March 2015


It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C. J. Cherryh

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Legendary Women, Inc., is hosting its second annual writing contest. Submit your story featuring a female protagonist (defined as any protagonist who identifies as a woman) of between 1,000 and 3,000 words by the deadline of May 8, 2015.In your story, two women must share a scene and dialogue together, with no men present, and in the scene they must not talk about men. There is a small entry fee of $5. First prize is $125, second prize is $50, and the third place winner receives $25. For all the details go here.

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LovingTheOutlawOTHERSITESFor a limited time, my new western historical romance, Loving the Outlaw (written under my pen name, Cynthia Sterling) is on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents. Get it here. 

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HarperCollins Publishers new digital-first imprint devoted to commercial thriller and crime fiction, Killer Reads, is open until April 19 for unsolicited submissions of thrillers, detective fiction, crime dramas, legal thrillers, psychological thrillers and any other sub-genre or crime fiction. Your manuscript should be complete and be at least 70,000 words. Killer Reads debuted in late 2014 and published 1 to 2 new titles a month. Get all the details on how to submit here.

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Until April 15, Fireside Magazine is open for submissions of short stories in any genre. Stories should be up to 1000 words for flash fiction, and between 1000 and  4000 words for short stories. and may be in any genre — romance, western, science fiction, mystery, horror, etc. Fireside pays 12.5 cents a word. Find out more here. 

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RipTide Publishing, a publisher of LGBTQ fiction which had previously accepted agented only submissions, is now open to unagented authors as well. The editors are looking for completed manuscripts of between 15,000 and 115,000 words. Though open to all LGBTQ romances, right now they are particularly interested in novel length romances between two women. These stories may be any sub-genre of romance — contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, etc. Stories should be between 50,000 and 110,000 words. Get all the details here.
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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — repost, reprint, retweet. Please credit me as the source of the information and include a link to this blog. Find out more about me on my websites here and here, or on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter@CMyersTex. Thanks!  Cindi

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Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”

—James Lee Burke

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Harlequin Teen is partnering with Seventeen Magazine to publish original novels as Seventeen Books. These books, to be available in hardcover and ebook formats, will feature ” multi-dimensional and empowered fictional female characters and explore topics and situations that authentically reflect the challenges and joys of being a teenager today.” The first titles will be released in 2016. Though no specific guidelines for the Seventeen books have been released, you can read more about Harlequin Teen here.

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Liquid Silver Books is a royalty paying ebook publisher that publishes all types of romance fiction. Liquid Silver pays royalties of 40 percent, paid quarterly. They accept manuscripts of 15,000 words and up. Currently, the editors are particularly interested in stories based on fairy tales or set in a fairy tale world. Stories may be any romance sub-genre and any heat level. The story may stand alone, or be the beginning of a series. Find Liquid Silver’s general submission guidelines here. Find more about this special call here.

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Totally Entwined is a digital first publisher of erotic romance. They release books in all formats as well as digital and pay 40% royalties on ebooks. The editors are currently searching for all types and sub-genres of erotic romance between 10,000 and 100,000 words. In addition, Editor Nicki Richards is seeking M/F and M/F/M stories 60,000 words and up with the theme of What’s Her Secret? These books feature contemporary settings and a heroine with a secret. Find more details here.

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Prizm Books publishes mainstream and LGBTQ books for teens. The editors are particularly interested in the following:

All types of mysteries, including cozies, 10,000 to 60,000 words.

Punk fiction — steampunk, dieselpunk,  biopunk, cyberpunk, 10,000 to 60,000 words.

Gemstone themed fiction — 10,000 words and up.

Spectrum — stories themed around colors, 10,000 words and up.

In additiong to stories featuring hetero, gay and lesbian teens, Prizm is interested in stories that spotlight trans, queer, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, asexual, polyamorous relationships, etc. Stories should be between 10,000 and 60,000 words. Characters younger than 17 may have sexual encounters, but these should take place “off screen.”  Find all the details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — repost, reprint, retweet. Please credit me as the source of the information and include a link to this blog. Find out more about me on my websites here and here, or on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter@CMyersTex. Thanks!  Cindi

Make everyone fall out of the plane first and then explain who they were and why they were in the plane to begin with.” Nancy Ann Dibble

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Romance website Heroes and Heartbreakers welcomes submissions of 15,000 to 30,000 word short stories and 30,000 to 50,000 words novellas for publication on the website. The editors are open to all sub-genres of romance — contemporary, paranormal, historical, chick-lit, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and erotica. The work must be previously unpublished. Payment is $1000 to $2000. For details, check their guidelines here
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If you’ve written an original Jack the Ripper story, editor Maxim Jakubowski is looking for you. Jakubowski is assembling the Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales and needs fiction based around the story of Jack the Ripper, but with your original twist. Stories should be between 4,000 and  7,500 words. Payment is $215 and the deadline is April 1. Find out more here.

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Meerkat Press has issued a call for speculative fiction romance stories for an upcoming anthology “Love Hurts”.  Submit your 1,000 to 5,000 words story dealing with broken love — cheaters, love triangles, dating haards, etc. All speculative fiction sub-genres are welcome, from steampunk to space opera and everything in between.  Payment is up to 4 cents a word and the deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015. Find more details here. 

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East of the Web publishes suspense and crime fiction short stories, 7,000 words and up. They pay five cents a word, or you may choose a combination of advance and royalties. They accept new as well as previously published stories. To find out more, go here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — repost, reprint, retweet. Please credit me as the source of the information and include a link to this blog. Find out more about me on my websites here and here, or on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter@CMyersTex. Thanks!  Cindi

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