Submission Guidelines

The theme of this anthology is Villains with a sub-theme of Fantasy Romance. All submissions should include a main character or characters who have a villainous background and a love interest. These can be taken from various fairytales, myths, and legends. Go wherever your imagination takes you! The nature of this anthology lends itself to violence, but let’s try to keep the stories within a rough PG-13 rating in terms of sex and strong language. With that being said, no erotica stories will be considered for this anthology. Fade to black and non-descriptive sexual scenes are okay.

All stories must be between 5,000 words and 20,000 words.

All stories submitted should be professionally edited to eliminate as many errors as possible. Submissions riddled with obvious errors will be rejected.

Each story must be able to stand alone. This does not mean you can’t use characters from your other books, just that the anthology story itself should be able to be read separately and still make sense.

Marketing and Pay

This is a for-profit anthology, meaning each author will receive an equal share of royalties from the sale of this book. The publisher will claim no share of the royalties.

Each accepted story will remain exclusive to the anthology for 90 days. After 90 days, you will retain your rights to publish the story elsewhere. The book will remain for sale on all retailers after the 90 days is up and be available for as long as the publisher deems suitable.

Not every story submitted will be accepted. You are trusted to act in a professional and supportive way if your story is not selected. No bashing or negative comments will be tolerated.

Please know that each and every story is carefully read and considered based on many factors including readiness for publishing, theme compliance, and value to the anthology as a whole. If your story is not selected, you will immediately retain your rights to publish the story elsewhere.

Fees and Expectations

This anthology is a joint venture. Upon acceptance to the anthology, a $25 buy-in will be collected. (Payment plans for this are available. We don’t want to discourage anyone from joining.)

This buy-in will all go toward marketing, cover design, and editing costs. The publisher will not be compensated. There will also be a donation taken up before publishing to help pay for advertising and a release giveaway for readers. Participation in this second donation is optional but appreciated. Payment information is available on the submission form.

The success of the anthology will come from group communication and collaboration. Each selected member will be expected to share social media links and campaigns with their friends and followers in a cooperative marketing effort to benefit everyone in the anthology. This may include arranging newsletter swaps, blog features, or reaching out to any resources the author may possess.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2022.

Final edits should be delivered to you for approval by October 16th, 2022.

Tentative publication date is November 9th, 2022.

These dates may be subject to change.

Manuscript Specifications

Any documents submitted should be formatted according to the specifications below.

  •  Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file extension
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • .5 first line indents

Join the Official Facebook Group

Keep up with all the latest news and details of this anthology by joining the Facebook group. This is where authors will collaborate and make decisions about the anthology. You may ask for advice, support, or share general information you find helpful to the theme of the anthology. Click the picture below to join!

 

SUBMIT YOUR STORY

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR STORY UNTIL IT IS FINISHED AND HAS BEEN EDITED. STORY CONCEPTS AND SUBMISSIONS RIDDLED WITH ERRORS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

For royalty payments and buy-in.
Please make sure this is spelled and spaced correctly so I can add you as a contributor on buying platforms with no problems.

Please make sure you have joined the anthology Facebook group. This is where collaboration for marketing efforts and all important information will be posted.
Join here: https://facebook.com/groups/onceuponawickedheart

File must be .doc or .docx