Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Today, we'd like to discuss what Storm Moon Press is currently seeking in the way of lesbian erotic romances as well as offer a lucky commenter a PDF package containing all four of our currently available lesbian titles. We have several anthology calls for short stories (between 10,000 and 20,000 words) as well as some open lines we're seeking submissions of 20,000 words or more. While we're happy to take a look at short stories, we're really hoping to be sent novellas and novels that we can sink our teeth into. Across the board, we know that readers much prefer longer offerings over the shorter.
Our open lines are subject to our standard submission guidelines, and submissions must be no fewer than 20,000 words. Detailed information about royalties, contracts, and calls can be found at StormMoonPress.com.
22 Days of Yule
This line is specifically for holiday-themed submissions to come out from December 1st to December 25th. We're seeking submissions between 15,000 and 20,000 words with a holiday romance at the center. Deadline for these is October 15th, 2012, as this allows us time for editing and typesetting.
Can you really trust anyone? Can you even trust your own senses? From a simple con to serious mental manipulation, some people just seem to get off on screwing with other people's minds. What drives that sort of person? Can anyone get the best of them, or is it all part of an even more elaborate game? This line is focused on mind games and the players that play them. A mystery/thriller setup is common for such a story, but we are open to any genre, from sci-fi and fantasy to steampunk and historical.
In this collection, we want to see stories that focus on characters considered to be amongst the religious elite. While you can choose any religion or ideology you like, we ask that you try to remain respectful of the religious beliefs in order to paint a realistic picture of your main characters' struggles. Feel free to touch on anything from a specific sect of Christianity all the way to Hinduism or Paganism. This is your chance to play around with priests or priestesses, monks, nuns, clerics, rabbis, gurus, or even shamans and tell their stories of romance and passion.
Twice Upon A Time
We've all heard the stories, damsels in distress being saved by knights in shining armor, little people the size of your thumb, a cloak-bedecked girl talking to a stranger, children finding a candy house in the woods. These days, most of the fairytales we were told as children have been remade several times, romanticized for what some may deem a more fragile generation. However, be it Grimm, H.C. Andersen, or local folktales, these stories linger, and in this line of releases, we're looking for fairytales retold with an erotic, GLBT twist.
Greek, Roman, Celtic, Egyptian, Norse, Chinese, Japanese―the list of cultures with rich mythologies seems almost endless. In our Divinity line, we're seeking submissions that explore the key figures of those mythological stories: gods and goddesses. Zeus, Brighid, Mars, Daoji, Uzume, or any number of gods, goddesses, deities, and demigods have immense potential.
For this line, we're looking for stories that involve ghosts or haunted houses, things that go bump in the night and scare people shitless. The opportunities are endless here: a ghost hunter main character, patients falling for one another in a haunted asylum, even a medium falling in love with one of the spirits. While mystery, horror, or thriller settings are perfect for this kind of story, feel free to sell us on any other genre such as fantasy, sci-fi, or historical. This will be a Halloween released line, releases set throughout October. Deadline for these are August 15th, 2012, as this allows us time for editing and typesetting.
The term 'cyberpunk' is now over 30 years old – old enough that the "future" settings of some early stories in the genre are now actually in the past. Still, the fascination with cyberpunk and its derivatives (like steampunk) continues to grow. Those historical and furturistic settings, gritty and fantastical, are what we're looking for with Worldpunk. This line is for -punk stories: steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, clockpunk, atompunk... even ironpunk or bronzepunk if you think you can pull it off. While we will accept the steampunk submissions, we're actually eager to see authors stretch themselves and attempt the other -punks out there! Submissions must be 20,000 words or more, have GLBT main characters, contain a great romance with steamy aspects, and have a satisfactory ending.
We also have a number of anthology calls out for 2012 for lesbian specific short stories. These have a different set of submission guidelines, so take a look there for all the particulars regarding payment, submissions, and detailed call information. All our anthology calls require word counts be between 10,000 and 20,000 words.
Deadline: March 31st, 2012
Subject: Lesbian erotic-romantic short stories featuring strap-ons.
Deadline: June 30th, 2012
Subject: Women with tattoos, their inked marks the erotic focus of the story.
Milk & Cookies & Handcuffs
Deadline: August 31st, 2012
Subject: Holiday anthology, the focus BDSM and the holidays.
The First Time
Deadline: August 31st, 2012
Subject: Lesbian erotic romance focused on the loss of virginity.
Deadline: October 26th, 2012
Subject: Polyamory, positive multiple partner relationships, bisexuality welcome.
Forever and a Day
Deadline: November 30th, 2012
Subject: All about women falling in love with women for the first time.
Big Damn Heroines
Deadline: December 28th, 2012
Subject: Plus sized, kick ass heroines will be the stars of this anthology.
Again, please take a look at our site for all the details and particulars. We're always happy to hear pitches for anthologies, and we'd love to see more novella and novel submissions head our way.
Now! The really fun stuff! A giveaway for readers here. Storm Moon Press is happy to offer one random commenter here a zip file of four PDFs: Blazing Star, Burn the Brightest, Daughters of Artemis, and Modern Mythology – all four of our current lesbian titles. Comment and be entered to win!
We'd like to thank KT Grant for having us on her blog both Monday and today, giving us the opportunity to showcase what we have and share what we're looking for. We hope to see some new name in our inbox!
S.L. Armstrong is the managing editor of Storm Moon Press and the co-author of Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley and Catalyst. She can be found at http://www.slarmstrong.net/ or on Twitter @_slarmstrong.