Cleis Press & editor Violet Blue post the following call for submissions for Best Women's Erotica:
Best Women's Erotica is a legendary and groundbreaking yearly series, and is the best-selling women's erotica collection. Every year BWE raises the bar for explicit erotica written for women, penned by the most exciting female authors around the world.
This edition (BWE 2007) is selected and edited by Violet Blue. In this edition, we are looking for fictional stories that seek to push the boundaries of female sexuality, present realistic fantasies and situations, and break taboos. The sex acts depicted must be explicit and realistic in detail. A strong focus on character, predicament, and compelling situations is desired--smart, literate erotic fiction. The desired orientation within the main sexual element of the stories is primarily heterosexual, yet bisexuality and lesbian encounters are also encouraged. The primary focus of the sexual activity must be on the female experience; female pleasure is the main element. A playful, clever approach is welcome, as are intense scenarios. BWE 06 was very different from past editions--please read a few stories from the book or the introduction for examples of tone. Dark themes (such as breakup, jealousy and death) must be exceptional in content for acceptance and are least desired. Do not send sci-fi, poetry or fantasy fiction.
Established authors and newcomers alike are welcome.
Desired themes include: Women's sexual fantasies of all kinds, such as those that feature taboos, fantasies, bondage, fetishes, male anal penetration (such as strap-on play), light S/M, exhibitionism, power-play, voyeurism, seduction, role-play, spontaneous sex, spanking, erotic
punishment, sexual surprise, emotional honesty, desire, longing, lust, passion, female fireceness, power, deviousness, meaning and sublime humor. Above all, include explicit sex.
Paste your pieces into emails and shoot them off to email@example.com
Editor's note: If you send an attachment, I will delete your email immediately. I am not accepting paper submissions. Only three submissions per author. No simultaneous submissions, and no reprints. Excerpts from full-length books will be considered. Authors must be female; sorry, no male authors writing under pseudonym. Because of the volume of submissions last year (literally hundreds), I likely won't be able to respond to your submissions until May. I appreciate your patience in advance.
Please note: Publisher has final right of refusal on all submissions.
Payment is upon publication, plus 2 copies of the book; pub date is
Deadline: April 1st, 2006.