MLR Press: Call for Submissions, Christmas and Australia Day Shorts

MLR Press is currently having an open call for Christmas and Australia Day short stories:

Australia Day:

Aussiebum Swimwear

There's more to Australia Day than hunks in swimwear...but hey, it's nice to look at

Australia Day is the Australian version of July 4, it’s when the whole of Australia drops everything and PARTIES to celebrate ALL THINGS Australia. It’s fireworks, festivals, food, beer, ferryboat races on Sydney Harbour, you name it… It’s their national day. Every city puts on the most amazing celebrations.

So here’s your chance if you’ve always wanted to write a story about Australia, help us celebrate Australia Day! Imagine the stories you can write about HOT Aussie men in iconic Aussie locations/scenarios:

– Surf Life Savers on Bondi Beach
– Jackaroo horsemen in the Outback
– Drag queens and HOT men at Sydney’s party of parties the Gay Mardi Gras
– Lovers snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
– Romance in Melbourne, the Paris of the southern hemisphere
– Opera at the Sydney Opera House
– The mystical Ayers Rock and the Red Centre
– Love in a hot wool-shearing shed on a sizzling Queensland
– A steamy crocodile safari in Darwin

Now that you’re tantalized with the possibilities…here’s the details:

Stories should be between 5k and 40k

Any subgenre you’d like (but MUST be set in Australia around the celebration)

Due November 5, 2012

Submissions should be sent to

Christmas Stories:

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories (2011) by Matthew Lang

H-oohhh-H-ohhh-Holiday Time! Let’s celebrate MLR style! From the sweet to the scorching,
the winter holidays have it all. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah,
Christmas, or New Year’s Eve – no matter the holiday if it’s in the winter months,
let’s celebrate it!

Stories should:

– Be set around a winter holiday between Thanksgiving (US) and New Year’s Eve
– Be between 5k and 40k
– Any subgenre is welcome

Deadline for submissions: August 15th, 2012

Submission should be sent to