Welcome to our submissions management system!

We are using Submittable for a number of rather different projects, so please see the instructions under each submission category for details on what information we need and the format it should be presented in for that category. Please read the instructions carefully! Failure to follow directions may lead to automatic rejection, depending on the editor.

If you have a story that does not fall under the guidelines in any of the categories below, please do not submit it (for example: stories without anthropomorphic characters, stories between about 20,000 and 60,000 words). We do not have a venue to publish these kinds of stories at this time.

Beyond setting up your account with Submittable, we request only the minimum information from you to communicate with you and to judge your submission. Should your submission be accepted, we will then require additional personal information such as legal name and address for the purposes of writing contracts, sending payment, etc.

Please note that all information submitted to us is confidential and remains your property and copyright. We respect your privacy and your intellectual property. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at talent@sofawolf.com.

New Fables Submissions are closed.
Submissions will resume once the New Fables staff begin planning for the seventh issue.

Novel and Graphic Novel Submissions are closed. Sofawolf Press will be taking some time to focus on our existing pipeline of upcoming novels and graphic novels. Please do not e-mail us to ask when novel submissions will re-open. We will announce any changes on our blog and Twitter account, @sofawolfpress, when we have made that decision.

Ends on September 17, 2017

Heat is Sofawolf Press's annual publication dedicated to telling stories of a romantic or erotic nature, with explicit depictions of sexual activities allowed (though not required). All sexual orientations are encouraged, and we try to fill each issue with as much diversity as we can from the pool of submissions. "Storytelling" includes traditional short fiction, comics, and poetry with occasional other creative inspirations to shake things up a bit.

There is no particular theme for any volume other than a general focus on romance and erotica.

Our preference is for tales in which sex or romance play an important role in the overall plot, but are not the sole purpose for the stories' existence. Submissions that are little more than a pretext to an extended sex scene generally do not get far in the review process. We encourage submissions that delve into new areas or treat old themes in new ways, and will happily consider romantic or erotic takes on various genres such as science fiction, fantasy, mystery, western, and so on. As always, having good character development, compelling settings, and the other usual components of good story writing are important.

With regard to kinks, please keep in mind that we want our stories to be enjoyable for all readers. Not all readers will share your (or your characters') kinks, so if you include kinks as part of your story, please make them part of a larger plot, not the entire focus of the story. Readers should come out of the story with a greater appreciation for the kinks and the individuals who share them, even if the readers still fail to see the attraction themselves.

As with all of Sofawolf's publications, Heat is first and foremost about anthropomorphic animals. Please do not send in submissions in which animals with some level of human traits do not appear as major characters, as they will be rejected.

Schedule:
Heat is traditionally released at Anthrocon, which is held in June or July each year. Production of each volume takes up most of the year. We take a brief break after Anthrocon, then start the process up again. The official submission period lasts about a month or two.

For 2017 we will take submissions through Sunday, September 17, though we may extend the submission period if we are still looking for stories of certain types at the end of this period. Submissions in Submittable automatically close at the end of the stated last day, at midnight, Central Standard Time.

Story Length:
Stories tend to run 4,000 – 8,000 words, though we will go above or below that range depending on whether the length is appropriate for the story. Also, for space considerations, we try to limit the number of stories above this range in a single volume. Stories longer than 10,000 words are best saved for submission to Hot Dish instead. (We will open for submissions for Hot Dish later this summer.)  All stories should be complete and should stand alone; we will not accept submissions for serial stories.

Number of Submissions:
We will accept multiple submissions, though no more than two is advised. If you are truly having a hard time selecting which stories to submit, it is better to have a trusted friend or editor help you narrow your submissions down, rather than submitting them all for our reviewers to wade through. Each story should be submitted separately.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. If your story is currently submitted for publication in a different book, do not submit it to Heat as well.

Payment:
Short stories accepted for publication in Heat will be paid at a rate of $0.01 per word. Payment is based on the LARGER of either the submitted or final edited version of the story.

Other categories:

For our poetry submissions, visit this page.

For our comic submissions, visit this page.

Ends on September 17, 2017

Heat is Sofawolf Press's annual publication dedicated to telling stories of a romantic or erotic nature, with explicit depictions of sexual activities allowed (though not required). All sexual orientations are encouraged, and we try to fill each issue with as much diversity as we can from the pool of submissions. "Storytelling" includes traditional short fiction, comics, and poetry, with occasional other creative inspirations to shake things up a bit.

There is no particular theme for any volume other than a general focus on romance and erotica.

We have fewer specific guidelines for poetry because it is such a variable medium. Generally, our poems span a two-page spread, with room for accompanying art, but we will consider shorter (one-page) poems. We will consider longer poems too, but epic erotic poetry is difficult to pull off in a manner that is enjoyable to more than just fans of epic poetry.

As with all of Sofawolf's publications, Heat is first and foremost about anthropomorphic animals. Please do not send in submissions in which animals with some level of human traits do not appear as major characters, as they will be rejected.

Schedule:
Heat is traditionally released at Anthrocon, which is held in June or July each year. Production of each volume takes up most of the year. We take a brief break after Anthrocon, then start the process up again in late July or August (most years). The official submission period lasts about a month or two.

For 2017 we will take submissions through Sunday, September 17, though we may extend the submission period if we are still looking for stories of certain types at the end of this period. Submissions in Submittable automatically close at the end of the stated last day, at midnight, Central Standard Time.

Number of Submissions:
We will accept multiple submissions, although for poems it is best to submit no more than two or three during any round of submissions. If you are truly having a hard time selecting which poems to submit, we recommend having a trusted friend or editor help you narrow your submissions down, rather than submitting them all for our reviewers to wade through. Please create a new submission for each poem. Failure to do so will result in automatic rejection.

Payment:
Starting with Volume #6, single-page poetry will be paid at a rate of approximately $20 for a single page or $40 for a two-page poem. The exact rate is at the discretion of the editors based on length and other characteristics.

Other categories:

For our short story submissions, visit this page.

For our comic submissions, visit this page.

Ends on September 17, 2017

Heat is Sofawolf Press's annual publication dedicated to telling stories of a romantic or erotic nature, with explicit depictions of sexual activities allowed (though not required). All sexual orientations are encouraged, and we try to fill each issue with as much diversity as we can from the pool of submissions. "Storytelling" includes traditional short fiction, comics, and poetry, with occasional other creative inspirations to shake things up a bit.

There is no particular theme for any volume other than a general focus on romance and erotica.

Our preference is for tales in which sex or romance play an important role in the overall plot, but are not the sole purpose for the stories' existence. With comics, we do not expect plots as deeply developed as short stories, but we still prefer comics in which there is more going on than simply a premise to get two (or more) characters together in bed.

As with all of Sofawolf's publications, Heat is first and foremost about anthropomorphic animals. Please do not send in submissions in which animals with some level of human traits do not appear as major characters, as they will be rejected.


Schedule:
Heat is traditionally released at Anthrocon, which is held in June or July each year. Production of each volume takes up most of the year. We take a brief break after Anthrocon, then start the process up again. The official submission period lasts about a month or two.

For 2017 we will take submissions through Sunday, September 17, though we may extend the submission period if we are still looking for stories of certain types at the end of this period. Submissions in Submittable automatically close at the end of the stated last day, at midnight, Central Standard Time.

Comic Length:
Our comics tend to run 8–12 pages, but we will publish shorter and longer comics as long as the length is appropriate for the story, and as long as we have sufficient space.

Comic Format:
This submission category is for black and white (grayscale) comics to appear in our mixed Heat anthology along with stories and poems. We have considered doing a full-color edition or variant of Heat, but if we do, submissions for that will be in a separate category.

Payment:
Black and white comics accepted for publication in Heat will be paid at a rate of $25 per page for up to 10 pages, then $15 per page after that.

Submission Format:
We accept comic submissions in the form of complete works or as proposals. Proposals should provide sufficient information about the story and art to allow us to judge the likelihood of a successful outcome, should your proposal be selected.

  • Complete Comic: Please compile your comic pages into a single document (one comic page per document page) that can be uploaded here to be viewed and shared easily among reviewers. A zip file of images is not sufficient. The PDF format is best, but a Word document can work in a pinch.
     
  • Proposal: Your proposal should demonstrate to the best of your ability what your final comic will be like. Give a detailed summary of the story up front, along with descriptions of the main characters and an estimate of the total number of pages. Include spoilers! We want to know the whole story! Provide samples of art in the style that the comic will be drawn in, including character sheets of the primary characters to show your ability to render them in a variety of poses and expressions. Include examples of page layouts to show your ability to work with the comic format. If you have thumbnails or sketches of the story as a whole, feel free to include them. All of this information should be assembled into a single document to facilitate our ability to view it as a whole and share it among reviewers. Do your best, but don't sweat it if you're not a layout designer with access to InDesign. PDF format is preferred, but a Word document can suffice.

Collaborations:

We are happy to take submissions from teams of artists and writers for comics. This submission system only accommodates single submitters, so choose one of your team to make the submission, and then note the names and email addresses of collaborators in your query letter. We will require independent confirmation by your collaborators. (This is to make sure you don't invent your own "dream team" for the submission without your collaborator's permission.)

Other Categories:
For our poetry submissions, visit this page.
For our short story submissions, visit this page.
Ends on October 15, 2017

Hot Dish is a supplementary anthology to Heat, focusing on longer romantic and/or erotic stories: 10,000 – 20,000 words in length. While Heat is more visually oriented, printed in a magazine format with lots of illustrations and a mix of shorter stories, poetry and comics, Hot Dish focuses on longer, more developed stories, with a greater emphasis on the prose itself.

As with Heat, there is no particular theme for any volume of Hot Dish other than a general focus on romance and erotica.

Because of their greater length, we expect stories in Hot Dish to be more complex and broad, especially when it comes to plot elements not involving sex, than in Heat. In both publications our preference is for tales in which sex or romance play an important role in the overall plot, but are not the sole purpose for the stories' existence. Submissions that are little more than a pretext to an extended sex scene generally do not get far in the review process. We encourage submissions that delve into new areas or treat old themes in new ways.

As with all of Sofawolf's publications, Hot Dish is first and foremost about anthropomorphic animals. Please do not send in submissions in which animals with some level of human traits do not appear as major characters, as they will be rejected.

Schedule:
We will continue to take submissions through October 15, 2017, though we may extend the submission period if we are still looking for stories at the end of this period.

Story Length:
For Hot Dish we are looking for stories in the 10,000 – 20,000 word range.

Number of Submissions:
We will accept multiple submissions, though it is best to submit no more than two. If you are truly having a hard time selecting which stories to submit, it is better to have a trusted friend or editor help you narrow your submissions down, rather than submitting them all for our reviewers to wade through.

Payment:
Payment is a flat $100 per story. This comes to around 1/2 cent per word at the top of the word count range, and 1 cent per word at the bottom. We decided to pay a flat rate, rather than a per-word rate, to encourage authors to focus on writing a complete story that is as long as it needs to be, rather than making use of the longer format to make more money by padding out their word count.