The Shitlist

If you wish to be involved in this collaborative project, please read all the information on this page. If you don’t read it all, it may mean your story or story idea will be rejected.


This is a new project for 2019 … a collection of stories set in and around the town of Quonsettville, Vermont, set off by a particular event.

Here’s the idea behind the anthology … Quonsettville’s Chief Librarian, Mrs Euphoria Rivers, has left town for good. We know this because she posted a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. On the back of the letter, the librarian has written a list of all the people in town she believes have driven her away. She has labelled this list, The Shitlist.

Writers are invited to contribute STORIES (sorry, not poetry, just stories for this anthology), with a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 1500 words per story.

This project involves imagination and humour (or humor). But what we don’t want is 10 stories about her secret lover and 5 stories about the secret baby she adopted out as a teenager who came back to make her life difficult … so please contact us with your idea. Email us at

We want stories about townspeople the librarian knows, who have lives in Quonsettville. Be imaginative and expansive and real.

Why would your character be on The Shitlist? What did your character do to earn a place on The Shitlist?

We want to know.

WHAT WE ALSO DON’T WANT is stories from Euphoria’s perspective, or using her 1st person POV. Your story must be told from the perspective of another person, whether in the 1st or 3rd person.

For a list of issues currently faced by small towns in Vermont, click here.

Click here for the opening story One Fine June Morning … you will need to read this to fully understand the premise of The Shitlist.

For some handy facts and figures about Quonsettville, Vermont, click here.

For some handy facts and figures about Euphoria Rivers, the woman who sent the letter, click here.