Updated December 1, 2016
Dreamspinner Press seeks gay male romance stories in all genres. While works do not need to be graphic, they must contain a primary or strong secondary romance plotline and focus on the interaction between two or more male characters. The main characters of the story must end in a gay or gay polyamorous relationship. Other relationships (heterosexual, lesbian, mixed gender polyamory) are acceptable in secondary pairings or as part of the development of a main character.
Dreamspinner Press will give priority attention and review time to strong single-story romances. Works that are intended to be a sequel or part of a series must be approved in writing prior to submission by Editor in Chief Lynn West. Authors who do not contact Lynn before submitting their next series entry will be contacted before their new submission enters review.
As part of our expanding Author Services initiative, Lynn is now touching base with authors who submit entries in all ongoing series as well as reviewing proposals for possible new series up front. Our goals are 1) to encourage authors to evaluate their goals and the progress and performance of current series, 2) to build full story arcs for new series ahead of time, and 3) to build in the consideration of projecting marketing plans and publication date strategies. These discussions apply to true series (following the same romantic couple from book to book) and grouped series (a new romantic couple featured in each book that is connected to others through a theme.)
We encourage tales that cross genres. For example, a science-fiction mystery or romantic fantasy. Stories can stand alone or be part of a well-developed series. We publish a wide range of genres, including:
- Stories that include BDSM and Kink themes as part of the plot and portray some extent of the lifestyle. Themes may include variations of BDSM/Kink, bondage, fetish, and/or role-play.
- Coming of Age
- Romantic fiction about young adult characters written for an adult audience, possibly containing explicit adult themes.
- Contemporary Romance
- Gay romance stories set in the contemporary time period, from 1980 to present day.
- Erotic Romance
- Do you like your romance extra spicy? These stories of erotic romance include explicit, extreme, and/or adventurous sex. Some stories may include scenes with multiple partners or depictions of acts generally considered in the realm of BDSM or kink—such as spanking, light bondage, submission, etc.—but not as a thematic element of the story or in the depiction of a lifestyle.
- Let your imagination take flight in these stories of romance amidst magic, satyrs, gods and goddesses, and more. Includes Fairy Tales, High Fantasy, Mythology, and Urban Fantasy.
- Stories of gay romance in recognizable historical settings: the Ancient world, the Americas, Europe, and other world locations.
- Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, and more.
- M/M/M and More
- If two is great, then three might be better! These stories of gay male romance feature full-story plotlines with more than two men involved. M/M/F qualifies for this genre only if the M/M/F is the focus relationship of the story.
- Provincial country detectives, fast-paced thrillers, espionage and in-the-field stories, or hard-boiled private investigators. A loosely defined genre that includes action/adventure, mystery/suspense, thrillers, procedurals, espionage, etc.
- Scare us with your vampires, ghosts and spirits, zombies, and things that go bump in the night. Specific categories include Angels and Demons, Ghosts/Spirits, Other Paranormal—zombies, gargoyles, psychic powers—Werewolves/Shapeshifters, and Vampires.
- Science Fiction
The narrative world differs from our own by technological, physical, historical, sociological, philosophical, metaphysical, etc., but not magical (see Fantasy and Paranormal) means.
Examples of themes in science fiction: space travel and colonization, aliens, postapocalyptic futures, technologically advanced societies, dystopian/utopian life, advanced artificial intelligence, life and/or travel in alternate space/time continuums, highly advanced scientific theory (i.e., cryogenics, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, cloning).
- Steampunk is generally considered a subgenre of romantic science fiction with historical and/or Western elements. These fictional worlds run on steam power, such as in the 19th century or Victorian-era Britain, and feature science fiction or fantasy elements, such as futuristic technology.
- TIME TRAVEL
- A highly specific subgenre of science fiction.
- Romantic stories focusing on transgender characters and/or themes. Please note: Submissions selections for romance in the trans category must positively feature trans characters who identify as male ending the story within a gay male relationship.
- Stories featuring cowboys, ranchers, rodeo riders, the Old West, colonial expansion, Native Americans, etc., in contemporary or historical settings.
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Open Calls for Submissions
- States of Love - Novella-length romances, themed to American states.
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- World of Love - Novella-length romances, themed to countries around the world.
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- Harmony Ink Young Author Challenge 2017 | Deadline May 1, 2017
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- 2017 Daily Dose: Storybook Love | Deadline: Jan. 1, 2017
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These contemporary category romance novels feature paranormal themes, settings, and characters to create compelling otherworldly romance that’s a step beyond reality and far too appealing and romantic to miss.
These are contemporary novels of romantic suspense, in which danger and mystery play a large part in advancing the heroes’ happily ever after.
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