WRITTEN IN THE STARS
Written in the Stars — LGBTQIA Collection Call — Attraction is like a gravitational pull. It has the power to cross barriers of culture, speech, and even the vastness of space itself.
Whether it’s in the forging of an alliance, the turmoil of war, or the point of first contact, the meeting of two species is an intergalactic backdrop for intensely personal stories. Humans and aliens must navigate immense differences to coexist—let alone fall in love.
Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories featuring your most evocative interspecies romance.
Editor’s note: This call is specifically looking for human/alien stories. So long as the alien is capable of consent, we’re fine with any number of xeno/exo characteristics. Tentacles, nonhumanoid forms, courting and cultural differences—go wild!
- Deadline is November 30, 2017 (give or take, we won’t kill you for sending it off the following morning).
- Stories should be at least 20,000 words and should not exceed approx 60,000 words in length.
- Please put Submission – Written in the Stars in the subject line
- Stories must feature a human/alien pairing and the complexities of two species learning and adjusting to each other.
- Stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) end.
- The primary genre must be sci-fi, but any time period, sub-genre, or genre mashup is gladly accepted: mystery, space opera, cyberpunk, etc.
- LT3 always welcomes representation of all genders and nonbinary or agender characters. And especially for a call featuring aliens, don’t feel restricted to traditional pronouns.
- All usual LT3 submission guidelines apply.
WRITTEN IN THE STARS is a collection, meaning stories will be sold individually and authors paid royalties. Examples: Solitary Travelers, The Devil’s Land. Authors will receive one copy each of the ebook formats LT3 produces. Books 40,000 words and up will also be published in print and those authors will receive 4 paperback copies of their book.
Stories should be complete before submitting and edited—do not submit a first draft. They can be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, single spaced with a space between paragraphs, in an easy to read font with no special formatting (no elaborate section separation, special fonts, etc). Additional formatting guidelines can be found here.