From Resolutions to a Merry Ménage, start your New Year with some new creativity. Here’s a sampling of recent calls for submissions.
How perfect is this new call from Loose Id? Sometimes, such a teaser causes the perfect stimulation, and my brain’s been tingling with this one.
Every year, millions of people make resolutions for the new year. Most of them fall by the wayside within a few weeks, but what about the ones that don't? Resolutions is an open collection focusing on what happens in the wake of someone's New Year's resolution.
Did they resolve to be more adventurous and meet the hunk of their dreams finally going on that skydiving trip they promised themselves? Did they resolve to compliment at least one stranger a day, and pick the just right day to compliment a down-in-the-dumps billionaire? Did they resolve to buy at least one dress that isn't black, or a pair of pants that isn't leather? To try out for The Voice, or the local production of Grease? Did they take their artwork into a gallery? Put their profile on a dating site?
Resolutions features the commitment and the sexily ever after that somehow grows out of it. Anywhere and any way that the tradition of making resolutions exists, even if it's a place that only exists in your imagination, a Resolutions story could take place. A Resolutions protagonist can be anyone. The sky's the limit.
Specifics: stories must be at least 30K and preferably not longer than 80K; all genres you can work a New Year's resolution into will be considered. To be considered for publication as a Resolutions title by the end of 2014, we must have your submission by no later than August 15th, but they can be submitted at any time before that for earlier publication dates. Follow the guidelines below for submitting a proposal, and include "Resolutions" in your email's subject line.
For more information, visit Loose Id
Science Fiction – East of the Web
We're seeking imaginative, idea-filled science fiction and fantasy short stories. Stories should be accessible, with strong plots and compelling characters, written with a good knowledge of the science fiction or fantasy canon.
We pay for selected stories starting at $0.05 per word or a mix of an advance and a royalty. Stories should be at least 7,000 words. Stories will be published under a new electronic imprint from East of the Web, one of the world's leading publishers of short stories.
We encourage the submission of previously published as well as new stories. If you're looking for a way to make some money from your back catalogue or to get those stories in front of new readers, we would like to hear from you.
For more information, visit East of the Web
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 novels—either supernatural or non-supernatural, contemporary or historical—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 120,000 words, for print eligibility length must be a minimum of 60,000 and a maximum 120,000 words
• A fresh premise that can be conveyed in a marketing hook of 2 – 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
For more information, visit Samhain Publishing
Love Me Tender
Scandalous Submission call for stories from the 1950s
As you probably know, our regular submission guidelines stop at 1949. We thought it might be fun to see what you creative types could do with some pomade, pencil skirts, and rock-n-roll music, so we invite you to submit a story that takes place any time from 1950-1959.
• Word count 15-20k
• Heat level: any
• Happy Ever After please!
Submissions end March 31
For more information, visit Entangled Publishing
Christmas crushes, Hanukkah hotties, Kwanzaa kinksters and New Year’s naughtiness—all winter holidays are welcome in this series that’s an homage to ménage. Threesomes, foursomes and moresomes abound, in any gender combination that makes your holiday horny!
• Length: 20K – 45K words
• Deadline for both internal/external submissions: 4/15/14 (earlier is preferred)
• All time periods, Lines and subgenres accepted.
• Story must be set during a year-end holiday and include elements reflecting that.
Stories release in December 2014
For more information, visit Ellora’s Cave
Any of these calls sound good? Have one you’re working on? Starting Jan. 13, I’ll be teaching a short story writing class via Savvy Authors. The goal: Write your story in a month, and submit it!
Until next time,