07 June 2012

Lesbian Fiction Open Call for 2013 Release: Riptide Publishing

Post date: 07 June 2012
Deadline: 20 December 2012

Lesbian fiction is coming to Riptide in 2013, and we're looking for a selection of the very best F/F stories with which to launch our list!

We'll leave the time and place up to you, but the focus of your story should be the romantic love between two women, whether it’s a developing affair or an established relationship.

Why not fill in the unwritten chapters of history and show us medieval maidens, Regency belles, Victorians, or wartime women seeking comfort in each other’s arms?

What does the future look like for women who love women? Are they out in space, living on other planets or colonies, human or otherwise? Or still on earth, enslaved or emancipated by new technology, governments, and events?

Or set your story in a world of your own creation, where myths come alive or the supernatural is standard fare. Send your heroines on quests and adventures to prove or discover their love.

Women who love women in fiction rarely get more than an ambivalent ending, so let’s change that. Whatever they have to go through to get there, make sure your characters get their happy ending.
  • Length: 10,000 to 100,000
  • Genres: Romance in the following subgenres: well-researched historicals, adventure, fantasy, PNM, magical realism, SF. Other genres may be considered, but please query first.
  • Heat Levels: Any
  • Ending: HEA or HFN
  • Orientation: Lesbian
  • Submissions Due: Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Acceptance Letters Sent By: 6 to 12 weeks after submission
  • Anticipated Release Date: 2013


All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please send the following submission package to submissions@riptidepublishing.com:
  • A query letter containing the title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of your story; a one- to two-paragraph "sales pitch" (like the blurbs you see on the back cover of a book); and a brief history of your publication, if any.
  • A two- to three-page synopsis of your story from start to finish. Do not leave out the ending!
  • Your completed manuscript.

Please paste the query letter directly into your email, and attach the synopsis and manuscript as .rtf files. We have no specific formatting requirements, but please be sensible and remember that if the editor has a hard time reading your submission, he or she simply won't.

You'll receive an automated email confirming our receipt of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions anticipated, we regret to say rejections cannot be personalized. If your story is rejected, please do not write the editor asking why; such emails will not be answered.

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For queries/ submissions: submissions@riptidepublishing.com

Website: http://www.riptidepublishing.com
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