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.
We will continue to take submissions through May 31, 2018, though we may extend the submission period if we are still looking for stories at the end of this period.
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 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.