Special Torquere Press Submission Calls


In addition to the basic open submissions we have year round for all genres here are some of the more special calls.

Remember we have three categories of "heat ratings". New Adult is the newest rating which can be considered adult fiction without erotica or intense sexual situations involved.

Young Adult Novels

Written for ages 12 and up.
Any genre (mystery, adventure, humor, historical, contemporary, fantasy, etc.).
Any subject matter, from light romance to high fantasy.

Edgy Young Adult

Written for ages 15 and up.
Includes often taboo subjects such as sexuality, abuse, mental illness, etc.
Any genre (mystery, adventure, humor, historical, contemporary, fantasy, etc.).
Any subject matter, from light romance to high fantasy.

New Adult

Written for ages 17 and up to about 25 
Includes often more intense taboo subjects such as sexuality, abuse, mental illness, etc. in more detail than Edgy YA. Also shows progression of characters from adolescence to adulthood.
Any genre (mystery, adventure, humor, historical, contemporary, fantasy, etc.).
Any subject matter, from light romance to high fantasy.



REALITY BITES
Reality bites, and for most, it bites hardest as we're coming of age. Locked in an increasingly unfamiliar body, pressured by parents and peers alike to transform and conform, and buried under a mounting heap of terrifying responsibilities, even teens who have it "easy" occasionally wonder whether the privileges and freedoms of adulthood they've been eagerly anticipating for so long are really going to be worth enduring the effort of the metamorphosis.  And for some, it's even harder than that. Prizm Books is opening its "Reality Bites" line to share stories of teens resisting, enduring, or simply coming to terms with the sorts of situations that real teens are faced with every day, such as: teen pregnancy, drug abuse, eating disorders, bullying, abusive parents, and relationship difficulties of all sorts. We're looking for stories featuring teen or young adult characters of any gender or sexual orientation, set in the real, contemporary world and providing positive, upbeat endings (even if those outcomes take years to achieve).
Guidelines:
10,000 words and up
standard royalty rates apply
exclusive electronic 2 year contract
Please email questions and submissions to submissions@prizmbooks.com with Reality Bites in the subject line.
See our general guidelines for formatting and general submission information.



Love Pinch

For those of you with a tales to tell of Valentine's love, romance or even Anti-VDay, between 3,000 and 9,999 words, mainstream or GLBT Young Adult, Edgy Young Adult or New Adult welcome. Any genre welcome as long as it includes Valentine's Day.  Manuscripts should be received by January 1st.  Standard royalty rates and contract terms apply. No reprints, please. Send your complete manuscript to submissions@prizmbooks.com, with "Love Pinch" in the subject line, and include a synopsis, your contact information, and an author biography in the body of your email.

For those of you who are generally longer-winded, we like to get one or two Valentine/Romance type Novellas for February, too. Those can run up to 25,000 words but must be in by December 15th.

Any additional submissions questions please see General Submissions or emailsubmissions@prizmbooks.com.


Spring Fever Pinch

For those of you with a tales to tell of spring break or spring flings, between 3,000 and 9,999 words, mainstream or GLBT Young Adult, Edgy Young Adult or New Adult welcome. Any genre welcome as long as it includes Spring related themes.  Manuscripts should be received by February 15th.  Standard royalty rates and contract terms apply. No reprints, please. Send your complete manuscript to submissions@prizmbooks.com, with "Spring Fever Pinch" in the subject line, and include a synopsis, your contact information, and an author biography in the body of your email.

For those of you who are generally longer-winded, we like to get one or two Spring Themed type Novellas for March and April, too. Those can run up to 25,000 words but must be in by February 1st.

Any additional submissions questions please see General Submissions or emailsubmissions@prizmbooks.com.


Summer Fun Pinch

For those of you with a tales to tell of summer fun, Memorial Day, Labor Day, vacations, summer flings or heading off to college/leaving home, between 3,000 and 9,999 words, mainstream or GLBT Young Adult, Edgy Young Adult or New Adult welcome. Any genre welcome as long as it includes Summer related themes.  Manuscripts should be received by May 1st.  Standard royalty rates and contract terms apply. No reprints, please. Send your complete manuscript to submissions@prizmbooks.com, with "Summer Fun Pinch" in the subject line, and include a synopsis, your contact information, and an author biography in the body of your email.

For those of you who are generally longer-winded, we like to get one or two Summer Themed type Novellas for June, July and August too. Those can run up to 25,000 words but must be in by April 15th.

Any additional submissions questions please see General Submissions or emailsubmissions@prizmbooks.com.


Halloween Pinch

For those of you with a spooky tale to tell between 3,000 and 9,999 words, mainstream or GLBT Young Adult, Edgy Young Adult or New Adult welcome. Manuscripts should be received by August 15th.  Standard royalty rates and contract terms apply. No reprints, please. Send your complete manuscript to submissions@prizmbooks.com, with "Halloween Pinch" in the subject line, and include a synopsis, your contact information, and an author biography in the body of your email.

For those of you who are generally longer-winded, we like to get one or two paranormal Novellas for October, too. Those can run up to 25,000 words but must be in by August 1st.

Any additional submissions questions please see General Submissions or emailsubmissions@prizmbooks.com.


Holiday Pinch

It's time to start thinking Holidays in July! We're making plans to celebrate the many holiday traditions that come with the closing of the year (Thanksgiving through New Year and everything in between), and hope that you have a little offering to bring to the party.  Everyone is welcome mainstream or GLBT also each heat level Young Adult, Edgy YA or even New Adult. Stories should be between 3,000 and 9,999 words with a strong seasonal theme from any tradition. Standard royalty rates and contract terms apply. No reprints, please. Send your complete manuscript to submissions@prizmbooks.com with "Holiday Pinch" in the subject line.  Manuscripts should be received by October 15th. Please include a synopsis, your contact information, and an author biography in the body of your email.

For those of you who are generally longer-winded, we like to get one or two Holiday Novellas for November or December, too. Those can run up to 25,000 words but must be in by October 1st.

Any additional submissions questions please see General Submissions or emailsubmissions@prizmbooks.com.



GEMSTONES
Gemstones are a fun series with a gemstone theme completely and solely interpreted by the author (i.e. Using the stone itself, the color of the stone, the mystical meaning of the stone, the area the stone is mined, use your imagination). We're looking for unique takes on the theme, interesting characters, and attention to storyline. If multiple stories are submitted which fit the theme, more than one Gemstone may run.
Guidelines: • 10,000 words and up • standard royalty rates apply • exclusive electronic 2 year contract
Please email questions and submissions to submissions@prizmbooks.com with Gemstones in the subject line.
See our general guidelines for formatting and general submission information.


SPECTRUMS
Spectrums are currently open for submissions.
Just pick a color and run with it. Whether you go with what the color looks like, the feelings it evokes, or the emotions associated with it, let the color be your guide.
These stories will be at least 10,000 words (but can be longer), and have a happy ever after (or at least happy for now) ending in any genre. We're looking to do all the colors of the rainbow from Alabaster to Zymenchlora.
A particular color will only be available once per year. Please email questions and submissions to submissions@prizmbooks.com with Spectrums in the subject line.
See our general guidelines for formatting and general submission info

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