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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple antho guildelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.
Anthologies have slown down for the next few months. It looks like most of the (many) editors who had deadlines in the spring and early summer are working on putting their books together now.
Non-erotica/romance writers: check out Fallen, Panverse, Horror Library and Heritage Tales.
1 August 2010 — Paranormal Month: Halloween Shorts — Torquere Press
Short Stories (Sips) 3-8K words, on a Halloween theme. Send your submissions to email@example.com with “Halloween” and the name of the line in the subject line.
15 August 2010 — Thrill Ride — Torquere Press
Fast cars, jungle cruises, crash-landed spaceships. Thrill Ride is all about action and adventure, however you slice it. Make us gasp at your characters’ near misses and fan ourselves at their heated, clandestine moments. Wrap it all up in a m/m/f package, and let us fall in love. We want loving relationships and happy endings, though all sensual heat levels are welcome. Preferred length is 8,000 � 12,000 words. Payment is a flat fee of $75.00 for first time print and electronic rights. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2010. Please submit the story, along with a synopsis, your contact information, and author biography to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Thrill Ride” in the subject line.
15 August 2010 — Pour Some Sugar on Me — Torquere Press
Decadent and sweet like the finest chocolate, Pour Some Sugar on Me is an exploration of the luscious side of love. Edited by Michelle Rode, this e-anthology features sensual, highly romantic m/m love stories, 3,000 to 8,000 words. Payment is a flat fee of $35.00 for first-time electronic rights. No reprints, please. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2010, with publication projected for December. Please submit the story, along with a synopsis, your contact information, and author biography, to email@example.com with “Pour Some Sugar” in the subject line.
15 August 2010 — Bondage Mitts — Torquere Press
Three-story mini-anthology of short, sexy m/m stories on the theme, 3-7K words, 35%/25% of cover price from publisher’s site/vendors, divided among the three authors. Send attached file to Submissions@torquerepress.com.
31 August 2010 — Fallen — ed. JW Schnarr, Northern Frights Publishing
For this anthology, we would like to see stories involving demons and demonic possession. As this is a horror collection, please don’t send any stories about demons being depressed, falling in love with the local high school outcast, or trying to come to terms with their humanity (face it…they have none! They’re DEMONS!). We’re looking for stories that will mutilate our souls and have us screaming “Unclean! Unclean!” in the shower. We want to be horrified. We want you to make us puke. We want to have a sit down with your parents and ask them how they managed to birth such a twisted little monster.
Stories we are most likely to pick up for this anthology will accomplish this on some level, while still being a great read. If the story reads like a shopping list of torture fantasies, we’re probably going to pass on it.
Publication Date: Late 2010.
Particulars: We’re looking for stories up to 10,000 words. Unpublished work is preferred, but please query if you have a previously published work you think will fit the theme of this anthology. We promise not to discriminate because your story has been around the block once or twice.
Payment: Payment is $0.01US (One Cent) per word up to $40.00, and one contributor copy, paid on publication through Paypal. NFP is looking for one time world wide rights to print your story within the context of the anthology, and all rights to the stories will remain with the authors.
Format: Please send all submissions in RTF format and titled: FALLEN “Your Story Title – Your Name – Word Count”. All stories should have contact info and word count in the top left hand side on the first page. No headers or footers please. Double spaced in a nice, readable font works perfect. Please include a little bio and introduce yourself when you send your story in, because we love to hear from you!
Submissions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 September 2010 — Pine Switches — Torquere Press
Three-story mini-anthology of short, sexy m/m stories on the theme, 3-7K words, 35%/25% of cover price from publisher’s site/vendors, divided among the three authors.
UNTIL FILLED — MM and Menage Steampunk Antho — Ed. Leigh Ellwood, Phaze
Call: M/M and Menage Steampunk Anthology, Title TBA
Edited by: Leigh Ellwood
Projected release date: late 2010
Format: eBook (with possible print release)
Publisher: Phaze Books
Payment: $50 for one-time electronic and print rights, plus copies
Hey, all you steampunk enthusiasts, grab your goggles and get to writing! Phaze Books is planning an M/M (and bi-M menage) steampunk collection for eBook publication in 2010. If you have a yen for 19th century history with a touch of good humor and technological innovation (and a whole lot of manlove!), we hope you’ll send us your hottest steampunk erotic romance of 10K – 20K words. If you’re not sure about the genre, check out this Wikipedia entry for steampunk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk) to get an idea of the style of stories we’re looking for. Think H.G. Wells or Wild Wild West, then turn up the steam factor with an incredible M/M or MMF/MMM match-up!
This call is open indefinitely until the spots are filled. Contributors will offer one-time electronic and print rights to their works and receive a one-time payment of $50 and contributors copies (eBook and/or print, if the book goes to print).
To submit to this anthology, please follow the Phaze Books structural guidelines at http://www.phaze.com/submissions.html and attach your RTF submission to Leigh Ellwood, c/o Phaze Books at submissions @ phaze (dot) com. Please use STEAMPUNK ANTHOLOGY is your subject header.
UNTIL FILLED — Panverse Three — Ed. Dario Ciriello, Panverse Publishing
The anthology will be open to submissions until we have enough good stories.
Looking for pro-level novellas of between 17,500 and 40,000 words. Stories should be Science Fiction (except Military) or Fantasy (except Heroic/High/Superhero/S&S). We’ll also look at Magic Realism, Alternate History, and Slipstream (whatever that is). The story should be original and unpublished in any medium (this includes web publication).
Depth of characterization will count for a lot – however clever the idea, if we don’t care for the protagonist, we’ll bounce it. We like stories that instill wonder. Subject matter is pretty wide open. If we care, can’t put the story down, and find no big holes in the plot or worldbuilding, you’ve got a good shot.
What we don’t want:
Military SF, High Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Horror, RPG, superhero, or shared-universe stuff, etc. Vampires and Cthulhu-mythos stories are strongly discouraged unless you’ve done something absolutely original with either theme. No gratuitous or wildly excessive sex or violence: what this means is that sex or violence which serves the plot is okay, within limits; the same goes for language. Think R-rated rather than XXX-rated.
[NOTE: there are some unusual bits in their formatting and cover letter requirements. Nothing ridiculous, but definitely click the link and read the full guidelines before submitting.]
UNTIL FILLED — Horror Library, Vol. 5 — Cutting Block Press
Cutting Block Press is pleased to announce an open submissions period for the 4th Volume of its Horror Anthology Series, +Horror Library+, to be published in trade paperback during 2009.
We’re looking for the highest quality examples of all forms of Dark Fiction, running the gamut from traditional horror, supernatural, speculative, psychological thriller, dark satire, including every point between and especially beyond. No Fantasy or Sci-fi unless the horror elements are dominant. Read +Horror Library+ Volumes 1-3 to see what’s already pleased us. Special consideration will be given those pieces that we find profoundly disturbing, though blood and violence on their own won’t cut it. While we will consider tales of vampires, ghosts and zombies, we tend to roll our eyes at ordinary ones. They’re just too plentiful. Your best bet is to surprise us with something that is different, while well conceived and tightly executed.
Guidelines: Stories will range between 1,000 and 6,000 words, though we’ll look at longer works of exceptional merit. In that case, query before submission. Buying 1st worldwide anthology rights. No reprints. Paying 1.5 cents per word, plus one contributors copy. For established authors, rates may be negotiable. Response time: six months or sooner. Deadline: We will accept submissions until filled. All Queries to email@example.com.
Manuscript format: 12 point courier font, standard margins, left side of header: name, contact info, right side of header: word count, top of first page: title, author
Variances from traditional manuscript format: single space, NO INDENTS, ONE EXTRA space between paragraphs, use bold, italics and underline as they are to appear in story
Subject box: Short Story submission – title of story
Attach story in MS Word Document or RTF (only). Please paste your cover letter in the body of the e-mail. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[See the web page for a special offer on copies of Horror Library Vol. 1 for writers doing market research.]
UNTIL FILLED — Heritage Tales — Pixiu Press
We are currently only accepting submissions for our children’s Heritage Tale series. Our target audience is Grades 3 – 6, or ages 8 – 12. Required length is 8,000 to 12,000 words. Stories must lend themselves to strong visuals. Selected stories will be published as stand-alone, fully illustrated books.
Heritage Tale stories are speculative fiction stories about American immigrants. We’re interested in all aspects of American immigration: the events leading up to decision to immigrate, the journey to America, the trials and triumphs of a new life in America, the subsequent journeys back to the homeland, and anything else that might constitute the “immigrant experience.” The only requirement is that the story be told using myths and/or legends from the native culture of the immigrant. The intent of this series is to help children explore themes of immigration while exposing them to myths, legends, and fairy tales they might not come across in general text books.
Heritage Tale books are marketed to schools, libraries, and educators. Pixiu Press works with two California-credentialed teachers to develop free teaching curricula for each of these stories. All curricula are available online for free download. We hope to increase the amount of speculative fiction used in learning environments.
Pixiu Press operates on a modest budget, though we hope to compensate by giving our writers good exposure. We will pay a $250 advance, plus royalties.
Please use standard manuscript format. Include an SASE or an email address for a response. Please staple your cover letter and manuscript together. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay. Response time is approximately 2 months.
PLEASE SEND MANUSCRIPTS TO:
P.O. Box 183
Healdsburg, CA 95448
If you have questions, send an email to: publisher at pixiupress dot com.