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/pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual/aromantic/agender) romances in any genre. The primary focus of Less Than Three Press is romance. We’re committed to the belief that romance assumes many forms and shapes: relationships built on platonic love and relationships built on romantic love. We very much want to give everyone a story they deserve, and we want stories that focus on the relationship and end happily.
What we accept:
- Happy for now (HFN) and happily ever after (HEA) endings
- Fantasy, urban fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal/supernatural, contemporary, historical, punk (steam, solar, etc)
- Aromantic, queerplatonic, and similar platonic relationships
- Shifters and non-human characters
- Polyamory (in any permutation, ie, f/f/f, nb/f/m, m/m/f/f, etc)
- Age differences
- Stories with or without explicit/erotic content
Less Than Three Press does not require first publication rights. If you've published a story elsewhere first, we will consider it (provided your publication rights have been returned to you).
What we do not accept:
- Cisgender, heterosexual, heteroromantic m/f*
- Young Adult (YA)
- Tragic or ambiguous endings
- Characters engaging in any manner of sexual activity with another character who is under the legal age of consent
- Stories that appear to “fix” the aromantic/asexual character
- Bestiality (Note: this does not include non-human characters or shifter characters in shifted form)
- Rape. Gratuitous rape for the sake of easy hurt/comfort or sexual appeal is not accepted 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, we ask that the scene fade to black and the rape itself occur off page. **
* Cisgender m/f relationships in which one or both of the characters is bisexual, pansexual, asexual, or aromantic are acceptable.
** We will not consider stories wherein rape is perpetrated by any of the main characters. This includes non-consensual (non-con) sex; stories featuring dubious-consent (dub-con) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure your story has been edited; do not submit a first draft. (If accepted, your manuscript will go through 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 email@example.com. 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. If you are submitting to a collection or anthology call, please include the title of the call in the subject line (eg, SUBMISSION - Private Dicks).
- Your legal name.
- Your pen name (if you use one).
- Your preferred email address (please make sure this is one you check regularly).
- The approximate total length of the completed story.
- The orientation (lesbian, gay, biromantic, etc.) of the primary 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.
At the top left of the first page of your manuscript, please include:
- Your story's title.
- Your pen name.
- The orientation of the primary couple or poly relationship of your story.
- If your manuscript is written using US/UK/CA/AUS English.
- Any content notes (if applicable) pertaining to: explicit or violent content, BDSM, dub-con.
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.
- Stories that are longer than 40,000 words will be published in both ebook and paperback.
- If you wish to submit a story for a specific holiday, please submit it no later than 7 months in advance of that holiday (ie, a Christmas story should be submitted in May). Email the editor if your submission will be later than that. Please indicate in your submission email what holiday it is intended for.
- 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 5-8 weeks to hear back regarding your submission. If you are submitting to a general release anthology (not a collection), please allow 5-8 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify your submission was received.
Please format your manuscripts according to the following guidelines.
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 at the top of the manuscript which you are using in accordance to the submission guidelines.
Spacing/paragraphs. Your manuscript should be formatted with 1.15 spacing. There should be one space between paragraphs. This should be done using a hard return (pressing
). Do not use the "add space before/after paragraph" formatting feature. Do not indent your paragraphs.
Headers/footers. Do not format or place any text in headers or footers. This includes page numbers.
Margins. Your manuscript should use half-inch margins on all sides.
Section Breaks. All scene breaks should be clearly marked. For example, use **** or *~*~*. Do not use extra spaces.
Chapter Breaks. New chapters should start on a new page. New pages should be made with a page break. Do not press
multiple times to reach a new page.
Font. Please format the body of your work with the font Calibri, size 12.
Quotation marks. Your manuscript should use straight quotes (" " or ' '), not curly quotes (“ ” or ‘ ’). Dialogue should be contained in double quotes, not single quotes. ("Like this," she said.)
Emdashes. You should format all emdashes 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 the words on either side of it. An emdash should also be used in instances where a sentence is cut off.
Ellipses. You should format ellipses accordingly: word… word. There should be a space between the ellipsis and the second word; there are no spaces between the periods (.) of the ellipsis. If the ellipsis comes at the end of dialogue, there should be no space between the ellipsis and the quotation mark. (e.g. "Oh…")
Colons. Colons should be followed by one space.
NOTE: All accepted manuscripts will be edited to make sure the manuscript formatting adheres to house style. They will also be edited for content, syntax, grammar, punctuation, and epithets.
An epithet is any adjective or descriptive phrasing that is 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.
- 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 $200
- 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 22.5% of the cover price for all ebook sales through LT3's Book Market.