Open Calls for Submission

Sleigh Ride


2015 Advent Calendar


Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell


The course of true love can be a bumpy up-and-down and sideways ride, but holidays are perfect for happy endings! Dreamspinner Press is seeking short story romances where love conquers all the possible mishaps of the holidays.



• Jim searches all over the city for just the right present for his lover, Bobby, with no luck, and just as he’s about to give up, Bobby gives him the perfect clue.

• Mike has been planning for a holiday party for months: then a pipe breaks, the roof leaks, the basement floods… his house is a disaster. The party will have to be canceled, until Mike’s long-time friend (and long-time crush) offers his house as an alternate venue.

• Jokul Frosti has been trying to court the head of the reindeer breeding program for the past century, but unfortunately, Jokul’s reputation rather got in the way. Then Klaren contacts him for help with an unusual calf that has been born to the herd—a solid white calf with silver frost markings. An omen calf. It’s the chance Jokul needs and he’s going to take it.

• Mitch can’t wait to finish his shift and get out of the mall—only to find out he’s snowed in. But coworker Frank might be able to distract him in just the right way.

• The last place Ellis wants to be on Christmas Eve is in the ER… until his very handsome doctor shows up.

• Derek has been traveling for eighteen hours, trying to get home to New York from Korea, when his plane is grounded in Detroit. He figures New Year’s Eve in an airport is a miserable idea, until a fellow passenger invites him for a drink in the airline lounge.


Requirements: Stories will be set in and involve end-of-the-year holidays: Advent, Boxing Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, Saint Nicholas’s Day, Solstice, Yule, and more. Romantic themes are required and stories will focus on happy endings.


Requirements: 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 will be accepted.


Submission Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015. Contract offers will be made by Sept. 1, 2015.


Publication Date: December 2015


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 List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: ADVENT anthology submission