Open Submission Calls

Riptide is happy to announce that we're accepting new submissions for completed LGBTQ manuscripts between 15,000 and 115,000 words! You no longer have to be invited or represented by an agent to submit your manuscript. (Please note that open submissions will close from time to time, according to volume, to all but invited and agented authors.)

All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please check the "Submission Instruction" tab for more details on how to submit your manuscript.

In addition, we have specific, themed calls for submissions, sometimes for standalone pieces, and sometimes for collections or anthologies. Please view the "Open Calls" tab on this page to learn more about those calls.

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

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 queer orientation or identity
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

Have you written a novel-length female/female romance? We want it! Any genre, any setting, any focus. Historical ladies, contemporary ladies, ladies in suspense, romantic comedy ladies, paranormal ladies, futuristic ladies. Any and all female/female romance, send it our way. We're also accepting stories about aromantic ladies in any genre, though for this particular call, such stories should focus on a deep, exceptional friendship between two or more women.

This is an open-ended call; you may submit at any time. Earliest potential closing date for this call is March 1, 2016, 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 unless your character(s) are asexual.
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: Lesbian, bisexual (as long as they are currently in an all-female relationship), poly (again, all ladies please!), homo- or biromantic asexual, homo- or bisexual aromantic. Trans, nonbinary, and intersex women are welcome.
Submissions Due: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Acceptance Letters Sent By: 12 to 16 weeks after submission
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); a brief history of your publication, if any; and your complete contact information, including email, snail mail, and phone number. 
     
  • 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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