28 March 2012

Call for Submissions: Bad-boy Rockers and Soulful Sirens (Lyrical Press)

Post date: 28 March 2012
It was The Bard who said, “If music be the food of love, play on”.

And yet every grrrl loves her a tall, dark and looming bad-boy rocker. Maybe it’s the way he caresses the neck of his guitar, the scent of his leather jacket or the way he looks right at you from the stage, straight into your heart when he sings about what he wants to do to you.

Your mama told you he was trouble, but you gravitated toward him anyway.

Or maybe you’re that grrrl who’s flying in the face of conventions. You’ve got your guitar, a head full of tunes and you’re doing Patti Smith proud, singing about that love you just never seem to find.

Heartbreak, heavy riffs, love and the blues, underpinned by late nights in dusty small towns with the dry taste of whiskey on your tongue--musicians catch the eyes and steal hearts. Those who make music might show one face to their audience, but quite another to the people close to them. Here’s your chance to share their stories and the love of music that led them to follow the road to fame and fortune.

Works between 30 000 to 95 000 words will be considered, in the genres of contemporary romance to urban fantasy with strong romantic themes. See general submission details below or email nerine@lyricalpress.com for further information.

  • Send all submissions to: submissions@lyricalpress.com
  • Lyrical Press is open to self-published and/or previously-published works that have been out of print for one year (12 months) or longer.
  • Submit full manuscript only, accompanied by a query in the body of the email (please include: blurb, genre, word count, information about you) and two-page synopsis. All other query types will be ignored.
  • Please inform Lyrical Press if manuscript is a simultaneous submission, and please keep the house informed of its status.
  • Submissions are passed into the review weekly. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt within 14 days of submission, please resubmit the full manuscript and two-page synopsis.
  • Average turnaround time for a response is 4 - 6 weeks. If you have received notification of receipt but do not hear back from the house within that time, please email Lyrical Press to inquire after your status.


Lyrical Press will only consider completed works. No partials or proposals. There is no need to query first. Send the full manuscript as prescribed below. Please include the following information in your cover email:
  • Legal name
  • Pen name
  • Contact phone
  • Working title (include series name and details if applicable)
  • Word count
  • Genre(s)
  • A short blurb (no more than three paragraphs, please)

  • The book, in its entirety
  • Two-page synopsis, attached separately
  • All submissions should be sent to: submissions@lyricalpress.com

  • Please name your book file BOOKTITLE_sub
  • Please name your synopsis file BOOKTITLE_syn

  • File type: .rtf or .doc, or.docx only
  • 12pt black font (Times New Roman, Cambria or Georgia preferred)
  • Line spacing: 1.5 (or Multiple 1.25")
  • Margins: 1" all
  • Single space between sentences.
  • No double-spaces or extra returns between paragraphs
  • Use your word processing functions to indent new paragraphs. Do not tab or use the space bar.
  • Page-breaks between chapters
  • Do not use style elements or sections breaks

  • Legal name
  • Pen name
  • Contact phone
  • Working title (include series name and details if applicable)
  • Word count
  • Genre(s)


For inquiries: email nerine@lyricalpress.com

For submissions: submissions@lyricalpress.com

Website: http://www.lyricalpress.com
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