“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”   —Harper Lee

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Harlequin Intrigue is looking for some darker, sexier, edgier stories for Harlequin Intrigue Noir. From the Guidelines: ” we want authors to push the boundaries of the traditional romance with gritty stories of contemporary romantic suspense. 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.” Details here.

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If you write sweet romance, you might want to check out Astraea Press, an ebook publisher that publishes romance, mystery, young adult and middle grade books — both full-length novels and short stories. Manuscripts should be between 15,000 and 100,000 words. No sex, violence or bad language. Check all the guidelines here.

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Only Interconnect is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology, to be released as an ebook and in print, featuring short stories revolving around social media — “fables featuring Flickr? Tales told through texting? Pinterest prose, Reddit reading, LinkedIn lit, irony over Instagram.” Both new and previously published work is welcome. The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2013. (Note: the editors say they already have enough stories featuring Facebook.) Find all the details here.

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Dreamspinner Press is an ebook publisher that specializes in Male/Male romance. They publish all types of fiction, as long as it has a strong romance subplot — mystery, romance, paranormal, westerns, science fiction and fantasy, paranormal and holiday stories. They publish stories 15,000 words and up. Novels should be at least 60,000 words. They pay a $500 to $1,000 advance for novels, $200 to $400 for novellas, against 40 percent royalties for digital sales and

Cuddling –  romantic short stories about renewing love within an established relationship. 3,500 to 12,000 words, Deadline April 15, 2013

Steamed Up — romantic steampunk stories, 3,500 to 12,000 words, Deadline July 1, 2013

Heartwarming — romantic stories involving end-of-the-year holidays, 5,000 to 18,000 words, Deadline Aug. 1, 2013

Dr. Feelgood — romantic stories with a medicine/health theme. 3,500 to 12,000 words. Deadline Oct. 1, 2013

Find all the special call guidelines here.

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