Why Mocha Memoirs?
Our vision is to provide an outlet for outstanding speculative and romance stories that often fall beneath the radar of traditional publishing houses. We seek to provide quality stories that invigorate the reader’s literary palette like a good, strong coffee. Like great coffee houses, we offer a variety of flavors. We don’t just serve our coffee black.
Submission Guidelines (updated 7/2016)
Mocha Memoirs Press, LLC is a genre-oriented publishing company. We publish stories in the following genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance, including the sub-genres of steampunk, cyberpunk, diesel punk, alternate history, weird westerns, and mash-ups. Stories must be 10k-50k. Do not query for longer titles.
We want your best, polished, and ready to publish work. We want fresh, invigorating, and diverse stories. We are actively seeking stories with diverse people as the protagonists. Do not send us stories where the diverse characters are tokens and sidelined to secondary or villainous roles. We do not want caricatures of what you believe diverse people are like. Do your research.
What we do not want:
- Stories that glorify violence, racism, misogyny, or bestiality
Our Four Primary Lines: We offer four primary lines here at MMP. When querying, please tell us what line your story fits in.
- Dark Mocha Bites-Horror
- Steamy Mocha Amour-Romance
- Sword & Mocha-Fantasy (including urban fantasy, paranormal)
- Sci-Chai-Science fiction
*Espresso Shots-Any genre listed above, but must be 8-10k. These are short, complete, and strong stories that pack a large literary wallop in a short amount of words. Please note, these stories are often sold for .99.
How to Submit:
General MMP Submission Guidelines
- Stories must be 10k-50k. Do not query for longer titles. 50k is our limit at this time.
- Email to mochamemoirspress(at) gmail.com
- Mocha Memoirs Line Sub: [Your Story Title]; [Your Name] in the subject line.
- Attach your story as a DOC or DOCX file. Submissions sent in the body of the email will not be read. Stories should be in 12pt, Calibri font. Please double space. Don’t forget to include a title page that includes all contact information.
- Include a brief cover letter in the body of your email stating your name, pen name (if using one), story title with word count, a brief (1 paragraph) synopsis, and bio.
- No simultaneous submissions, please. We ask that you do not submit a story to us and to another market at the same time.
- Please don’t submit another manuscript until you have received an answer on your first submission.
Current Call for Submissions
Curious incidents: more improbable adventures
Edited by A.C. Thompson
“The game is afoot!”
Welcome back to Baker Street! Holmes and Watson are there to greet you once more with amazing
tales of murder, mayhem, and mystery with a supernatural twist. This time the great detective and his
stalwart companion will venture into alternate universes, histories, and futures to solve puzzling cases of
the paranormal beyond the bounds of imagination.
In Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures, I am looking for stories that diverge from the
original canon setting of Victorian England. The adventures should be paranormal in nature, but the
universe is completely open. In fact, stories set in the traditional Victorian will not be considered. Some
examples of alternate settings might be: steampunk, weird west, distant future, space, ancient world
(ok, so I’d just really like to see if someone could do it…), dystopian, American noir, or even modern
times (BE CAREFUL WITH THIS. I CAN’T PUBLISH SHERLOCK BBC FANFICTION!).
Word of warning: Sherlock is a beloved character with a very distinct voice and manner. We want to be
sure that we keep and/ or expand on those attributes that have made him a literary icon. However, I am
very interested in seeing diverse characters in starring roles (gender, ethnicity, etc.). The entire original
canon is available on Kindle for FREE. Take advantage.
This time, I’m a little more flexible with genre. I am looking for stories that will fall into the speculative
fiction genre and all its subspecies (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, magical realism, gothic horror,
etc.). I’m even being adventurous this time and allowing for a romantic element as long as you stay true
to the character, but NO EROTICA (it’s not that kind of book). The important thing is– – it has to have a
paranormal thread. These are CURIOUS INCIDENTS, not everyday occurrences.
Let your imaginations run wild and give me something I haven’t seen before!
Publication of CURIOUS INCIDENTS: MORE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES will again be handled through
Mocha Memoirs Press and therefore, all submissions are subject to their general guidelines which
include, but are not limited to: no bestiality, glorified rape, necrophilia, hate language, etc. We are not
seeking erotic stories for this anthology.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: October 14, 2016
Minimum word count: 4,000 not to exceed 8,000
Payment: split royalties + 1 contributor copy.
General Mocha Memoirs Press Submission Guidelines:
Submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CURIOUS INCIDENTS” Sub:
[Your Story Title]; [Your Name] in the subject line. Attach your story as a DOC or DOCX file.
Submissions sent in the body of the email will not be read. Stories should be in 12pt, Times New
Roman font. Please double space. Don’t forget to include a title page that includes all contact
Include a brief cover letter in the body of your email stating your name, pen name (if using one),
story title with word count, a brief (1 paragraph) synopsis, and bio.
No simultaneous submissions, please. We ask that you do not submit a story to us and to
another market at the same time.
Multiple submissions—sending more than one story for consideration—are okay. If sending more
than one story, please send them in separate emails.