Drollerie Press

Once upon a time...

3 August 1963
External Services:
  • drollerie@livejournal.com
Drollerie Press publishes, both electronically and in print, short, novella, novelette, and novel length fiction that appeals to humanities' love of story, what makes us who we are, what makes us afraid of the dark, what we need to live.

The stories we accept are often sensual and/or erotic, and quite often dark. The setting may be anywhere or anywhen, but the story retells or somehow echoes a legend, myth or fairytale. We don't publish porn. While we have no rule about the number of sexual encounters, the number of partners, the activities in which they engage nor the type of language used, we require that these events serve the story.

We are interested in stories about the under-represented and minorities. We want stories about heterosexual characters, but we also want characters who are gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual. We welcome all races, faiths and creeds. We want stories about business people, princesses, tattoo artists, carpenters, bikers, the homeless and magicians. We like happily- ever- after endings, but not to the detriment of the story.

We will not publish stories that portrays a group or subgroup of the population in a negative light.

We like stories about vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies and the fay, but give us something new and fresh. Don't pull the vampire's teeth. What we'd really like is if you could rewrite The Devil and Daniel Webster, or try your hand at re-writing a fairytale; give us a story about the Nephilim, Jack Frost or Baba Yaga. If you have an idea for a story but don't know if it will work, e-mail us and we'll let you know what we think.

Please don't use cutesie names for your characters, they throw us out of the story and back to the cold light of reality, and, really, no one wants that.

We are located in the United States and currently only publish in English, but we welcome authors and stories from the world wide community. Eventually, we would like to publish in translation as well.

Our screening process is quite stringent. Proper grammar, punctuation and spelling are required. If there are a few errors, we'll work with you. If we can't count them on the first page, we likely won't. If you use details about a particular skill, position, lifestyle, or any other specialized knowledge, please do your research.

WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS of all lengths. Please send your shorter works and synopsis, or first 3 chapters, final chapter and synopsis of longer works to editor @ drolleriepress.com.

We are especially interested in well-written, novel-length retellings of fairy tales, popular or obscure.

We do not currently pay advances, but we do pay generous royalties. We believe in our authors and want to partner with them for our mutual success.