Editor taking pitches today!

by Tami Dane on October 28th, 2010

Today on the Casablanca Authors blog, Deb Werksman, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks Casablanca is answering questions and taking pitches. Have a book to pitch? Now’s your chance!

http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/

Writing Contest: The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

by Tami Dane on October 20th, 2010

The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

Established and sponsored by Stephanie Dray, this literary competition is aimed at discovering, mentoring, and publishing young, aspiring female writers. In particular, we wish to foster new voices with an appreciation for women’s history. The contest is named after the inspirational Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who was, herself, an author of books about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights and measures.

Prizes

  • Teen Category Grand Prize:  Either $100 USD cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to a certificate, a feature article on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a one month writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Young Women Category Grand Prize: Either $100 USD cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to a certificate, a feature article on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a one month writing mentorship and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
  • Finalists Prize:  Constructive feedback from publishing industry professionals, mentions on Ms. Dray’s blog and in her newsletter, a certificate, and a free book supplied by Ms. Dray and affiliated authors.

Eligibility

  • Females between the ages of 13-18 for the teen category
  • Females between the ages of 19-22 for the young women’s category
  • This is an international contest, so writers outside of the US are eligible

Themes

“Selene’s life is a lesson to us that the trajectory of women’s equality hasn’t always been a forward march. In some ways the ancients were more advanced than we are today; there have been setbacks before and may be more in the future.”

~Stephanie Dray

This year’s submissions must echo themes explored in Ms. Dray’s novel, LILY OF THE NILE, including, but not limited to:

  • The world of Cleopatra Selene
  • Women in Ancient History
  • Female Spirituality
  • Gender Roles then and Now
  • Survival vs. Honor
  • The True Meaning of Home
  • Courage & Ambition
  • Betrayal & Forgiveness
  • Secrets & Deceit

Contest Rules

  • Entrants retain all publication rights
  • No entry fee is required; no purchase required
  • Awards will be judged by published authors and publishing professionals
  1. Short stories, essays, poems and excerpts from novels and novellas are all welcome, in any genre, as long as they focus on one of the themes listed above and adhere to the rules listed below.
  2. All contest rules must be observed and all eligibility requirements met or the entry will be dismissed.
  3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarized work will not be tolerated in any form, and entries cannot have been previously published or purchased by professional media, either electronic or print. (If you previously published this piece on your website for your friends to read, that will not disqualify you unless your post has received more than 5,000 views.)
  4. Entries are limited in length to 2,000 words, but excerpts from longer works are allowable. No cover letter is necessary.
  5. Entries must be submitted electronically and include the subject header: CONTEST ENTRY
  6. Entries must include the author’s legal name, a pen name (if any), valid mailing address, telephone number, email address, a word count, and the age of the author. Failure to include any of this information will result in disqualification.
  7. Entries should be included in the body of the email; please don’t include any attachments as they can often trigger junk mail filters.
  8. All announcements regarding this contest will be made via Ms. Dray’s newsletter, so entrants must join.
  9. Entries must be received no later than 11pm EST March 1, 2011.
  10. Semi-Finalists are tentatively scheduled to be announced on May 1, 2011 and Finalists are tentatively scheduled to be announced on August 1, 2011.
  11. Only one entry per author and all entries must be the final version. No revisions will be accepted once the entry has been submitted.
  12. Entries will NOT be judged by Ms. Dray, but by industry professionals. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
  13. Contest judges reserve right to close contest before the deadline if overwhelmed by too many entries, so get yours in early!
  14. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Additional Contest Sponsors include:

Call for Submission: Warrior Wisewoman

by Tami Dane on October 19th, 2010

WARRIOR WISEWOMAN 4

WRITERS GUIDELINES

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Warrior Wisewoman is an annual anthology series of science fiction featuring powerful and remarkable women, edited by Roby James.The first volume was published by Norilana Books in June 2008, the second volume in June 2009, and the third volume in August 2010.

The anthology was conceived as a sister volume to the classic Sword and Sorceress fantasy series originally edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, with the main difference being that the story themes will involve science fiction instead of fantasy, and they will be intended for a more mature audience, allowing a mixture of serious contemporary issues and reasonable sexual content (but no erotica) in addition to action and adventure. The stories will have a stronger focus on the interface between scientific exploration and our sense of wonder.

Editor Roby James says:

“I am looking for stories that shed light on the truth of what it means to be female, that illuminate the wisdom and the strength of a woman, but not in cliché ‘goddess’ stories. I love action and adventure, grand space opera, thrilling discovery, and intelligent protagonists. Make the story thoughtful, wise, and surprising. In addition, the stories in the anthology should appeal to genuine emotions, suspense, fear, sorrow, delight, wonder. The science can be part of the background and the characters foremost, or the science can be central to the story, as long as the characters are realistic and appealing. It is strongly recommended you read the previous volumes to get an idea of what kind of material we’re looking for.”This is science fiction, but I also welcome stories of spiritual exploration, looking at the bond between the scientific and the divine. I want to see how a woman survives tragedy and disaster, overcomes impossible odds, achieves her true potential, or goes on to thrive in a marvelous universe of so many possibilities, using what is inside her, as well as what she finds in the laboratory, the alien planet, or space itself.

“The stories should contain the question of ‘what if’ on some level. And they should have a woman answer it.”

Read the editorial Introduction to Volume One.


Guidelines for Volume #4 of the Anthology:

RIGHTS PURCHASED: First English Language Rights and non-exclusive electronic rights. The anthology will be published by Norilana Books in a trade paperback edition in June 2011, to be followed by an electronic edition to be produced later.

PAYMENT: $0.02 a word on acceptance, and a pro rata share of royalties, plus a contributor copy.

WORD LENGTH: Up to 10,000 words, with longer stories having to be exceptional.

READING PERIOD begins on September 15, 2010. Please do not submit your stories before then.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2011.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submissions are electronic only. Please submit your story as a Word (.doc or .rtf) attachment to your e-mail. The subject line of your e-mail should say “Submission: Story Title, last name of author.” Also, include a brief cover letter. It should have your full name, address, e-mail address, title of story, number of words, and brief biographical information in case we don’t know you, with most recent publishing credits, if applicable. We are open to new writers and seasoned veterans alike.

EDITORIAL ADDRESS:

We look forward to reading your most inspired work.

Call for Submission: Circlet Press

by Tami Dane on September 30th, 2010

Like a Moonrise

Circlet Press is looking for erotic coming-of-age stories about animal shapeshifters for the new ebook anthology, Like a Moonrise, edited by Artemis Savory and Cecilia Tan. All animals have instincts, but what happens when those instincts emerge in someone who is already settled in human life? Whether your character is just reaching adulthood (18+ characters only please) or whether their shapeshifting gives them a whole new adolescence, explore the struggle with urges and maturity. Most animals have a tender side, but sometimes they’re driven too far. What becomes suddenly irresistible, or despised? How does the particular shape affect their human lives? Are things different for werewolves versus were-tigers, for shifters who have phases versus those who can change at will? We’re looking for stories that focus on a human’s new identity as he/she becomes a shapeshifter, the everyday temptations and restraints, and especially the breaking point. Circlet Press welcomes sex-positive stories of all sexualities and preferences.

Submission Details:
Deadline for submission is October 15th. Our preferred length is approximately 3500 to 7500 words, but we will consider the range from 2000 to 10,000 words. All submissions must be made via email to the following address: artemissavory@gmail.com.

More details: Submissions sent to other addresses/other editors at Circlet Press will not be considered. Standard manuscript formatting rules apply even though sending as an attachment (MS Word .doc or .rtf preferred). Please note that this means your name, address, and email contact must appear on the manuscript itself and not simply in your email message. (If you’re not sure what standard short story submission format should look like, Google is your friend.)

No simultaneous submissions (that is, don’t also send your story elsewhere at the same time, and don’t send it to multiple Circlet editors, either), and no multiple submissions to the same book. One story per author per anthology, thanks.

All stories must include explicit sexuality and erotic focus. Romantic content is welcome, but in a short story remember to keep the details on the action and its effects on the main character’s internal point of view. Whether first person or third person, a strong, singular narrative voice is our preference (no ‘head hopping’ or swapping points of view within scene).

For more details on our editorial preferences, see the general submission guidelines on circlet.com. We highly recommend reading the guidelines, especially the “do not send” list, to increase your chances of sending us something we’ll love. Try to avoid cliches. Fresh and direct language is preferred to overly euphemistic. Sex-positive, please, no rape/nonconsensuality/necrophilia or other purposefully gross topics. We do not publish horror.

Originals only, no reprints. We purchase first rights for inclusion in the ebook anthology for $25, with the additional rights to a print edition later which would also be paid $25 if a print edition happens. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Circlet exercises rights to the anthology as a whole.

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Like an Iron Fist

Circlet Press is seeking submissions for its new ebook anthology Like an Iron Fist: Dystopian Erotica, edited by Katherine Bergeron and Cecilia Tan. We are looking for stories that explicitly expose the erotic edge of tyranny and human desire. The best novels of the genre (1984, Brave New World, Handmaid’s Tale) simmer with passion under the surface of societal oppression. Reveal that passion to us, celebrate the sexuality that bursts forth; that’s what we’re looking for. Kink and queer stories are very welcome, as this volume will mix stories of various sexualities.

Submission Details:
Deadline for submission is October 15th. Our preferred length is approximately 3500 to 7500 words, but we will consider the range from 2000 to 10,000 words. All submissions must be made via email to the following address: kb.circlet@gmail.com

More details: Submissions sent to other addresses/other editors at Circlet Press will not be considered. Standard manuscript formatting rules apply even though sending as an attachment (MS Word .doc or .rtf preferred). Please note that this means your name, address, and email contact must appear on the manuscript itself and not simply in your email message. (If you’re not sure what standard short story manuscript submission format should look like, Google is your friend.)

No simultaneous submissions (that is, don’t also send your story elsewhere at the same time, and don’t send it to multiple Circlet editors, either), and no multiple submissions to the same book. One story per author per anthology, thanks.

All stories must include explicit sexuality and erotic focus. Romantic content is welcome, but in a short story remember to keep the details on the action and its effects on the main character’s internal point of view. Whether first person or third person, a strong, singular narrative voice is our preference (no ‘head hopping’ or swapping points of view within scene).

For more details on our editorial preferences, see the general submission guidelines on circlet.com. We highly recommend reading the guidelines, especially the “do not send” list, to increase your chances of sending us something we’ll love. Try to avoid cliches. Fresh and direct language is preferred to overly euphemistic. Sex-positive, please, no rape/nonconsensuality/necrophilia or other purposefully gross topics. We do not publish horror.

Originals only, no reprints. We purchase first rights for inclusion in the ebook anthology for $25, with the additional rights to a print edition later which would also be paid $25 if a print edition happens. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Circlet exercises rights to the anthology as a whole.

Call for Submissions: Samhain Publishing Cyberpunk Romance Anthology

by Tami Dane on September 29th, 2010

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Welcome to the future, a cyberpunk future—-post-industrial dystopias where society has broken down; a world of advanced science, cybernetic and tech. The cyberpunk world is a dark and gritty place, blurring the border between actual and virtual reality.

I’m very happy to announce an open call for submissions for a new, yet-to-be-titled summer 2011 cyberpunk romance anthology. Don’t know what cyberpunk is? Think The Matrix and Bladerunner, or the popular role-playing/computer game/book series Shadowrun. For more information on cyberpunk, you can check out the entry on wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk.

I’m open to M/F, M/M, F/F, or multiples thereof, any sexual heat level, and the romance must end happily ever after or happy for now.
The novellas must range between 25,000 to 30,000 words in length, no more, no less—please note, only manuscripts that fall in this word count will be considered for this anthology—and will be released individually as ebooks in August 2011.

Submissions are open to all authors, published with Samhain or aspiring to be published with Samhain. All submissions must be new material—previously published submissions will not be considered. Additionally, manuscripts previously submitted, whether individually or for past anthologies, will not be considered either. Be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please include:

The full manuscript (of 25,000 to 30,000 words) with a comprehensive 2-5 page synopsis. Also include a letter of introduction/query letter. Full manuscripts are required for this as it is a special project.

As well, when you send your manuscript, be sure to use the naming convention Cyberpunk_Title_MS and Cyberpunk_Title_Synopsis. This will ensure that your submission doesn’t get missed in the many submissions we receive, and makes it easy for me to find in my ebook reader.

Submissions are open until February 1, 2011.
No submissions will be accepted after this date—no exceptions. A final decision will be made by February 28, 2011. Send your submission to editor@samhainpublishing.com and include Cyberpunk Anthology in the subject line.

Questions and queries can be addressed to Sasha Knight (sasha@samhainpublishing.com) though do your due diligence and read this anthology call completely and check the Samhain Submission FAQ page before emailing. http://www.samhainpublishing.com/faq

Permission to forward or repost granted.

Writing Contest: All Romance’s Just One Bite short story contest

by Tami Dane on September 7th, 2010

Authors wanted for All Romance’s Just One Bite Short Story Contest! We are very excited about this contest. Thirty-two of the short stories submitted will be deemed “Semi-Finalists” and released onto the AllRomance.com and OmniLit.com websites on October 1, 2010.

Readers will vote for their favorite short stories during 5 rounds of voting with the field being narrowed at the end of each round. The first prize winning author will receive $1000 US. The second prize winning author will receive an 8GB iPod Touch. The third prize winning author will receive a $100 eBook Bucks Gift Certificate redeemable either at AllRomance.com or OmniLit.com.

Submissions will be accepted between September 1 and September 28, 2010. Each title must be an original, never before published paranormal romance work between 2,500 and 3,000 words and will be marketed exclusively by All Romance/OmniLit. Aut hors can access the submissions forms via this page http://www.allromanceebooks.com/submissions.html . Authors need to complete all fields to the best of their ability at the time of submission. I’ll be the Editor-In-Charge for the Contest and will lead the committee that will make the final decision on September 30 as to which submissions will be chosen as the Semi-Finalists. Stories selected as one of the 32 will be released for voting on October 1.

Authors should keep in mind that we will not be editing these manuscripts. They must have them edited PRIOR to submission.

We anticipate having more wonderful stories than we have slots for. If a story is not chosen as a Semi-Finalist, rights will be returned. Questions about the Contest can be directed to me at:

cat.johnson@allromanceebooks.com

Thanks again for your interest!

Cat Johnson

Writing Contest: Mills and Boon New Voices

by Tami Dane on August 31st, 2010

Copied from: The Pink Heart Society blog

At Mills & Boon, we believe that there’s a romance in everyone – and we want yours! Have you ever dreamed of becoming a published author and writing your way into readers’ hearts? Well, this is your chance!

What is New Voices?

In September 2010 we launch a global search for fresh writing talent to join Mills & Boon’s galaxy of romantic fiction stars.

A celebration of romance, New Voices will put entrants through their romantic fiction paces – and we want you to have your say every step of the way!

The winner of the competition will win some fantastic prizes, including publication of the winning entry by Mills & Boon and a Mills & Boon editor for a year!

How Do I Enter?

Anyone who hasn’t been published before (see the Ts & Cs for more details!) can enter the competition; all you need to do is upload the first chapter of your Mills & Boon novel to this website from 6th September 2010. There’ll be just one entry per person allowed, so make sure that it’s your best! So, get writing!

How Will It Work?

There’ll be FOUR stages to the competition:

Stage One

We want everyone to upload the first chapter of their Mills & Boon novel! The best bit is that you’ll be able to read everyone else’s entry as well – and be able to comment on them too. Let’s get the romance debate going!

Stage Two

The Mills & Boon editorial team will whittle down all the entries to just ten finalists, who’ll be asked to write the second chapter of their Mills & Boon novel.

Stage Three

We’ll ask YOU to vote for your favourite entry out of the top ten. Along with the judges, you’ll decide on the four finalists who go through to the next round!

Stage Four

The finalists will write the ‘pivotal moment’ of their Mills & Boon novel. Then, with the judges, you’ll decide the winner by voting for your favourite.

Power to the romance fans!!!

How Do I Get Involved?

Whether you’re a writer or a reader – we need you! We’d love you enter the competition, and you can also join the debate:

  • Tell us which entry is your favourite
  • Tell us what kind of romances you like – and don’t like!
  • Vote for your favourite finalist and help to decide the winner

This is your chance to have your say about what Mills & Boon publishes and we can’t wait to hear from you!

And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got some great prizes and giveaways, so there’s plenty of reasons to stop by from 6th September.

Inspiration

Want to get writing asap? Check out millsandboon.co.uk for more on our fantastic authors, great offers and all the latest releases to inspire you! And remember, there’s no better research than reading the books and knowing your market…

Even better than that, why not attend a Mills & Boon Masterclass by one of our authors or editors at libraries across the UK? After all, they’re the experts….

Author / Editor Library Date Contact
Michelle Styles Knaresborough 1st Sep, 7pm 0845 300 5112
Heidi Rice Brent 6th Aug,
6.30 – 8.30
020 8937 3400
Kate Walker Doncaster TBC 01302 736000
Liz Fielding Carmarthan 9th August 01267 224824
Caroline Anderson & Kate Hardy Diss & Attleborough 18th August 01953 452 319 (Attleborough)
01379 642 609 (Diss)
Chantelle Shaw Dover 7th September 01304 374 726
Meg Lewis
& Megan Bassett – Editors
Havering 26th August,
6 – 7.45pm
01708 342071
Lucy Gilmour
Flo Nicoll
Anna Boatman
East Sheen 7th September, time tbc 020 8876 8800
Fiona Harper Bromley TBC 0208 461 7185
India Grey Nantwich 9th September 01270 624867

Come Back Soon!

From September 6th 2010, this site will be the hub of New Voices, with all sorts of brilliant stuff going on:

  • Enter the competition
  • Vote for your favourite entry
  • Get fantastic insights from our editors ranging from writing masterclasses to their thoughts on the competition entries
  • FREE eBooks to download
  • FREE short stories
  • Blogs from your favourite authors.
  • Fantastic prize draws

See you soon!

GREAT news!

by Tami Dane on August 11th, 2010

The contracts have been signed, sealed and delivered! It’s official. Blood of Eden is due October 1st!

*doing the happy dance*

Update: Progress Report, Blood of Eden and The Contest.

by Tami Dane on July 23rd, 2010

First, I’m thrilled to report I am ALMOST FINISHED with the first draft of Blood of Eden (yayyyyyy!) It isn’t due until September first, so I will have a full month to edit, edit, edit. That’s exactly how I like it!

And now, the news I’m sure everyone has been waiting for…

First, the title that received the most votes:  A Dark Skye Novel, which narrowly beat out A Sloan Skye Novel.

And the winner of my Pick a Series Title Contest (selected by a random number generator) is….

tonni06@gmail.com

Congratulations to the winner! And thank you all for your suggestions!

Please check back often! I’ll be running a new contest soon!

My alter ego, Tawny Taylor, is guest blogging today!

by Tami Dane on July 21st, 2010

Check out my guest blog post on the Smutketeers! There’s a prize up for grabs!