Sand Kittens Press is currently hosting a season-themed romance anthology, where authors are expected to weave aspects of the season (e.g. flora and fauna) and summer themes (e.g. heat, the beach) into their flash fiction/short stories.
To have more chances to be accepted please read Spring Blossoms anthology before applying.
*In order to help authors with their stories Daiva had created the guide "How to Write Flash". You can read it in our blog.
Submissions will begin on January 15, 2023 and close on March 15, 2023.
*Selected authors will be notified by March 31, 2023 via the email they provide in their submission form.
This anthology will be released on May 31, 2023.
**The exact release day may vary, depending on the number of submissions received.
Sand Kittens Press reserves the right to extend submission time if we do not receive enough submissions on the date stated.
*Flame level - Sweet with Heat, meaning it doesn’t have to be squeaky clean. It can be subtly steamy, but nothing graphic or explicit, nothing dark or gory, nothing non-consensual. No erotica.
Here is what we are looking for in individual story submissions:
* Word Count - up to 1.5K.
* Original - All of it (the entire story you submit) has to be your own work.
* Virginal - The story/stories you submit to us must not have been published before.
* Single or multiple - You may submit up to three stories for each anthology.
* Creative - Don’t be afraid to subvert tropes.
* Your Best Effort - While we do NOT expect your story/stories to be ready for publishing (that would defeat the whole purpose of this anthology), we do expect basics like proper grammar and punctuation, correct spelling and use of dialogue tags.
*An Actual Story - No personal essay. No stream of consciousness. No slice of life. Nothing ‘experimental’. A story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Romance between people, please. Aliens and shifters, elves and dwarves, angels and demons, fae and faery are all welcome as they are people too. Animals are not people. Orcs are not people. Zombies, undead and ghosts used to be people but are no longer people.
“I came up with the idea of a spec fic romance anthology when my developmental editors - Daiva Paskauskaite and Erica Damon - showed me stories that just needed some polishing to be ready for publication. I’m an excellent line-editor and proofreader, and I love nothing better than to take a diamond in the rough and polish it to near-perfection. There is great value in the editing process - from developmental editing to line-editing to proof-reading. It is how the best versions of our stories come into being. If you want to take your writing to the next level, you must learn to work with good editors. This is a risk-free opportunity for someone who cares about the craft of writing, who wants to get better at it. This is your chance to learn new skills and experience the high of getting your stories into their best possible shape. ”
Author and Composer of the books and music in the Seasons Cycle and the Lake Traveler series
There will be NO paperback or hardcover editions of this anthology. It will ONLY be available as an ebook on amazon, kobo, and Barnes & Noble for FREE, which means there will be NO royalties for anyone. Nada.
But it will be something that you can use as your ‘lead magnet’ to start collecting emails for your list. And you will get the opportunity to work with us and experience the high of getting your story into its best possible shape.
If in any doubt, and to increase the chance of your story being accepted, please read Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, and apply everything you learn from this little booklet..
Upon successful submission of each individual story, the author will be expected to work with a developmental editor, then two beta-readers (Madeleine and Erica). then a line editor (Cassia), and finally a proof-reader (M.K. Hall) using google doc.
If you’re NOT prepared to work with editors and betas to get your story into shape, then this anthology is NOT a good fit for you.
We are asking for first North American rights only for six months. All rights revert back to the author after six months, meaning you will be able to post or publish your story/stories anywhere before the end of the year.
Authors will retain full copyright of their stories and have creative freedom over their own work. This means that, if you do not like our input, you are under no obligation to make changes. It is your story and you get the final say. However, this anthology is meant to offer writers a glimpse into the editing and publishing process, so if you do not find our suggestions of value, then it’s best to part ways and allow someone else to make the most of this opportunity.
: : IMPORTANT DATES : :
Story Submission Deadline - March 15 (the Ides of March), 2023
Date for revisions and line-edits to be completed - May 15, 2023
Release Date - May 31, 2023
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us via email: email@example.com