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.
From Secrets of the Sea to White Rose inspirational romance and horror from Samhain, this monthâ€™s call for submissions once again features a variety of outlets and heat levels.
Bono Books is an imprint of Decadent Publishing specializing in mainstream fiction, YA and non-fiction. We accept only one manuscript at a time per author. We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions.
Word count is 3k-50k.
Romance submissions should be sweet. If you can see it on primetime network TV, then itâ€™s acceptable for this site; PG-13.
Bono Books does not accept submissions that contain illegal sexual acts, bestiality (including un-shifted/shifted shapeshifter combinations), incest, pedophilia, glorified racial intolerance, necrophilia, or graphic rape for purposes of titillation – if it is an integral part of the story and not posed in a positive light it may be considered.
White Rose is strictly ROMANCE. Although we take all romance sub-genre, every story must have romance as a strong element and in ALL lengths. This includes short stories.
Short stories range between 10,000 and 20,000 words (ebook)
Novelettes are between 20,001 and 35,000 words (ebook)
Novellas are between 35,001 and 60,000 words (ebook)
Novels are between 60,001 and 80,000 words (ebook & print)
As in every romance, the focus of a White Rose story should be the conflict between the main characters. These stories encompass protagonists who may, or may not, be spiritual at the onset, but come to realize that faith is a cornerstone of love. Protagonists should possess layered, three-dimensional, personalities. They should be people who struggle with decisions on a regular basis, using their existent or burgeoning faith to augment their growth both, together, and as Christians. Remember, Christians are emboldened by their faith, not burdened by it. Protagonistsâ€™ backgrounds do not have to be exemplary, but in the current story line, protagonists must have already come to terms with those issues which do not live up to Christian morality and virtue; their past immorality should not be overtly displayed on the page, but should be the catalyst for their internal conflict and growth.
White Rose books should convey life as it is lived, or can be lived, by people of faith. Because life can be humorous, mysterious, hazardous, and even a bit otherworldly, with angels popping in at times, White Rose books can encompass a variety of elements. The setting for White Rose books can be contemporary, historical or futuristic. They can be straight romances or include other factors such as mystery, suspense or supernatural elements, etc; however, an element of faith must be present in all White Rose stories-without becoming overbearing or preachy. (Please specify in your proposal if your story includes elements beyond simple romance. Also, please take note that supernatural themes are not the same as paranormal themes. Supernatural themes must be limited to Christian elements [e.g. Angels would be acceptable; a talking witch’s familiar would not.])
White Rose books should have an emotional rise and fall; however, the characters should not make love unless they are married, and then it should be behind closed doors. Feel free to delve into sensitive topics (e.g. infertility, terminal illness, infidelity), subjects that affect real people, but without profanity or nudity. There are no detailed love scenes in these accounts, but natural sexual tension is encouraged. We want to feel the emotion the hero and heroine feel for one another, not explicitly see the physical culmination of those feelings.
Protagonists should be Christian, or should be discovering Christianity. Elements of non-Christian faiths may be present in the story, but issues, which deny the essence of mainline Christianity must not be conveyed as acceptable. (e.g. Denying the Trinity [One God in Three Persons] or denying the divinity of Christ, etc. would not work if conveyed as acceptable; however, showing someone struggling with these beliefs, and then coming to realize the truth of Christianity, might work.) Please specify in your query if your story includes elements of non-Christian religious beliefs, and briefly describe how they are handled within the story, and why they are essential to the plot.
In keeping with Riptideâ€™s nautical theme, we’re looking for gay and trans speculative fiction to launch our Seven Seas line and celebrate our one-year anniversary.
Seduce us with mermaids or selkies. Suck us in with sirens. Trap us in the Bermuda Triangle and terrify us with ghost ships, or maybe take us on a tour of the lost city of Atlantis. Give us sailors, pirates, adventurers, coastguards, fishermen, tourists, or scientists. Take us on a sweeping trip across the seven seas or make us claustrophobic on an off-shore oil rig. Sail us off the edge of the map to where the dragons be (yar!). Whatever you do, show us the myths of the ocean.
Length: 25,000 to 35,000 words -OR- 50,000+ words;â€¨ Genres: Paranormal, horror, historical, contemporary, near-future. Fantasy is a possibility, but be prepared to wow us.â€¨ Heat Levels: Any;â€¨ Ending: Any;â€¨ Orientation: Gay or trans;â€¨ Submissions Due: April 1, 2012;â€¨ Acceptance Letters Sent By: May 15, 2012 for novellas, June 1, 2012 for novels.â€¨ Anticipated Release Date: October 30, 2012 through November 30, 2012.
Samhain is now accepting submissions for our line of horror novels. We are actively seeking talented writers who can tell an exciting, dramatic and frightening story, and who are eager to promote their work and build their community of readers.
We are looking for novelsâ€”either supernatural or non-supernatural, contemporary or historicalâ€”that are original and compelling. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. Content can range from subtle and unsettling to gory and shocking. The writing is what counts.
Between 12,000 and 100,000 words, for print eligibility minimum 50,000.
A fresh premise that can be conveyed in a marketing hook of 2 â€“ 3 sentences
Believable, three-dimensional characters
A gripping, suspenseful style
Credible world-building that can make even the strangest creatures believable
Within the horror genre, not fantasy or science-fiction, though borders often blur
Email the complete manuscript and a full synopsis that takes the plot from beginning to end as two separate Word attachments.
In the body of your email include a brief description of the novel, estimated word count, and your publishing history (if any) such as previous books, awards, and quotes from other authors or reviews.
Include contact info, and if the manuscript is agented, please provide agent info as well.
Include the title of the novel in the emailâ€™s subject line.
Want to start the new year off with some creative inspiration? Why not kick it off with a short story? Here are the latest Calls for Submissions â€¦ perfect for helping meet those resolutions.
Elloraâ€™s Cave is casting a magical spell for all things Wiccan. Charm readers with stories about wanton witches, lusty warlocks and sizzling spells! 18K â€“ 70K words Deadline for internal submissions: June 15, 2012.Deadline for external submissions: May 15, 2012. Stories will release in October 2012. For more information, http://www.jasminejade.com/t-writerscircle.aspx
Decadent Publishing is accepting pitches for their new series, Western Escape.
If you have a tale of a hot cowboy, or a cowgirl who can hold her own in a manâ€™s world, we want to hear about it. Give us lariats to tie up desire, a beautiful sunset over an open prairie to weaken inhibitions, or even the slow rocking of a horse to spark things off. Decadent Publishingâ€™s Western Escape follows the lives of Freewillâ€™s residents and visitors. Heroes and heroines can be locals or tourists, but they must all pass through or connect to Freewill in some way whether interacting with the town ghost or locals, attending a conference at the Misbegotten Gaines Ranch and Resort, or something only you have thought of.
All submissions must have a Western theme. Tell us of the city boy roped by the hottest cowgirl in the West. Show us the wild or simple joys of a trip to the rodeo. Offer a plea to the ghost of Pierre Dauville and demonstrate the power of believing in what you cannot not see. For more information about Freewill look around the blog and make yourself at home or contact us.
Due to the somewhat conservative nature of the setting, all stories should focus on heterosexual relationships with a satisfying HFN or HEA ending. If you have a wilder cowboy in mind, please send it through general submissions.
Genre: A Western connection is a must, but we are open to any sub-genre including but not limited to Historical, Time Travel, or BDSM, as well as some paranormal elements such as psychics or reincarnation themes. No sci-fi or extreme fantasy please. Although a little implied magic is acceptable, we would prefer our cowboys on horses rather than riding dragons or space ships. 12K -50K (We will consider longer works on an individual basis.) Sensual to Hot (2-4) See submissions link below for taboo subjects. Remember this is romance so no straight erotica please. For more information, visit http://westernescapedecadentpublishing.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines-for-decadent.html
Coming Out Stories
Loose Id wants Coming Out stories — Thoughtful, authentic erotic romances featuring men and women who come out. The coming out theme must be integral to the story. All stories must follow Loose Id submission guidelines. Final deadline for full submissions will be June 15, 2012 but the earlier, the better. Those accepted may be included for release in conjunction with Coming Out Day.
The Faery Tales at Wild Rose Press are not for children. The Faery line is a fantasy world where you can allow your imagination free rein, a place to enjoy romance with mystical or mythical characters. We are looking for a sensual hero who knows what he wants and who goes after his leading lady. The heroine should always be a female we can identify withâ€”someone we want to see achieve her dreams with strength she draws from inside.
Here are some possible scenarios:
Dragons in the mist that turn into mortal men and women while overcoming obstacles to their love may have a little lust on their minds as well.
Elves with challenges to their emotions could be looking for love with a bit of mischief thrown in.
Ghosts may come back for the love of their lifeâ€”or serve as the conflict keeping hero and heroine apart
Wizards, warlocks, and witches crank up the romance like they spit out a spell.
Futuristic worlds reveal heroes and heroines capable of wielding a sword or a laser, who fearlessly go after what their hearts desire.
Time travels moving through centuries with the hero and heroine seeking not the secrets of the ages but of love.
And because our line is limited only by your imagination, if you have any other mystical creatures you think might be a fit, we will certainly look at those also. For believable romantic interaction, the hero and heroine must be of the same species or both humanoid. Your work should be a Romance above all, and every story should have clear goal, motivation, and conflict no matter how long or short. â€œShowâ€ us the trials and tribulations of your hero and heroineâ€”make them suffer. We want to â€œseeâ€ their emotions, donâ€™t tell us; put the reader in the story rather than telling a â€œbedtime storyâ€ to a friend. For more information, http://wildrosepress.us
Compiled by Louisa Bacio
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
This month brings an interesting mix of calls. First up, is a collection of “indie” authors that are looking to compile some special themed anthologies. The erotic romance publisher Ravenous Romance put out a call for superhero stories, and Entangled Publishing delves into the novella market. As always, this selection represents only a sample of what’s out there. If you come across any that should be shared, please send them to me!
All-For Indies Anthologies
We have planned six anthologies with different themes that are spread throughout the year. A couple of examples might be: Martini Madness/chick-lit and humorous fiction genres, Summer Fling/Romance genre, etc. Each anthology will include a mix of genres and sub-genres centered around a main theme.
Each author is responsible for writing/editing their own work. WE ARE NOT A PUBLISHER! We are not going to read your story for approval. If you are picked, we trust you are a professional.
The first anthology is going to be coming out in January 2012. Winter Wonderland is the theme (not the name), and is going to feature every genre. The deadline is Dec. 10, 2011.The second anthology is coming out in February 2012 in time for Valentineâ€™s Day and will carry that theme. The deadline for manuscripts is Jan. 10, 2012.
Whatâ€™s up in the sky, is not a bird or a plane, it is your hero or heroine. Under the Cape – is a super-hero / super-heroine anthology for Ravenous Romance. We are looking for original erotic romances about heroes of your own creation. They should not be modeled after or based on current comic book entities. Fan fiction need not apply.
Think about strong, passionate characters and world building. Who is to say what excitement lingers after the city is saved and villain routed? Do the heroes fly home at super-sonic speeds to their lovers or does the â€œvictorâ€ strike a new costume to wear? What if the hero of the story has had a tryst or more with their foe? And donâ€™t forget about the possibilities of a sidekick.
This anthology is for the non-everyday heroes. Weâ€™re looking for the kind of heroes who fly, shoot bolts of energy or phase through walls…among other abilities. Of course, thatâ€™s not to say your hero or heroine canâ€™t have a hidden identity. A war hero crusading at night to stop an other-worldly nemesis? Maybe a firefighter who controls the flames when no one else is looking? Make the abilities so super, they can only be contained by a skin tight costume and cape flying in the breeze. And make your hero or heroine so sexy they canâ€™t be contained at all.
All stories should be original and unpublished stories. Aside from strong characters, don’t forget to give us a good story and world building. Make your heroes and villains believable and sexy. Ideally we’d like to see stories in the 5K range, but no less than 3K – please query for longer works. We’re looking for 10-12 stories to fill this anthology.
Reading period is open and will go until 12/31/11 or filled. Please do not query for status until after the reading period has ended. Payment is $25 flat fee upon publication. No additional payment will be offered. For more information, visit http://ravenousromance.blogspot.com
Entangled is looking to expand our novella line, and with release dates as early as mid-December 2011 available, weâ€™re actively acquiring. If you write contemporary romance that falls between 20k to 40k words, we would love to hear from you!
Manuscript should fall between 20k and 40k words in length
Story must contain strong romantic elements, ending with either a HEA or a satisfying HFN.
Entangled is not an erotic romance publisher, however weâ€™ll consider any heat level so long as the erotic elements are not the main focus of the story.
To submit a manuscript for consideration, paste the following into an email:
A one-page query letter containing your genre, title, wordcount, a brief blurb about the book, and any pertinent writing credentials