This month’s Calls for Submissions column features some exciting markets with cash prizes, payments and advances. As writers, we definitely like that!
The 2013 Short Story Award from Bethlehem Writers Roundtable
First prize is $200 and consideration for publication in BWG’s upcoming printed anthology titled: Once Around the Sun. The stories should be “Winter Tales” or “Spring Stories” of 2,000 words or less and unpublishedanywhere print or on the web and any fiction genre. The author, however, can have other stories or novels published. Second and third prize are $100 and $50 respectively plus publication in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable e-zine.
Final round judge is author, Hank Phillippi Ryan.
Again the anthology will be an actual book you can hold in your hands. The last anthology BWG published won two Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Best Anthology and Best Short Fiction.
Also, we publish short fiction each and every month on the e-zine. We don’t pay, but it is a publication credit. Here’s the submission guideline link http://bit.ly/IuVSls. The zine also does author (or editors or agents) interviews each month. Here is the link to this monthâ€™s interview with Lee Lofland http://bit.ly/uvQALJ . By clicking the Archives button authors can check out past interviews.
Writersâ€™ Success Stories Anthology
We want to hear real success stories from writers who didnâ€™t give up.
Itâ€™s tough to be a writer. Most people quit. But some people do not, or cannot, and those people change the world, whether for many people, or simply for themselves.
Whether youâ€™ve published, are still chipping away at your magnum ops, have written the book that freed you from a demon, or have simply scratched the itch that all writers know, we would love to hear your stories of strength, hope and success in a world that is so often painted as hopeless, and foolish – the writerâ€™s world.
Topics can include :
â— Success: professional, personal, spiritual, etc.
â— Community impact/change
â— Anything that might inspire a fellow writer whose spirit is flagging.
Editor: Delilah Devlin â€¨Publisher: Cleis Press Deadline: March 1, 2013. COWBOY HEAT is open to all authors.
Editor/Author Delilah Devlin is looking for hetero cowboy stories for a romantic erotica anthology tentatively entitled COWBOY HEAT.
Following the success of COWBOY LUST, Delilahâ€™s ready to construct the next delectable anthology of cowboy heroes. They may ride into the sunset, but cowboys never go out of style. They embody the fiercely independent, earthy alpha male and a hero who isnâ€™t afraid to show the gentle, nurturing side of his complex nature when heâ€™s faced with a woman or an animal in need.
Even when heâ€™s coated with dust from riding behind a herd of cattle, or up to his knees in mud freeing a calf from a wallow, his image doesnâ€™t tarnish. A womanâ€™s imagination sparks, filling in the detailsâ€”the scent of horse, cow, and crisp, clean sweat; the sight of sun-leathered skin and crows feet; the feel of work-hardened thighs and arms; and the sound of a deep-voiced, drawl.
COWBOY HEAT will seek stories that satisfy the reader who craves the romantic idea of that gruff, capable man while exploring stories set in the American West with a few exotic International settings thrown in for fun! The stories will be primarily contemporary with the possibility of a few historical Westerns. While traditional themes will be featured, writers are encouraged to dream big to create tales that surprise.
Be sure to check the descriptions of stories already featured in the previous volume, COWBOY LUST (http://cowboylust.net/about/). Delilah doesnâ€™t want repeats. Sheâ€™s seeking unique stories from authors with unique voices, and above all, sheâ€™s looking to be seduced by tales filled with vivid imagery and passion.
Published authors with an established Western world may use that setting for their original short story.
This is erotic romance, so donâ€™t hold back on the heat. Stories can be vanilla or filled with kink, but donâ€™t miss describing the connection between two strong-willed individuals learning to trust and love one another. A deep sensuality should linger in every word. And just think about the sexy possibilities of a cowboyâ€™s accoutrements. They have to know their wicked way around ropes, buckles and spurs. Not to mention how sexy one might look in just his chapsâ€¦
Exotic locations and scenarios are welcome. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters, and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. We are seeking original stories.
How to submit: Prepare your 1,500 to 4,500 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT.docx) OR rich text format. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required.
In your document at the top left of the page, include your legal name (and pseudonym, if applicable), mailing address, and 50 words or less bio in the third person and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one youâ€™d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. Delilah will respond in July 2013. The publisher has final approval over the stories included in the manuscript.
Payment will be $50.00 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication.
Spaceships. Alien planets. Strange creatures. Action-packed adventure. Does your novella have all that and an emotionally satisfying romance too? Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re looking for!
â—¦.Have a well-developed external conflict with believable world-building
â—¦.Be more like Bujoldâ€™s Shards of Honor than Heinleinâ€™s Friday
â—¦.Be filled with action and romance–HEA/HFN required
â—¦.Be 25,000 – 30,000 words
â—¦.Original stories only, no reprints
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2013
Collection Announced: May 1, 2013
Masque Books will select up to four novellas for its first Space Opera/Planetary Romance collection [Title to be announced]. Selected stories will be released digitally as individual titles and as collection in July or August of 2013. An advance of $100 will be paid for selected stories against royalties of 50% net of all digital receipts.