If you are submitting your work to publishers, it pays to research the house to see if they have a section that is relevant to you. Here are some examples of themed open calls for authors to check out. There are no deadlines on these. Next week, I'll post the open calls with deadlines.
Harlequin: Harlequin has started up a few new section that will launch this year, and a few older ones with an entirely different staff that you should be pitching.
Harlequin Digital First is looking for manuscripts and series to publish in ebook form. Anything over 10K words
Harlequin KISS: a contemporary, modern romance theme.
Harlequin Heartwarming: tender, emotional romances in the style of Sleepless in Seattle.
"Wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate traditional values, strong communities, family connections and true love."
70K-75K words. Will launch July 2013 in the States.
Kimani Press: fiction featuring African American heroes and heroines.
Harlequin Historical Undone: a short and snappy historical series.
Harlequin Nocturne: short paranormals.
Passion in Print: PIP is looking for the themed short stories right now.
The works must be:
10K-15K words in length.
Scorching heat factor (ie: EROTIC)
m/f or menage (m/f/m, f/m/f)
They also must follow regular submission guidelines.
The categories are as follows:
- Cupid's Arrow (Valentines Day Themed, must be menage)
- Summer Heat
- Cowboy Style
- European Vacation (Must involve a shifter)
- Fusion Series (Interracial)
- Spells of the Heart (Witches, wizards, etc.)
- Beyond the Horizon (sci-fi)
- Titillating Treat (Halloween)
- Holiday Spice (Christmas)
There are no submission date requirements on the website. Click here for more information.
ABOUT: PIP is the hetero offshoot publisher of MLR (Manlove Romance), owned by Laura Baumbach. It appears they've been in business since 2010 and have about 20 regular authors.
(I will post next week about open calls, which publishers put out when they are looking to fill an anthology or short series of works on a theme.)