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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.

April '16: Fool for Love - deadline january 15th

Sometimes the road to love is paved with misunderstandings, with practical jokes that backfire, or chance encounters that make us butt heads before bumping uglies. We want your spiciest stories of  the bumpy road to romance! 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 "Fool for Love" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is January 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.


May '16: Theory of Love - deadline february 15th

From spaceships to pocket protectors, we want your hottest science fiction romances, your geekiest star-crossed lovers, your romances gone supernova! 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 "Theory of Love" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is February 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.


June '16: Time of Your Life - deadline march 15th

Special occasions can add extra spice to even the hottest of relationships. From the new adult dipping his toe into love and freedom for the first time, to a pair of brides on a do-or-die mission at a wedding gown outlet sale, to a pair of lovebirds papering their newly empty nest with condoms, change can give us all a new lease on life. Whether zealous newbies or established couples rediscovering their love, we want stories where change fuels passion! 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 "Time of Your Life" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is March 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.


July '16: Summer Lovin' - deadline april 15th

From sock hops and soda shops to poodle skirts and leather jackets love in the 1950’s rocked around the clock!  Give us your greasers and pink ladies, your rock-a-billy lovers steaming up the windows on Lover’s Lane! 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 "Summer Lovin’" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 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.


August '16: Beach Rental - deadline may 15th

From the crashing waves, seashells, and sand castles, to the boardwalks and arcades, roller coasters and quarter pitches, nothing says “summer” like the beach, and nothing says “hot” like a sizzling summer romance.  Whether it’s a family taking a well earned vacation, or a couple stealing away for a little action under the boardwalk, we want your sexy, oceanfront stories!  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 "Beach Rental" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is May 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.


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. 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


Forbidden Love - year round call

Something so wrong never felt so right. Step-brother in love with his new step-sister? Step-son can't keep his eyes (or his hands) off his step-father? Twins with a relationship beyond the norm? We want to read it. Please send your 5,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with "Forbidden Love" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

 

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 GLBTQ. This might be the right home for them. Fully-realized plot required; happily-ever-after/happily-for-now not essential. *While we have no ‘hard limits’ at this time, some stories might be too much for us. Please send your 5,000-60,000-word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “The Red Line” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

 

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; happily-ever-after or strong happily-for-now required with M/F couple. Please send your 10,000-80,000-word submissions (manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary) to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Opposites Attract” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

 

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 GLBT romance. Send us your most gripping psychological thrillers, your utterly horrific monster tales, and electrifying gothic horrors from 10K to 100K!

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


The Case of the Mysterious Mystery - year round call

Cozy, gothic, suspenseful, funny, we love mysteries with strong LGBTQ characters who solve puzzles and fall in love.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “The Case of…” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.


Gothic Mysteries - year round call

We’re looking for mysteries set in darkly atmospheric locations, featuring resourceful LGBTQ characters and a strong romantic subplot.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Gothic mystery” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.


Cozy mysteries with a dash of romance - year round call

Exciting and so very comforting, there’s just something about cozy mysteries. Surprise us with idyllic settings, clue gathering, and resourceful LGBTQ characters. We want amateur sleuths, private eyes, and intrepid detectives, solving puzzles and falling in love.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Cozy mystery” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.


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.

We’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT punk stories with HEA or HFN endings. Blow our minds while you build your worlds to show steamy romance lit by gaslight.

Stories should range from 10,000 to 60,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

  • GLBT stories -- f/f, m/m, m/m/f
  • 10,000 words and up
  • standard royalty rates apply
  • exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put "Cogs and Gears" in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.


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. We’re looking for fully realized, romantic stories with HEA or HFN endings.

Stories should range from 10,000 to 60,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

  • 10,000 words and up
  • standard royalty rates apply
  • exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put "Rainbows Come in all Colors" in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.


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. Stories should range from 10,000 to 50,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:
- GLBT stories -- f/f, m/m, m/m/f
- 10,000 words and up
- standard royalty rates apply
- exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put "Tales of Leather" in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.


Spice It Up - year round call

Who doesn't need a little spice in their life? The Spice it Up line has openings starting in January 2012. Stories need to be inspired by a spice or herb, or the spice must feature prominently in the story. To see what spices have already been used, see our bookstore at www.torquerebooks.com. Spices may be duplicated, but all stories must be original in theme and content. We're looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 30,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

- GLBT stories -- f/f, m/m, m/m/f
- 10,000 words and up
- standard royalty rates apply
- exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact senior editor Lorna Hinson at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put "Spice It Up" in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines

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