Submission Call: Short stories from a cat’s point of view, pays $25, due March 1

cross-eyed kitten cat looking at daisies in the gass

I am a total sucker for anything involving cats. So it is with great pleasure that I announce that Robin Praytor of Post-to-Print Publishers is putting together an anthology of short stories told from the point of view of cats. Called From a Cat’s P.O.V., the anthology aims to include stories from a variety of genres. … Read more

Submission Call: Sexy Librarian seeks diverse erotic stories, pays $50, due April 15

sexy librarian dirty 30 volume 2 book cover

Rose Caraway, aka the Sexy Librarian and host of The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica podcast, is compiling another tome in her popular anthology series. The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol. 3 will be published by Stupid Fish Productions and feature thirty “short stories that represent the best in highly-erotic storytelling.” The editor wants stories that represent a diversity of subgenres: horror, sci-fi, fairytale, myth, Western, mystery, and more. … Read more

Pen to Pen: Liv Rancourt on Plotting and Character Motivation for Novelists

I’m thrilled to welcome Liv Rancourt back to my blog in this installment of Pen to Pen, a series of guest posts by authors about all aspects of writing. Here, she talks about plotting versus pantsing—that is, do you plan your story ahead of time, or discover what will happen as you write? … Read more

Submission Call: Cowboy and cowgirl LGBTQ romances, due Feb. 28, pays 50% royalties

Queer romance publisher JMS Books is launching a cowboy- and cowgirl-themed series of romance novels and novelettes. They’re not limiting the call to Westerns, but will consider other genres with wrangler-type characters, from steampunk to sci-fi to historical and contemporary.  … Read more

The Quick & Dirty Guide to Exporting Your Books from Pronoun

Here’s my quick-and-dirty guide to the essential information you should download from Pronoun before the site ends distribution on January 15. (Previously, MacMillan had promised to keep account information accessible through February 15, but I can no longer find this promise on its site. So stop whatever you’re doing and DOWNLOAD YOUR STUFF NOW.) … Read more

Submission Call: Rattle pays $100 for poems by unpublished poets, due April 15

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The autumn 2018 issue of Rattle magazine will feature the work of unpublished poets. Writers may submit up to four previously unpublished poems OR four pages of short poems, as well as a contributor’s note explaining how your personal background affects their poetry. Payment is $100 per poem. … Read more

Submission Call: Ménage and swinging erotica, due March 1, pays royalties

To follow-up on its bestselling anthology Unearthly Delights: Tales of Paranormal Desire, the Erotica Readers & Writers Association (ERWA) is seeking stories for a new collection of multi-partner erotica. Stories can be in any subgenre (fantasy, contemporary, historical, etc.) and feature any genders and orientations. … Read more

Submission call: Historical lesbian fiction, pays 6¢/word, due Jan. 31

Victorian pen and ink drawking of one yound woman placing flower on the dress of another young woman

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast is looking for short historical fiction featuring lesbian characters for its podcast and website. Short stories must take place prior to 1900 and can be in any culture, although the editor would love to see stories that aren’t limited to popular American and English historical settings. … Read more

Submission Call: MLR Press wants gay Christmas romances on Isle of Misfit Toys, due July 30

MLR Press has a call out for romantic M/M (gay) novellas that have “one character as a ‘resident’ of the Isle of Misfit Toys finding his forever home.” Novellas should be 10,000 to 40,000 words and are due July 30. … Read more