New Releases: Two gay holiday romances from Asta Idonea to celebrate Christmas and the New Year

Asta Idonea is one of my go-to writers for stories that make me smile. They’re fun and engaging, and even when she uses familiar tropes or character types as a basis, she always brings a fresh angle so that I never feel bored or like I’ve read the story somewhere else before. She has two new contemporary gay short stories out from NineStar Press this holiday season, and each is just 99¢ in the United States. Read on to learn more! … Read more

Submission Call: Stories that reimagine mythological monsters, pays £50, due Feb. 28

little girl with snakes for hair stands on a rock. in background, ghostly woman with snakes for hair watches benevolently Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for fantasy, horror, and sci-fi that reimagines monsters from ancient world cultures. They’re accepting fiction and poetry. … Read more

Submission Call: BLF Press seeks Black women’s speculative writing, pays $50, due June 30

BLF Press invites Black women writers to submit stories and poetry to Black to the Future, an anthology of Black speculative writing, “including science fiction, fantasy, and Afrofuturism.” The editors are Stephanie Andrea Allen, Lauren Cherelle, and Krystal A. Smith.
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Submission Call: True Love Stories, pays $200, due Jan. 15 (extended deadline)

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Chicken Soup for the Soul wants nonfiction stories and poems for its upcoming book about the miracle of romantic love. They’re wide open to different takes on this subject, from crazy dating adventures to “amazing coincidences that led to you meeting your soul mate” to finding love again after a divorce or breakup. Stories should be true, although writers may use pen names. … Read more