Open Calls for Submission

 

Never Too Late

 

2015 Daily Dose - A Story a Day in the Month of June

 

Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell

 

Following the record-smashing popularity of best-selling anthology Snow on the Roof, Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories featuring at least one character over the age of forty. There’s something to be said for maturity and experience, whether it’s a second chance at love, a May/December romance, or finding a soul mate later in life. These stories prove that it’s never too late for new love.

 

Examples:

• Dr. Ralph Ramsey never got around to looking for love. College, medical school, residency, establishing a practice… he just never had time. But now that he’s settled and successful, he’d really like to share his life with someone, and flower shop owner Denton seems receptive.

• Years working on the range have left solitary cowboy Reese depending on himself and no one else. Still, the new trail kitchen cook has caught his eye, and maybe there’s something to be said for riding double.

• James is staring down retirement and has no idea what to do with his life. He puts off the decision to go on vacation first, not knowing his meeting with lifeguard Winston may send his life in a new direction.

• Michael has already had a good life and a long-time love lost to cancer. He doesn’t want to open his broken heart to anyone else, but when dog-walker John keeps asking him out, he finally gives in.

• Rick spent thirty years in the Marine Corps, living through and surviving the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He’s a civilian now, but can he break the habit of hiding who he is once he meets the lovely Carlisle?

• His mother told him to wait and he would find his mate when it was time, but Clarence had never had her patience. It was his greatest flaw as an elemental, so he’d slipped into the time stream. But now that he’s found his true love, will his chosen mate even want a lover who is so much younger than he is?

 

 

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, 2015. Contract offers will be made by March 1.

 

Publication Date: June 2015

 

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

 

Edited by Anne Regan

 

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

 

Submissions between 2,000 – 10,000 words will be considered. Main characters should be 14 – 18 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 $25 – $55. Feedback from at least one published author will be provided for all submissions.

 

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2015

Publication Date: October 2015

 

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

 


 

Bare Studs

 

Edited by Tricia Kristufek and Shannon Shell

 

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories featuring rough-and-tumble blue collar working men. Stories should feature happy or promising endings.

 

Examples:

• Construction team members Hal and Roger have worked together for years, but it’s not until Hal sees Roger at a gay bar that he realizes he may have a chance with his handsome partner after all.

• Slick and suave real estate flipper Max is at his wit’s end when his favorite remodeler, Josh, refuses to work for him again without a change in Max’s attitude.

• Sammy’s custom cabinetry company has been struggling with the economy. When Frederick hires him to redo his entire gourmet kitchen, Sammy doesn’t realize just how very lucky he’s going to be.

• Handyman Steve is resigned to constant calls to unit 6B: leaky pipes, a toilet that keeps running, window air conditioner on the fritz… but he can’t make himself mind since it gives him a chance to see cute and spunky Paul.

• Home builder Jace has had an awful time keeping an interior decorator on his work roster. With critical jobs pending, he’ll have to take a chance on new decorator Lane, though they just don’t seem to see eye to eye until a late-night meeting on-site.

• Trent didn’t expect to meet Prince Charming… especially not up close while being rescued from an apartment building fire by buff firefighter Gary, who takes a more personal interest in Trent’s well-being than usual.

• Darren gave up on finding someone willing to love him enough to stay, so he decided that if he couldn’t have a lover, he’d at least have his dream house. He hired the construction crew of weres based on the reports of their dependability, but he’d never expected to find himself the focus of the afternoon shift leader.

 

 

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, 2015

 

Publication Date: September 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 anthologies@dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: STUDS anthology 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