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Friday, March 29, 2013

Do you write for Submission Calls?

I do! Some of my best plot bunnies have come from things the publishers call out for. They don't always end up taking my story because sometimes I take a sharp turn left or right in terms of plot and its not what they're looking for.  But, I love doing it.  Here are some current Submission Calls.

Here are some from Decadent Publishing.


Sweet to Sexy
Although short, Tease stories pack a punch in few words. Heartwarming, action-packed, and romance-filled, a Tease should leave readers craving more. Seeking historical, paranormal, or contemporary work, but may include other subgenres.

LENGTH: 10k - 18k
SUB-GENRES: historical, paranormal, or contemporary, interracial, multicultural, sweet romance, suspense

For Detailed Information see


Challenge: A test of one's abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking.

In every life, there are challenges, boulders in the flowing stream of existence. From the physical, to the psychological or emotional, nobody is immune. No one gets through life intact, but the challenge is not to avoid damage, but to work through, past or around the things that make life so difficult.

We all know people who do this—live fulfilling lives in spite of the difficulties they are forced to deal with.

We want to hear about characters who do just this—and the people who love them. Challenge is a romance series with a twist. The “challenge” must take a central role in the characters’ romance.

1. All challenges should be dealt with respect and dignity.
2. Any challenge should be thoroughly researched for accuracy and realism. We do not want to offend or misinform the reader in any way.
3. While alternative lifestyles are welcome to be part of plots in our books, we will not allow any challenge to be an integral part of a fetish. To be blunt…he can love her if she doesn’t have legs, but not because she doesn’t have legs.
4. We are not accepting any paranormal, sci-fi or other world-building genre at this time. This means no shifters, vampires, aliens, or otherworldly creatures. They’ve got their own set of challenges. We are looking for challenges with humans only.

Length: 10-25k

Heat Level: 1-4. We are open to romances between young adults as well as adults. Books of lower heat levels will also be featured on the Bono Books, sister site of Decadent Publishing.

Manuscript formatting:

Times New Roman 12 point font
1.5 spacing
1-inch margins
NO headers, footers or page numbers
Word doc or rtf format only
Author name and title on first page only

If you have any questions, email:


Big, beautiful women who ROCK their size 12 or 22, who live out loud, love their curves, and enjoy the man (or men!) in their lives.

LENGTH: 7-50k
SUB-GENRES ACCEPTED: Interracial, multicultural, paranormal, sci-fi, straight contemporary, menage, erotic, sweet romance, suspense, western
TO SUBMIT: Email to request a submissions form. Please specify if this is for a series (1Night Stand, Edge, Western Escape, etc.) or a main line book.


If a disaster struck, would you be prepared?
If you had five minutes to leave your home with everything needed to re-start your life, could you?
If the world ended, would you?

Preppers are a growing and diverse group that some even call a ‘sub-culture’. But most preppers are just average Americans who simply have a plan for self-sufficiency and survival in case a minor or major disaster happens. They have extra food and water on hand and a bag packed in case they need to get away fast. Some convert old missile silos into bunkers in case of global pandemic or nuclear war, but most are more practical and simply learn or apply the basic skills of survival that our grandparents’ generation used in everyday life. Californians have earthquakes, New England and the Gulf coast have hurricanes, the Midwest—tornadoes. Are you prepared?

Decadent Publishing is tapping into that sub-culture to bring you a line of Prepper Romances. They are sexy, fun, sometimes suspenseful , and always entertaining stories with a little bit of ‘prepper’ thrown in for some added flavor.

Stories should contain some details of prepper life, though the main story doesn’t have to be about prepping, it should be about the relationships and circumstances.

LENGTH: 7-50k
SUB-GENRES ACCEPTED: Interracial, contemporary, near futuristic (right after a collapse or disaster), multicultural, western, sweet romance, suspense.
TO SUBMIT: Email to request a submissions form. Please note that it is a Prepper Romance when submitting.


Do you adore the Food Network? Do Bobby Flay and Rocco DiSpirito titillate your senses when they caress a flank steak, whip cream to a sensual cloud, or lay a beautiful table? Does a man's skill in the kitchen impress and delight you as much as the way he kisses?

Then we want you to write a Foodie Romance for Decadent Publishing!

Foodie romance focuses on romance, but food would win the prize for best supporting character. Maybe the heroine is a chef or a food critic, or maybe the hero just appreciates a meal masterfully prepared for maximum enjoyment. Like any art form, the Culinary Arts can be enjoyed as a sensual experience, exciting to the eyes and pleasing to the palate. Whether your taste is gourmet Kobe burgers in Seattle, European pastries in Salzburg, or delicate sushi in Sunagawa, foodie romance is about the culture of cuisine and the people who enjoy it.

LENGTH: 7-50k
SUB-GENRES ACCEPTED: Interracial, contemporary, multicultural, western, sweet romance, suspense, LGBT, ménage, M/M, sci-fi, paranormal
TO SUBMIT: Email to request a submissions form. Please note that it is a Foodie Romance when submitting. Also note if it is for a specific series (1Night Stand, Edge, Western Escape, etc.) or a main line submission.


Africa... Land of the Serengeti, of wide savannas, where exotic wild animals like giraffes stroll through your backyard— *sound of a screeching turn-disk*

If this is your idea of modern Africa, you’d be way off the mark! Ubuntu (“I am what I am because of who we all are.”) embraces the notion of community, of roots, of spreading your arms open in welcome. Our stories from the Ubuntu line will reflect this philosophy, and take you to Africa to meet the people from that far-away, unknown-to-many land.

Take a peek at modern Africa. This is a world where, on the backdrop of the famine crisis in Darfur and Somalia, of political unrest in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt, millions step into the global village and embrace the fast-paced life offered by technology and the Internet. Multinational companies have offices in many African capitals, opening the way for a slew of expatriates to settle in those countries, where the world’s biggest brand names like Hugo Boss and Lacoste are opening outlets.

Don’t also forget that Africa is not only the black continent – a handful of islands make up the African territory, as well. From minerals-rich Madagascar (and the land of Black Magic, still practiced to this day!) to tourist hot-spots like Mauritius, the Seychelles, and the Maldives – islander culture opens up another world to exploit in your writing. And in the top, northern parts of Africa, meet the Arab world in the countries of the Maghreb (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, among others).

With its rich history, Africa has native African clans and tribes, colonist white populations – British, French, and Afrikaners –Indian-origin people who emigrated as traders and/or indentured labor, Chinese people who came in as traders.

We want to see your stories set in any of these locations. Whether your characters are expats, foreigners on a visit, native Africans (of black, white, Indian, Chinese, Arab, etc, descent!), show us the true face of Africa as people experience it every day. Think The Joy Luck Club meets Out Of Africa – the former a story of generational conflict between immigrant mothers and their daughters brought up in their adopted country’s culture; the latter a sweeping saga on the backdrop of the African landscape, setting, and context. Give us both; give us either or; but give us something in and/or from Africa.

LENGTH: 7-50k
SUB-GENRES ACCEPTED: Interracial, contemporary, multicultural, sweet romance, suspense, LGBT, ménage
TO SUBMIT: Email to request a submissions form. Please note that it is for the UBUNTU line when submitting.



The Edge is a series of erotica and fetish tales designed to test the limits of our enjoyment of eroticism. For the purpose of this series, erotica is defined as a story with sexual encounters being the primary focus and a believable plot is required.

HEA or HFN is not required. But we welcome one if it is a believable ending.

We encourage you to explore the many ways people find to express themselves—in the bedroom, or out.

LENGTH: 15-30K
TO SUBMIT: Send an email to: and request a submissions form. Please note THE EDGE in the subject line.


Contemporary and historical multi-author romance series set in the fictitious town of Freewill, WY.
Please see our Western Escape blog for further details and specs.


Contemporary, multi-national romance stories.
Setting: Countries around the world.
The hero can be any modern alpha male in the military or covert ops: Marines, MP, CIA, Homeland Security, NSA, Embassy personnel, etc.
Heroine can be an American or foreign national. Her age should be 25+.

Wherever your setting, we need local flavor. Tap your travel experiences! Give us fun, adventure, romance, interesting settings, strong characters and hot lovin', cultural insights.

LENGTH: 7-25k
SUB-GENRES ACCEPTED: Interracial, contemporary, multicultural, sweet romance, suspense, ménage
TO SUBMIT: Email to request a submissions form. Please note that it is for the HONOR GUARD line when submitting.


If you are interested in writing for this extremely popular line, details can be found on our 1Night Stand blog,
We are particularly interested in GLBT titles. Please direct all 1NS queries to one of our managing editors:
Kate Richards (
Valerie Mann (

Here are some from Silver Publishing

Rough & Tumble
Theme: Fight Clubs, Tattooed Warriors, Muscled Bad Boys
From fight clubs to medieval warriors, dueling cowboys to tattooed mercenaries, what happens when the tough fall hard. Silver Publishing is looking for stories involving those hot men we love to read about. What happens when the mighty fall?

Boxers, ninjas, medieval warriors, gladiators, bouncers—the list goes on and on.
Examples: Lust and rough sex behind a bar is one thing, but Rick knows falling for the biker of a rival gang could get them both killed. Free-style fighting warrior, Marcus, has been the undefeated champion for years. When a brief glance at a spectator causes him to falter in the ring, what will Marcus do with all his passionate anger and killer instinct? What happens when two gladiators find their adrenaline-filled, finely-tuned bodies have slipped from victor versus victim to a surprisingly intense physical battle of another sort?

Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending.
Release: Saturday, May 25
Submission close: March 17
Cover: Individual
Length: 13k+
Heat rating:  Any
Combinations: M/M+

Father's Day
Theme: Second Chances
Silver is seeking stories with a second change theme – reconnection, rediscovery, reinvention – all with fathers, fatherhood, father figures in mind. Down to earth or out of this world, the setting is up to you. Take us on a journey through time or just down the street.
John's son, the one he was forced to abandon years ago when he came out to his wife, has contacted him again 15 years later. Will John's partner support him or will John's past spell doom for his future? Martin has a secret wish to be a father. Does his partner, Eric, feel the same or are problems on the horizon? Chris's one night stand during a breakup with his long-time love, Tom, is pregnant. Could the child help their rocky relationship or will it be the final break?

Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending.
Release: Thursday, June 13
Submission close: April 14

Cover: Shared
Length: 5-18k words
Heat rating:  Any
Combinations: M/M+
Bearly Possible
Theme: Bears, Bulls, and Cubs, oh my!
Everyone knows the stereotype of a gay man; the designer clothes wearing, musical loving, trimmed, tweak and buffed, body-conscious, svelte  image of today's popular cultural outlets. But we know that's not the whole story because gay or not everyone is individual in their tastes, desires and appearance. We are looking for stories that express the tastes of those in the bear subculture.
This subcultural has grown by astronomical proportion and while the terms are many, BEAR seems to sum it up best.  Bears, muscle-bears, leather-bears, cubs, bulls, chubs, otters, daddies, polar bears, panda bears, etc. The images of hirsute, muscled men with gruff voices and natural bodies spring to mind effortlessly.
These men are waiting to have their stories told! So 'hairy' up and start writing. 

Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending.
Release: Saturday, July 6
Submission close: May 5
Cover: Individual Covers
Length: 13k + words
Heat rating:  Any
Combinations: M/M, M/M/M+

Power Plays
Theme: Desire & Discipline, Pleasure & Power Exchange
Stories that span the spectrum of desire. Share with us your kinky tales… from total power exchange to tickle fetishes and everything in between. Leathermen to lords of the castle. Collars to cross dressing. Dungeons scenes and dominant queens. The list goes on and on. Unique desires that bring people together for love and adventure.
Readers love stories with power exchange and emotional depth. We're looking for your unique twist on this subject. Don't be afraid to have pairings that haven't been done before. 
Scenes should follow the guidelines of safe, sane, and consensual.
Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending.
Release: Saturday, Sept 7
Submission close: July 7
Cover: Individual Covers
Length: 13k + words
Heat rating:  Any
Combinations: M/M, Menage
Magic & Mayhem
Theme: Halloween
Witches, warlocks, goblins, and ghouls. Bonfires, hayrides, and apple bobbing.
Spells whispered in the darkness. Screams heard in the still of the night. Magic sizzles in the air. Are those the screams of fear—or of ecstasy?
Submit your stories that involve the Halloween season (All Hallows' Eve, Samhain, All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day, Day of the Dead… or by any other name).
Dangerous, daring, sweet or sexy, the intensity and scare-factor are up to you. 
Must have some romantic elements and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending, but the scare factor is completely up to you.
Release: October 31
Submission close: August 25
Cover: Shared cover, individual release
Length: 5-18k words
Heat rating:  Any
Combinations:  M/M, Menage

Succulent Seductions
Theme: Food
Silver Publishing is accepting submissions with a food or food related theme. The choice of ingredients and spice level are up to you—sweet and savory, tart and saucy. Things can get sticky and steamy in the kitchen. Can your characters stand the heat?
What happens when a routine burglary call has the officer lusting after more than the pastry shop owner's sticky buns? Does the water boil when the bad-tempered head chef at a five star resort runs into the hotel's latest sommelier? What happens when the bouncer falls for the girl in the gelatin wrestling event at a local strip club? With Thanksgiving is around the corner, can Rome convince Trey he's after more than his pecan pie recipe?
Go wild and crazy and do it with food.

Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending.
Release: Thursday, Nov 7
Submission close: September 8
Cover: Shared cover, individual release
Length: 5-18k
Heat rating:  Any
Combinations:  M/M, Menage

Holiday Wishes
Theme: Christmas (and all other winter holidays)
When it comes to holiday wishes, the magic of the season can act as a catalyst.
It's a season for romantics, dreamers, believers in something greater than themselves. A time for wishes for yourself or another, and for the gathering of dreams you didn't even know you had. A hearts' desire can lead to holiday wishes beyond measure.
What are your characters wishing for this holiday season?
We're looking for your best and brightest holiday stories about wishes made and granted in unusual ways.
Examples: Wishes can be granted in a number of ways and by a multitude of factors. A Christmas angel is sent to someone's aid on a snowy winter road. A Christmas elf makes the shocking discovery he can fulfill one human's biggest desire…but to do so he must agree to become human himself. Winter snowstorms that leave two enemies stranded together, only to find they're not as opposed as they originally feared. Joe, injured while stringing holiday lights on what he considers the loneliest holiday in history, finds more than his broken arm gets attention when he visits the local ER and comes face to face with a gorgeous man of his dreams.

Must have romance and either a happily ever after (HEA) or a happy for now (HFN) ending

Release: Dec 1-25
Submission close: September 29
Cover: Shared cover, individual release
Length:  5k – 25k words
Heat Rating: Any
Combination: M/M, Menage

Any plot bunnies come to you?  

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