What We Want
Less Than Three Press is currently accepting submissions for:
General Release Anthologies means stories are sold as compiled ebook (and typically, paperback) in the LT3 Book Market.
Collections means stories are written on a theme (like anthologies), but stories are released individually and authors are paid standard ebook royalties.
What You Need to Know
Less Than Three Press is looking for creative gay, lesbian, and trans* 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. Explicit content (including BDSM, etc.) is acceptable, but is not a requirement. Stories that use explicit content as the sole vehicle for plot/character/romantic development will be rejected.
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, romantic spin.
Less Than Three Press is 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
- LGBTQ 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 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
- Bestiality—this includes characters engaging in sexual activity with an animal as well as shifters in animal form. Shifters must be (and remain) in human form during sex.
- Rape. Gratuitous rape for the sake of easy hurt/comfort or sexual appeal is not welcome here. It is ok 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 or condone 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 the site, 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.
Paragraphs. Be sure that there is a space between each paragraph (press <Enter> twice after each paragraph). Do not indent your paragraphs. Although Word settings allow you to set it to automatically add an empty space before or after paragraphs, it is easier for formatting later to make the spaces manually.
Headers/footers. Please do not format headers or footers. LT3 will format these according to what is appropriate for the book/short story. It takes extra time if we have to first strip out existing format.
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 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 two spaces.
Use of "you" in third-person narrative text. If you are writing your story in the third person point of view, use of the word "you" should be limited, preferably avoided. This does not include dialogue.
Examples for when such incidences normally occur:
It was the kind of day when you could drag your chair out to the quad and spend the next several hours dozing in the sun and pretending you were doing your readings for class.
The bar was warm and cozy, one of those places where you really felt at home, even if no one there knew your name.
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.
General Serial Fiction
- Subscription time
- 10% of gross earnings from subscription sales while in serial
- 40% of cover price for all sales through LT3's Book Market
- 35% of gross earnings for sales through 3rd party distributors
- Author copies
- 20% of cover price for all sales of print books
- Author copies
- Subscription time
- One-time payment of $125 - $200 (varies according to anthology)
- Author copies of ebook and print
- Subscription time
- 5% of gross earnings from subscription sales while the fairy tale is in serial
- One-time payment of $100
- Author copies of ebook and print anthologies in which they are compiled
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.)
- 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.
- Whether or not your story is complete.
- The pairing of the story (f/f, m/m, f/f/m, etc.) and whether the story contains trans* or genderqueer characters.
- A brief summary of the story, not to exceed approximately 200 words in length.
- Attach the complete manuscript in .doc, .docx, or .odt 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.