May 2014

“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.” ~Jack London


June 1 is the release date for What She’d Do For Lovemy newest sweet romance from Harlequin Heartwarming.

Christa Montgomery has faced many changes recently, but she draws the line at an overhaul of her hometown, Cedar Grove, Texas. When the community’s livelihood is threatened by a new highway, she’s determined to stop the project and its chief engineer, Ryder Oakes.

Ryder almost swept Christa off her feet before she recognized who he was, and now she must struggle to resist his warmth and compassion. Torn between two loyalties, she can’t support the new highway, even if his career is at stake. As his project runs into trouble, though, she’s determined to come up with a way to have her town…and Ryder, too.



Greeting card publisher Blue Mountain Arts is seeking poetry for Christmas and other holiday-themed greeting cards. Blue Mountain cards use contemporary poetry that reflects genuine emotion. They pay $300 for exclusive rights to a poem for use in greeting cards and other products, and $50 for one-time use in a book. Submissions need to be in by July 15, 2014. For more information and submissions guidelines, go here.


The Book Smugglers blog is looking for speculative fiction stories based on classic and modern fairy tales. Stories may be for any audience from middle-grade to adults. Book Smugglers pays five cents a word for stories from1,500 to 17,500 words. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014. Find all the details here. 


Harlequin Shivers is eager to see manuscripts for sexy, gothic romances. The editors want “dark, sexy heroes and anti-heroes and sensible heroines beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment.” Stories should be atmospheric and sensual. Shivers is an e-book only line new to the Harlequin fold. Length 30,000 to 50,000 words, contemporary or historical. Find the guidelines here.


Entangled is looking for sexy romances with dirty-talking heroes for its Brazen line of category-length romance. Brazen books focus on the hero and heroine’s physical relationship and contain five or more sexual scenes. Editors are specifically looking for stories with verbally-talented heroes. 20,000 to 60,000 words. Find all the details here.


Riptide Publishing, a boutique publisher of LGBTQ fiction, has a number of open calls for submissions. Since Riptide is usually an invitation-only publisher, these special calls are a great way to get your work in front of the editors. Right now, they’re looking for the following types of stories:

BDSM erotica, 8,000 to 15,000 words. Deadline July 1, 2014.

Sports Romance, 30,000 to 85,000 words. Deadline September 1, 2014

Rainbow Families, 45,000 to 85,000 words. Deadline November 1, 2014

Shifters and Weres, 50,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline January 1, 2015

Lesbian novels, 50,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2015

Shades of the Rainbow, 25,000 to 110,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015

Sweet Romance, 25,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2015

*punk, 45,000 to 115,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015

Find all the details here.


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Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L


Harlequin has announced it will discontinue publication of its Kiss Romance line as of November this year.


Poisoned Pen Press, long known for its mystery and suspense titles for adults, has launched Poisoned Pencil, to publish “the best in young adult mystery.” Publisher Robert Rosenwald is actively seeking submissions from both agented and unagented writers. He’s looking for “off-beat approaches young adults can feel connected to.”  Manuscripts should be between 45,000 and 85,000 words, with a protagonist between the ages of 13 and 18. Poisoned Pencil publishes books in both trade paper and e-formats. Be sure to check out their detailed submission guidelines here.


Recommended Reading, a free online magazine, is seeking short stories for upcoming issues. The editors will review stories from 2,000 to 10,000 words. They pay $300 for stories accepted for publication. Please read back issues of the magazine, available on their site, to get an idea of the types of stories they like. They are open to submissions only until June 1, 2014. For more details, see their guidelines here. 


Penumbra Magazine is seeking submissions for its September issue, on the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Editor Celina Summers is seeking stories that pay tribute to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Stories may be up to 3,500 words. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014. Payment is 5 cents a word. Check out the submission guidelines here.


Samhain Publishing is seeking submissions for a Childhood Fears anthology for Samhain Horror. Were you afraid of clowns? Dolls? Monsters under the bed? Explore these fears in a 25,000 to 30,000 word novella, for publication in 2015. Each novella will be released as a stand-alone ebook, and as part of the anthology collection. Protagonists may be adults or children, but if adults, they should be facing a fear that dates from childhood. Any time period is acceptable, with or without supernatural elements. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014. Find all the details here.


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