Call for Submissions: Pride Publishing Seeks LGBTQI Fiction | No deadline

Pride Publishing, an imprint of the Totally Entwined publishing group, seeks books about characters who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex. Manuscripts should be 10,000 to 100,000 words and may be standalone stories or part of a series. The standard contract is for four years and includes subsidiary and worldwide rights. … Read more

Pen to Pen: Liv Rancourt on researching historical romances

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For this week’s Pen to Pen Column, Liv Rancourt has stopped by to talk about the ins and outs of researching historical romances. The process is fresh in her mind, as she’s just released Aqua Follies, a gay romance set in the water ballet scene of 1950s Seattle. You didn’t know there was a Seattle water ballet scene? That’s not all her book covers, and keeping track of the historical trivia was quite the task. She has some great advice for digging up the details that movies and history books might not tell you. … Read more

Call for Submissions: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 | Due Nov. 1

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Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of the Cleis Press anthology series Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, wants submissions for Volume 4. She would like to see more submissions by and about transgender women, women of color, women 40 and up, and women outside of the United States. The call is open to women and nonbinary writers only.

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Review: BlankPage distraction-free writing app

A lot of writers swear by distraction-free writing apps to help them get their word done. I’ve never tried one before, but probably should have, given how often I accidentally click away to Facebook in the middle of writing a story. So I was interested to see today that AppSumo is offering lifetime access to BlankPage for only $25. Access to the app usually cost $10/month. I decided to check it out. … Read more

 Call for Submissions | CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth | Due July 31

Martian Migraine Press seeks stories about the terrifying worlds that lie beneath for CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth. The seed story for the anthology is H.P. Lovecraft’s The Rats in the Walls, though writers are expected to conjure up their own horrors. Stories should generally be 1,500 to 7,000 words, though flash fiction will also be considered. Payment is 3¢/word (Canadian currency). … Read more

Pen to Pen: Coping with Rejection by K.S. Trenten

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Welcome to Pen to Pen, a new weekly feature on my writing blog where authors stop by to talk about things they’ve learned along the way. Kicking the series off is K.S. Trenten, a wonderfully creative author of queer fantasy that I met when we both were publishing with the now-defunct Torquere Press. Today, she has some advice for those of us who have experienced rejection. And since that’s pretty much every writer who’s ever tried to get a story published, what she has to say will help a lot of people. … Read more