Anthology Submissions

Calling All Writers from the RGV!  Get your stories, essays or poems published in a new anthology.

VAO Publishing is accepting submissions for its upcoming title Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley.  The anthology will be available in April in trade paperback (through VAO as well as Amazon and other outlets) and eBook form (for Kindle, iPhone, iPad and Nook). 

Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a free copy of the paperback.  There will additionally be six monetary prizes for the three prose pieces and three poems judged by a panel to be the most appealing.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should submit your work—in English or in Spanish—as attachments to an e-mail directed to  Submission deadline is March 1, 2011.

For further information, call us at 956.246.0353 or drop us an e-mail at the above address.

The Blue-Spangled Blue

VAO Publishing is proud to announce the release of our first book.  The Blue-Spangled Blue, by David Bowles, is Volume 1 of the D’Angelo Chronicles, an intellectually engaging and heart-pounding science fiction series that will appeal to discriminating genre fans.


Book Description

Jitsu. Once the center of human expansion into distant space, this world was isolated for the better part of a century, a theocratic government rising to fill the void left by its former corporate owners. Now, as Jitsu finally begins to open itself to the rest of humanity, Professor Brando D’Angelo accepts a teaching position on the dry, desolate planet, beguiled by the promise of a new life far from ice-shackled Earth. He quickly finds himself drawn to controversial architect Tenshi Kuroda and her religious reform movement. But the dogmatic struggles on Jitsu are a mask for the machinations of a truly disturbed mind, and the young professor’s life will soon be forever altered by the horrifying extremes to which Tenshi’s enemies are willing to go.

Book Details

Paperback: 382 pages

Publishing Date: December 8, 2010

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0615595359

ISBN-13: 978-0615595351

Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Book Availability

The novel is available through as a trade paperback or an eBook.  Additionally, eBook versions can be purchased through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Blue will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores.  To preview and purchase online, navigate to one of the following options:

About VAO Publishing

VAO Publishing is a division of the non-profit Valley Artist Outreach.  Our mission is to promote the voices of writers in the Río Grande Valley.  To achieve this goal, we are implementing a three-pronged strategy:

  • editing an annual anthology of local talent
  • publishing a small number of titles by Valley authors each year
  • providing creative writing workshops to aspiring local writers

Please direct any inquiries to