Submission Guidelines

Christmas Romance Digest 2024

Love in Other Worlds

Call for Submissions.

Edited by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Stories Rule Press (SRP) is now seeking submissions for Christmas Romance Digest 2024: Love in Other Worlds, our portal fantasy romance anthology to be published on November 7, 2024.

Deadline: August 23, 2024
Length: 7,500 to 10,000 words (novelette length)
Payment: Revenue share


This is an anthology of portal fantasy romance stories with a Christmas theme (see Theme, below), featuring a romantic couple.

Please note: We are not looking for historical romance or time travel romance stories.  Neither are we looking for futuristic settings.


The theme is “crossing worlds to find love.” Please see the retail book description, below, for more on this.

The story should conform to romance genre expectations, which includes a happy ending. We are looking for a range of stories which explore this theme from different angles.

Christmas or the winter solstice must be a factor in your story.  We agree that Christmas themed stories set in secondary fantasy worlds presents a challenge, but should result in some creative and interesting stories.  If Christmas is the element that draws your couple together, so much the better!

We want to see uplifting stories that leave readers sighing over the magic of love discovered during this wonderful time of the year.

The retail book description

This is the description that will appear on the back of the book, and on retail sites. (Please note: the actual number of stories to be included in the anthology is to be finalized during the reading period.)

A Magic-filled collection of Christmas-themed portal fantasy romance novelettes

Slipping through a portal to another strange world, filled with magical beings and fantasy creatures, and finding true love is challenge enough for any self-respecting character.  How much more magic and mischief can Christmas deliver to transworld travellers and their loved ones?

Here are ten delightful Christmas romances featuring fantasy worlds reached from ours via portals of all varieties, where our romantic characters struggle to find true love at this most magical time of the year.

The courage to step into another world brings risks…and sweet rewards, made sweeter by the joys of Christmas.

This is the second annual edition of the Christmas Romance Digest, edited by national award-winning, best-selling romance author Tracy Cooper-Posey, featuring some of Fantasy Romance’s hottest authors.

Get your copy now!

Portal Fantasy Romance Anthology

Praise for previous Christmas Romance Digest editions:

This is a perfect collection to sit in front of the fireplace on a cold day or curl up on your couch when it’s raining outside

I absolutely LOVE this collection!!!

Each author has offered an AMAZING story of holiday love that got me ready for the season!

This compilation of Christmas shorts will hit you in all the feel-goods in all the right ways


The settings must be twofold:  One can be anywhere in the modern world, while parts of the story must take place in the secondary fantasy world, reached via a portal.  The portal device should be magical, but how the portal manifests and is used is up to the author.


Payment is by revenue share.  The share percentage will be finalized once all authors are contracted for the anthology.  Payments made monthly.  Further details provided upon acceptance.

Payment will be administered by Draft2Digital.  If you do not have a D2D account, you will need to set one up, along with your payment information.


We are asking for world first serial print rights, and ebook rights, with a six-month exclusive period. We are also asking for non-exclusive rights after the initial six-month period so the anthology can remain in print. After the first six months’ exclusive period, you are free to sell reprint rights or self-publish.

We are not accepting reprints. Your story must not have been published anywhere else, including websites and author newsletters.

Authors will be asked to sign a short contract with Stories Rule Press that outlines these rights and expectations.


The success of revenue share projects lies in the authors’ cross-promotions to their readers and social networks. Authors will be provided marketing materials and suggestions for promotion.

The publisher will be promoting the anthology heavily during the Christmas season.

Who Should Submit

We are looking for well-written stories from authors who have a track record in publishing romance—either via traditional markets or indie publishing–and can bring an active readership to the table. We will have one or two slots for less advanced authors, if their stories deserve the showcase.

Manuscript Format

Please use the William Shunn Modern Format for your manuscript. Details can be found here.

Manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines, which are difficult to read or would require an excess of time to format to the standard of the rest of the anthology, will be rejected.

How to Submit

Deadline for submissions is August 23, 2024.

We are accepting electronic submissions only. Please complete the form here, and upload your manuscript via the form.

Submissions sent after the close date which have not been previously discussed with SRP will not be considered or responded to.

We are not accepting simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions from the same author.

We will be reading all submissions and making offers by September 7, 2024 at the latest.


If you have any questions about the information in these guidelines, please contact the editor at Tracy at Stories Rule Press dot com. Do not use this email address to submit your manuscript—submit your story here.

Other calls for submission

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