Submission call: MLR Press wants gay romance novellas about relationships that begin with a phone call - (Expired) Due October 30, pays royalties

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MLR Press wants contemporary gay/MM romance novellas for the Should I Know This Number? book collection. The editors write:

These days when your phone buzzes at you, whether for a call or a text, first thing that any of us do is check the number; then the debate begins—answer or ignore. If the number is one you don’t know, do you answer to hear “Hi this is Joe and I have an important blah blah blah” or just pretend you didn’t hear the ring? And what about a text from someone that starts off “what are you doing?” Do you answer back? You never know, the person on the other end might be the best person that ever accidentally entered your life.

Submitting to Should I know this number? book collection

  • Publisher: MLR Press
  • Publication: Should I know this number? book collection
  • Publication type: ebook
  • Word count: 10,000–40,000 words
  • Payment: royalties
  • Rights the publisher asks for: Ebook and audio rights for three years, automatic renewal of contract after that unless one of the parties asks to end the contract
  • Deadline: October 30, 2018
  • Publication date: 2019
  • Response time: About 90 days. Feel free to send a polite inquiry if you haven’t heard back by then.
  • Format: They aren’t picky about formatting as long as it’s legible and saved in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or Open Office
  • Will they take simultaneous submissions? No.
  • Will they take multiple submissions? No. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
  • Will they take reprints? Not specified.
  • Who to contact with questions:
  • Additional notes: “Submissions should … [h]ave a wrong number call or text as a plot point to start off the relationship or cause conflict.” The romantic pairing should be between two or more men.

Find more details at Submissions | MLR Books, and don’t forget to tell them you found their submission call here!

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