Happy holidays to everyone! We’re going to be renovating our submission guidelines over the next couple of days, but we did want to officially post what we’re looking for in 2011 and 2012!
Storm Moon Press is seeking novella and novel length fiction to fill various spots in the 2011-2012 line up. We have made it through our initial year, and we’re excited to step into the second with high expectations. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try our best to respond to you within 24-48 hours.
While we will accept submissions for any genre that includes GLBT, polyamorous, or alternative lifestyle fiction, we have some very specific topics we’re looking to publish in 2011-2012. If you are interested in any of the following lines, please review our submission guidelines before sending us queries or manuscripts.
All submissions for our open lines are subject to our standard submission guidelines. Please read them before submitting to us. Thank you.
Open Lines With No Deadline
Storm Moon Press is always looking for M/M erotic romance of all genres and themes, but especially the following:
* Bears – stories where one or more partners is big, burly, and hairy
* Urban fantasy or high fantasy – stories involving magic users or psychic abilities, no paranormal romances please
* Bad boys – stories with guys you wouldn’t take home to meet the family, rough and tough alpha males who send that shiver of danger down your spine while making your toes tingle
* Alternative history – stories of how the world might have changed had any one major event in history been just slightly different (John Wilkes Booth wasn’t just Lincoln’s assassin, but his jilted lover, anyone?); note: these must be believable with fully realized world building to support the skewing of history
* International romances – stories that do not take place in the United States and do not star more than one American as one of the heroes
Classics Reborn is a line of fiction that takes an old tale and makes it new. We’re not looking for such retellings like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sensibility and Sea-Monsters. What we want are complete updated retellings of works currently in the public domain. For example, West Side Story was an adaptation and modernization of the classic Romeo and Juliet, and this is what we’d like now. Shakespeare, Brontë, Austen, Chaucer, Melville, etc. are examples of acceptable authors. Please be sure that the story you choose is in the public domain, and Project Gutenberg is always a great place to start.
All retellings should incorporate erotic and romantic aspects, even if the original tale did not include such things. We are an erotic romance publisher, and so all stories should have that at the core. You are free to rename the characters and places if you choose, but the story must be recognizable. We are looking for retellings that are contemporary, fantastical, science-fictional, or any other appropriate genre you can apply your retelling to, though we would like to shy away from historicals for this. Use modern language, please, as this is an updating, not a 100% copy.
When Two Won’t Do is a line of poly-positive erotic romances. At Storm Moon Press, we see a distinct lack of positive, polyamorous romances, and we’d like to see that remedied. All genres are welcome for the line, as are all shades of sexuality, but we do have some small requirements before you submit anything to us.
We’re are NOT looking for threesome, ménage à trois, or orgy fiction. Polyamory is about more than the multiple partner sex, and this is what we want to showcase in this line. We’re interested in open, honest, committed relationships between more than two people with the full knowledge and consent of all involved. We will not accept anything that even winks in the direction of underhanded infidelity unless it is a conflict to be overcome through the course of the novel. Infidelity can be a plot element so long as it is not glamorized in any fashion, as relationships can weather such things and come out stronger in the end.
We ARE looking for strong relationships that evolve and reflect the truth and struggles of polyamorous life. Romances that show a like desire between all members of the relationship for the same thing, be that openness, fidelity, or some variation thereof. We would like to avoid the ‘hot bi babe’ added to an established M/F relationship cliché if possible, but you’re free to try and sell us on it if you really believe in your storyline.
The View From The Bottom looks to explore consensual BDSM relationships from the point of view of the submissive. Quite often, BDSM fiction neglects this very important aspect, and it is a gap we would like to fill. All genders and sexualities are welcome, so long as the primary point of view character is submissive or a switch. We are especially interested in fiction which showcases women as healthy, happy submissives in safe and sane relationships, though, as said earlier, all sexualities are welcome.
We will not accept dubious or non-consent, abuse, brainwashing, or torture. Extreme sadism and masochism is perfectly acceptable, as are most fetishes within context of a consenting relationship.
Full Figured Fantasy is a line of M/F and F/F romances featuring plus-sized heroines. By ‘plus-size’, we do NOT mean large breasts and a small waist. We are looking for true, full-figured women in these stories. Women with curves are as beautiful and desirable as the more traditional romance heroine, and we want to showcase that here. We are not looking for fat fetish stories, so please do not submit those to us. We are looking for erotic romances in all genres between men and women or women with other women where the main heroine is full-figured.
We also do not want pages and pages of fat-loathing or self-hatred. Such things are terribly negative and do not lend themselves to the romantic fantasy. A heroine who is not confident or has hang ups about her weight is fine, as that is a honest aspect of being a large woman, but self-hating is not acceptable.
Bundles of Joy is Storm Moon Press’ pregnancy line. We are looking for M/F, F/F, and, yes, even M/M erotic romances featuring a pregnant main character. We do not require the love interests to be married or even in a relationship at the start of the story, nor do we require the non-pregnant partner to be biologically connected to the pregnancy. All genres are acceptable, so long as the pregnancy is a key plot aspect. We do require, however, that should the pregnancy end during the duration of the story, that it end with a live birth, even if the couple does not keep the resulting infant (though you will have to really sell us on that one as we do feel these should have the HEA ending). No abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth fiction, please. Unplanned pregnancies are acceptable, as is surrogacy.
With regards to M/M pregnancy, we will consider mpreg stories should they be submitted to us provided a sufficiently satisfying explanation and mechanism for birth is defined in the story. We do not want mystical ass babies, and any mpreg fiction submitted will be highly scrutinized for believability.
Holiday Series, deadline October 31st
22 Days of Yule is a holiday series we would like to fill each year, beginning in 2011. We have two series we’re accepting submissions for at the same time, one that features M/M fiction, and a second one featuring F/F fiction. The stories must be erotic romance, be between 5,000 and 19,999 words, and must have a wintery/holiday theme at their heart.
All short stories will be released during 22 days, from December 1st until December 22nd. We pay 50% net royalties (‘net’ is defined in our contracts, which are negotiable). Duration of contract will be for three (3) years, and we seek exclusive, worldwide English rights. We will NOT accept reprints.
All submissions for the 22 Days of Yule series are subject to our standard submission guidelines.
Shades of Gray Anthology
Deadline: September 30th, 2011
Editor: S.L. Armstrong
This is a place where morality takes a backseat and the lines of right and wrong blur. In Shades of Gray, we are looking for short, M/M stories that push the envelope, are dark, sexy, and erotic. Hurt/comfort, dubious consent and forced seduction, imprisonment, angst, sadism, masochism, and perversion, all carefully wrapped in the package of erotic romance. We don’t want to see angst and torture for angst and torture’s sake, but because it will ultimately unite your two heroes who triumph over the darkest times in their lives. We want dark tones with bright rays of hope.
We will even consider sociopaths as main characters along the lines of Dexter and American Pyscho. All torment must be redeemed through romance and eroticism. Will will NOT accept outright rape, disgusting fetishes used as torture, or snuff stories. Dark yes, gross no.
Length of submissions should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words.
Only short stories that still have their First English language rights still attached will be considered, and we do ask for exclusive electronic and print rights for two (2) years, at which time, all rights revert. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
Payment is $0.013 per word (based on final, edited word count) paid upon publication, plus a PDF copy of the e-book, and two contributor copies of the print book.
We are accepting submissions until September 30th, 2011. Acceptance notifications and contracts will be issued during the month of October. All content to be featured in Shades of Gray will be edited. Planned release for both the e-book and print book is January 31st, 2012.
Again, please, look over our standard submission guidelines for all the details with regards for our lines, anthologies, and requirements.
Have a great holiday, folks!