Call for Anthology Submissions – Cowboys: A Wild Ride

We are pleased to announce a call for submissions for our new anthology – Cowboys: A Wild Ride.

The cowboy with his boots, tight jeans, and of course, the hat, is an enduring and iconic figure throughout romance. They embody the tough alpha male, yet their mannerly ways reveal a gentler side. Their rugged masculinity make us feel attractive, protected, womanly and pursued. They are the perfect antidote to the glut of androgynous and metrosexual men the media is saturated with. Sun-bronzed skin stretched taught over work-hardened muscles, and the soft sound of a deep Texan drawl, is enough to quieten the wildest of women.

The project will be published by Freya Press and is due for release Summer 2013

We are looking to put together an anthology of erotic romance stories featuring a female protagonist (cowgirl or not, it doesn’t matter), and a cowboy as the male romantic interest. We prefer a ‘happy-ever-after’ ending, but this is not a deal breaker if the story is good enough. The sex needs to be explicit, but within the confines of a romantic story, not just simple erotica. The story is key.

We encourage you to add in elements of other genres, such as thriller, horror, historical, sci-fi or fantasy if you want, it doesn’t have to be just a contemporary romance.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 31st May 2013

Please read our submission and formatting guidelines carefully, as failure to follow them will result in instant disqualification.

Submission Guidelines:


All work must be your own and not previously published anywhere else, either online or in print, in its entirety or in serial form. We are a publisher that is striving to promote female writers so you must be female, writing for a female audience. This means strong and interesting female characters, and not just the archetypal damsel-in-distress.

Submission Method

Please email your complete manuscript in word .doc or .docx format (no other format please). Please include on the first page your name, and address. Please title your email “COWBOYS SUBMISSION – YOUR NAME – TITLE OF STORY”. This is very important as we use this information to sort our mail box.

In the body of the email, please include your full name, total word count of story, and a detailed synopsis (no more than 1000 words), your paypal email address, plus details of any websites or social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter. Please identify the kinds of sex contained in your story – such as M/F, M/M, F/F, BDSM etc.

If you wish to send multiple submissions, please send on separate emails. No more than three entries total per author.


We are looking for stories between 5,000 and 8,000 words.


A4 Page size. Paragraph style should be double line spacing, font Times New Roman 12pt.

Please see our downloadable pdf which includes full information on formatting your manuscript, plus grammar and punctuation tips for new writers. While your story will be edited, there is no excuse for sending in first draft condition. Your work should be complete and as polished as possible.

Should your story be selected, the final format will be altered to conform to the ‘house’ rules for style and formatting.

Subject Matter

Material that includes the following will be summarily rejected:

  • Paedophilia (sex involving one or more persons under the age of 18)
  • Necrophilia (sex with dead bodies—vampires don’t count)
  • Bestiality (sex with non-sentient animals)
  • Scat or golden showers (sex involving urine or faeces play)
  • Gratuitous violence (including splatterpunk, slasher, and torture-porn)
  • Rape intended to arouse (though we will consider forced seduction or dubious consent if it is respectfully handled)
  • Snuff (sex during which one or more persons are killed)

What do you get?

Unfortunately, we are a start-up press and are unable to pay authors for accepted stories at this time. If your story is accepted, you will be given an author bio page on the Freya Press website, plus one first edition paperback contributor’s copy of the completed anthology, one PDF copy of the completed and edited anthology, one PDF copy of your single edited story.

What are you giving us?

If your story is accepted, you are agreeing to give Freya Press the following rights: First World English Electronic, First World English Print,  and Anthology exclusively for twelve months after publication date, after which Freya Press retains non-exclusive right to continue to publish.


All submissions will be read after the stated submission period ends and then the selection process should take six-eight weeks, after which authors will be contacted. Please do not follow up your submission until AFTER this period. Stories will be accepted subject to editorial suggestions/requests. Any such suggestions are intended to help the writer improve the story so consider them carefully.

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“So sweet and delicious do I become, when I am in bed with a man who, I sense, loves and enjoys me, that the pleasure I bring excels all delight, so the knot of love, however tight it seemed before, is tied tighter still.” Veronica Franco