Submission Guidelines

Mischief Corner Books is a small queer press with a focus in gay romance and fiction. Our goal is to bring beautifully constructed stories featuring diverse characters and plots to readers. We are currently open to submissions through our anthology line, Mischief Corner Collections, and our publisher house lines, A Legendary Love, Everyday Heroes, A Dusty Heart, and Lost in the Stars. Any other kind of publication is invitation-only at this time.

Stories for the house lines will only be considered if they are standalone stories featuring gay romance with strong plot/genre stories and not part of any connected series/universe, have HFN or HEA endings, and follow house line submission guidelines (below). We do provide submission templates so that your story can be formatted to our preferences. In addition, stories will not be considered if they feature incest, rape, or other extreme material included exclusively for the purpose of titillation.
 
MCB Submission Template DOTXDownload File
MCB Submission Template DOTDownload File
 
 

House Lines

MCB's house lines are each designed around a common concept. Stories in the lines are to be standalone, giving authors freedom to do as they like (within the guidelines ;D), but they will also allow readers to pick up a book knowing certain tropes and genres are to be expected. Win-win for everybody.

The stories must feature a HFN or HEA ending, and need a strong genre fiction plot to be considered. No erotica please. While we are happy to accept explicit material of all heat levels, we want the romance and plot to be the focus. All male protagonists, cis* and trans* are welcome. Characters along the queer spectrum - gay, bi, pan, ACE, etc - are encouraged, as well as characters with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds.

ALL of the house lines have a rolling submission. There are no deadlines once submissions open.

 

A Legendary Love

This is for all the folklore, myth, paranormal, and shifter lovers out there. We want romances featuring characters out of folklore and legends—our world with a touch of fantasy and magic. Think out of the box! Read up on your folklore & legends and give us a new twisty update or a surprise. Romance must come first but we want strong external/internal points of conflict for our characters.

 
  1. Romance first! But we want a nice genre plot too.
  2. Must fall in the paranormal to urban fantasy & fantasy genres and sub-genres. No contemporary genre stories. Sorry, but we do have other house lines!
  3. We are looking for solid world-building! It needs to make sense.
  4. Must be a standalone story with no connection to any series or universe.
  5. We want emotion. Laughter, tears, and everything in between. The stories can be sweet or they can be sit-on-the edge of your pants suspense, but no angst please. You can run the gambit of light to dark, but don't forget the HFN/HEA!
  6. Minimum of 40,000 words.
  7. Stories that aren't your standard werewolf/wolf shifter story are prioritized. There are a lot of alternative creatures, ghosts, gods, and "other" out there. Give us something different and exciting.
  8. If you are not sure if something will fit with this line, drop us an email.
 

​How to submit:
 
  1. Format your documents (*.doc or *.docx files only) as follows: Author Name/Title/Page # upper right hand corner, 12 pt TNR, 1" margin, 1.5 spacing, .25 paragraph indent - no spacing or tabs please. (You can download our submission template above).
  2. The body of the email should include word count, genre and sub-genre (if applicable), a one-to-two paragraph summary, legal name and pseudonym (if applicable), and an email where we can contact you. Please make sure your summary summarizes your entire story - Beginning, Middle, End. We do not want a blurb or a pitch.
  3. Submit stories in their entirety to: submission.mischiefcornerbooks@gmail.com Attn: A Legendary Love. You should receive an automatic notice letting you know we have received your submission. If not, send a query to us.
  4. Mischief Corner Books does not accept scenes of incest, rape, or other extreme material included exclusively for the purpose of titillation.
  5. No simultaneous submissions, please, or submissions of stories currently carried or soon to be released with other publishers. In addition, please do not send in multiple stories at once. Give us a chance to read your submission then send in your next one once we've gotten back to you.

 

Everyday Heroes

Everyone loves a man in uniform—the firefighter, the ER nurse, the naval officer, the small-town sheriff—or the every day person who takes heroic action. This is for the people who enjoy seeing our every day heroes get the guy of their dreams. We want a hero who has been through the ringer and back then gets the love he deserves. These stories have the great potential for external conflict—use it!

 
  1. Romance first! But we want a nice genre plot too.
  2. One protagonist must either be a man in uniform, or an everyday guy who takes heroic action under pressure.
  3. Contemporary stories only! Mystery, suspense, sure, but the world has to be based in our reality. Any sub-genre that can strengthen the plot is welcomed and encouraged.
  4. Must be a standalone story with no connection to any series or universe.
  5. We want emotion. Laughter, tears, and everything in between. The stories can be sweet or they can be sit-on-the edge of your pants suspense, but no angst please. You can run the gambit of light to dark, but don't forget the HFN/HEA!
  6. Minimum of 40,000 words. Maximum of 64,000 words.

 

​How to submit:
 
  1. Format your documents (*.doc or *.docx files only) as follows: Author Name/Title/Page # upper right hand corner, 12 pt TNR, 1" margin, 1.5 spacing, .25 paragraph indent - no spacing or tabs please. (You can download our submission template above).
  2. The body of the email should include word count, genre and sub-genre (if applicable), a one-to-two paragraph summary, legal name and pseudonym (if applicable), and an email where we can contact you. Please make sure your summary summarizes your entire story - Beginning, Middle, End. We do not want a blurb or a pitch.
  3. Submit stories in their entirety to: submission.mischiefcornerbooks@gmail.com Attn: Everyday Heroes. You should receive an automatic notice letting you know we have received your submission. If not, send a query to us.
  4. Mischief Corner Books does not accept scenes of incest, rape, or other extreme material included exclusively for the purpose of titillation.
  5. No simultaneous submissions, please, or submissions of stories currently carried or soon to be released with other publishers. In addition, please do not send in multiple stories at once. Give us a chance to read your submission then send in your next one once we've gotten back to you.

 

A Dusty Heart

Cowboys are Mmm-mmm good. But it can get lonely out there on the range. These boys need someone to give their broken hearts some tender care. Whether on the farm, out on the range, or misplaced in the big city chasing a dream, these boys need someone to burrow underneath their tough guy exterior and get them to remember what it means to love. Love isn't always easily attainable, though, and something they have to fight for.
 
  1. Romance first! But we want a nice genre plot too.
  2. One protagonist must have ranch or farming experience, and be a cowboy at heart.
  3. Contemporary stories only! Mystery, suspense, sure, but the world has to be based in our reality. Any sub-genre that can strengthen the plot is welcomed and encouraged.
  4. Must be a standalone story with no connection to any series or universe.
  5. We want emotion. Laughter, tears, and everything in between. The stories can be sweet or they can be sit-on-the edge of your pants suspense, but no angst please. You can run the gambit of light to dark, but don't forget the HFN/HEA!
  6. Minimum of 40,000 words. Maximum of 64,000 words.


 

​How to submit:
 
  1. Format your documents (*.doc or *.docx files only) as follows: Author Name/Title/Page # upper right hand corner, 12 pt TNR, 1" margin, 1.5 spacing, .25 paragraph indent - no spacing or tabs please. (You can download our submission template above).
  2. The body of the email should include word count, genre and sub-genre (if applicable), a one-to-two paragraph summary, legal name and pseudonym (if applicable), and an email where we can contact you. Please make sure your summary summarizes your entire story - Beginning, Middle, End. We do not want a blurb or a pitch.
  3. Submit stories in their entirety to: submission.mischiefcornerbooks@gmail.com Attn: A Dusty Heart. You should receive an automatic notice letting you know we have received your submission. If not, send a query to us.
  4. Mischief Corner Books does not accept scenes of incest, rape, or other extreme material included exclusively for the purpose of titillation.
  5. No simultaneous submissions, please, or submissions of stories currently carried or soon to be released with other publishers. In addition, please do not send in multiple stories at once. Give us a chance to read your submission then send in your next one once we've gotten back to you.

 

Lost in the Stars

Space ships. Alternative realities with faster than light travel. Time machines. Worm holes. A world thriving after a nuclear holocaust. Our Lost in the Stars line is our beacon for the future, where science fiction gives us hope and a way forward in turbulent times. Innovation. Technology. The Stars. All of them give us hope for a better tomorrow. Sometimes, though, there are those who would want to strip us of everything we fought for. Our heroes push on despite the odds and overcome the obstacles laid out before them to obtain their desires and each other.
 
  1. Romance first! But we want a nice genre plot too.
  2. This is for science fiction lovers. Some steampunk may apply—but we're watching you.
  3. We are looking for solid world-building! It needs to make sense.
  4. The science needs to make as much sense as possible, otherwise it's not science fiction. Yes, it's romance first, but the science is important too.
  5. Must be a standalone story with no connection to any series or universe.
  6. We want emotion. Laughter, tears, and everything in between. The stories can be sweet or they can be sit-on-the edge of your pants suspense, but no angst please. You can run the gambit of light to dark, but don't forget the HFN/HEA!
  7. Minimum of 40,000 words.

 

​How to submit:
 
  1. Format your documents (*.doc or *.docx files only) as follows: Author Name/Title/Page # upper right hand corner, 12 pt TNR, 1" margin, 1.5 spacing, .25 paragraph indent - no spacing or tabs please. (You can download our submission template above).
  2. The body of the email should include word count, genre and sub-genre (if applicable), a one-to-two paragraph summary, legal name and pseudonym (if applicable), and an email where we can contact you. Please make sure your summary summarizes your entire story - Beginning, Middle, End. We do not want a blurb or a pitch.
  3. Submit stories in their entirety to: submission.mischiefcornerbooks@gmail.com Attn: Lost in the Stars. You should receive an automatic notice letting you know we have received your submission. If not, send a query to us.
  4. Mischief Corner Books does not accept scenes of incest, rape, or other extreme material included exclusively for the purpose of titillation.
  5. No simultaneous submissions, please, or submissions of stories currently carried or soon to be released with other publishers. In addition, please do not send in multiple stories at once. Give us a chance to read your submission then send in your next one once we've gotten back to you.