Places to Submit Your Manuscript: May 2015

Writing is a time-consuming job, so why not let us give you a helping hand? We’ve rounded up another batch of publishers currently seeking new and exciting voices to add to their rosters. Most of the publishers this month are looking for genre fiction submissions, but there’s a little something for everyone. Take a look: — If you have a science fiction or fantasy novella nearly ready to go, get polishing! is looking for complete, original science fiction and fantasy stories of between 30,000 and 40,000 words. In particular, they want stories with commercial appeal that take advantage of the novella’s shorter length. In particular, they’re prioritizing science fiction submissions. More information is here

Cleis Press — Cleis Press has a call out for its Best Women’s Erotica of 2016 anthology. Diversity is the key word for these short stories, between 1500 and 3500 words, which should star “a wide range of women, from single to coupled, living in big cities and small towns anywhere in the world, of various ages (18+), races, sexualities, fetishes, jobs, interests, life experiences.” The deadline is June 1 and all the details are here

ChiZine Publications — Bond, James Bond. Ian Fleming’s work starring the famous, sexy spy has entered the public domain in Canada, so here’s your chance to write about one of the most enduring heroes around. The short stories should be more than 5000 words and be vintage Fleming, as in, no references to the films or games are allowed, for the pithily named License Expired. (Love it.) Guidelines here

Red Moon Romance — There are several opportunities this May at the romance publisher, in particular for two anthologies. The first up is for their “Rough Edges” collection, starring alpha heroes from the American West — cowboys, y’all! The other is “Covalent Bonds,” aka geeks in love. We’re tipping our Tardis to this idea. Details for both are available here (scroll down).

Brain Mill Press — The small press started by Ruthie Knox and Mary Ann Rivers has an open submission call for the month of May. Completed manuscripts in any genre are welcome — Brain Mill specializes in “love book for humans.” Check here for more details. Their novella contest, on stories with the theme of “over” is also still open

Crimson Romance — We’re loving all the fairy tale retellings happening across genres, and if you’ve been inspired too, you might want to check out Crimson Romance’s current call for “subverted fairy tale” romances, from 10,000 to 30,000 words. If you have a modern take on a fairy tale, you’ve got til June 1 to hit send! More here.

Good luck and happy writing! Check out past Places to Submit columns here

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