Done Darkness

An anthology about life beyond sadness

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Surviving Adversity – Find the Light Within

Sheryl Sandberg‘s commencement address at UC Berkeley is a gift to the world. Her hard-learned lessons following the sudden death of her husband offer all of us things to think about for when we face adversity.  “Lessons about hope, strength, and the light within us that will not be extinguished.” Sandberg assures the graduates that they will almost certainly face adversity at some point in their lives:

The question is not if some these things will happen to you. They will. …I want to talk about what happens next. About the things you can do to overcome adversity, no matter what form it takes or when it hits you. …It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.

Since our desire in creating Done Darkness was to examine stories about surviving depression, Sandberg’s talk emphasizing “hope, strength and the light within us that will not be extinguished” resonates with us. Please, please, read her speech.  She reminds us all that we “are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it.” Resilience leads to perseverance, leads to stomping through and out of the darkness.


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Book Available Now!

The anthology is now available. To order a copy, please click on the book cover image below. We are so happy with the stories, essay and poetry within and thank our brave authors from across the country and the U.K. for helping us shine a light in the darkness. Let’s continue to chip away at the stigma surrounding depression and other mental imbalances! Read, learn and be a light-bringer.


For those who live in easy reach of southeastern WI, our book launch will happen on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 1:30PM CST at ComedySportz. Why ComedySportz for an anthology about sadness? Because, laughter really is the best medicine! (And one of the owners is a rocking Milwaukee area writer herself – we love you, Jennifer Rupp!)

Many thanks to all involved in this project.



It has been a long journey, but we are thrilled to report that galley proofs arrived today and we expect to announce the publication date ASAP.

We are so pleased with the shape this anthology has taken — the beauty of these stories, poems and essays will touch you too.

I had promised upcoming news about the authors within quite some time ago — that is long overdue. Eighteen multiple award-winning authors, many of them writing professors at U.S. colleges and universities, authors from many parts of the U.S. and the U.K., have offered their experiences and imaginings.

We look forward to you meeting these authors and reading their words.




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And….we’re off….

Done Darkness is in process. Over the next couple weeks, we will be introducing you to our authors from across the U.S. and even across the pond. We’ll keep you updated when we know the publication date too. We are looking forward to sharing some phenomenal writing with you, exploring life during and beyond sadness.

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Submission Deadline Updates


Sorry poets — we have been flooded with excellent poetry! The deadline for submitting poetry will be moved forward to August 31st.

Thanks to all of you who moved so quickly – and better get on it to any of you still considering.


Fiction & Non-fiction

We expect to remain open to fiction and nonfiction through October 1st. Especially welcome would be the following types:

500-1500 word range

Some elements of humor and hope.

Many thanks to those who have already submitted!