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 Story Submissions are closed as of October 31, 2013.
Submissions for poetry will remain open for now. Story submissions will resume once the New Fables staff begin planning for the seventh issue.

Novel Submissions are closed. Sofawolf Press will be taking some time to focus on our existing pipeline of upcoming novels. Please do not e-mail us to ask when novel submissions will re-open. We will announce it on our blog when we have made that decision.

Graphic novels are an important and growing portion of our catalog. We are happy to consider submissions that will help us continue to expand our offerings of great stories told with great art.

Please note that we are taking submissions for graphic novels, not comics. Graphic novels are generally longer graphic stories printed with a perfect binding (glued, like a paperback novel). Comics are shorter graphic stories with fold-and-staple bindings. If you have a graphic story more fitting of the traditional comic format, we suggest that you submit it to the other publishers who already have experience in this medium.

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.

Considerations for This Category

  • Print Format: We publish in both black and white or color; however, we are more selective about color projects due to the higher printing costs and thus larger up-front financial investment on our part.
  • Previous Publication: We have published and will continue to publish webcomics that we feel have a likely market in print format. For webcomic submissions, feel free to include any information you may have on the size of your regular audience. If the work has been previously published in print format (for example, self-published), we may still consider it; please include full details about previous publications in your cover letter.

Submitting Completed Works
If you have completed your graphic novel already, the submission requirements are quite simple:

  1. Your cover letter should contain a brief (1-2 paragraph) synopsis of the story being submitted. What is the overall story, and what makes it unique?
  2. The work itself in an easy-to-read format. If it is available online, a link to the website is acceptable. (No paywalls, please.) However, a single PDF is preferred for readability reasons: webcomic pages are usually slower to navigate than flipping through a PDF, and webcomic page layouts are often surprisingly inconvenient for efficient reading. Your reviewers will appreciate the effort you put into packaging your submission into a single, easy to read file!
  3. If your file is large (especially if it causes problems for Submittable's uploads) you are welcome to share a link to download the file elsewhere. Dropbox and Google Docs are tools we use. However, please don't use any other system that requires us to create an account to access your file.
  4. If the submitted work is the first of a multiple-volume series, please include the following in your synopsis (which may extend to more than 1-2 paragraphs):
    • A description of the first volume explaining how it works as a stand-alone story.
    • A summary of the entire story to be told over all volumes.
    • The total number of volumes and pages (your best estimate).

Submitting Works-In-Progress
We are interested in hearing about your graphic novel once you have worked out your story and you have established the artistic style for your work. Please include the following items in your submission. The goal here is for you to provide us with enough information to judge the potential of your story and its artistic rendering without requiring you to complete the entire work first.

  1. Cover letter, including a brief (1-2 paragraph) synopsis of what goes on in your story, as well as an estimate the number of pages (and volumes, if you anticipate more than one).
  2. If the submission is for more than one volume, be sure that your synopsis explains how the first volume works as a stand-alone graphic novel, and also describe the entire story arc (or arcs) that tie(s) the volumes together.
  3. Write a longer (1-2 page) summary of your story and include this as the first part of your submission file. This summary should explain what happens and why, rather than providing a page-by-page narration of the scenes as they unfold. Who are the characters? What happens to them? What drives the story forward and what is the conclusion? (Yes, we want to hear spoilers!)
  4. In your submission file, include samples that demonstrate your art and layout skills. Consider including:
    • Completed pages (the more the better).
    • Character sheets of major characters in the style you propose to use for the graphic novel. Include multiple poses and expressions to demonstrate your ability to render characters consistently.
    • Examples of your comic page layout skills. These can include other works or sketches if you do not have many completed pages for the work being submitted.
    • Examples of backgrounds and settings (especially if you don't have many completed pages to share).
  5. If your file is large (especially if it causes problems for Submittable's uploads) you are welcome to share a link to download the file elsewhere. Dropbox and Google Docs are tools we use. However, please don't use any other system that requires us to create an account to access your file.

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.

Ends on 9/19/2016

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. 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 in late July or August (most years). The official submission period lasts about a month or two.

For 2016 we will take submissions through Monday, September 19, 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 will rarely publish more than one story 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 once volume #2, which is currently in production, has been released.)  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.

Ends on 9/19/2016

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 2016 we will take submissions through Monday, September 19, 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.

Ends on 9/19/2016

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 in late July or August (most years). The official submission period lasts about a month or two.

For 2016 we will take submissions through Monday, September 19, 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.)