Friday, June 8, 2012

Calls for Submission: Olympic M/M Gold to Naughty Alice

Usually, this column runs at the end of the month on my local chapter’s blog, OCC/RWA Slice of Orange. With deadlines and end-of-the-school-year excitement happening, it’s a little late.
This month offers some exciting calls, from a sports anthology helmed by the creative EM Lynley to erotic tales inspired by Shakespeare.  
M/M Olympic-themed stories 5-10k. Edited by EM Lynley.
It’s been over a year since I’ve put together an anthology and I’m excited to announce I’ll be doing a new series of m/m anthologies starting with GOING FOR GOLD.
The theme this time around is the Olympics, with a target release in late August or early September. I’m in the process of finalizing which publisher will be taking this volume, so until then I can’t offer specifics on royalty rates, just a general guide.
I’m looking for anything that can be tied into the Olympic Games. It can be contemporary, historical, even paranormal if you have a great idea for the Vampire Olympics. I’d love to read something different, like the guy who wants to be on the Badminton team or the BMX rider who lusts after the captain of the Equestrian team. There are 36 different sports in the 2012 London Games, so you have plenty of inspiration. What about a non-sportsman: a spectator who is seduced by a gold-medal winner (or vice versa!) Or a guy on the staff at Olympic Village who sees lots of action off the playing fields.
The key factor I’m looking for is chemistry between the partners beyond the sexual attraction. I’d like to see the makings of a romance. Email me if you have questions: DEADLINE: June 30, 2012. Rolling acceptances, so earlier is better.  If you can’t make the deadline contact me to discuss. LENGTH: 5k-10k. I’m looking for full stories with engaging characters and containing beginnings, middles and ends. PAYMENT: depending on the publisher it will either be a flat-fee or a royalty split between authors. Since I prefer longer stories, rather than many short ones, chances are you won’t have that many other authors to share with.
Oysters and Roses: Erotic Stories from Wonderland

Editor: J. Blackmore
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Deadline:  September 1, 2012
Payment: $25 plus a copy of the anthology
Story Length: 2,500-5,000 words

If you’ve ever had a naughty dream about Wonderland, ever fantasized about being—or being with—Alice, or imagined what went on behind the scenes at the Red Queen’s court, I want you to tell me your story! Set your imagination free to wander through the romantic and erotic possibilities of all the mad places and characters of Wonderland and the world Through the Looking Glass. Please know, though, that all characters have to be at least eighteen, and that sex with non-anthropomorphic animals will not be accepted. Those are the only rules, so be creative! If you’re unsure if your idea for a story fits, please query me at the email address listed below.

Submission Guidelines: Email submissions in Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document (.doc) with pages numbered of 2,500-5,000 words to Please include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), short (50 words or less) bio in the third person, mailing address, email, and title of the piece as part of your document.

Spellbound Treasure: What Did You Buy?

Are you ready to enter an auction house, or visit an online auction site, with magical artifacts that can bring you the lover of your wildest dreams? Do you long to visit worlds not of our own, or perhaps explore the magic within our own? Looking to join a vibrant shared world with your imagination and your stories? Then look no further, because Spellbound Treasure, a shared-world series where authors can create their own worlds or work with other authors to explore ones already created.

What we want: Pink Petal Books seeks novellas (preferably, though full-length novels welcome, too) set within the realms of Spellbound Treasure. We recommend authors download our encyclopedia (not that daunting, we promise) from our website to get a feel for what is already created, as well as tips to writing and working in shared worlds, and our guidelines. Our standard royalty rates and payment terms apply. Submit using our regular submissions email, simply indicate that the story is a Spellbound Treasure tale.

For more information please visit our Spellbound Treasure site at, check out our Spellbound Treasure Encyclopedia, or read any of our novellas set in this series. Authors who email us with an idea for this series, as well as an anticipated completion date, will receive a coupon for 25% off Spellbound Treasure titles. Pink Petal Books...because love is a beautiful thing!
Bending the Bard – Erotic Tales Inspired by Shakespeare is looking for erotic fiction with the theme of Bending the Bard – Erotic tales inspired by the work of William Shakespeare. Take the stage, take it further. A look behind the scenes of one of Shakespeare’s stories? A modern interpretation? An alternate universe where Romeo falls in love with Tibalt? A story of the players from Shakespeare’s company? Bend the bard to your imagination.

Bending the Bard will be one of our Special Collections – gathered by theme into ebook/print anthologies and posted to our royalty-paying online library. All lengths of stories are considered for Special Collections. Short stories and novellas will be grouped with similar stories for promotions and anthologies. Novels will be eligible for both the novel promotions and possible excerpts in the anthologies. Stories are also eligible for more than one special collection if they fit the themes. Stories submitted to are not limited to those call themes or dates.

On the Sweet Side

Harlequin Heartwarming
Harlequin Heartwarming is…similar in tone and feel to movies like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hope Floats
Length: 70-75,000 words; Senior Editor: Victoria Curran; Executive Editor: Marsha Zinberg; Associate Editor: Laura Barth; Editorial Assistant: Dana Grimaldi.

Key Elements

  • Contemporary Heartwarming Novel
  • Emotional, satisfying romances that readers can feel comfortable sharingwith their daughters or granddaughters
  • Romance, family and community are strong features of these stories
  • Characters demonstrate traditional values, but exhibit flaws and overcome hurdles similar to those in other contemporary series romances
  • Conflict between the main characters should be an emotional one, arising naturally from the story
  • Plots unfold in a wholesome style and voice that excludes explicit sex or nudity, pre-marital sex, profanity, or graphic depictions of violence: references to violent incidents in the past are acceptable if they contribute to character development
  • Physical interactions (i.e. kissing/hugging) should emphasize emotional tenderness rather than sexual desire or sensuality: low level of sexual tension; characters should not make love unless they are married
  • No paranormal
  • No explicit religious or Christian content.

-- Compiled by Louisa Bacio
Coming Soon: Book 3, The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf:
A Threesome Wedding Adventure

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