Many authors have a goal of writing in 2013. How about taking it one step further and submitting, too? Kick off the new year with some creative inspiration with these calls for submission, and if you need an extra kick in the pants â€“ a watcher, if you dare, then Iâ€™m teaching a â€œWriting the Short Story for Anthology Call-Outâ€ starting mid-January for Savvy Authors. More information below!
Cosmo Red Hot Reads
If you write romance, you had to have heard of this call. Iâ€™m already planning a submission. A super-fun short story I wrote (about 5,000 words), and never submitted anywhere. Want to finish it up, expand it, if necessary, and submit!
Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin feature contemporary, fun, sexy stories for today’s fun fearless females!
She is the Cosmo woman: fun, fearless, female
She is independent
She does not need a man to make her life complete, but he is the icing on the cake
She’s adventurous and daring both in the bedroom and out!
She values her female friendships
She is focused on her career
Our heroine (and hero) grew up with reality TV, texting, online dating
She is most likely in her early to mid-twenties
The heroine drives the story
Sexy romantic relationship with a satisfying ending
Love scenes are frequent, fun, detailed, fantasy-oriented and push the envelope
A strong conflict
Fast-paced, snappy dialogue, witty repartee
Strong female lead
A hero that you want to spend the weekend in bed with
Fresh, contemporary voice
Stories Can/Will: Include multiple points of view; be told in first person; be contemporary (but not paranormal please!); urban international settings are good; heroes can be bad boys, successful entrepreneurs, geeky scientistsâ€”different flavors of men for different fantasies.
Theme: Fight Clubs, Tattooed Warriors, Muscled Bad Boys
From fight clubs to medieval warriors, dueling cowboys to tattooed mercenaries, what happens when the tough fall hard. Silver Publishing is looking for stories involving those hot men we love to read about. What happens when the mighty fall?
Boxers, ninjas, medieval warriors, gladiators, bouncers â€“the list goes on and on. Submission close: Feb. 1, 2013. Click on the link for word count, character pairing, cover info, release date and more! http://sp-pub.com/fKOWq
YA Suspense and then Some!
Theme: Goosebumps Galore!
Do you have a story that will have readers looking over their shoulders and double checking their doors? We want your most spine tingling talesâ€¦ truly suspenseful stories only involving young adults. Everything from edge of your seat to horror is welcome!â€¨â€¨
â€¢ 15k+ wordsâ€¨â€¢ Romance and Non-Romanceâ€¨â€¢ All Genresâ€¨â€¢ No sexually explicit contentâ€¨â€¨
Submission Deadline: January 5, 2013â€¨â€¨Release Date: May 25, 2013. While this deadline is really soon â€“ more for those almost done, they also have an YA Fantasy & Adventure call due March 23.â€¨Note: at its base, every story within the Young Adult section should involve issues important to young adultsâ€”these can be directly related to the storyline or sub-plots that they young adult tackles along the way. No topic is considered taboo as it relates to this age group; however, sensitive topics require sensitive treatment, so please keep that in mind as you craft your stories.
Secret Cravings Publishing is putting together a BDSM Anthology. Depending on how many stories accepted, this anthology may come out in volumes, as many as needed to get the smutty, romantic goodness to the masses. Here’s what I want: BDSM stories of any flavor from uber-kink (keeping the rules of publisher in mind regarding scat, rape, etc) to light vanilla, first-time play. Anywhere from your most Dom males to femdom to menage to an orgy, if you can pull it off and are so inclined. Even bondage out of this world on some foreign planet. Or a world of your own creation where BDSM rules the land ala The Sleeping Beauty series. Any sub-genre, mystery, paranormal, contemp, etc. I want intelligent, hot, tension filled erotic romance or erotica with a HFN or HEA ending. So long as you keep me reading every word from the first page, whether it hurts so good or tickles like a feather is all up to you. Due March 1.
No M/M pairings
Submissions must be 15-20k in length
Steamy to burning the page stories wanted, nothing behind closed doors here
Submissions must be formatted in SCP House Style upon submission
Riverdale Pop is our pop culture line. We are actively looking for both authorized and unauthorized biographies of celebrities who have captured the cultural spotlight, mostly current, but a blast from the past might be occasionally appropriate. We will also be publishing books about favorite TV shows, movies, and pop cultural phenomenon.
Riverdale/Magnus is our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) imprint. We are looking for titles, both fiction and nonfiction, in a wide variety of areas, including popular culture, entertainment, biography/memoir, self-help, spirituality, and current affairs, among others.
Riverdale Desire is our erotica and erotic romance imprint. We are looking for works of fiction from 50,00 to 65,000 words that explore either the erotic journey (erotica) or the quest for satisfaction with a happy ending or at least a happyâ€“for-now ending. We will consider anthologies as well as novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words.
Riverdale Truth is our erotic memoir imprint. We are looking for true stories of erotic exploration and adventures from midlife dating to the life of a swinger. This is nonfiction, but we will consider anonymous memoir. We will consider anthologies as well.
Riverdale HSF is our horror, science fiction and fantasy line. We are looking for game- changing fiction in these categories. If anyone has ever read anything like your book before, we donâ€™t want it; we want you to blow us away.
The first time I taught Writing the Short Story for Savvy Authors last January, a handful of students went on to have their stories final in contests or get published. A half-dozen â€œrepeat offendersâ€ have already told me they’re signed up. I look forward to keeping that track record going!
Beginning writers are often told to: â€œWrite the story you want to read, not what someone else might want to see.â€ This class, instead, deals with catering a short story specifically to a publisherâ€™s request for submissions. Regularly, editors and publishers list upcoming anthologies and the types of stories theyâ€™re looking to include.
The course will explore current call-outs, and students will be encouraged to write specifically for one anthology and to submit the work at the end of the course. Basic crafting of a short story, such as development, characterization, plot structure & dialogue also will be covered. Since most short stories fall within 2,500 to 5,000 words, weâ€™ll also look at ways to making word choice count and the editing process.