Call for Submissions

Call for SubmissionsDo you have a young adult piece about horses in need of a print home?

Fire and Ice, an imprint of Melange Books, publishes work in both e-book and print formats.  Payment is 40% net royalties on e-books and 10% on print.  They are looking for horse stories:

  • From  10,000 to 20,000 words long.  These pieces, if accepted will be released as individual e-books (ie, not in a collection but a stand alone ebook).
  • From 40,000 to 60,000 words long.  These pieces, if accepted will be released as ebooks and in print trade paperback formats.

What do they expect from a young adult submission?  In addition to conforming to word count, here is some of what they look for:

  • Main characters should be high school age, 15-18 years old.
  • All genres and sub-genres  (romance, humor, contemporary, historical, fantasy, etc.).
  • Manuscripts should be single spaced with one inch margins all around, paragraphs indented .3, in HTML or a doc/docx file.
  • Stories must be divided by chapters. For consistency, scene breaks should be divided by 3 asterisks (***).

These things will bring an automatic rejection:

  • Sex
  • Abuse towards either people or animals
  • Foul language
  • Gratuitous violence
  • No smoking, alcohol consumption or drug usage by the main characters
  • Characters can profess to have faith, but NO religious or anti-religious themes

Click here to read the full list of requirements.  And please only send them your best work.  It freaks me out just a little (okay, a lot) that publishers feel the need to tell people not to start with a flashback, that characters need to be three-dimensional, and that they don’t want typos and misspellings.  Make me proud, people!

–SueBE