20 July 2011

Call for Romance Shorts: "Christmas Warmth" Anthology (XoXo Publishing)

Post date: 20 July 2011
Deadline: 1 October 2011

XoXo Publishing, an e-publisher will publish an anthologies in November of Christmas-themed short stories. Edited by Cynthia MacGregor, the anthology's working title is Christmas Warmth.

To submit stories (specs follow), please do NOT use the regular XoXo submissions address but send directly to: Cynthia@cynthiamacgregor.com. IMPORTANT: In the subject line, put Christmas Warmth.

Specs specific to Christmas Warmth:

1 -- Must take place around the Holiday Season.
2 -- These are not romances. There may be an element of romance involved, but the stories should not be romances per se. Paranormal themes OK. Stories about kids--great. Stories to do with Christmas in the manner of O. Henry's classic "Gift of the Magi" are encouraged. Mysteries are another good choice. Non-classifiable general fiction? Bring it on!
3 -- Nothing "Adult" (i.e. sexually explicit).
4 -- Heartwarming stories are especially encouraged.
5 -- True stories as well as fiction will be accepted.
6 -- We also welcome recipes for Holiday foods for this antho but will not make any payments for recipes. "Payment" will be that we will print your name and website, which should generate traffic to your site, so if you submit recipes, be sure to include your website if you want it in the book.
7 -- If submitting a recipe, the same requirement applies that you be sure to put "Christmas Warmth" in the subject line. The editor has other projects in progress that include recipes and does not want to mis-direct your contributions!

General Specs:

1 -- Word count 1000-6000 words per story.
2 -- You may submit multiple stories for consideration, but please know only one story per author per book will be selected. (That is, you can have one story in each antho, but no more than one per each.)
3 -- Previously published material OK if you have regained full rights to your material.
4 -- Simultaneous submissions acceptable if so noted.
5 - Include a brief author bio.
6 -- Submit as attachment in either doc or docx format. Use rtf as a last resort.
7 - Payment as follows: Ultimate cover price of each book will depend on number of stories therein. Total royalties paid out to authors will be calculated on 45% of cover price times number of books sold. Total royalties will be divided by number of participating authors, with equal shares to each. (That is, if there are 15 stories in the book, for example, each author gets 1/15 of the total author royalties paid. Payment is NOT based on the word count of your submission.)
8 -- Deadline for submissions: October 1. GET YOUR STORY IN ASAP!

Again, the address for all submissions and for any questions is: Cynthia@cynthiamacgregor.com

Contact Information:

For inquiries: Cynthia@cynthiamacgregor.com

For submissions: Cynthia@cynthiamacgregor.com (subject line: Christmas Warmth)

Website: http://www.xoxopublishing.com/
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