Submissions: 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
- Short stories and novellas at a minimum of 10,000 (10k) words
- Novels under 200,000 (200k) words*
- Relationships across the queer spectrum, including aromantic, queerplatonic, and similar platonic relationships
- Cisgender m/f in which one or both of the characters is bisexual, pansexual, asexual, or aromantic
- Diverse pronouns (including singular “they”)
- Fantasy, urban fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal/supernatural, contemporary, historical, punk (steam, solar, etc)
- Shifters and non-human characters
- Polyamory (in any permutation, ie, f/f/f, nb/f/m, m/m/f/f, etc)
- Age differences
- Explicit/erotic content
NOTE: 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).
We recommend that authors writing outside their lived experience (i.e. a cis author writing a trans character, or a white author writing characters of color) seek specialized beta readers. LT3’s staff is diverse and we do our best to flag issues, but we expect our authors to do their research and represent their characters respectfully.
*Priority will be given to manuscripts in the 20-50k range.
What we do not accept:
- First drafts
- Cisgender heterosexual heteroromantic m/f
- Young Adult (YA)
- Poetry and chapbooks
- Tragic or ambiguous endings (especially non-ambiguous character death featuring a romantic lead)
- 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 (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. 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.*
NOTE: 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.
* 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 and polished to the best of your ability—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:
- Email your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions sent to another email address will not be reviewed.
- Put SUBMISSION in the subject line! Emails without this subject line run the risk of not being reviewed.
- If you are submitting to a collection or anthology call, please include the title of the call in the subject line (eg, SUBMISSION – Written in the Stars)
- The body of your email should include:
- 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
If your email does not include this information, your manuscript will not be reviewed.
- 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
- Pairing 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, suicide/mentions of suicide/suicidal thoughts, rape or mentions of rape, potentially triggering content
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 20,000-50,000 word range.
- Stories that are 10,000-39,000 words will be considered for publishing as ebooks only.
- Stories that are 40,000 words or longer 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 5 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 6 – 8 weeks to hear back regarding your submission. If you are submitting to a general release anthology (not a collection), please allow 6 – 8 weeks after the call has ended to hear back regarding your submission.
- You must be 18 or older to submit to and publish with Less Than Three Press.
- You should receive an auto-receipt within an hour of sending your email. If you do not receive this auto-receipt, email the editor to verify that your submission was received.
- It will be formatted to conform to house style.
- Editing will address more than typos and syntax: we will potentially suggest content, structural, and stylistic edits. New authors will receive a guide to our editorial process and are welcome to ask questions.
- Our editors will note any problematic content (including ableism, racism, misogyny, transphobia, fatphobia, “curing” disability narratives, etc) that should be removed or addressed within the context of the narrative.
- Epithets for any named characters will be removed (with editorial discretion).
An epithet is any adjective or descriptive phrasing 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.
Please format your manuscripts according to the following guidelines.
- English. LT3 does not require that stories be formatted to American English, 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. The body of your work should be formatted with the font Calibri, size 12.
- 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.
- 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.