Monday, August 5, 2013

Call for Submissions: Erotica, Horror, Romance

As a writer, I'm always on the hunt for publishers, websites, and magazines, searching for manuscripts and stories.

As I find submission calls, I'll post them on our blog, so make sure you follow!

Harper Collins Digital First

Launching in October 2013, WITNESS is already home to a host of internationally bestselling authors, and we’re now acquiring material from new writers, as well.
Here are some clues to what we're looking for:
  • Police procedurals
  • Atmospheric thrillers
  • Mystery series
  • Psychological suspense
  • Historicals 
  • Murder, mayhem, and the macabre
With WITNESS you get the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the benefits of working with a legendary company, steeped in a long tradition of publishing the very best in mysteries and thrillers, from Dennis Lehane to Agatha Christie. You will also be a digital pioneer, blazing the quickest and most effective trail to market for new and evolving authors.
Here are just a few of the perks you can expect from the WITNESS experience...
  • The expertise of the industry’s leading digital-first team.
  • The support of our world-class marketing and publicity professionals.
  • High-quality editorial guidance and design talent.
  • Global distribution wherever English-language e-books are available.
  • Foreign-rights agents with worldwide reach.
  • An innovative and remunerative royalty structure.
Interested in publishing your suspense fiction for as many readers as possible? WITNESS is on the case!
Submit HERE

Harlequin Digital First

It seems Harlequin has jumped into the digital first market and are asking for several types of genres. Stories can be any word length above 10,000 words.

Harlequin Shivers
Harlequin Shivers is looking for moody, atmospheric, lush gothic-inspired stories. We are updating the pulp gothic as a rich romance with dark, sexy, mysterious heroes and anti-heroes and sensible heroines beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment. We think the perfect Shivers story is 30,000-50,000 words, but we are open to both shorter and longer stories. !

Harlequin Horror
Harlequin Horror is NOT romance, though sex and romance can feature, and your story may or may not have a happy ending for your protagonist(s).

Think authors such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert, Graham Masterton, and films and novels such as 28 Days Later,Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring, Cabin in the Woods, and The Walking Dead.

Harlequin Intrigue Noir
We are looking for a darker, sexier, unbound counterpart to the Harlequin Intrigue romance series. Hard-boiled crime and dangerous situations are foreplay for your hot, hot heroes and sophisticated heroines. Here there are no restrictions to their steamy and risky encounters. Revamped, revved up and replete with graphic details—that's the Harlequin Intrigue Noir crime story that we want. More or less than 70,000 words.

Harlequin Space Opera 
Sweeping, melodramatic, adventure in space. High stakes, larger-than-life action, individuals against a massive operation. Intergalactic politics, military conflicts, galaxies hanging in the balance.

Harlequin Reckonings
Harlequin is looking for original stories inspired by the phrase "What If?"

What if the course of history had turned out differently? What if the world as we know it came to an end? What if humanity faced an apocalypse—and lived? We are looking for stories that describe a world teetering on the edge, involving deep and detailed world building, immersive landscapes, and compelling characters. 

Harlequin Erotic Vacation
Can one vacation change your life? Harlequin Erotic Vacation is all about exploring what can happen when you go on holiday and leave your inhibitions behind. Whether the hero or the heroine is travelling to an exotic resort for singles or going on an exciting adventure trek or completing a dream trip to Europe, the possibilities for romance are boundless. 

Word count: 15,000-50,000 words.

Sensuality level: Very high.

Harlequin Big Book Melodrama
Glitz. Glamour. Sex. We're looking for sexy, juicy extended modern romances with no limits to settings—only that you think big in terms of story! These heroes and heroines will do whatever it takes to get what they want. Even if it means sleeping their way to the top or stabbing their best friend in the back.

Preferred word count starting at 100,000 words.

Harlequin Pop!

Harlequin Pop! is looking for smart, playful, insightful long-form commentary on your favorite movies and television shows. What we're not looking for is an episode guide. Like Alan Sepinwall's The Revolution Was Televised, we want more sophisticated analysis of your favorite flicks and must-see TV, with a focus on love and romance. What's Eric and Tami's secret to lasting love in Friday Night Lights? 

Most Harlequin Pop! books will be 20,000–50,000 words, but we're open to both shorter and longer studies (non-fiction only, please).



Deadline: 1 October 2013

The anthology will be primarily heterosexual with a female audience in mind, but lesbian and bisexual scenarios are welcome with a preference for realistic stories with contemporary settings, but any time period will be considered. 

  • The editor will consider up to two stories per author. 
  • Unpublished stories only, no simultaneous submissions. 
  • The desired story length is 2,500-4,500 words
  • Double-space and indent the first line of each paragraph. 
  • Do not put extra spaces between paragraphs. Include your full contact information (legal name/pseudonym, mailing address and phone number) and a bio of 50 words or less written in the third person. 
  • Please paste your story into the body of your e-mail and attach it as a Microsoft Word .doc file.
  •  Send your submission to with 
  • Submission: Story Title in the subject line. 
  • Please direct any questions to the same address. The deadline is October 1, but earlier submissions are very much appreciated.

Payment will be $50 per story and 2 copies of the book upon publication. Contributors retain the rights to their work and Cleis Press has final approval over the stories selected for the book. 

Dr. Feelgood

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories with medicine/physical health themes.

Possible examples: A Band-Aid, a kiss, and a lollipop make kids’ boo-boos all better, so Mason decides to try that when his boyfriend bangs his knee on the coffee table. Two doctors in separate departments of the same hospital keep running into each other in unlikely places. A physical therapist struggles against falling in love with his patient. Don’t forget dentists, optometrists, and the dermatologists who do laser tattoo removals. Two researchers collaborating on a medical advance start talking about more personal matters.

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: Oct. 1, 2013

Publication Date: February 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 List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: FEELGOOD anthology submission

Juicy Pink Box
 Taxicab Trysts Submission Guidelines:

Guidelines at a Glance

· Series Title: Taxicab Trysts
· Series Description: A book series that is directly linked to the Juicy Pink Box erotic film series “Taxi.” Naughty, rough, gritty hook-ups in the back of a taxi, or with the taxi driver. Sex is between women. Action in the story can take place outside of the taxi, but the hookup should be focused on the taxi.

· Demographic Target: Mature females
· Market: Fiction, Nonfiction 
· Genre: Erotica with a harder tone, rough, “fucking”
· Length: 3,000–5,000 words
· Reading time: Year-round, seasonal submissions accepted
· Unsolicited submissions: Yes
· Query first: N/A
· Simultaneous Submissions: Accepted. Please indicate in your email.
· Multiple Submissions: Accepted. Please indicate in your email.
· Previously Published: No.
· Book Excerpts: No.
· Submission Type: Email Only
· Media: eBook

Following the guidelines below, submit materials to:

HarperCollins Impulse

HarperCollins are launching a brand new romance imprint, and we are giving you the opportunity to submit your novel, novellas and short stories to us for consideration.

We’re seeking all kinds of adult and new adult romantic fiction for digital publication, but particularly contemporary, historical, new adult and erotic fiction as well as short form content.

How To Submit A Manuscript To submit, e-mail us at with your completed manuscript and the following information:

Your contact details
Approx length
A short synopsis
A little about you...

Full submission guidelines can be found HERE

Loose Id

What is the best December holiday you wish you'd ever had? Hey! You're an author. Make that happen for some lucky characters at Loose Id.

We'd love to see what you come up with for the ideal holiday--along with hot sex and romance, of course. We're sure there will be complications on the way before they get that happy holiday. 

Loose Id will want at least novella length (20,001 words on up) stories that would be due by Oct. 5.
All stories should follow LI submissions guidelines. 

Send to your editor or, if you don't have an editor, to with the subject heading DIY December.

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