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Call for Submissions: Wild at Heart
Friday, January 13th, 2012

For all you writers out there who are also animal lovers, here’s a challenge. The proceeds of this book will go to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. I wrote about the facility back in October. Check out Sweet Refuge! for more details about the good work they do.

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Wild at Heart
Editor: Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Diamond State Romance Authors
Deadline: April 1, 2012

Wild at Heart is open to all authors.

Editor Delilah Devlin is looking for stories for a special project to benefit the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Recently, six Diamond State Romance Author chapter members spent a weekend falling in love with the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and its exotic inhabitants. The refuge is home to large cats and a variety of exotic animals that would otherwise have to be put down because they aren’t suitable for placement in zoos or to be returned to the wild. The need for financial support was apparent. Our chapter decided to pool its resources and find a way to help.

What we propose is to produce a volume of short stories, all centred around animals in need of refuge. All proceeds from the sales of the book will go directly to the Turpentine Creek Refuge. We will edit the submissions, seek professional cover art and formatting, and assist the refuge by uploading the anthology to online bookstores like Amazon’s Kindle store and Barnes & Noble’s Nook store.  Additionally, we will help upload the book to CreateSpace so that printed volumes can be available for sale in brick-and-mortar bookstores throughout Arkansas and inside the refuge’s shop.

This is an international call for submissions of short stories to be donated for the cause. Only the best stories will be accepted. All genres of fiction (contemporary and paranormal, sweet adult romance and Young Adult) will be considered. Please keep in mind that stories must be PG-rated as the book will be two-sided—one side geared toward adult readers and the other toward teenaged readers.

Examples of the kinds of stories we seek:

  • A maimed Iraqi war veteran learns to accept his disability by working with equally damaged animals
  • A teenaged girl helps a were-cougar hide his true nature while both hunt for an escaped cat
  • A teenaged couple encounters a tiger escaped from its private owner’s cage and work together to find help to capture and care for it
  • A pushy animal psychic must gain the trust of the refuge’s veterinarian to help a depressed bear
  • A troubled teenager discovers a tiger living in a national forest, then seeks a way to prevent locals staging a hunt from killing it

How to submit: Prepare your 1,500 to 4,000 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT.docx) OR rich text format. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required.

In your document at the top left of the page, include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories.

About the editor: Ms. Devlin has published over one hundred stories in multiple genres and lengths. Her published print titles include Into the Darkness, Seduced by Darkness, Darkness Captured, Down in Texas, Texas Men and Ravished by a Viking. Her short stories are featured in Zane’s Purple Panties, and Cleis Press’s Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, Passion, Carnal Machines, and Dream Lovers. She is published by Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, Atria/Strebor, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, and Berkley. In Fall 2011, she debuted her first anthology with Cleis Press, Girls Who Bite.

Direct any questions you have regarding your story or the submission process to Delilah at

10 comments to “Call for Submissions: Wild at Heart”

  1. Delilah
    · January 13th, 2012 at 11:35 am · Link

    Just a few clarifications:
    1) You do not have to use the Turpentine Creek refuge for your story. You can use any you know or make one up.
    2) Your story does not have to be about big cats. If you have a bird refuge in mind, you’re welcome to include an eagle or a falcon in your story.
    3) You do not have to write a romance story. Romantic elements would be nice, but if the story is powerful, I’m not going to care about anyone falling in love—except for falling in love with the animals. 😉

  2. Sasha White
    · January 13th, 2012 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Question: You said National Call For submissions. Does it matter if I’m international?

  3. Delilah
    · January 13th, 2012 at 10:52 pm · Link

    I didn’t consider that! I’d welcome stories about refuges in other countries too! I’ll change the wording now! Thanks, Sasha.

  4. Ashleigh
    · January 17th, 2012 at 5:31 pm · Link

    This sounds wonderful!! You can count on me submitting. 🙂

  5. Delilah Devlin
    · January 17th, 2012 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Ashleigh! I’ll be looking for you story! Thanks!

  6. Vanessa
    · January 17th, 2012 at 8:39 pm · Link

    What a fantastic cause! I have a trilogy of novellas centered around a no-kill animal shelter in the rural south, perhaps I’ll write a prequel/sequel to that series for this project. Even if I don’t finish it in time to submit, you can count on me as a reader when your anthology becomes available. <3

  7. Delilah
    · January 18th, 2012 at 1:08 am · Link

    Vanessa! Your idea sounds like a perfect fit! Please do consider it!

  8. Linda Moonraven
    · January 19th, 2012 at 2:06 am · Link

    😯 Wow. What a challenge. hmmm….Delilah, my question is does this piece have to be modern day? The examples you posted are present day but can it be from a different time period? Thanks.

  9. Delilah
    · January 19th, 2012 at 8:52 am · Link

    Linda! So long as there is an exotic animal and a refuge for it at the end, I don’t care about when it happens. 😉

  10. Linda Moonraven
    · January 19th, 2012 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Coolies! Thanks. :mrgreen:

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