Current Anthology Calls for Submissions

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Take high school. It’s weird, confusing, complicated, and frustrating. It’s a time of growth and change, when teens start discovering what they’re made of and who they want to be. Now throw in magic. What happens? That’s the premise of this new YA anthology. Schoolbooks & Sorcery is what happens when you take all the normal ups and downs of high school, inject a healthy dose of magic, shake, stir, and serve.

Editor Michael M. Jones (Scheherazade’s Façade) is looking for YA urban fantasy stories which incorporate the themes of sorcery, magic, and enchantment. The magic can come from within, as an intrinsic ability or a family trait, or from without, in the form of talismans, training, or teaching. Protagonists can be wizards, witches, sorcerers, magicians, shamans, apprentices, or practitioners of more esoteric traditions. Whether they pick it up on their own (accidentally or on purpose), learn from a master, or go to school for institutionalized training, they’ll be involved with magic to some degree. Or, of course, the protagonist could be without magic, and stumble into a world beyond their immediate knowledge. If authors wish to set something in a magical school of their own devising, or in a previously-established setting, that’s perfectly fine. But it doesn’t necessarily need to be set at a school, magical or otherwise, so long as the main characters are of the right age set.

Just about every culture has some sort of tradition involving people who dabble in the supernatural to one end or another, and there’s a vast amount of potential left to be tapped in this genre, especially with teenage protagonists. Whether they’re wizards-in-training, voodoo princesses, the last descendant of an infamous historical figure, the newest apprentice in the family business, or just someone in the wrong place at the right time, the stories are endless.

Schoolbooks & Sorcery is also designed to be a queer-friendly YA anthology, embracing the full spectrum of sexuality and gender identification, while offering a wide selection of satisfying, entertaining, fascinating, powerful stories in which the mundane and the magical overlap and interact. Stories are encouraged to take place in the overlapping area between urban fantasy, high school, and LGBTQ issues and themes. Stories should send the message that it’s not just okay to be gay, it’s okay to be gay and to have the same crazy, wicked, scary, seductive, exciting, magical, strange, funny, romantic, dark adventures as everyone else. We’re looking for stories which are all-inclusive, with the characters writers have been dying to write and readers clearly want to see, diverse and interesting, with an underlying current of tolerance and acceptance. Obviously, we’re looking for a wide range of themes, tones, and voices.


1) Stories with gay, trans, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, and/or asexual characters… or other facets of the LGBTQ+ spectrum not specifically mentioned. Because I am trying to achieve a certain balance of representation, I am not looking for lesbian stories at this time

2) I also heavily encourage characters of color, neurodiverse characters, disabled characters, characters from outside the United States, and stories which reflect under-represented voices or experiences. The same goes for the authors! 


All stories should be between 2000-6000 words.

All stories must involve magic, and those who practice magic. This covers wizards, witches, sorcerers, magicians, shamans, and other traditions not specifically mentioned. This covers self-taught characters, those whose power is intrinsic or passed down through a family, those who find objects of power or books of spells, those who study with a teacher, those who go to school for magic, and so on. Other paranormal elements, such as vampires, werewolves, ghosts, or fairies, are welcome, as long as they don’t overshadow the primary theme.

Paranormal romance elements are also welcome, but this is not specifically intended as a romance anthology. Romance is good, but not necessary.

All stories must be considered YA.

Stories should be set in modern times/on Earth, but authors are encouraged to use a variety of settings, cultures, and influences to flesh out their characters and world building. Again, one of the primary goals here is to explore diversity.

While LGBTQ elements are not required, they are highly encouraged, as are protagonists who defy traditional roles and labels. (As in “girls doing boy things” and “boys doing girl things”.) More importantly: no story will be turned away for containing LGBTQ characters or elements, unless it violates the other guidelines.

Stories will not be censored for language, drinking, drugs or sexual situations; however, such things must be in moderation, appropriate to the circumstances, and tastefully handled. In movie rating terms, stories would thus fall into the PG-13 range. (To be handled as necessary. We’re not afraid of some bad words now and again…)

All stories will maintain a positive atmosphere concerning sexuality, gender, race, religion, and so on. While individual characters (most likely antagonists) may express biased, prejudiced, or phobic sentiments, or characters may deal with negative situations, the ultimate goal is to promote tolerance, acceptance, and positivity.

PLEASE NOTE: I have already seen a number of stories which address bullying. While I’m still open to considering stories incorporating this theme, I’d like to see some more variety to help round things out.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

SUBMISSION ADDRESS: All submissions may be sent to Please address any questions or queries to that address as well.Submissions should be sent as an attachment, as .rtf or .doc.

PAYMENT: Payment will be 6 cents a word, plus electronic and print contributor copies.

FORMATS: Schoolbooks & Sorcery will be released simultaneously as a trade paperback and an ebook, by Ultra Violet Press, an imprint of Circlet Press.


Michael M. Jones was the YA reviewer for Science Fiction Chronicle and Realms of Fantasy. These days, he reviews YA for Publishers Weekly and He is also the editor of Scheherazade’s Façade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressing, and Transformation (Gressive Press, 2012). His fiction has appeared in anthologies from DAW, Baen, Raven Electrick Ink, Norilana, Circlet, and Cleis Press. He can be found online at

24 thoughts on “Current Anthology Calls for Submissions”

  1. I was wondering if you have any more information about the Viking anthology. I’d like to start writing. Will you be looking for historical Viking stories, Viking stories with a mostly-historical fantasy element, or completely fantastic Vikings detached from our own history?

  2. Do you have any current open submissions? Maybe an anthology about ‘first timers’ in erotica. I’ve written a 10,000 word erotica about a couple exploring erotica and group play for the first time. I’m currently working on one revolving around a classical pianist (27) who is naive to love, who is a virgin, and an older composer (40), once reclusive, who may have found inspiration again. Thank you!

    1. No anthologies are open currently, but that doesn’t sound like our type of thing. Unless it is the couple’s first time with group sex WITH VAMPIRES or perhaps on another planet or otherwise science fiction or fantasy, it’s really not what we publish.

  3. None of the calls for submission specify a particular sexual orientation. Can the characters be m/m or f/f couples or more?

    1. Any Circlet project that doesn’t specify an orientation is open to all gender combinations–thanks for asking.

    1. Not really — an epic poem is still a poem, and most of our editors do not accept poetry into their projects. But thanks for checking.

  4. I’ve a finished submission for the “Like a Spell” anthology, but the total word count is 7716. I did see that you may consider under 8000, and there is detailed description of sexual interaction, as well as important story line to make the characters well rounded and believable. If I must cut those 700 words to be considered, is it better to cut hot sex action or character development? Thanks!

    1. Anything that close to the word count is usually fine to submit and if the story feels long the editor would suggest where to trim it. The word count ranges we give are general guesses rather than strict numerical limits.

  5. I suppose I confused myself by seeing the “Like A Spell” Anthology call, noting the story length guild-lines; then looking at the general submission guidelines right after that. For some reason, I got a limit of 10,000 words stuck in my brain. If it’s not too foolish a question, as long as my finished product falls below the 10,000 word mark, is it still acceptable to submit it? Thanks!

  6. How about an anthology on erotic detective novels? Too much? I’ve written a novella, comedy, based upon a detective who has quite a sexual fixation, and a quirky sense of humor. Action, comedy, sex… what more could you ask for!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, A.D. We did a detective anthology already a while ago (LIKE A MYSTERY UNCOVERED: as well as a Sherlockian one (Elementary Erotica: If you’re trying to market a detective novella, though, I’m afraid it wouldn’t likely fit our anthologies anyway–we take short stories only. As for what else we could ask for, well, it must have a science fiction or fantasy twist to fit our needs, as well. Best of luck, though.

  7. Hi Cecilia,

    Any new anthologies coming? Wish I would have seen the call for the Wizards anthology. I have a good one along that story path.

    Hope all is well.

    Donna Munro
    (Duana Monroe for the MILF anthology, so long ago :)

    1. Hi Donna! I will nag the staff to get their next calls for submissions together at the editorial retreat next month!

  8. I submitted a short for the “Journey to the center of desire” anthology (deadline; July 31, 2015). I got an email from the editor that it had been received and that I would hear from her by the end of August (2015), and when I didn’t hear from her, I sent another email in mid-September, inquiring as to the status of my submission, to which I never got a reply.

    The call for submissions for said anthology is still on your Call-for-submission page, despite its outdated status.

    Yes, ctan, it would be great if you could provide some elucidation.

    Thanks, Michael Ampersant

  9. Similar to previous comments, very interested in submitting, but would love to know if there are going to be current openings for submissions to an anthology and the themes, as I see now the ones currently posted are from last year.

    1. I’ll let editors list new calls for submissions as soon as they finish up the work that’s due on the previous anthologies still in process.

      1. Writers held up because editors miss deadlines? What a country!

        In all seriousness, though, I just noticed the comment form has a “sign up to our newsletter” checkmark. Does the newsletter include new calls for submissions by chance? That might solve a lot of folks’ issues.

        1. Hi! Our newsletter does list calls for submissions when we have them so if you’re looking for an easy way to be notified that could certainly work. Hope that helps!

  10. I like this anthology idea and will work on a piece. Can the “beast” character be in anthropomorphic form when engaged in the erotic scenes? I want to confirm that this doesn’t get confused with the bestiality subject that is not permitted. Thank you.

  11. I am currently ghost writing for a 50000 word book based on a uk dominatrix who has been a working and lifestyle mistress for 23 years. approx. It will include how she became a dominatrix and an insight to many scenarios from both hers and the subs experiences. Is this something you would consider as a submission to publish if the quality is there?

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