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.

 

Examples:

• 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 anthologies@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: ADVENT anthology submission

 

 


 

  

Simmer

 

Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell

 

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories featuring lovers brought together by food. Each story must also include a recipe that accompanies the theme. Stories should feature happy or promising endings.

 

Examples:

• Some like it hot. Others… not so much. Dante’s cooking instructor, Julian, is definitely smokin’, but his dishes are never spicy. To help Dante win the firefighters’ chili cookoff—and Julian’s heart—Julian will have to turn it up to eleven.

• Patience and care are needed for the perfect paella. Chef Esteban agreed to teach cooking classes to help promote his new restaurant, and he thinks his student Alan is cute, if a bit slow. What he doesn’t know is that Alan is running out of tricks to ruin his class project in an effort to can steam up Esteban’s glasses.

• Jason makes no bones about being a foodie with a highly refined palate. Eric, Jason’s best friend’s younger brother, has been desperate to catch Jason’s attention and decides making a fancy dessert when Jason comes to dinner might be just the thing. Mishaps abound as Eric tries to make the perfect crème brûlée. Will he fail, or will he succeed in melting Jason’s heart along with the sugar topping?

• During his trek through darkest Africa, Dr. Livingstone has lost his way, his porters, and all his supplies. On the verge of starvation, he follows a delicious aroma through the jungle and stumbles upon an isolated village preparing for a feast. The village chief, Sechele, invites him to the fire for dinner. But David sees the hunger in Sechele’s eyes. Will David be enjoying the stew… or swimming in it?

 

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

 

Submission Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

 

Publication Date: February 2016

 

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 anthologies@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: SIMMER anthology submission

 


 

 

A Walk on the Wild Side

 

2016 Daily Dose—A Story a Day in the Month of June

 

Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell

 

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories featuring at least one character who is a shapeshifter. These lovers are taking a walk on the wild side, indulging their animal instincts when they find love. Any type of shifter is eligible; choices for the anthology will be made in part based on variety as well as story quality.

 

Examples:

• Frog and Toad are friends—or so the stories would have you believe. But frog shifter Antonio and toad shifter Devon play for different teams—literally. They’re the bitterest of pitching rivals—until one rainy night changes everything.

• Working with the city zoo aviary is the perfect job for Pete. As a peacock shifter, he has a few advantages—like being able to follow local celebrity John Mason (aka Trixie Sparkle) when there’s a charity event at the zoo. She always greets him with “Shake that bad ass, Mister Peacock!” Nobody has ever actually seen John with his costume gear—Trixie just seems to pop up to surprise her fans—which leads Pete to suspect there’s more than one kind of shifter, and this new one might be perfect for shaking his tail feather.

• His friends are constantly telling serious-minded Mitchell that he needs to lighten up a little. Cute and funny Robbie might be just the ticket: he makes Mitchell laugh with his antics. But there’s something a little strange about Robbie, something kind of, well… squirrely. Can Mitchell deal with Robbie’s secret or will it drive him nuts?

• Getting your horns caught in a fence is no laughing matter. Goat shifter Sid will never live this one down if anyone sees him in this predicament, but he’s too drunk to shift back. Hey, don’t judge—fermented wild blackberries taste great, especially when you’re a goat. So when the leader of the town’s bullies finds him, Sid thinks his life is probably over. Or is his nemesis hiding his own horny secrets?

 

Requirements: No stories of established couples, please. 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: Feb. 1, 2016. Contract offers will be made by March 1.

 

Publication Date: June 2016

 

Daily Dose 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 anthologies@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: DAILY DOSE anthology submission

 

 


 

 

Harmony Ink Young Author Challenge

 

Harmony Ink Press is looking for young authors writing in the LGBTQ+ genre to submit short stories for our third annual Young Author Challenge.

 

Submissions between 2,000 –10,000 words will be considered. Main characters should be 14–21 years old and can be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or anywhere else on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, including still in the process of working out their sexual/gender identity. The story should portray positive LGBTQ+ characters who grow or change for the better in some way. See the general Harmony Ink submission guidelines for more information.

 

Requirements: Authors will be between the ages of 14–21. If the author is 17 or younger, a parent or legal guardian will have to sign the publication contract should a story be accepted. 

Selected stories will be published in an anthology to be released in both paperback and eBook formats. Accepted authors will be paid a flat rate based on story length. Payments will range from $35–$65. Feedback from at least one published author will be provided for all submissions.

 

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016

 

Publication Date: October 2016

 

Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

 

Send all submissions to anneregan@harmonyinkpress.com. Please include “Young Author Challenge Submission” in the subject line of the e-mail.

 

 

 


 

 

Starstruck

 

Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell

 

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories featuring fictional celebrities of all kinds. Money can’t buy love, but fame may leave stars in these lovers’ eyes. Stories should feature happy or promising endings.

 

Examples:

• Even veteran stars of the romance stage sometimes have a tough time making love work. Puck has been trying to catch Oberon’s eye ever since his split from Titania. Hundreds of years of pining finally lead him to take a role in a Midsummer remake, but when the indie flick’s financing falls through, he doesn’t expect Oberon to step up to bankroll the project.

• Even if Steve is a Big Name Fan, writing fanfic about his favorite sci-fi drama is as close as Steve will ever get to the delectable actor playing his favorite alien character. Ian knows he’ll be humiliated if people find out he follows fanfic featuring his own character, but he’s just got to meet the guy who’s been writing him such smokin’ hot storylines. Then their fandom friends in common plan a program at the big science fiction convention approaching—featuring Guests of Honor Lieutenant Parkway and blogger SlashPark.

• Being hit by a car is no fun. But when that car is actually a miniature battery-powered Lamborghini kiddie-car being driven by some drunken idiot belting out show tunes while being chased by a camera crew, things start to get weird. And Jacob’s already had enough weird to last a lifetime. He’s just trying to fly under the radar and keep to himself. Can Jacob stay out of camera range, or will his collision with fame drag him kicking and screaming into the limelight—and a new love?

• As a writer on a hit TV series, Carver spends most of his time in LA, pining over the show’s hot star, Evan, who is off in North Carolina filming. But the industry’s big convention is coming soon, and Carver has been invited to join the actors and producers on a panel. This could be his only chance to come up with a few lines of a more personal sort to write himself into Evan’s life.

 

Requirements: Because of the packaged nature of the anthology, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works will be accepted.

 

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016

 

Publication Date: September 2016

 

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 anthologies@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: STAR anthology submission

 

 


 

 

Bah Humbug

 

2016 Advent Calendar

 

Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell

 

There’s always that one guy for whom the holiday season is anything but jolly. It’s a bother, a trial, or in a few cases, a downright misery, but in the end, the holidays bring hope, love, and cheer to even the darkest of days. What else but love would get Scrooge willingly under the mistletoe?

 

Examples:

• Chris Klassen hates Christmas. The weather is miserable, the customers at his custom hockey gear shop are always in a hurry, and he never has anyone to spend it with. Then, on Christmas Eve, he gets snowed in with his delivery guy and realizes he may have lucked into some goodwill.

• Working retail will wring the jingle out of you by the day after Halloween, and Craig is running out of excuses to avoid his elementary school teacher neighbor who lives and breathes kitschy crafts and wants to have Craig over for a holiday party. Turns out the decorations are for kids whose parents are in the military, and there must be some holiday magic in the glitter.

• Jordan is a photographer for a high-end architecture and lifestyle magazine. Envy of the wealthy and powerful people he meets on the job drives him, while his patient, loving partner, David, tries to keep their modest home fires burning. A big Christmas shoot seems far more appealing than a simple holiday at home to the jaded Jordan, and David will need help light Jordan’s way home.

 

Requirements: Stories will be set in and involve any end-of-the-year holidays, such as 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, 2016. Contract offers will be made by Sept. 1, 2016.

 

Publication Date: December 2016

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Updated 6/28/15