Riverdale Ave Books Author Call For Submissions; Gay TV Director Talks About Being Widowed Twice; Ryan Field

Riverdale Ave Books Author Call For Submissions

I’m sharing this because I love everything Riverdale Ave Books publishes, and I wish I had time to submit a story myself. I’m swamped right now and I don’t have time, but if I did this is definitely something I would love because it’s a challenge. It’s out of my genre but it’s something I love reading for personal pleasure.

At one time there were many calls for submissions like this, however, I don’t see them very often anymore. So if I were a newer writer and just starting out I would jump at a chance to get into a book like this. 

So here are the details. It’s pretty simple to follow. Copied directly from my inbox…


Retold Fairy Tales Where The Villain Wins

Sometimes it’s so very good to be bad. And why shouldn’t the villains have their chance at love? If Maleficent can have her happy ending –can’t some of our other favorites?
Riverdale Avenue Books is looking for retold fairytales with a specific twist – the villain is now the hero/ine and has the happily ever after. Wolves win over those who might harm them. Witches seduce and enchant. And good little boys and girls? Well, theirs are the motivations that come into question. Familiar and foreign tales are welcome, just put the villain at the center of your story.
LGBTQ+ and underrepresented characters/voices are welcome and encouraged.
All submissions will receive an acknowledgment email and a response by or before September 7, 2019. Please inquire about reprints. Original, previously unpublished work is preferred. Payment is prorated share of the epub, print and audio royalties split evenly among all contributors, a pdf and print copy of the book. Rights are for seven (7) years, reusable with permission and notification.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – We already have Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestilskiein, and Cinderella. Please do not submit retold versions of these)
All submissions should:
  • Be submitted as a Word document
  • Be between 4000-8000 words long (query for longer stories)
  • Be proofread and edited
  • Include a HEA or HFN ending
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point and underline italics
  • Use ### or *** centered for scene breaks with a blank line above and below
  • Include title, last name and page numbers in the upper right-hand corner using the ‘header’ feature.
Expected publication: November/December 2019
Submission deadline: October 4, 2019
Put Villains Win Anthology in the subject line
Send submissions via attachment to
Lori Perkins,
Publisher Riverdale Avenue Books

Lori PerkinsRAB

Member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Publisher of the #MeToo anthology, Amazon #1 Feminist Theory title
Bi-Publisher of the Year, 2014, Bi-Writers Association

Gay TV Director Talks About Being Widowed Twice

This is a good article that explains what it’s like for gay men when they lose a spouse or a life partner. I’ve seen it happen with gay couples I know and it’s very hard for the survivor. In fact, in many cases, especially with older gay couples, the surviving partner often passes away within a year’s time. Many just can’t get over the loss and the grief is too hard to overcome.

I’m also a very big fan of Norman Buckley’s Work.

 One gay man’s tribute to his first partner has touched many after appearing online. Norman Buckley, 63, is a successful TV producer and director, best known for directing Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. He’s the younger brother of the performer, Betty Buckley.

You can read it in full, here. 

How to be a Good Gay Bottom

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom by [Field, Ryan]

The Rescuer

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