Expiring Calls

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We’re collecting calls for submissions for LGBT sci fi, fantasy and supernatural stories here. If you know of one, let us know at scott@queerscifi.com.

These are calls with expiration dates. If you are looking for ongoing Calls for Submission, click here.


Submission Deadline: 2/23/17

MLR PressTitle: Shimmer!
Genre: All Subgenres
Word Count: 10-40K
Publisher: MLR Press
Editor: Kris Jacen
Contact: special_submissions@mlrpress.com
Payment: Contact publisher
Description: Visit the Warm Glow and sample their signature liqueur — Shimmer! Rumor has it that its taste changes based on how you try it. Do a shot? Cinnamon and you’re hard and horny. Mix it up? Fruity flavors and you’ll be feeling adventurous and up for different things (what you’ll do depends on what flavor you taste). Add Shimmer to your hot beverage of choice? Chocolate or mint or both and you’ll be ready for some cuddling. So mixologists beware, Shimmer can be anything and everything in your
drinks. Submissions should: All stories should have one (or both) of the main characters sampling Shimmer in some form; what form and their reactions are up to the imagination of the author.
Website: http://www.mlrbooks.com/Submissions.php


Submission Deadline: 2/28/17

Sapphire BooksTitle: A Heart Well Traveled…. Tales of Long Distance Love Affairs & Unlikely Outcomes
Genre: All Subgenres
Word Count: 1.5-5K
Publisher: Sapphire Books
Editor: Sally Anne
Contact: sallyanne@sapphirebooks.com
Payment: $50 and 2 contributor print copies
Description: We are looking for stories that feature a “Long Distance Love Relationship” at its nucleus, or as a key part of the story. The focus of the story is the journey the characters take and how their lives evolve as a result of it. The only limitation is the main character(s) must be lesbian or progress to identifying as lesbian. Make it gut retching, emotionally riveting, sexy or as hot as your imagination will allow. A happy ending is always nice but isn’t a requirement of this Anthology. The main character(s) must be lesbian or identify as lesbian. We will accept fiction or non-fiction but no poetry. All adult genres within that framework will be considered.
Website: http://sapphirebooks.com/media/AnthoHeartCALLNotice.pdf​


Submission Deadline: 3/5/17

MLR PressTitle: Fairies, Faes and Sprites, Oh My! (The FFS Club)
Genre: All Subgenres
Word Count: 10-40K
Publisher: MLR Press
Editor: Kris Jacen
Contact: special_submissions@mlrpress.com
Payment: Contact publisher
Description: It takes all kinds! From the cute, twinkie fairies to the rough and tumble faes and even those outdoorsy types of sprites to make up the FFS. No discrimination in this club – okay, maybe some are a bit biased against humans and other paranormal creatures but can you blame them? Those in the FFS no matter how masculine or butch are always thought of as “those cute pixie dust spreading winged creaturesâ”. Club bylines: 1) must be at least 50% fairy/fae/sprite; 2) must be willing to be open-minded; 3) no casting spells on other members of the club; and 4) as the witches say (okay, yeah, they might have gotten something right) – above all else, do no harm. Submissions should: All stories should have one (or both) of the main characters as either a fairy/fae/sprite.
Website: http://www.mlrbooks.com/Submissions.php


Submission Deadline: 03/31/17

Mischief Corner BooksTitle: Wet Summer Nights Anthology
Genre: All Subgenres
Word Count: 10-18K Max
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Editor: Editor
Contact: submission.mischiefcornerbooks@gmail.com
Payment: Single Pay Arrangement
Description: WSummers can often be hot and volatile, with everyone looking for a way to cool down or release the heat. Strong personalities collide and rivals clash when heat waves hit all time highs. The suits have no idea how good they have it in their air-conditioning and fancy offices. Of course, the working grunts outside have perfected the art of cooling down. So what if they’re from the opposite side of town. Sparks will fly on wet summer nights.

We’re looking for stories with a strong romantic element–all romances with well-developed genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, contemporary, etc.) will be considered and are strongly encouraged—starring gay protagonists. All male characters, cis* and trans* are welcome. Hopeful or happy endings are a must. A white collar/blue collar, cross-town, wrong side of the tracks lovers theme must be prevalent in the plot. Publication: July 2017
Website: http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/submissions.html


Submission Deadline: 4/5/17

MLR PressTitle: Unspoken Language
Genre: All Subgenres
Word Count: 10-40K
Publisher: MLR Press
Editor: Kris Jacen
Contact: special_submissions@mlrpress.com
Payment: Contact publisher
Description: IThere’s an unspoken language that’s just there waiting to be used. Flowers all have their own meaning: CARNATION Yellow – You Have Disappointed Me; CAMELLIA White – You’re Adorable; TULIP Red – Believe Me; and of course, ROSE Single Full Bloom – I Love You. Spring is a time for blooms to blossom and tell a story.

All stories should have flowers being given to one of the MCs (can be cut flowers, potted or planted). A reference for flower meanings can be found at http://thelanguageofflowers.com/
Website: http://www.mlrbooks.com/Submissions.php