This deadline is fast approaching! Stories must be submitted by May 1, 2014.
There’s no age limit for the authors on this one, so those of you who didn’t fit in the age range for our Young Author Challenge are welcome to submit here.
See our Open Calls for Submissions page for more information. And don’t forget we are always open for novella or novel length submissions. See our Submission Guidelines page for more information on that.
Heads up, swift writers of short stories. As always, background check before you submit anywhere. I did the Absolute Write test on these guys…not too much about the YA imprint specifically, but their parent press, Dreamspinner, seems to rank high in terms of author satisfaction, including on things like rights reversion for short stories in anthologies after they go out of print. And somebody said something about them actually getting their YA LGBT stuff on shelves in stores, which is always a thing I’m wary about with small presses doing YA, particularly for LGBT kids. Multiple access points for people in various situations of whatever, yo.
You probably don’t see too much on Harmony Ink because on the back end it is all tied in with Dreamspinner. The same people handle everything behind the scenes for both imprints. (And for the spiritual imprint Itineris as well.)
As far as books in stores, we have had some luck with independent bookstores getting our books on the shelves. We offer a pretty nice discount to bookstores who buy directly through us and have all our books available through Baker & Taylor, Ingram, etc. so they can buy that way if they prefer. Our books are available to consumers through Barnes & Noble as well, but I don’t know that they’re on the shelves in any of the stores. And of course, they’re available on Amazon as well as several other online retail sites.
One thing we really focus on as far as making our books accessible to LGBTQ+ kids is getting our books in libraries. We have library editions of all our books and we send our books to School Library Journal, Booklist, and VOYA to be reviewed so libraries can buy them. We also work with School Library Journal and give a lot of books away. (I’m getting ready to mail out 60 books we’re giving to various libraries this week.) We were at the Public Library Association meeting in March and gave away a lot of books there as well as talked to librarians about what would make it easier to get books in the library, and we’ll be at Book Expo America in May to do the same thing. Library growth is particularly important to us because that makes it possible for LGBTQ+ kids to access our books regardless of economic status. (And yes, we have digital copies for libraries that have digital lending programs.)
We’ve also recently started an audiobook program with Audible, so anyone who has a membership there can get them using credits.