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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 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

Call for Submissions: Food-themed Sci-Fi and Fantasy | Due Aug. 1

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Ursula Pflug and Candas Jane Dorsey are seeking food-centered speculative fiction for an upcoming anthology from Exile Publishing called The Food of My People. Stories can contain up to 5,000 words and must include a recipe. Any speculative genre is acceptable, from fantasy to scifi. The recipe can be real or fantastical, and should be tasty. Pays 5¢/word (Canadian currency). … Read more

Call for Submissions: Franklin/Kerr Press Dystopian Horror Anthology | Due July 21

Franklin/Kerr Press has a call our for horror stories of the apocalypse. Stories should be 2,000–8,000 words (longer will be considered). Payment is $5 per 1,000 words plus a percentage of net royalties for one year after all production costs have been covered, in exchange for exclusive English-language rights for one year and non-exclusive English-language rights thereafter. Authors will also receive a print copy of the anthology. Deadline is July 21.

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Call for Submissions: Contemporary Royal Romance Novellas | Due July 30

Carina Press is looking for scandalous stories of modern-day royals in real or imagined nations or principalities. (The characters must, however, be fictional.) The genre should be romance and any pairing is acceptable, including multiples. Novellas should be 25,000 to 40,000 words. Publication is in digital format as ebooks, and payment is in royalties. … Read more

Call for Submissions: Romance stories to help UK Red Cross | Due July 14

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Lucy Felthouse has posted a call for submissions for a romance anthology to raise money for the British Red Cross’s UK Solidarity Fund to help victims of terror anywhere in the UK. Tentatively titled United in Love, it will feature stories set in Britain that focus on pulling together in the face of hardship and adversity. Stories should be 3,000 to 6,000 words with a focus on romance from hot to erotic. … Read more