Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Call for Submissions - Winter Well: Speculative Novellas of Older Women

Post date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Deadline: 30 September 2012

We welcome and strongly encourage submissions with underrepresented main characters: characters of color, LGBTQ characters, etc.!

For Winter Well: Speculative Novellas of Older Women, we’re looking for speculative stories featuring women of advancing age (late middle age and older). They’re smart, they’re tough, and they have wills of their own.

They may be warriors, politicians, adventurers, etc. Even if they are also wives, mothers, wise women or healers, those archetypes must not be their defining characteristics. Their motivations, their driving force, must be their own. Whatever was in their past, they’re not interested in being in the background now.

We want stories about women breaking free of suppression; we also want stories of women who’ve been empowered all their lives.

  • Science Fiction and/or Fantasy novellas
  • 17,500-40,000 words (firm)
  • Main character must be an older woman
  • Single-spaced, double-space between paragraphs. Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial, in 12 pt. (Note: Courier is evil.) Use DOC, DOCX or RTF format.
  • No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.


Crossed Genres Publications takes exclusive worldwide print and digital rights for 1 year, then non-exclusive worldwide print and digital rights for 2 more years.

Payment is $2.50 per 1,000 words, plus one print copy & the ebook.


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For submissions: submit online here