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.
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.
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.
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.
For our poetry submissions, visit this page.
For our comic submissions, visit this page.