Turtle Cove Press is a small independent publishing company, specializing in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for children between middle-grade and young adult.
Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Florida
TCP is accepting essays by youth and adults for an anthology called GROWING UP GAY IN THE SUNSHINE STATE.
Youth experience social discrimination and bullying based on their sexual identity -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). This is not new, but it must be publicized so that (1) LGBTQ youth will understand that they are not alone, (2) they will know services are available to help them deal with the biases they find in society and the law, and (3) we can promote changes to the system, including increased awareness and reduced intolerance among all people.
The target audience is 10- to 18-year-olds. TCP is accepting submissions from writers of all ages, published or unpublished. Topics might include: Bullying, Coming out to family and friends, Messages taught in sex ed in school and religious settings about abstinence outside marriage, Other religious/spiritual implications, Emotional health/depression, Positive advice for other LBGTQ youth, People or activities or services that have helped you.
Effects of Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke on Children and Families
TCP is accepting essays by youth and adults, but especially interested in essays by high-school students, about the impact of a family member's tobacco use. From asthma due to exposure to secondhand smoke, to the heartache of losing a beloved grandparent to tobacco-related illness, young people are affected by tobacco.
If you would like your story to be considered, please follow these guidelines.
1) Must be your own, true experience in your own words.
2) No previously published stories will be accepted for this anthology.
3) Open to anyone living in the State of Florida, but prefer works written by youth or young adults.
4) Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your legal name (as well as a pen name if you do not want your real name used in the anthology), age, address, phone number, and email address. Include "Submission for (LGBTQ/Tobacco) Anthology" in the subject of your email.
5) Copy and paste your story into the body of the email. NO ATTACHMENTS.
6) Exclusive submissions preferred but not required. If you are submitting your story elsewhere, please indicate that in your email. Also, please email TCP immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere.
7) You do not have to have been previously published, but if you are, please include a list of your publication credits.
8) Expect an email reply within six months.
Payment will consist of five copies of the published book to each author whose story is included in the anthology. A percentage of profits from the LGBTQ anthology will be donated to a charity that provides services and information to LGBTQ youth in Florida. A percentage of profits from the tobacco-use anthology will be donated to Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) in Florida.
OTHER ONGOING INTERESTS:
TCP will consider unpublished manuscripts for middle-grade and young adult fiction of any genre. To submit your work, email it to email@example.com. Please include your legal name, age if under 18, address, phone number, and email address. Include "Submission for MG/YA Fiction" in the subject of your email. Attach your submission as a word or text document or a pdf file. Exclusive submissions preferred but not required. If you are submitting your story elsewhere, please indicate that in your email. Also, please email TCP immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. You do not have to have been previously published, but if you are, please include a list of your publication credits. Expect an email reply within six months. Payment details will be negotiated if your work is accepted.