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Writing Inspiration: Calls for Submission

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As we near the end of the year, many publishing companies look to start filling special requests for 2013. This month’s calls feature some sexy Valentine’s Day offerings from Brazen to Big Beautiful Women at Decadent Publishing.
For those writers who want a little more guidance, I’m teaching the Online workshop “Submission: Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Out” in November for OCC/RWA.
Hope these calls spark some creativity!
Pagan Holiday Stories
The Black Rose line at The Wild Rose Press is looking for stories relating to the Pagan holidays. *Yule (similar to Christmas)*Imbolc (candlemass)*Ostara (Spring Equinox)*Beltane (May Day)*Litha – Midsummer (Summer Solstice)*Lughnasadh (First Harvest)*Mabon (Autumn Equinox)*Samhain (End of the Celtic year) Length requirement: 20-40KHeat level: SpicyStories should involve characters that fit within the Black Rose guidelines.   Please submit this special call directly to Callie Lynn Wolfe, Senior Editor at callielynnwrp@aol.com
Place the words Pagan Holiday Call in the email subject line.  Submissions will be considered and a response given between 14-21 days of receipt of manuscript. Submissions are open now!
BBW romance!
Decadent Publishing is looking for stories featuring big, beautiful women who ROCK their size 12 or 22, who live out loud, love their curves, and enjoy the man (or men!) in their lives. IR, PNR, straight contemporary, ménage, erotic, sweet romance, SFR all accepted. For more information, visit http://www.decadentpublishing.com
I Do or I Do Not
Concept: Weddings and June go together. But does the couple? In this submissions call there has to be a wedding prominently involved in the story and some doubt whether the couple who is planning to marry will actually get married or if they will get married the way they planned. Whether they do or don’t is up to you but there must be a romance, lots of erotic heat and a HEA or HFN. Someone is going to end up with the right guy or girl at the end…and maybe even a wedding.
The bridesmaid might finally become the bride, the groom may run off with his best man, the couple who called it off years ago may change their mind again, the wedding planner may have to entirely switch the theme from over the top to an intimate wedding, the rehearsal dinner might poison the guests, the gold digger bride might end up a suspect in her fiancé’s murder at the eve of the wedding…it’s up to you.
We would like a complete manuscript in by Feb. 15. Novellas (20,001 words) and up are acceptable. You are welcome to consult with your editor beforehand, of course, or, if you have none, with me or Christy Lockhart. Turn the ms. in to your editor or, if you have none, to looseid.submissions @ loose-id.com and add I DO SUB CALL in the heading. Release date: June 2013.
Steaming up Valentine’s Day
Forget the flowers and stuffy boxes of chocolate—Entangled Publishing’s Brazen, the bestselling sexy romance imprint affectionately coined “the naughty little sister of Indulgence,” is on the hunt for scintillating Valentine’s Day seductions readers won’t soon forget.
Submissions must:
•                Revolve around Valentine’s Day.
•                Be 45,000 to 65,000 words in length.
•                Feature an alpha hero in either a heroic or high-powered profession.
•                Revolve around familiar story lines such as enemies to lovers, one night stand, mistaken identity, matchmaker, best friends to lovers, office romance, etc. Stories that utilize more than one of these tropes are preferred. 
•                Maintain strong sexual tension throughout.
•                End in a satisfying happily ever after.
•                Stories due Nov. 25

Brazen only accepts stories with high heat levels, from explicit sexual encounters to light BDSM. For more information, visit http://www.entangledinromance.com/2012/09/05/call-for-submissions-brazen-valentines-day/
In Search of…

Theme: You’ll never believe how we met
April is spring time. Flowers are blooming and spring fever is at an all-time high. Hormones are surging after their winter slumber.
What are your characters in search of? A handyman or a one night stand? SP is in search of stories that involve personal ads, want ads, dating services or internet hookups. The sky’s the limit for the type of ad/situation that brings two people together. Silver Publishing is looking for unique encounters.

Connection is the theme. How do your characters find each other? Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending.

Release: Thursday, April 18
Submission close: January 5;
shared cover, individual releases; Length: 5-18k words; Heat rating: Any; Combinations: Any. For more information, visit the special submissions page on https://spsilverpublishing.com
Louisa Bacio

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