Death by Cupcake
putting together an anthology of delicious cozy mystery stories!
long of it:
yourself in your favorite chair. There’s a cat in your lap, a fire in the
fireplace, and on the little table at your elbow, your favorite hot drink. The
book in your hand is a cozy.
cozy is a mystery, which, of course, means a tale of crime and intrigue. Often
that crime is murder. But although the circumstances surrounding the crime can
be ugly, that ugliness—as well as any attendant sex, violence, or cruelty–takes
place offstage. Instead, the crime is treated as a puzzle, and the sleuth, a
charming amateur, is the hero.
cozies take place in small, pleasant towns. Many have female sleuths. Quite a
few are organized around themes, such as crafts, hobbies, food, or pets. If
your mystery has a recipe or a crime-solving ferret, it’s a cozy, and we’d like
to see it.
short of it: 2K-10K
Deadline Jan. 1
Payment = share
must center on a crime and its solution
graphic sex, violence, cruelty, or strong language (including slurs and
unpublished authors welcome
from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to submit
there must be a cupcake somewhere in the story.
this means is up to you. Does the main character own a cupcake shop? Is the
cupcake a murder weapon? Is the victim’s nickname “cupcake”? Does the villain
leave a trail of cupcake crumbs wherever they go?
your imagination, and send us your best. editorjessfaraday at hotmail.com
UNDEATH AND THE AGE OF STEAM
looking for Steampunk stories—specifically, mysteries that take place in a
Steampunk setting. A mystery is the story of a crime and its solution. As for
Steampunk, you can find a good, concise description at Steampunk.com.
elements are welcome.
are the particulars:
Maximum 10,000 words.
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Submit to: editorjessfaraday at hotmail.com
Format: paperback and e-book
Payment: share of royalties plus author copies
Contract: we use a modified EPIC contract.
lot of Steampunk focuses on the European experience. Elm Books is dedicated to
promoting diverse authors and stories. Priority will be given to stories that
feature characters from traditionally underrepresented groups—main characters
of color, female protagonists, differently-abled main characters, LGBTQ main
characters, and so on. Also, priority will be given to stories set outside of
Europe, especially those examining colonialism from a non-European perspective.
will not print stories containing graphic sex or violence.
like enough of a challenge? Get writing!
Diverse Children's Literature
Books proudly presents Gen-E Books: Children's books for a diverse America.
Help all our children by writing and publishing what they want to read.
We are looking for middle grade and young adult novels
(10,000-60,000 words) about kids of color that will grab readers'
attentions--mysteries, adventures, humor, suspense, set in the present, near
past or near future that reflect the realities and the hopes of life in diverse
communities including African American, Latino, Native American, Asian, urban,
rural and international. Stories should be aimed at a middle grade audience
(2nd to 6th grades) or young adult (7th grade to high school level) and written
in clear, straight forward prose. Black and white line illustrations welcome,
no color illustrations. No sex, graphic violence, explicit drug use or slavery.
No animal stories, fairy tales or graphic novels. Collection to be edited by
Lee Mullins and Jess Faraday.
Drop publisher Leila Monaghan a note if interested at
Leila.Elmbooks at gmail.com.
Share of royalties
Full outline and first three chapters of novels to publisher Leila
Monaghan at Leila.elmbooks at gmail.com.