OCC/RWAâ€™s own Nikki Prince heads up her first anthology, Sinsperationally Yours with Hot Ink Press. Itâ€™s been a few months since this column has run â€“ blame it on my new additional duties as president â€“ but with summerâ€™s arrival, and all that â€œfreeâ€ time (cough: wait for my presidentâ€™s message in a few days), I wanted to bring out some calls. If youâ€™re short on time, maybe you should consider working on a short story!
Sinsperationally Yours: Erotic Tales from the Dark Side of Love
Bring us your immortal heroes and/or heroines who strike fear in those they meet but also ignite passion and lust.
We want your tales of lust flavored with a happily ever after forâ€”Sinsperationally Yours. This anthology is all about the world of immortals and nocturnal creatures of the night. We want the creatures that can incite our fear and our lust. Bring us those magical creatures we all love to read about. It can be the usual mainstays vampires and werewolves or something newly created. Whatever worlds you build make it believable. Weâ€™re looking for stories filled with lore and eroticism but most of all they are stories that must have a happy ending.
For this anthology, at least one of the main characters must be a supernatural or immortal creature (werewolf, werecats, werebears, vampire, gargoyle, fairyâ€¦well you get our drift). The setting can be historical, contemporary horror/paranormal or urban fantasy. We are looking for dark stories but ultimately your story must give the reader an ending that will satisfy their need for a HEA.
Word count from 6-15k
Please edit your work and make sure it is as clean as possible. It will be edited but we want your best work not your first draft.
Plot required. Donâ€™t just give us sex. Give us characters we believe in and a premise that flows from one chapter to the next.
No previously published work, we want new stories.
We arenâ€™t accepting poems, this anthology calls for fiction stories.
Submissions must be sent in Word doc or docx, 12 pt Times New Roman with 1.5 line spacing, aligned right with 0.5 indents on the first line of each new paragraph (Donâ€™t use the tab), no extra spacing between paragraphs and no headers/footers/page numbers, on space after end of sentence- not two.
Send us a query, with a simple synopsis, your author bio max 100 words in the third person with your finished manuscript that has been edited.
Heat level: Hot to scorching (this is after all an erotic romance anthology).
Submission deadline: August 8, 2013 for a September/October publication.
Imagine the scenario. One night of passion in an exotic locale, a quick read with a lasting romance, and the promise of a happily ever after. Could there be anything better?
We donâ€™t think so. One Night Inâ€¦ is a new line of stories with Entangled Publishing that will take readers on a romantic journey. Read on for details!
Have a great idea for short, sexy romance on the road? Entangled Novellas wants to see it! Whether one or both characters have embarked on a road trip, business trip, foreign port visit, planned vacay, spontaneous getaway, or any other short jaunt, characters should step outside of their comfortable worlds and into a fling or one night stand that changes everything. Whether Stateside or foreign, they are two modern adults who wonâ€™t back down from a hook upâ€¦and wonâ€™t want to let go when itâ€™s time to go home.
Stories should be contemporary romances with a moderate to high heat level, 10k-40k words, focused on a one night stand or fling with a ticking clock (e.g. a non-refundable plane ticket home) and complicated by a fun, light-hearted romance trope (e.g. fake marriage, enemies to lovers, boardroom romance) that pulls the characters into bed even as it threatens to tear them apart. Stories should end positively with at least the promise of a HFN or a HEA obvious on the distant horizon. Submit stories at http://entangledpublishing.submittable.com, attention ONE NIGHT IN. If you would prefer to work with a particular editor, address your query letter to that person. Stories of 10k-15k words should be submitted as Flirts, and stories of 20k-40k should be submitted as Ever Afters. Weâ€™re open to characters of any ethnicity, race, or nationality and to stories with multi-cultural pairings and f/f, m/m, or m/f pairings.
SexyReads is looking for sexy seasonal stories to spice up the festive season.
Blissemas tales must have a Christmas, holidays or wintery theme, feel free to use all three. We encourage people to think outside the chocolate box and attempt something different. Maybe you could try Christmas in hot places or sexy encounters on snow-capped mountains. Presents for Scrooges, trimming the tree and getting distracted or racing away from loved ones on Christmas Eve.
We want all heat levels from sweetly sexy to log fire and snow meltingly hot. Word count 10,000 to 15,000 words. Submission deadline: Oct. 1, 2013.
Africa… Land of the Serengeti, of wide savannas, where exotic wild animals like giraffes stroll through your backyardâ€” *sound of a screeching turn-disk*
If this is your idea of modern Africa, youâ€™d be way off the mark! Ubuntu (â€œI am what I am because of who we all are.â€) embraces the notion of community, of roots, of spreading your arms open in welcome. Our stories from the Ubuntu line will reflect this philosophy, and take you to Africa to meet the people from that far-away, unknown-to-many land.
Take a peek at modern Africa. This is a world where, on the backdrop of the famine crisis in Darfur and Somalia, of political unrest in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt, millions step into the global village and embrace the fast-paced life offered by technology and the Internet. Multinational companies have offices in many African capitals, opening the way for a slew of expatriates to settle in those countries, where the worldâ€™s biggest brand names like Hugo Boss and Lacoste are opening outlets.
Donâ€™t also forget that Africa is not only the black continent â€“ a handful of islands make up the African territory, as well. From minerals-rich Madagascar (and the land of Black Magic, still practiced to this day!) to tourist hot-spots like Mauritius, the Seychelles, and the Maldives â€“ islander culture opens up another world to exploit in your writing. And in the top, northern parts of Africa, meet the Arab world in the countries of the Maghreb (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, among others).
With its rich history, Africa has native African clans and tribes, colonist white populations â€“ British, French, and Afrikaners â€“Indian-origin people who emigrated as traders and/or indentured labor, Chinese people who came in as traders.
We want to see your stories set in any of these locations. Whether your characters are expats, foreigners on a visit, native Africans (of black, white, Indian, Chinese, Arab, etc, descent!), show us the true face of Africa as people experience it every day. Think The Joy Luck Club meets Out Of Africa â€“ the former a story of generational conflict between immigrant mothers and their daughters brought up in their adopted countryâ€™s culture; the latter a sweeping saga on the backdrop of the African landscape, setting, and context. Give us both; give us either or; but give us something in and/or from Africa.