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SUBMISSION CALL: Bucket List

by on Nov.06, 2017, under Announcements

Bucket List

Most of us have a bucket list. Those things that we want to do before we die. Whether it’s to travel (see Australia, Stonehenge, Greece, etc.) or to do something (take a balloon ride, climb the 46 peaks in the Adirondak mountains, learn to scuba dive, etc.), there are things out there that people dream of.

Submissions should:

One of the characters must be focused on completing something off his bucket list

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 10, 2018

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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SUBMISSION CALL: Misfits

by on Nov.06, 2017, under Announcements

Misfits

There have always been those toys that just don’t fit in. They’ve gathered on the Isle of Misfits and don’t ever think they’ll find a forever home. Through the magic of Christmas, each resident finds his forever home and perfect partner for him. How the magic of Christmas works is up to the author – could be Santa’s trip around the world on Christmas Eve; could be a magical snow globe; could be Jack Frost; or could be something else entirely.

Submissions should:

Have one character as a ‘resident’ of the Isle of Misfit Toys finding his forever home

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 30, 2018 – stories will release in December 2018 to celebrate the holidays

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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SUBMISSION CALL: Strange Things Can Lead to Love… in the ER

by on Nov.06, 2017, under Announcements

Strange Things Can Lead to Love… in the ER

We’ve all heard those urban legends of things happening in the ER or happening to cause a visit to the ER. The guy that decides to experiment with a new toy and it gets stuck. The guy that is in the ER for a dislocated shoulder or leg that ends up under the doctor when the doctor attempts to snap the bone back into place. The frat guy that gets hurt during the afterhours party.

The situations are endless.

Submissions should:

One of the characters must have to visit the ER for a mishap

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 10, 2018

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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SUBMISSION CALL: ROCK ON

by on Nov.06, 2017, under Announcements

 

ROCK ON:

There are so many bands out there that everyone has ONE artist or band that they are dying to see. Whether it’s a classic rock band (Rolling Stones, Queen) or an artist (Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, David Garrett, Jimmy Buffett) or a modern band (Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, One Republic) there are concerts for all types of music.

Submissions should:

One of the characters must be focused on attending a specific concert

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Fairies, Faes and Sprites, Oh My! (The FFS Club)

by on Nov.03, 2016, under Announcements

Fairies, Faes, and Sprites, Oh My! (The FFS Club)

It takes all kinds! From the cute, twinkie fairies to the rough and tumble faes and even those outdoorsy types of sprites to make up the FFS. No discrimination in this club…okay, maybe some are a bit biased against humans and other paranormal creatures but can you blame them? Those in the FFS no matter how masculine or butch are always thought of as “those cute pixie dust spreading winged creatures”. Club bylines: 1) must be at least 50% fairy/fae/sprite; 2) must be willing to be open-minded; 3) no casting spells on other members of the club; and 4) as the witches say (okay, yeah, they might have gotten something right) – above all else, do no harm.

Submissions should:

All stories should have one (or both) of the main characters as either a fairy/fae/sprite

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to special_submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 5, 2017

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SHIMMER

by on Nov.03, 2016, under Announcements

Shimmer!

Visit the Warm Glow and sample their signature liqueur – Shimmer! Rumor has it that its taste changes based on how you try it. Do a shot? Cinnamon and you’re hard and horny. Mix it up? Fruity flavors and you’ll be feeling adventurous and up for different things (what you’ll do depends on what flavor you taste). Add Shimmer to your hot beverage of choice? Chocolate or mint or both and you’ll be ready for some cuddling. So mixologists beware, Shimmer can be anything and everything in your drinks.

Submissions should:

All stories should have one (or both) of the main characters sampling Shimmer in some form; what form and their reactions are up to the imagination of the author.

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to special_submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 3, 2017

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

by on May.16, 2016, under Announcements

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Power of the Zodiac

Some believe in the zodiac: the traits of the stars that being born in that period imprints on your soul, your character; the power of the elements; the attraction of one to another solely based on your ‘sign’. But does any of that really work?

Submissions should:
All stories should have one zodiac sign as the central theme; there can be more than one story for each zodiac sign: Aries March 21 – April 19, Taurus April 20 – May 20, Gemini May 21 – June 20, Cancer June 21 – July 22, Leo July 23 – August 22, Virgo August 23 – Sep 22, Libra Sep 23 – Oct 22, Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21, Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21, Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19, Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18, Pisces Feb 19 – March 20

Suggestion for a site with a lot of information to start http://www.horoscope-zodiac-signs.com/

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 50k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed.

Submissions should be sent to special_submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15, 2016, stories will release according to the dates of that zodiac sign starting in March of 2017 with Aries

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

 

Dreams…Daydreams…Nightmares…or fantasies?

What is it about our dreams that intrigues us? Not the dreams of the “perfect job” or “trip of a lifetime” but those dreams that we have as our brains are drifting…whether the drifting is in a warm, cozy bed at night or sitting in a boring business meeting or cuddled in front of a fire on a snowy day…whether the dream is pleasant or erotic or downright frightening. Those dreams that are just that…dreams or is it the reality?

Submissions should:
All stories should have a dream as a central part of the story

Suggestions: a businessman drifting during a meeting daydreaming about hooking up with a coworker and the dream becomes reality; a guy wakes from a nightmare that his partner dies on a trip and when he wakes it’s actually his reality and he needs to figure out how to move on and find happiness again; a little boy who dreams about meeting his one true love, he has the dream repeatedly as he grows up and then when he is a grown man the dream turns into reality but maybe the man of his dreams isn’t everything he seems (could be sci-fi/alien, or a paranormal)

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 50k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed.

Submissions should be sent to special_submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2016, stories will release during the first quarter of 2017

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