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First Time for Everything

 

A Harmony Ink Press LGBT Young Adult Anthology

 

Edited by Anne Regan

 

The teen years are a time for firsts, and that’s especially true for LGBT youth. Whether it’s the first stirrings of attraction, a first crush, first date, first kiss, first love, the first day at school after coming out, or some other first—these are events that will never be forgotten and may shape the direction of a teen’s future.

 

Harmony Ink Press is looking for short stories (3,500 – 12,000 words) involving any kind of “first time” and how the character deals with it in a positive manner. Main characters should be 14 – 18 years old and can be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or still in the process of working out their sexual/gender identity. Sexual content should be appropriate for the characters and the story. Manuscripts may contain any level of sexual content; however, excessive, crude, or extremely explicit descriptions will be rejected. Sex between a minor and an adult (whether consensual or abuse) will only be accepted if it is implied, off page, has realistic consequences, and overcoming the occurrence contributes to the growth of the character in a positive way.

 

Editor’s Note: Because of the packaged nature of the anthology, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works, please.

 

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014

 

Publication Date: September 2014

 

Single-book anthology story length: 3,500 - 12,000 words

Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

 

Send all submissions to anneregan@harmonyinkpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: FIRST TIME anthology submission

 

 

Hot Off the Press

 

Edited by Anne Regan

 

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories with writing/publishing themes. Stories should feature happy or promising endings.

 

Examples:

• Simon and Tim stand in line all night for the release of their favorite author’s new book, getting all hot and bothered.

• Miguel is tasked with taking pictures for the cover of a fashion magazine and falls for his model.

• Joe takes his screenplay door to door in Hollywood until he meets just the right director.

• Ritchie the reporter has a crush on the sheriff he interviews three times a week.

• Anthony loves collecting old printing blocks, but he never expected his little hobby to bring a stranger who is more intriguing than his blocks to his doorstep.

• Jose’s e-zine has been monopolizing all his attention for too long: how does Marcus remain supportive but get across that their relationship is heading for a dot-com type collapse?

 

Editor’s Note: Because of the packaged nature of the anthology, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works, please.

 

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014

 

Publication Date: October 2014

 

Single-book anthology story length: 3,500 – 12,000 words

Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

 

Send all submissions to anneregan@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: PRESS anthology submission

 

 

Celebrate

 

2014 Advent Calendar – End-of-the-Year Holidays Around the World

 

Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell

 

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories set in and involving end-of-the-year holidays: Advent, Boxing Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, Saint Nicholas’s Day, Solstice, Yule, and events of other cultures and nationalities. Romantic themes could include first dates, new love, reunions, and established relationships and will focus on situations/plots with happy endings.

 

Requirement: Stories must take place outside of the United States.

 

Editor’s Note: Bittersweet Dreams will not be accepted for this anthology. Because of the packaged nature of the set, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works, please.

 

Submission Deadline: Aug. 1, 2014

 

Please note early deadline. Contract offers will be made by Aug. 20.

 

Publication Date: December 2014

 

Advent Calendar story length: 5,000 – 18,000 words

Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

 

Send all submissions to shannon@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: ADVENT anthology submission

 

 

Random Acts of Kindness

 

Edited by Anne Regan

 

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories featuring random acts of kindness. Stories should feature happy or promising endings.

 

Examples:

• Tim was having a bad day until the guy in front of him in line at Starbucks secretly paid for his coffee. But then he left before Tim could say thank you. Now Tim’s determined to find him.

• Jeff’s grocery bag broke at the bottom of the stairs up to his third-floor walkup. There’s coffee, yogurt, apples, and, uh, personal items, all over the floor. He’s doing his best to pick up the mess when David, his new neighbor, offers a hand.

• Satoshi sees a tourist drop his pen, so he picks it up and tracks down the man to return it, only to find himself pulled into playing guide for him, a new English teacher.

• Bitter about the loss of his apprenticeship and bullied by the troll who stole it, Terence finds himself charmed by the shadow demon who helps him pick up his books and get back on his feet.

• Clarence loved his car, but he really hated its tendency to die in the middle of nowhere, at least until the hot guy in the pickup showed up and fixed his engine while also sharing his number and more.

 

Editor’s Note: Because of the packaged nature of the anthology, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works, please.

 

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2014

 

Publication Date: February 2015

 

Single-book anthology story length: 3,500 – 12,000 words

Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

 

Send all submissions to anneregan@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: KINDNESS anthology submission

 


 

 

Call for Proofreaders

 

Issued by Editor in Chief Lynn West on 4/8/14
 
Dreamspinner Press is accepting expressions of interest for proofreaders to process M/M romance publications in lengths from 5,000 to 150,000 words. Proofreaders should be able to read for misspellings, punctuation errors, typos, logic problems, and formatting errors. Specific instructions will be provided. Dreamspinner Press edits to The Chicago Manual of Style conventions. Experience in writing, editing, proofreading, and using CMOS is required.
 
Proofreading is an unpaid contractor position. Contractors will receive galley proofs at no charge and a discount at the company store in exchange for quality services. Deadlines are set according to length of the work, ranging from five to ten days. Proofreaders are not at any time obligated to accept an assignment.
 
Interested persons must sign a confidentiality agreement and will serve out a trial period to evaluate skill level.
 
For more information, e-mail edit@dreamspinnerpress.com. Please include "PROOF" in the subject line of your e-mail.
 
Expressions of interest will be accepted for a limited time, depending on response.