CLOSED Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission Deadline Jan. 3, 2020!

Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission
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Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission
Grumpy Old Gods Volume 6

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching – and do you know what’s better than a Grumpy Old God?  A Grumpy Old Love God!

Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission

We’re looking for stories of humans who manage to find love or just escape Grumpy Old Gods whose love mojo is a little shaky – (maybe their eyesight isn’t so good…maybe they just don’t have the juice…maybe they are tired as hell of making matches and really need to retire).  

We’re looking for happy endings in this one – humans finding love despite the ‘help’ of cranky deities, people who didn’t want their free will subverted escaping to have a beer with friends on Valentine’s…even people breaking free of love spells to find true love on their own.

Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission

The stories should be 3000-4000 words and include at least one god / goddess.  We’re expecting a lot of stories with Cupid – and we’d like to only use him once, so please consider digging deeper than just Greek or Roman myths – pull in a god or goddess who isn’t generally a ‘love’ deity.   Maybe write about one of the ancient marriage deities being responsible in some way for the current divorce rate.   You are more than welcome to write stories with more than one pantheon.

As always, we love stories with a defined beginning / middle / end – bonus points for a surprising twist at the end. 

Give us sparkling dialogue, fantastic characters, and stories we can really connect with.  

Make us laugh. 

And most of all – have fun writing it so your reader can have fun reading it. 

Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission

Submissions are due January 3rd .


Required: Must Have Grumpy Old Gods 6 in the Subject Line of your email. This helps us wade through the correspondence tsunami and spot G6 among the hundreds of emails. 

So PLEASE be specific. Seriously. We’re begging you guys.

Must include a bio of the author (not that we’re going to judge anyone by their bio…it just makes putting the book together a lot easier if all the information is in the same place).  Include in Word doc.

No poetry. No plays. No matter how amazing your poems are (and some of them have been) we simply don’t have a payment structure in place for something that short. We might eventually have an unpaid poetry venue on the blog. As for screenplays/plays… we don’t have the marketing staff to branch out, and they obviously don’t work in an anthology. 

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Genre: Speculative Fiction.

Deadline: January 3, 2020

Payment: Royalty Split

Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission

What is Speculative Fiction?

Well, Wikipedia says… “It encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.” In our case, we want a mythological element, but feel free to pick and choose where you set your story. We’re as likely to pick out Grumpy Old Gods in Space as we are to enjoy a nice Viking battle set in a Steampunk Edwardian era that never was. 

Most of all, for the love of little green dragons, have fun with it! These stories are meant to be fun for the reader, but it’s our belief that they can’t be for the reader if they aren’t fun for the writer. So, let that inner Muse out! Feed her pixie sticks, and see how much awesomeness she can cram into 4000 words. 

(All Muses must be convinced to write in English since the Editors of this anthology do not speak Ancient Greek, Latin, Sumerian, Phoenician, or Egyptian.) 

Words: 3000-4000

Rating: PG13-PG17

Submission Format:

Word Doc RTF format or PDF
(No Google Docs please, but we’re willing to work with you if you need to submit in a different format, just contact us!)  All info including BIOs, social media posts and links should be submitted in a Word Doc RTF formatnot in the body of the email.

We get a lot of emails. We will not search through emails for the required information. Please include it all in a Word RTF doc attached to the email. You can include more than one Word doc. Label the emails, explain the information you are sending and how your social media fits with photos if you send them.

What rights are we asking for?

We’re asking for the exclusive rights to print the stories for one year in the anthology, but the writers will retain everything else. We prefer first-run rights, but judge each story on its own merit. 


All authors who participate in the collection will receive an equal portion of the profit, paid via PayPal per the contract. None of the startup costs for the book (book cover, formatting, etc…) will be deducted from the proceeds.

Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission


Vanessa Wells, Juneta Key, and Vanessa Finaughty.

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Who we are:

Vanessa Wells: Self-professed short story junkie, writer, and editor of anthologies. Storyteller, responsible for the Magus series, the Area 52 short story series, and the Topeka, Tx Chronical cozy mysteries. Editor of three Grumpy Old Gods anthologies with more to come.

Juneta Key: You know her as one of the seven founders and a host of Storytime Quarterly Blog Hop, and one of the nine Admins of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. She is the author of several short stories and working on two paranormal series and a sci-fantasy space opera. The social media and website skills are strong with this one. Editor of three Grumpy Old Gods anthologies with more to come.

Vanessa Finaughty: A talented editor and fantasy author joining the Stormdance team on July 2019. She has written or edited for magazines, national newspapers in South Africa, Oxford University Press Southern Africa and the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, among others. Plus two Grumpy Old Gods anthologies with more to come.


  • Must be your original work. You own all copyrights.
  • You can create your own god. Made up welcomed. Must be your original work.
  • Made up Myths welcomed.
  • A character must interact with a grumpy god(s) in some fashion according to the anthology volume call, outlined. An immortal character will probably work best, but if you can make it work in the scenario where grumpy god is involved we will consider it. It must fit the theme and tone of the anthology. Read what we are looking for above, if still unsure, email us.)
  • Any pantheon is okay as long as it is not in violation of any copyright laws. e.g. copyright has expired considered part of the public domain. We would especially be happy to see some stories for the Egyptian pantheon.
  • We prefer first-run rights, but we will consider reprints if the story is really good and fits the anthology theme.
  • No dual submissions. If you have submitted your piece to someone else do not submit to us.
  • If you have an idea you think fits the theme but is not outlined or a question about it email us at

Be My Grumpy Valentine Call for Submission

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