Thursday, February 24, 2011

Etopia Press's Latest Calls

Special Submission Calls




Shift into Summer…

The call of the wild on a cool desert night, the crisp ocean breeze exciting the pack… whatever does it for your shifter heroes or heroines does it for us. Give us your hottest erotic shifter stories, your most romantic tales of conflict and passion, all rolled into your sexiest summer setting and make us howl with joy! Keep them predatory and sexy… the werehamsters may have their own call at a later date. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: May 1, 2011



Word Count: 10K through novel length.

Genre: Erotic paranormal romance featuring male or female shifters (m/f, m/m, ménage, IR/MC/BBW/OW, you name it)

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address submissions to: ShiftIntoSummer@etopia-press.net



Don't Turn Off the Light…



We're looking for traditional and cutting-edge horror, the kind that's scary, not simply graphic depictions of death. Hauntings, rural backwoods horror, urban noir, the madness that lies within… it's all good, as long as the mood is dark and there's plenty of tension to drive the characters to the limit. If it's a more traditional tale, make sure it hasn't been done to death (graphic or otherwise). We want character-driven stories that will keep us up into the wee hours…to avoid turning off the light. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: June 1



Word Count: 25K through novel length

Genre: horror, all sub-genres

Theme: any theme, as long as it's scary.

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address submissions to: DontTurnOffTheLight@etopia-press.net



Black Cat Tales



Or tails… or whiskers… or whatever other black cat bits you can fit into a Halloween-themed story. This call is open to all genres and categories--literary fiction, romance, erotic romance, urban fantasy, horror, SF--whatever best suits your tale, as long as it involves a black cat as a significant story element. More than that, we're not going to say. Just make sure they cross our path by June 1, 2011. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: July 1, 2011



Word count: 15K through novel length

Genre: all

Themes: Halloween, black cats

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address submissions to: BlackCatTales@etopia-press.net



In the Line of Fire



Do you write your romance splashed with a liberal amount of suspense? Do you think a nice, safe story is just boring without a hefty dose of danger? Do you love keeping your readers guessing who done somebody wrong? We're looking for your hottest romantic suspense stories, heavy on conflict and adventure, with tough-guy heroes to die for and feisty heroines who don't need anyone to save them, thank you very much. If this sounds like your book, we're dying to read it. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2011



Word Count: 25K through novel length

Genre: romantic suspense, all heat levels from sweet to erotic

Theme: all

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address Submissions to: InTheLineofFire@etopia-press.net



Ho-Ho-Holiday Heat…



We're shopping early for your best erotic romance novellas for our Ho-Ho-Holiday theme. Are you on Santa's naughty list? Stranded in a little too much snow on Christmas Eve? Working some special Solstice magic? Anything goes, as long as it's hot, hot, hot! M/M, IR, MC, BBW, BDSM, ménage… all the better. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2011



Word count: 15-35K

Genre: erotic romance (m/f, m/m, ménage), all subgenres, standard heat ratings of 4 or 5

Theme: winter holidays

Format: individual release; e-book

Address Submissions to: HolidayHeat@etopia-press.net





How to Format Your Submission and Where to Send It

*** A Note on Following Guidelines***



Please follow these guidelines exactly when submitting to us. We're not trying to make you jump through hoops, but without the information we need where we need it, we can't log your submission into our database and shuffle the parts where they need to go. Yes, I can open all the parts and collect all the information and type it into your documents myself--if it's all there. Sometimes it isn't. So if I open up the submissions box to find a bunch of nice shiny submissions that are all ready to go, and a bunch with no info that I know are going to be a pain, which ones would any sane, rational person do first?



Your submission should include:



1. A standard submission cover letter in the body of your email.



Start the email by writing the following in the top left corner: Real name, address, phone, email address, title of the work, pen name if any, genre or category, and the word count of your manuscript according to MS Word.

After that, you can put whatever you want in your cover letter. Adding your web or blog URL and any publication credits you may have will be a definite plus.

And don't forget the most important part - that short blurb that will pique our interest and make us eager to read more. Or at least give us your best attempt. We'll still read your manuscript even if the blurb isn't perfect



2. Complete manuscript, attached as an .RTF file



3. Short synopsis (2 or 3 pages). Set it up just like the manuscript document: same information in the top left corner, no headers or footers, same line spacing and fonts, etc. This you will also attach to your email as an .RTF file.



We accept email submissions only.



Important: If you're submitting to one of the special submission calls described above, please use the address that's listed with the call. Otherwise, your submission will end up in the general box and might not find its way to the call in time to be considered. If your submission is NOT for one of the special submission calls, email it to submissions@etopia-press.net



Response Time

We'll send you an autoreply just so you know we've received your submission. These autoreplies often get caught in spam filters, so if you don't get one, send us another email to let us know, and we'll manually confirm receipt of your manuscript. After that, you should hear from us in about four weeks...if you at least made a valiant effort to follow the guidelines above. If you didn't, it could take longer.