Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas anthology two submission calls



XoXo Publishing, an e-publisher will publish two anthologies in November of
Christmas-themed short stories.

Edited by Cynthia MacGregor, the anthologies' working titles are Christmas
Warmth and Hearts 'n' Holly.

To submit stories (specs follow), please do NOT use the regular XoXo
submissions address but send directly to:
IMPORTANT: In the subject line, put either Christmas Warmth or Hearts 'n'
Holly, depending which antho you are aiming at.

Specs specific to Hearts 'n' Holly:
1 -- These are romance shorts.
2 - M/F only.
3 - Any heat level from Sweet to Searing.
4 -- Happy ending is imperative.
5 -- Must take place around the Holiday Season.
6 -- The standard taboos apply (all sex consensual, no underage/incest, and
all the other usual taboos).
7 ­ If a sex act is depicted and more than two people are involved, must be
safe sex

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

Specs relevant to both:
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
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: -- and don't forget to put the title of the
book you are aiming at in your e-mail's subject line.

Thank you.

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