Open calls that writers out there might want to know about

(Posted by chris the cynic)

I considered holding this for the weekly writer’s workshop, but I figure sooner is better.  There are six open calls on our radar right now.  Two we’ve already mentioned here:

The four ones we’ve learned of more recently are from Inkstained Succubus:

  • Taking Flight
    Deadline: June 15th, 2014

    Whether angels, demons, birdfolk, elves, or the Tuatha de Dannan, we have always been fascinated by wings. For this anthology, we ask for your greatest erotic fiction with wings. Let us touch the soft feathers or spidersilk and be wrapped in them, strange sensations against flesh. All pairings welcome, all genres considered.Pairing: Any (M/M, F/F, M/F, Trans* inclusive) erotic
    Happy ending required.
  • Candle in the Dark
    Deadline: September 15, 2014

    Deck the halls, and pull out the holly and the ivy. The longest, darkest night of the year should be brighter because of the warmth of romance and the heat of passion. Winter holidays abound in this anthology, with a wide welcome to any traditional (or inventive) winter holiday. Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Saturnalia, or Solstice, if your boys celebrate it, we want their story.Pairing: M/M erotic
    Happy ending required.
  • Somewhere Out There
    Deadline: December 15th, 2014

    Beyond our understanding lies a great, wide galaxy full of adventure, romance, and very, very hot beings. This anthology is fully science-fiction, both far and near future, with or without dystopia. Introduce us to your finest worldbuilding and storytelling, and show us your view of the future…and who will be with whom in it.Pairing: Any (M/M, M/F, F/F, Trans* and Poly inclusive) erotic
    Happy ending not required, though Happy For Now encouraged.

    Note: This is a line, not just an anthology. With a good response, we’ll be launching a SF/F line. Therefore, submissions for this call should be 3k-15k for the anthology, but 15k-100k will be considered for simultaneous release.
  • [Genre Genderqueer Anthology]
    Deadline: March 15th, 2015

    The spectrum would be a dark place with only black and white, and gender is no exception. We want your finest genderqueer/fluid characters doing what they do best. Whether science-fiction, fantasy, steampunk, or paranormal, these stories should be plot focused and starring a character not on the normal gender spectrum. However, we emphasize that this is not an anthology for genderqueer issues.Pairing: Genderqueer, Any erotic
    Happy For Now required.

    NOTE: Also seeking an inventive, inclusive name for this anthology.

Note that all of those four are listed on the same open call page here, and the submissions page for them is here.

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6 thoughts on “Open calls that writers out there might want to know about

  1. ZMiles April 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    http://www.angiebenedetti.com/blog/category/anthology-market-listings/ is a monthly list of genre fiction anthology calls for submissions.

    Not all of these are ‘professional’ sales, as defined by SFWA (which is being paid at least 5c/word for a short story, rising to 6c/word on July 1), but many of them are.

  2. Lonespark May 2, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Another one. Poetry. (Not paid. You only get books.)

    http://www.dancinggirlpress.com/index2.html

  3. alexseanchai May 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This isn’t an open call exactly: http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Grants/SLFDiversityGrant.php –the idea is the winners of these grants (one for new and emerging writers in underrepresented/underprivileged populations such as women, queer people, disabled people…, one for people writing in diverse worlds) get $500 each to aid in the completion of a novel or novel-length short story collection.

  4. froborr May 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Hmm… I might just apply for that Diverse Worlds grant.

  5. alexseanchai May 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

    http://thebooksmugglers.com/2014/05/announcing-book-smugglers-publishing-we-want-your-short-stories.html Theme this go-round: subversive (and diverse) fairy tale retellings.

  6. lonespark42 May 6, 2014 at 4:25 am

    YES! (I came here to post the Book Smugglers one, but you are way ahead of me.)
    I know a bunch of Slacktiverse-ites would be great at that!

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