August 2012

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.” ~ Anais Nin


Harper Teen will publish the anthology Defy the Dark in Summer 2013. They’re holding a contest to find a story from an unpublished writer to include in the anthology. The contest is free to enter. Submit your 2,000 to 4,000 word short story that takes place in the dark. The winner receives $500 and publication in the anthology. The deadline to enter is September 1, 2012. Find all the details here.


Inspired Romance, a digital publisher of sweet and inspirational romances, in now part of Prism Books. Prism publishes inspirational romance under the Inspire imprint, sweet secular romance under the Diamond imprint, and inspirational (non-romance) fiction under its Illuminate imprint. All titles are digital first. Prism and Inspire publish all sub-genres of sweet and inspirational romance, from contemporaries to Amish books to Westerns. August 31 they’re having an open pitch day for writers who’d like to write for them. For questions write Find the submission guidelines here.


If you’re written a screenplay that confronts racial or ethnic issues, the Ruby Lloyd Aspey New Play Search at the University of Alabama welcomes your submission. They’re especially interested in plays that call for multi-racial casting and meaty ethnic roles. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and production of the play at UAB. The deadline to enter is September 7, 2012. Find all the details here.


Always a Bridesmaid received a nice review from Passionate Book Divas. Check it out here.


That’s all for this week. Deadlines and a kitchen remodeling project have me a little scattered. As always, feel free to share the info here with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link back to this blog. Thanks!  Cindi Myers


It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.”  ~Sinclair Lewis


Soul Mate Publishing publishes romance of all kinds in digital format, followed by print approximately 10 months later. The editors at Soul Mate are actively seeking manuscripts in the following sub-genres: Action/Adventure, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Inspirational, Novellas, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Futuristic, Suspense/Thriller, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy and Women’s Fiction. They accept manuscripts from 12,000 to 60,000 words (epub only)  and 61,000 to 90,000 words (epub and print).  Soul Mate pays a 35 percent royalty. Find all the information about submitting here.


Captive Unicorn Publishers is partnering with Liberator, a retailor of sex toys and other accoutrements, to produce the Liberator Erotic Library, a series of erotic romance and erotica stories set to launch in early 2013. These stories will be available as ebooks only, and sold through the Liberator website, e-book e-tailors and online vendors that carry the Liberator brand of products.  Books will be published in four lines:

Love Artist — 4,000 to 10,000 word stories aimed primarily at the male reader, with a single POV character, male or female. Explorations of sexual fantasies are a popular theme for these stories.

Intimate Explorations — 10,000 to 75,000 words (under 30,000 preferred) featuring sex between couples. Stories feature exploring new techniques, toys and other creative sexual activities. Within this line, the Enlivenment imprint features stories about committed, older couples who are looking to refresh their relationship in the bedroom.

Bedroom Adventures — 10,000 to 75,000 words (under 30,000 preferred) featuring wilder stories — multiple partners, sex games, fetishes, etc. The primary couple should be male/female, though bisexual relationships in addition to this are welcome. Focus should be on mature, commited relationships.

Rainbow Collection — 4,000 to 75,0000 words, with shorter stories preferred. These stories may explore any of the themes of the other collections, but featuring GLBT characters.

For more information, find all the submission guidelines here. 


Cerridwyn Publishing is looking for stories for several themed anthologies:

Holiday Mix-Ups — stories set around the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, New Years) involvind some kind of mix-up. No erotica, but nothing overly religious either.

Tied Up With a Bow — holiday erotica

Buckles, Boots and Spurs — rodeo romances

Beyond the Apocalypse — stories of survival after apocalyptic events. No erotica.

For all these anthologies, stories should be 15K to 30K, may include M/F, M/M or F/F love stories.  Deadline for submissions is August 31. Find all the details here.


In anticipation of my new women’s fiction series set in the Rocky Mountains, which debuts in November with The View From Here, I’ve launched a new website. Check it out here.


The Woman Who Loved Jesse Jamesis a nominee for an Ariana award for Best Cover Art from EPIC. The cover was designed by author and Bell Bridge president, Debra Dixon.












As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please give me credit as the source, and provide a link back to this blog. Thank you. Cindi Myers

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams


More on Harlequin’s Kiss line, to launch February 13, 2013. Editor Bryony Green in Harlequin’s London office will be overseeing this line of “fun, flirty” contemporary romances. The books will have “smart, sassy heroines” and “21st-century Alpha male heroes.” Stories should have lots of tension — with or without hot sex. Harlequin is using words like edgy, urban, vibrant, and fun to describe these stories, which are 50,000 words. Submit your manuscripts to Ms. Green, or to editor Meg Lewis or Assistant Editor Flo Nicoll. Check out the guidelines here.


Kristine Katherine Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith plan to launch a new fiction anthology series, Fiction River. They plan to release a new volume every other month beginning in April 2013. Each issue will be devoted to a theme, with stories from a variety of genres and both well-known and new authors. The anthologies will be released digitally, in trade paper and in a limited-edition hardcover. They’re not yet taking submissions for the project. Right now they’re focused on raising money to finance the venture through Kickstarter. Get more details here and visit their Kickstarter page here.


Do you like beer? Do you like to write about beer? Story Brewhouse is seeking submissions for an anthology of creative fiction about beer. A Six Pack of Stories will publish in 2013, in both digital and print, with stories that “feature beer in meaningful ways.” The editors are looking for all genres of stories. There are no length limits, though they warn that anything over 10,000 words may have a tough time finding a home. The deadline for submissions is October 26, 2012. Find the details here.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source, and include a link to the blog. Thank you. Cindi Myers