What We Want
General calls are (generally) always open. LT3 is currently open to general submissions.
General Release Anthologies means stories are written on a theme and sold as a compiled ebook (and typically, paperback). You receive one flat payment, typically $200 (this may vary by anthology) and no royalties.
Collections means stories are written on a theme. Stories in collections are sold individually as ebooks. You receive standard ebook royalties.
Less Than Three Press is looking for creative LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual) romance stories in any genre. The primary focus of Less Than Three Press is romance; as such, we want stories where the focus is on the relationship and the story ends happily. The only exception to the requirement for romantic relationships is stories featuring asexual or aromantic characters (the happy ending requirement does stand for these stories). Explicit content (including BDSM, etc.) is acceptable, but is not a requirement.
Less Than Three Press likes to see the classics redone, but we do not want to see stories that simply insert a male character into a female character's role. We like classic romantic setups and rewritten fairy tales, but give them your own, fun spin. We are always willing and eager to be impressed. If you have something you think we will like, regardless of what we list as liking/not liking, submit it. Try to keep the guidelines in mind because we can be unbending on some matters, but we like when someone manages to take us by surprise. Good writing is good writing and will always speak for itself.
What we accept:
- Happy for now (HFN) and happily ever after (HEA) endings
- LGBTQIA fiction
- Incest and polyamory
- May/December age differences
Less Than Three Press does not require first publication rights. If you've published a story elsewhere first, we will still consider it (provided your publication rights have been returned to you).
What we do not accept:
- Cisgender heterosexual M/F
- Tragic or ambiguous endings
- Characters engaging in any manner of sexual activity with another character who is under the legal age of consent
- Rape. Gratuitous rape for the sake of easy hurt/comfort or sexual appeal is not welcome here. It is acceptable for rape to be part of the main protagonist/antagonist's past. If you feel it is absolutely imperative to the plot of your story that an instance of rape occurs, the scene should fade to black and the rape itself occur "off screen".
Less Than Three will not consider stories wherein rape is perpetrated by any of the main characters. NOTE: this includes non-consensual (non-con) sex; stories featuring dubious-consent (dub-con) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please format your manuscripts according to the following guidelines. This makes it easier for us to format them appropriately for ebook and print. It also saves us time if we do not have to go back through each individual story to fix these ourselves.
English. LT3 does not require that stories be formatted to American English, British English, Australian English, or any other standard, only that you are consistent in your use throughout your submission. Please indicate either in the file name or at the top of the manuscript which you are using for the editor's reference.
Spacing/paragraphs. Documents should be single-spaced with a space between each paragraph. This should be done using a hard return (pressing <Enter>). Do not use the "add space before/after paragraph" formatting feature. Do not indent your paragraphs.
Headers/footers. Do NOT insert format headers or footers. This includes page numbers.
Margins. Half-inch margin on all sides.
Section Breaks. Please clearly mark all section breaks. For example, use **** or *~*~*. Do not use ________.
Font. Please format the body of your work with the font Calibri, size 12.
All accepted manuscripts will be edited to adhere to house style and editorial preference, including the following:
Quotation marks. Formatted to straight quotes (" " or ' '), not curly quotes ( or ). Dialogue should be contained in double quotes, not single quotes. (E.g., "Like this," she said.)
Emdashes. Emdashes should be formatted accordingly: word—word. Most word processors are programmed to auto-format a double hypen () into an appropriate emdash (—). Note that there are no spaces between the emdash and words on either side of it. An emdash should also be used in instances where a sentence is cut off.
Ellipses. Ellipses should be formatted accordingly: word word. There should be a space between the second word and the ellipsis; there are no spaces between the periods (.) of the ellipsis. If the ellipsis comes at the end of dialog, there will no space between the ellipses and the quotation mark. (e.g. "Oh ")
Spacing after colons. Colons should be followed by one space.
Use of epithets. If they are found by our editors, they will be noted and replaced with the appropriate character name or pronoun.
An epithet is any adjective or descriptive phrasing that is being used in place of the character's name or a pronoun. It is any instance where you are using an adjective or phrase (the mage, his lover, the redhead, the operative, the blond, the middle-aged professor, etc) to reference the character. Examples include:
He slid a look at Jeremy, wondering what the boy found so amusing.
The blond sat back in his seat, enjoying the view as his lover swam laps in the pool.
Cozying up to Richard's side, Brad reached a hand into the tall brunette's back pocket, in search of his wallet.
As always, there are exceptions, such as a case in which a character is unknown or has not yet been introduced, or a character whose identity is meant to remain a mystery.
- 45% of cover price for all sales through LT3's Book Market
- 40% of gross earnings for sales through 3rd party distributors
- Author copies
- 20% of cover price for all sales of print books
- Author copies
- One-time payment of $125 - $200 (varies according to anthology)
- Author copies of ebook and print
Note that royalty percentages are split for co-authored works. For example, a story written by two authors would earn each author 20% of the cover price for all ebook sales through LT3's Book Market.
Make sure your story is properly formatted according to the Formatting and Editing Guidelines outlined above. If you have any questions about these guidelines—whether they be exceptions or on how to format punctuation within your document (e.g., switching from curly to straight quotes)—do not hesitate to email the editor.
Please make sure your story has been edited; do not submit a first draft. (We do not expect a perfect editing job, and your manuscript, if accepted, will be subjected to LT3's editing process. However, we do not want a rough draft.) LT3 only considers completed manuscripts.
To submit a story to Less Than Three Press, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following in your email:
- Put SUBMISSIONS in the subject line! Emails without this subject line or sent to another email address (for example, the administrator email address) run the risk of not being seen or read, so please, do not forget this!
- Your real name, pen name (if you use one), and preferred email address.
- The approximate total length of the completed story.
- The orientation (lesbian, gay, bisexual) of the couple (or poly relationship) and whether the story contains any trans or genderqueer characters.
- A brief summary of the story, not to exceed approximately 500 words in length.
- Attach the complete manuscript in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
In your document, please include your story's title, your pen name and email address, and the pairing of your story at the top of the first page of your manuscript.
Please note the following:
- Stories should be a minimum of 10,000 words and should not exceed 200,000 words. At present, we are looking primarily for stories in the 35,000—60,000 range, but we will not discount longer works out of hand. Stories that are 10,000—35,000 will be considered for publishing as ebooks only. The only exception is if you are writing for an anthology.
- Stories that are longer than 40,000 words will be published in both ebook and paperback.
- Please do not send queries, outlines, or proposals for stories that you have not yet written.
- Less Than Three Press will not consider manuscripts currently under submission to another publisher or anonymous writings.
- Please allow 4-6 weeks to hear back regarding your submission. If you are submitting to a general release anthology (not a collection), please allow 4-6 weeks after the deadline for submissions to hear back regarding your submission.
- You must be 18 or older to submit to Less Than Three Press.
- You should receive an auto-receipt at the latest within an hour of sending your email. If you do not receive this auto-receipt, something went wrong.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to email@example.com.