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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

by on Mar.08, 2018, under Announcements

Surprise, Treats and Advent Calendars

There’s so many types of Advent Calendars, for kids and adults alike and so many possibilities to make memories and share the joy of the holidays together. Whether it’s a couple celebrating their first holiday together and creating their own tradition with a calendar, or buying a calendar and meeting that special guy, or a couple with their first child celebrating Christmas, there’s so many stories to tell.

Submissions should:

Have an advent calendar that plays a central part in the story

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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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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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

by on Jan.18, 2016, under Author Posts

Maybe a Hero?

Raymond Chandler once said “down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man.” If men come in every shape and size then it seems to reason that heroes do too. What really makes up a hero?

Submissions should:

  • All stories should have a hero as a main character – the definition of a hero is up to the author it does not have to be a super hero
  •  Suggestions: a policeman or fireman (or a couple made up of one of each) dealing with the effects to him and his city after 9/11; a returning soldier trying to fit back into home life; two comrades in arms during World War I or II falling in love on the front lines; an EMT just trying to survive after all he’s seen
  • 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: August 1, 2016, stories will release during the month of November 2016

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

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

by on Jan.18, 2016, under Announcements

The Value of a Moment

What is the value of a moment? Do you know in that time and place that your world is changing? Whether it’s… meeting your soul mate… the death of someone close… the birth of a child…joining the military…coming out and being thrown out…graduating college…moving across the country. The moments that make up our lives are varied and numerous but do you know the value of that moment until it’s a memory?

Submissions should:

  • All stories should have a defining moment for a character
  • 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 July 10, 2016

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

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

by on Jan.18, 2016, under Announcements

The Dark Side

 

Is your romantic lead a good man, but his job requires him to do 
really unpleasant things and/or make harsh decisions?

We all have a dark side and some people have to use it to do their 
job. Does he isolate himself because of this? Building walls to 
protect other people /from him/, positive no one deserves to fall in 
love with a person like himself? How does a man like that even meet a 
potential partner?

And what man could fall in love with that kind of anti-hero? What kind 
of effort would it take to love a man who lives on 'The Dark Side' of 
life?


Submissions should:

All stories should have a 'dark' hero as a main character.

  Suggestions-- police sniper, a security specialist, a military
    marksman, an interrogator, an undercover agent in a criminal
    organization, a medical professional who assists with end of life
    treatment, a government assassin (doesn't have to be our
    government!), or...maybe an IRS auditor? Get imaginative!

Be a minimum of 5k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2016, 

Stories will release during the month of September 2016

Submissions should be sent to special_submissions@mlrpress.com

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com
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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

by on Oct.02, 2015, under Announcements

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Leaving on…
…a jet plane? a train? a car? a ship? a camel? on foot? We all have our ULTIMATE trip of a lifetime. What could be more magical than visiting Rome? Or the city of love Paris? What if your trip is to hike Machu Picchu? See the Pyramids at Giza? The midnight sun in Alaska? The Great Barrier Reef? Everyone has a trip they want to make some time. The destinations are as endless and varied as the men that want to take them.

Submissions should:

  • All stories should have a theme of trip of a lifetime
  • Suggestions: a bookish travel agent that wishes he were the one going on the trip; a flight attendant that wants to be traveling for pleasure with the one he loves; a son that has been watching over his parents that is now free to go somewhere; a couple planning their honeymoon
  • 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 1, 2016
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Open Call for Submissions: The Spirit of Giving!

by on Apr.12, 2015, under Announcements

The Spirit of Giving

‘Tis the Season of giving…giving gifts, giving to charity, giving blowjobs. It’s all about the giving and receiving during the holiday season no matter which holiday you celebrate. Make the readers’ holidays more merry (and maybe hot?) by giving them something special to read.

Submissions should:

–        All stories should be set during the holiday season/month of December

–        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: August 30, 2015 – stories will release during the 2015 holiday season

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

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