Anthology Guidelines

General Information

Unless otherwise specified in the particular call, anthology submissions are subject to the following guidelines:

Submissions must be between 10,000 and 20,000 words. All submissions will be edited, but this is no excuse to send in a first draft. Stories should be as polished as possible before being submitted. Submissions must have either a core romantic plot or a reasonable amount of erotic content. Genre, pairing, and/or other restrictions may apply—read the anthology call closely before submitting!

All works submitted to Storm Moon Press must be unreleased works. We are only interested in acquiring exclusive first English language rights. This means if a work has been self-published, published by a subsidy press, on a website, journal, or other public forum, those rights have already been used, and we cannot accept your submission.

Material that includes the following will be summarily rejected:

  • Pedophilia (sex involving one or more persons under the age of 18)
  • Necrophilia (sex with dead bodies—vampires, zombies, and the like don't count)
  • Bestiality (sex with non-sentient animals or shifters in full animal form)
  • Scat or golden showers (sex involving urine or feces play)
  • Gratuitous violence (including splatterpunk, slasher, and torture-porn)
  • Rape intended to arouse (though we will consider forced seduction or dubious consent if it is respectfully handled)
  • Snuff (sex during which one or more persons are killed)

Royalties and Contracts

As of June 1, 2012, unless otherwise specified in the particular call, our standard royalty and contract terms are as follows:

Initial contract length will be for exclusive print and electronic rights for three years.

Authors will receive a single payment for their story based on length at a rate of $0.0075 per word. No other royalties will be paid.

Contributors will also be given 2 print copies of the anthology and access to all digital formats Storm Moon Press sells.

How To Submit

Submissions must be sent electronically, through email. Please do not send hard copies of manuscripts to our place of business as we will not return them, nor will they be reviewed.

Submission Requirements:

  • Please send submissions to submissions @ (remove the spaces when surrounding the @ sign when emailing us).
  • Email subject should read: ANTHOLOGY TITLE: STORY TITLE - AUTHOR
  • Include a 300 word bio of the author as a cover page.
  • It is NOT necessary to include a synopsis with your submission.
  • The top left of the cover page should include the following: submission title, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail.
  • Submissions must be sent as a RTF attachment, the file named ANTHOLOGY_TITLE_STORY_TITLE_AUTHORNAME
  • Double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1" margins.
  • Do not indent your paragraphs.
  • Do insert a blank line between paragraphs and use ### or *** between scene breaks.

Open Calls

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Submission Deadline: June 30, 2014
Expected Release: March 21, 2014

Required Word Count: 10,000 - 20,000
HEA or HFN Ending Required? Yes
Person Meets Person
Genres: Contemporary
Theme: General
Pairings: Trans*

Don't judge a book by its cover, or a person by their gender. There's often more to someone than meets the eye. What happens when first impressions are proven wrong or assumptions turn out to be false? What's it like for a character who comes with fine print? Some people just don't fit the expected mold, and some of those people do something about it, showing the world who they really are inside.

Do your characters reinterpret what it means to be masculine or feminine? Do they transition from one gender to another? Do they decide to abandon the gender binary all together and blaze their own trail? Show us how your characters find love, romance, and hot sex while navigating the sometimes-tricky waters of love and gender identity.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2014
Expected Release: March 1, 2016

Required Word Count: 10,000 - 20,000
HEA or HFN Ending Required? Yes
Surfing the Aether
Genres: Sci-Fi
Theme: General
Pairings: Bisexual

Advanced technology is essential in good cyberpunk, but what really sets it apart is the way it showcases that technological achievement while also exposing the seedy underbelly of society. Has technology polarized society, created an underground counter-culture? There is infinite potential for adventure, especially when you have a bisexual hero/heroine in the cyberpunk setting. Are they jacked into virtual reality to express themselves, or do they have some other way of blazing a trail through high society or the downtrodden?

For our Surfing the Aether anthology, we want to see what makes your bisexual characters stand out from the world they inhabit. Cyberpunk protagonists are often misfits and anti-heroes, so we'd love to see where your characters fit in the hierarchy. How do they use the technology at their fingertips rather than letting the technology use them? Have the advanced tools changed the sexual climate, and if so, how does it impact your hero/heroine's identity and expression as a bisexual? We want to discover the darker consequences of the time's industrial successes through your characters' eyes.

Show us your best, most interesting, hottest bisexual main characters and how they navigate not only the complex world around them but their relationships as well. Just be sure to emphasize the dark, urbanized, film noir aspects that make this sub-genre truly shine.

Submission Deadline: July 14, 2014
Expected Release: March 1, 2016

Required Word Count: 5,000 - 7,000
HEA or HFN Ending Required? No
Superheroes and Villains
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Theme: General
Pairings: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*

Throughout superhero lore, LGBT subtext has been rampant. The increase in superheroes and villains in pop culture has reached an apex, and gay, lesbian, bi and transgender superheroes are getting more and more acceptance/buzz. We would like to create an anthology of short stories that deal with these heroes and their counterparts.

Who are these heroes? What are these heroes? And how did they come to be? How do they move through society, and how does their personal experience color the way they interact with the world?

Likewise, we always think that villains get the short end of the stick. How do they move through their communities? How do they feel about the heroes that plague their efforts? Or a society that disapproves (perhaps rightly so) of them?

Stories may twist the tropes though. Stalwarts heroes don’t have to be so good. Villains can have been right all along. Anti-heroes can be whatever they want. Tropes have been inversed by popular culture so much that anything that adds new approaches and views to the conversation is valued.

NOTE: We are looking for stories that involve created heroes, not already existing products of other companies (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc). Similarities have to be separate enough to avoid litigation.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014
Expected Release: May 9, 2014

Required Word Count: 10,000 - 20,000
HEA or HFN Ending Required? No
Rising from the Ashes
Genres: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy
Theme: General
Pairings: Gay

The world—at least as we've known it—has ended. Now it's time to pick up the pieces and see what's left, what kind of future can be built. Who are the people left standing? Are they the strongest, the smartest, or simply the luckiest? Did a group of people survive together or do they find each other along the way?

What conflicts will arise when you have little control over who you're thrown together with and resources are scarce? Is there time for love and romance in this environment or is desperate passion all that's left?

We want you to weave tales of a post-apocalyptic world that feel gritty and real. Show us what's really at stake for your characters and what motivates them to keep moving forward. Who is important in their lives and what are they fighting for? What would a happy ending look like in a world that's unrecognizable? For Rising from the Ashes, we're seeking gay stories in a post-apocalyptic setting, so please be sure to represent both those requirements in the submissions.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014
Expected Release: March 1, 2016

Required Word Count: 8,000 - 12,000
HEA or HFN Ending Required? Yes
Genres: Any
Theme: General
Pairings: Lesbian

Not every girl wants to wear heels, dresses, and lipstick. Some women are much more comfortable wearing the pants in the relationship—and if they go with a pair of stomp worthy boots, all the better. Beyond appearances, some women also exude a rugged masculinity that makes them all the more appealing. They don't need to be feminine to be sexy.

There are as many ways to represent female sexuality as there are women in the world, and those that bring out the masculine side of women are those we want to celebrate in our Butch anthology. From the more gentle androgyny of the soft butch to the more emphatic masculinity of the stone butch, we want to see the spectrum of women who love other women.

Does your butch like to take charge with a femme on her arm, or does she prefer another butch woman? How does the world react to her, and how does that effect the way she lives? Does she have a job or a lifestyle that makes being herself easy, or is it a constant struggle?

Bring your characters to life and show us how these butch women live, play, and love.

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2014
Expected Release: June 13, 2014

Required Word Count: 10,000 - 20,000
HEA or HFN Ending Required? Yes
Heart of a Father
Genres: Any
Theme: General
Pairings: Gay, Bisexual

While plenty of attention always goes to the next hot, young stud out there, the gay and bisexual fathers of society are rarely given a second thought in romance fiction. In Heart of a Father, we're looking for stories surrounding the lives of gay and bisexual fathers as they struggle to balance romantic love and intimacy along with raising their children. We want to see the father's family life showcased, so while they may not be the perfect father, we want to see them doing their best.

The background is completely up to you, so you can have anything from a divorced man who has raised his child/children himself to a polyamorous man who adopted a child only to have his relationship fall through. All we ask is that the father be the focus and their relationship with their child/children be an integral part of the plot. We're especially looking for stories in which at least one of the children are still below the age of ten, but we're open to accepting stories with older kids as well.

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2014
Expected Release: March 1, 2016

Required Word Count: 10,000 - 20,000
HEA or HFN Ending Required? Yes
Song of the Wilds
Genres: Any
Theme: General
Pairings: Lesbian

With so many creatures to explore, why stick with the well-trod examples? Show us shifters beyond wolves and panthers, beyond cats and dogs. Show us birds, horses, snakes, and impala—nature is almost limitless.

Do the shifters travel in clans or tribes or strike out on their own? Do they live more with the animals they resemble or work a 9-5 life like the rest of us? Are there other shifters in their world, and if so what are the power dynamics? Do they have to struggle against the more common forms of shifter, or do they live in harmony? Do they have a common enemy?

How are women treated? What of woman who love other women? Take the theme of shifters and write us something completely new—and make it hot and steamy while you're at it!