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Special Calls

For general submission information please see What We Are Looking For.


Monthly Special Calls
Year Round Special Calls


Open Calls for Anthologies

Our anthology calls are a great place to get your feet wet with a short story, or to explore a theme without committing to a full novella or novel. For all anthology calls, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about the chosen monthly theme. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

Please send your submissions following the below specified word count to submissions@torquerepress.com with the title of the theme (ie: Torqued Tales) and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Each theme has a title and due date listed on the individual call.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book. Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We'll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

September '16: Back to School: May-December Romances - deadline june 15th

The allure of balmy spring breezes and the coziness of chilly winter nights combine to inflame passion in stories of May-December romances in a college setting. Give us stories of love that defies age, glories in differences marked by time, with love both rediscovered and newly experienced! Student and professors, sororities or fraternities, alumni and sports heroes...the possibilities are endless.  We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with "Back to School" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We'll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.


October '16: Harvest Moon - deadline july 15th

Under a glowing full moon in a velvet black sky, all manner of things are possible! Give us paranormal stories set under a full moon, seasoned with sexy characters and spiced with romance.  Whether it’s witches or warlocks, vampires or werewolves, goblins, ghouls, or  ghosts, we want supernatural stories that will warm up the chilliest autumn night! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with "Harvest Moon" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We'll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years


November '16: Heart Stoppers - deadline august 15th

Nothing is sexier than a man or woman in uniform. Military hero receiving a special welcome home? Maybe everyone’s favorite cop likes to use his cuffs for something other than an arrest. Of course, we can’t forget the EMT who’s aching to give some much needed mouth-to-mouth… Add in a hot romance and a heaping helping of thrilling suspense, and you’ve got a heart-stopping read that can’t be put down! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with "Heart Stoppers" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We'll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.


December '16: Home for the Holidays - deadline september 15th

There’s no better time to heal a broken heart than during the holidays. Give us your best broken characters finding redemption and love under the twinkling holiday lights! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with "Home for the Holidays" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We'll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years

 

JANUARY '17: LOVE CONQUERS ALL CHARITY ANTHOLOGY - deadline August 15th

From diagnosis to ringing the bell, cancer is a bitch. Torquere is looking for fully realized 3,000-10,000 word cancer themed stories with a HEA ending for an anthology titled "Love Conquers All." Proceeds will benefit DJ Manly in her battle with this horrible disease.

Please send your submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with "Love Conquers All" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. Terms of contract will be electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We'll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years. Torquere Press will be donating all proceeds of their royalties to DJ Manly. If you are interested in donating your author portion of royalties please let us know on your submission.



Forbidden Love - year round call

Something so wrong never felt so right. Stepbrother in love with his new stepsister? Stepson can’t keep his eyes (or his hands) off his stepfather? Twins with a relationship beyond the norm? We want to read it.

Send your 5,000 - 60,000 word submission to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Forbidden Love” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

Guidelines:
- LGBTQ, M/F stories
- 5K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN not required

 

the red line - year round call

Some stories need to be told, but they cross lines that are sometimes mottled and difficult to discern. Everyone has their own style, and we want to read your tales that cross typical societal lines. Those stories considered “taboo” or “fetish” may be exactly what we’re looking for. Do your characters have a kink that doesn’t fit elsewhere? This line can be any pairing het or LGBTQ. This might be the right home for them. Fully realized plot required; HEA/HFN not essential. *While we have no ‘hard limits’ at this time, some stories might be too much for us.

Send your 5,000 - 60,000 word submission to submissions@torquerepress.com with “The Red Line” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

Guidelines:
- LGBTQ, M/F stories
- 5K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN not required

 

Opposites attract - year round call

Torquere Press is actively seeking het (male/female) stories. Have a vivacious vixen and a nerdy scientist hooking up? Younger woman and older guy? Librarian and rockstar? Torquere Press wants to read your story. They don’t even need to really be opposites in nature—just opposite gender is cool with us. These parings MUST be M/F, but may include ménage (or more) if poignant to plot. Fully realized plot required; HEA or strong HFN required with M/F couple.

Send your 10,000 - 60,000 word submission submissions@torquerepress.com with “Opposites Attract” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

Guidelines:
- M/F stories
- 10K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN required

 

Twisted Tales of Horror - year round call

Romance can temper even the most horrifying tales, those that leave your stomach clenching with terror, and your mouth bitter with the metallic taste of fear. We’re looking for true horror stories, those that rise above the usual tropes of vampires, ghosts, and shifters, the ones that leave our knees knocking in fear of what lurks in the dark, but still manage to show an element of LGBTQ romance. Send us your most gripping psychological thrillers, your utterly horrific monster tales, and electrifying gothic horrors from 10K to 60K!

Send your 10,000 - 60,000 word submission to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Twisted Tales of Horror” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:
- LGBTQ stories
- 10K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN required


mysteries of all kinds- year round call

Mysterious Mysteries, Gothic Mysteries, Cozy Mysteries with a Dash of Romance – We’re looking for mysteries with strong LGBTQ characters who solve puzzles and fall in love; mysteries set in darkly atmospheric locations, featuring resourceful LGBTQ characters with a strong romantic subplot; and amateur sleuths, private eyes, and intrepid detectives in idyllic settings, solving puzzles, clue gathering, and falling in love.

Please send your 10,000 - 60,000 word submission to submissions@torquerepress.com with
 “Mysteries of all Kinds” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

Guidelines:
- LGBTQ stories
- 10K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN required


Cogs and Gears - year round call

There’s always something about stories involving steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, or any version of punk you enjoy that gets our cogs in a bunch. Bring us your corsets, body mods, goggles, clockwork, dystopias, and bioengineered plots. Blow our minds while you build your worlds to show steamy romance lit by gaslight.

Send your 10,000 - 60,000 submission to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Cogs and Gears” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

Guidelines:
- LGBTQ stories
- 10K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN required


Rainbows Come in all Colors - year round call

Love stories come in all flavors and all sexual orientations and/or all gender identities. We want to see you explore all colors of the rainbow that differ from the standard gay or lesbian romance.

Bring us your stories of trans, queer, bisexual, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous relationships. Your characters sexual or gender identity should be central to the story but basic story genre can be varied. Let’s take this opportunity to give everyone their happy ending.

Send your 10,000 - 60,000 words submission to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Rainbows Come in all Colors” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

Guidelines:
- LGBTQ stories
- 10K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN required


Tales of Leather - year round call

Like your short stories with a little bondage, dominance, spanking, or submission? So do we! In fact, we like BDSM play stories so much that we’re giving them their own category. Tales of Leather will be guaranteed to bring on all the hot BDSM action that readers crave. We’re looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view.

Send your 10,000 - 60,000 words submission to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Tales of Leather” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general guidelines for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

Guidelines:
- LGBTQ stories
- 10K – 60K (longer stories may be considered, but please query first)
- HEA/HFN required


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