to several charities who work to aid members of the United States Armed Forces – active or inactive.

Update: We are expanding our submissions to include stories and poetry by or about servicemen and women who served or are still serving in foreign armed forces.

If you are currently serving and do not wish to have your name printed, please feel free to submit and let us know to publish you under Anonymous.

What are we looking for?

We are primarily looking for poetry and nonfiction written by servicemen and women, their family and friends, or people who wish to honor and thank them.

However, we are not opposed to reading fiction about war or soldiers – so long as there is a reason for the story, a message, something deeper than the surface.

Give us your stories – what was it like serving, coming home, dealing with loss, what does serving mean to you, discuss the friendships you made, etc. We ask that you share your pain, your happiness, your confusion, your trials.

We understand that this is an important but sensitive topic in more ways than one. We don’t want anyone to push themselves past their limit. So above all, we ask that you please take care of yourselves if you are considering submitting.

How to Submit:

All work can be submitted to

The subject line should read: “Submission – Anthology”.

Attach your work as a .doc or .docx file. No PDFs please.

Include a short cover letter, which should mention if your work is previously published (and where) and a third-person bio.

Thank you for your service.


  • Sue Marie St. Lee

    As the daughter of a WWII Army Air Force Capt., and mother of a retired Marine who served many, many “tours”, I still don’t know why on earth they refer to combat as “tours”, it’s not like a vacation. Sigh. Sorry, I digressed.

    I am beginning my contribution to this anthology today. I would like to know of word count limitation or preference.

    Thank you. Thank you for doing this.

    Sue Marie St. Lee

    • Twist in Time

      Hello there, Sue!

      I’m so sorry I only just noticed your comment! There is no real word limit, though, I would say a soft limit is 10,000 words. Anything longer is in the novelette territory. That being said, I don’t think it would be appropriate to place a cap on thoughts and feelings when it comes to this topic. So however long your contribution is, we will read it in its entirety. Thank you for your question!

      Thank you for your family’s service.

    • Ray Daley

      Tour comes from the French word round, the Army also use the term “Roulement” which means rolling.

      Movement of troops or equipment, especially for a short period of duty to relieve another force.

      It’s basically to describe the on-going cycle of having people be based at a place, who are replacing those who were already there.

    • Twist in Time

      As of right now, there is no concrete deadline since we’re so far out from the publication date! But after the new year, we’ll see where we are and go from there. It all depends on the number of submissions we receive.

  • Mary Ellen Gambutti

    I want to double check you are open for submissions to this anthology but not regular submissions Nov 2019. Is that correct? Thanks!

    • Twist in Time

      Hi Lisa! We’ll be sending out the next round of decisions in the next week or two! I’m so sorry for the wait. We’ve been making our way through all of the submissions.

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