Open Submission Calls

Though Riptide is an invitation-only press*, we do have special calls for submissions, sometimes for standalone pieces, and sometimes to themed collections. Standalone stories will be sold as, well, standalones, regardless of their length. Short stories, novelettes, and novellas in a themed collection may be branded and marketed together and sold in three ways:

  1. As individual ebooks. Each story in a themed collection may receive its own unique cover and be made available on its own.

  2. As a collection of ebooks. Readers may purchase every story in a themed collection at a significant discount off the total cover price. For instance, if a collection contains five novelettes priced at $2.99 apiece, we might offer all five novelettes together for $8.99.

  3. As a traditional print and/or ebook anthology. Stories in a collection may be compiled into a single trade paperback and/or ebook anthology.

Novels in a themed collection may be branded and marketed together, and sold individually in ebook and print. Novels in a themed collection may be sold bundled at a discount, but this depends on a number of factors.

You do not need an invitation to submit to an open call. In fact, if your story is accepted from one of our calls, you never need an invitation to submit to us again—you'll be part of the Riptide family and can pitch your editor at any time.


*Excepting agented submissions or referrals from existing Riptide authors. If you have representation and wish to publish with Riptide, please have your agent query rachel@riptidepublishing.com.

BDSM is a multi-layered acronym covering many facets of kinky identity and play. Riptide Publishing wants to explore each letter in its own collection of erotic shorts.

Bondage: Think handcuffs, elaborate Shibari ropework, predicament bondage, the complete immobility of a vacuum bed. Or just being told not to move . . .

Discipline: Someone’s been naughty and needs to be taught a lesson. Someone is trying to follow the rules, but fails and needs to be corrected . . . for their own good.

Domination: The will to power, to control. The rush of having someone do what you tell them to, the thrill of having someone kneel before you, ready for your command.

Submission: Giving yourself up to the will of another, finding peace in following orders, finding tranquility on your knees, even if you’re forced there.

Sadism: Nothing turns you on more than your partner’s moans and tears of pain as you hurt them, as they let you hurt them . . .

Masochism: The heavy thud of a flogger, the exquisite burst of a cane strike, the prick of a knife . . . the power and joy and freedom of pain.

Pick a letter, any letter, and write us a rainbow story that focuses on that letter. In fact, feel free to write a story for each letter. Please note: risk-aware and consensual play is a must.

Note: though our submission guidelines request a 2 to 3 page synopsis, it is not necessary for this particular call. Please be sure you include a blurb/summary in your query letter, though.

Length: 8,000 to 15,000 words
Genres: Contemporary
Heat Levels: Hot to Scorching
Ending: Any
Orientation: Any
Submissions Due: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Acceptance Letters Sent By: Nov 1, 2014
Anticipated Release Date: Late 2015

Queer men play sports. Whether they hide their sexuality or not, they are on the field, in the rink, on the court. And we want stories about how they juggle finding love with their commitment to their sport. We’d prefer major league professional settings (American football, basketball, ice hockey, baseball; European soccer/football, rugby, cricket; etc.), but the Olympics would be fabulous, and any sport will be considered (NASCAR/Formula One racing, polo, X Games sports, etc.). Make the competition a major focus of and conflict with the romance, and you’ve got a winner!

Length: 30,000 to 85,000 words
Genres: Contemporary
Heat Levels: Moderate to explicit
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: gay, bisexual, AFAB trans or nonbinary
Submissions Due: Monday, September 1, 2014
Acceptance Letters Sent By: January 1, 2014
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

Rainbow lovers create unique families, and we want romances that explore building those families. Send us your stories about the life-stages of a family, of what happens after the HEA, of the trials and tribulations of creating a family, of becoming and being a parent, of dealing with the joys and pains family can put us through. Send us your romantic comedy about planning a wedding (My Big Fat Rainbow Wedding!); your romance about how a relationship is affected by trying to start a family through pregnancy, adoption, surrogacy, etc. (a Rainbow Baby Boom!); your story about a couple trying to combine their already-existing families (The Rainbow Brady Bunch!). Blended families, new families, desperately wanted families, growing families, step-families, poly families: we want it all.

The story still needs to be a romance between two (or more) rainbow characters in any modern-day setting, but the driving force of the story should be the life-stages of a family (marriage, pregnancy, adoption, surrogacy). Sex is fine (and sometimes necessary!), but these should not be erotic romances.

Length: 45,000 to 85,000 words
Genres: Contemporary
Heat Levels: Mild to Medium
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: Any
Submissions Due: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Acceptance Letters Sent By: March 1, 2015
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

Whether bound to the lunar cycle or able to shift at will, werewolves or weresquid (and wherever your imagination might take you with all those tentacles!), skinwalkers or humans who can change their faces, we want to get to know your shifter society. Are they out? Hidden? Hated? Revered? Maybe they fight crime, or maybe they cause it. Maybe they just want to be left alone, or maybe they are (or are trying to be) the dominant species.

Our key desire in this call is a mythos that sets your story apart from the thousands of other shifter stories already published. Abandon those tired old A/B/O tropes and bring us something fascinating and fresh.

Romance is necessary, but it need not be the central focus. Frequent erotic content is welcome, as is creative sex (sex in shifted or semi-shifted form is fine as long as your shfiters retain sentience and are capable of consent, even if consent is not given), but please don’t send us erotica—in other words, the central relationship must not be driven by and explored primarily with sex). If your mythos calls for celibacy, that’s okay too. The mythos is the star of this show, so be sure it wows us.

Length: 50,000 to 110,000 words
Genres: Paranormal
Heat Levels: Any
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: Any
Submissions Due: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Acceptance Letters Sent By: May 1, 2015
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

Have you written a novel-length lesbian romance? We want it! Any genre, any setting, any focus. Historical lesbians, contemporary lesbians, lesbians in suspense, romantic comedy lesbians, paranormal lesbians, futuristic lesbians. Any and all lesbian romance, send it our way.

This is an open-ended call; you may submit at any time. Earliest potential closing date for this call is March 1, 2015, though we may elect to run it longer.

Length: 50,000 to 110,000 words
Genres: Any
Heat Levels: Moderately to very explicit, but not erotica. That is, focus of narrative and relationship should not solely be sexual exploration, though at least two scenes with at least moderately explicit sex is preferred.
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: Lesbian, bisexual (as long as final resolution is in lesbian relationship). Trans and intersex women are welcome.
Submissions Due: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Acceptance Letters Sent By: 12 to 16 weeks after submission
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

We want to explore all the colors of the rainbow that aren't gay and lesbian: bisexual, trans, queer, nonbinary, ace spectrum, etc. Your characters’ sexual and/or gender identity can either be central to the story or present but not the focus, but otherwise, genre is wide open. Let’s give everyone their happy ever after.

This is an open-ended call; you may submit at any time. Earliest potential closing date for this call is March 1, 2015, though we may elect to run it longer.

Length: 25,000 to 110,000 words
Genres: Any
Heat Levels: Any
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: Any queer orientation EXCEPT cis gay and cis lesbian
Submissions Due: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Acceptance Letters Sent By: 12 to 16 weeks after submission
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

We’re seeking sweet romances: any orientation, any topic, any genre . . . zero explicit sex. Fade to black is fine, as is no sex at all. We want teen-appropriate stories, even if the stories themselves are not actually YA or NA.

This is an open-ended call; you may submit at any time. Earliest potential closing date for this call is March 1, 2015, though we may elect to run it longer.

Length: 25,000 to 110,000 words
Genres: Any
Heat Levels: No explicit sex
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: Any
Submissions Due: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Acceptance Letters Sent By: 12 to 16 weeks after submission
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

Steampunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, cyberpunk, even nanopunk and nowpunk. Give us your dystopias, your body mods, your corsets and goggles, your clockwork Westerns and airship wars with bioengineered pilots. In this call, the world is key. Build it brick by brick—or cog by gear—and immerse us in it. Show us how love blooms among the steam and gaslight.

We’re seeking romances or erotic romances, but not erotica. Brilliant plots and worlds with romantic elements rather than full-blown romances may also catch our eye. Any heat level is fine, but if sex happens, make absolutely certain it fits well within and contributes to the world you’ve created.

Length: 45,000 to 115,000 words
Genres: steampunk, cyberpunk, biopunk, dieselpunk, any other *punk you can imagine
Heat Levels: Any
Ending: HEA or strong HFN for romance, any for romantic elements
Orientation: Any
Submissions Due: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Acceptance Letters Sent By: July 1, 2015
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please send the following submission package to submissions@riptidepublishing.com:

  • A query letter containing the title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of your story; a one- to two-paragraph "sales pitch" (like the blurbs you see on the back cover of a book); and a brief history of your publication, if any. 
     
  • A two- to three-page synopsis of your story from start to finish. Do not leave out the ending!
     
  • Your completed manuscript.

Please paste the query letter directly into your email, and attach the synopsis and manuscript as .rtf files. We have no specific formatting requirements, but please be sensible and remember that if the editor has a hard time reading your submission, they simply won't. Please note that any submissions not following the rules above will be deleted unread.

You'll receive an automated email confirming our receipt of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions, we regret to say rejections cannot be personalized. If your story is rejected, please do not write the editor asking why; such emails will not be answered. 

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