Ready to wrap up the year? Making some publishing goals for 2012? Well, hereâ€™s a round-up of a few anthology calls to kick-start the inspiration. Get published after reading one of these calls? Drop me a line â€¦ would love to hear about success stories.
â€œDangerous Places-Dangerous Menâ€
Pink Petal Books, a high-quality boutique publisher, is actively searching for erotic short stories between 7k-15k words for an anthology to be released in April 2012. At this time, we are looking for four to six tales for a 50k-word finished electronic and print book. Both published and unpublished authors are welcome.
Do you have a survivor-type story? A shipwrecked hero, a heroine stranded on a desert island with a hot rogue, or a couple whoâ€™s lost in the steamy jungles? Did your hero drop into a war zone or does he work in an extremely perilous occupation?
Darkness falls and they rise, leaving behind a trail of blood and lust. Ravenous Romance is seeking 2000-5000 word short stories for their new virgin vampire anthology, FIRST BITE. We want to see stories that delve deep into virgin territories, whether it is a vampireâ€™s first night, first bite, first fâ€”you get the idea. Let your imaginations run wildâ€¦amongst other things. Please submit stories to Tabitha@literarypartners.com, including a short story query letter, your bio, and your short story and a word document. Deadline is Dec. 30. Payment is a flat fee of $25.
A Mind is a Sexy Thing
The guy sitting in the library with a mountain of books, disheveled hair, glasses hiding the beautiful baby bluesâ€¦.we want him. In fact, we want any romance you may have with the nerdy guy, or the computer geek who doesnâ€™t realize just how sexy he actually isâ€¦or the guy with the lab coat who spends his days working out long equations for fun. Silver Publishing wants your romance stories with the Brainy Guys!
â€¢Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending
Editor Sascha Illyvichâ€¨and publisher Sizzler Editions is seeking romantic BDSM stories for our upcoming anthology, Bound for Love. Throughout history love and sex as submission and love and sex as pain have been linked. For example, this link is revealed in commonly used phrases like â€œthe bonds of love,â€ â€œthe chains of love,â€ â€œthe ties that bind,â€ â€œprisoner of love,â€ â€œcaptive heart,â€ â€œlove hurts,â€ â€œlove is pain.â€ â€¨ â€¨Stories should reflect this connection be between B&D and romance. What after all could be sweeter than a bottom’s submission to a top? In some ways love between leather folks, slaves and master/mistresses, is the most honest straightforward love there is. In short, we want stories that capture the romance in bondage and the bondage in romance made explicit. â€¨ â€¨
Stories for Bound for Love should be 4-9k in length with a focus on the relationship development. Each needs to have a strong focus on both BDSM with a classic romance type of plot and a HEA ending. If either can be removed, the story is not for this anthology. We seek unpublished submissions though we will consider reprints. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2011; expected release Feb. 1, 2012. The advance payment against a prorated share of the royalties will be $25 for stories under 5000 words and $35 for stories over 5000.
Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org in MS WORD format, 14 point, single spaced, Times New Roman. Make sure to put Bound for Love Anthology submission in the subject line of your email.
See something that piques your creativity? Louisa Bacio will be teaching Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Out on SavvyAuthors.com in January, and for OCC/RWA in November 2012. Make publication a goal. For more information, visit http://louisabacio.com