Monday, October 31, 2005

Erotic Film Reviewers Wanted

DVD Verdict is looking for film critics - and they do publish reviews of erotic films.

Compensation: Exposure & review DVDs

Interested reviewers should read the help wanted page & follow the directions.

Open Call

Bare Back Magazine is looking for erotic stories, articles about erotica and sexual topics.

Submissions should be 800 - 2000 words.

They also accept erotic poetry.

Compensation: Exposure

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Paying BDSM Niche Site

Darker Pleasures is a niche erotica site that features stories, photographs, art, and articles specializing in female bondage with a specific focus on breast bondage and breast torture.

They are looking for erotica writers, artists & journalists.

Erotic stories are photo-illustrated stories which ranges from 4000 - 7500 words and are illustrated with photographs selected from several galleries of custom photographs (generally 120 - 200). These selected images are spaced throughout the story to illustrate the text. The subject matter of the story provides the theme around which the photo shoot is centered and the monthly galleries are created.

Compensation: The rate of monetary payment for a photo-illustrated story will be 2.5 cents per word up to 5000 words and then it will be 1.5 cents per word for every word thereafter.

In addition to the monthly feature, they publish several independent text stories in the same word count range.

Artists can be paid or may be selected as a guest artist (work shown in exchange for exposure).

Journalists are generally guest pieces focusing on educational (and entertaining) articles in the area of breast-oriented BDSM community. This would include how-tos, feature articles and other pieces which are relevant to those in this specific area of BDSM.

Interested parties should read their writer guidelines, and then contact Matt Nicholson at webmaster@darkerpleasures.com.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Erotic Book Reviewers Wanted

Erotic-Escapades is looking for staff reviewers. If you are not an author (either ebooks or print), they welcome your inquiry. Reviewers may review at other publications, as long as the reviews offered to Erotic Escapades are original/exclusive reviews.

For more information, visit the website guidelines, or contact miakachase@erotic-escapades.com for more information.

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For those reviewers who have regular publications in which their reviews are published, Ephemera Bound is looking for book reviewers. Genres include erotica, adult non-fiction, as well as mainstream titles.

Interested reviewers should email BookWorship@msn.com, putting "Book Reviews" in the subject line.

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Just Erotic Romance Reviews, or JERR, is also looking for book reviewers. They also ask that published authors not become reviewers. They suggest approximately 300 words for reviews, which should include a short synopsis, as well as the bulk of the review focused on the impressions of the book.

For more information, visit their website guidelines, or email amber@justeroticromancereviews.com.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Advanced Thoughts on Writing

The below links are not for beginners - this is no 'how to write' for erotica authors (or any other would-be-writers), but rather information, opinions, and thoughts by others who write. Not all are 'for erotica authors' - but then, those who think erotica isn't about good writing, well, it freaking shows people.

So, read, learn, & see what you can (and should) apply to your writing:

The appeal of "real women"

The Big Love Scene

Talking points in the teaching of composition

Emotion, Evolution, and Rationality

Extra points for those that have the guts to post comments on what they think of the above articles.

Violence in Relationships

Equilibri-Yum is looking for interviews, research articles, study reviews, & personal essays in the areas of domestic violence: emotional, verbal, & physical abuse, as well as rape & sexual asault.

This project is focused on abuse in the context of sexual partners (spouses, couples, lovers). We seek input & involvement regardles of gender, sexual orientation or legal status of the relationship.

Of particular interest are cases where there are children in the family, though other areas/situations will be considered.

Along with essays & interviews with survivors, family members of victims, counselors, those who work/volunteer as advocates in the areas of domestic violence, we are looking for more clinical & statistical information/research as well. For along with personal stories, this project will be looking at the institutions involved.

Institutions to be evaluated include:

social service

police & law enforcement

education

hospitals & medical professionals

criminal court (judges, DA, victims witness offices etc)

family court (guardian ad litems, lawyers, etc)

non-profit organizations who work either with victims or work in areas of legislation

If you have a story, or an interest in the area of victims rights, please contact us!

Please email your introduction & ideas to BookWorship@msn.com - and please put "Violence in Relationships" in the subject line.

(Do not send attachments, unless requested. None will be opened. Thank you.)

There is compensation for those who participate in the project.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Open Calls

Twenty 1 Lashes Magazine is seeking great erotic fiction - everything from the romantic to the edgy. Submissions are always open. With compensation ranging from $6.90 to $300.00.

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Grindhouse Press is looking for writers and journalists to produce short stories, flash fiction, novellas, comic strips, graphic novels, gonzo-style nonfiction, articles, serials, screen-plays, 1-act plays, and poetry in the following genres:

exploitation, sexploitation, gonzo journalism, pulp, transgressive, ultra-violent, dark comedy, spaghetti western, mondo, noir, horror, erotica, drug culture, anarchist, and cult literature

There is no compensation. Details will be found here.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

a sex toy, a cowboy and a public place

What do a sex toy, a cowboy and a public place have in common? They all have to fit into your erotic short story! Your story must contain the above three plot elements, be between 500 and 5,000 words and be really spankin' hot.

The sexiest story earns a $500 cash prize and will be featured on the site's homepage.

There is a $10 reading fee to enter. Fees are accepted by check or money order, and Paypal. The reading fees must be postmarked by October 31st in order for your submission to be considered. You may enter multiple stories at once into the contest, but there is a $10 fee per each submission.

For detailed submission guidelines visit: oystersandchocolate.com

Speak OUT against Sexual Violence

Seeking submissions using creative voice to share with others how Sexual Violence has affected you personally. What do you have to say about Rape, Domestic Violence, Gender/Sexuality Prejudice, Institutional Racism and Classism, Sex Slavery, etc.?

Seeking submissions of poetry/written work relating to Sexual Violence for independent ‘zine to be distributed in San Francisco. Submissions may also be anonymous, and may be written in English or Spanish.

Submit you poetry/written work relating to Sexual Violence, along with your name, title of piece, and city, to: sexualviolencezine@hotmail.com.

Or mail to: Zine! 1395 Hampshire St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Deadline is Nov. 15th, 2005.

Those published will get a free copy of the ‘zine.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Women's Roles in Erotic Literature

A third year University student is looking for help with her dissertation. The project is titled "Why women's roles in erotic literature have increased as social attitudes change."

Her aim is to gather as much primary research from people on their upbringing and how they feel this shaped their sexual attitude etc...

The questions are below & interested persons should copy & paste them into an email, reply with their answers, and email to Lucy at creativewriter1985@hotmail.com.


QUESTIONS:

To begin, could you give me some information on yourself, for example your age (if you don’t mind!), your sex, whether or not you had a religious upbringing etc… As much information on your background as you feel comfortable supplying.

How did your upbringing shape your attitude towards sex and sexuality, if at all?

What was sex education like when you were at school? How much detail did they go into?

Why do you think attitudes towards sex are more relaxed nowadays? Are there any particular social events that you think brought about the change?

What do you think is the attitude of your peers towards sex and sexuality?

What do you think is the attitude of your peers towards erotic literature?

If you read erotic literature, how did you discover it and why do you read it?

If you write erotic literature, what made you start writing?

Do you hide your writing/readership from people close to you? Please explain your answer.

What, in your opinion, is the purpose of erotic literature?

Why do you think more and more women are reading and writing erotica?

FBI After Story Sites Too

Normally, I refrain from political statements/posts here - there are plenty of blogs dedicated to such matters. But this recent bit of news is of concern to our world of smut writing.

The FBI has seized materials & effectively closed one erotic story site. While the site owner has apparently side-stepped some of the main issues, such as stories containing sex with minors, there are reasons to be concerned: The FBI is not only focused on photo/movie sites, but after text sites as well.

This news has opened debate, and questions, such as:

Are stories in the same class as photographic materials?

Are fantasies protected, or are they in the same 'class' as illegal activities which do use real humans?

If story sites are not 'safe' - what about books & printed materials?

Should authors & webmasters be concerned that the FBI/administration's actions will eventually close all their business avenues?

A clear discussion of some of the main issues can be read in two parts in this blog:

Part One
Part Two

Again, to avoid any political or personal agenda, I present this as a 'need to know' for all writers who work in the erotica genre as well as those who pen articles of any sexual type, including educational works.

Now may be the time to consider joining some of the organizations which support free speech & the First Amendment in the US.

Simone's Diary

Simone's Diary is a new website providing personalized erotic stories created for clients' needs and desires. After a glowing review from amNewYork's sex columnist Simone is currently flooded with orders and is looking to expand her network of authors.

Think you have what it takes to write high-quality literary erotic short stories with quick turnaround times? Prove it!

Use the guidelines below to send Simone a written sample of no more than 375-words:

* Narrative type: 3rd person
* Location: Wine Bar
* Time: Present-Day
* Characters: 3

* Character #1: Simone. White. Female. Prefers males. 32 years old. Black hair, brown eyes. Petite but curvy. Writer. Shy but adventurous. Classy but form fitting clothing.

* Character #2: Jeffrey. White. Male. Prefers males and females. 29 years old. Blond hair, blue eyes. Sharp but feminine features, dancer body. Actor. Witty. Metrosexual.

* Character #3: Phil. White. Male. Prefers males and females. 22 years old. Auburn curly hair, green eyes. Classically handsome, chiseled body. Waiter. Sexually aggressive but not sketchy. Black collared shirt and black pants.

* Style: Explicit

* Plot: Simone and Jeffrey are celebrating at a wine bar late one night. They are the last couple left and Phil offers to give them a special private tasting in the cellar...

Send your stories to webmaster@simonesdiary.com. Your confidentiality will be preserved and your writing will not be used by Simone's Diary for any reason.

Simone will contact you if she is interested in your work. Please do not send follow-up emails.

Compensation: With fees for stories starting as low as $15, the compensation varies - it is listed as payment "up to $120 per story".

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Beyond Choice: Voices of Real Women

This post isn't erotic, but definitely something sex writers may wish to know about...

BEYOND CHOICE: VOICES OF REAL WOMEN -- Open Call for Stories on Abortion Experiences

Are you a woman who has had an abortion?

You are not alone and your story is important.

We are editing a book about abortion and we want to hear your story.

This work is not a political treatise and we do not have an agenda. We simply want the voices of real women who have had abortions to be heard. Beyond Choice will be published by a major U.S. publisher and will focus on the experience of abortion: what leads women to consider abortion, what it’s like to have one, and how it factors into real, lived lives.

We are women united by only one act: we had an abortion.

Beyond Choice will include voices of women who vote republican and democrat, women who are young and old, rich and poor, women who are married and single, gay and straight, women who are religious and secular, and women who condemn and are not ashamed of their experiences. You do not have to be a gifted writer to share your story.

Send a 2-15 page essay told in your own words, along with your name or a fake name (if you’d prefer to remain anonymous) and an e-mail address to abortionanthology@hotmail.com by November 30, 2005.

Everyone who submits an essay will be considered for inclusion in this important book.

Paranormal Erotica

Halloween approacheth... and there are quite a few erotica calls to prove it.

The Collector's Edition of Paranormal Erotica

In 2006, Magic Carpet Books will publish this anthology of storeis to be paranormal in theme and full of hard-core erotic action. They can be contemporary, futuristic, historical, etc. and may or may not contain BDSM, the important thing is that the paranormal characters and setting be well-developed and that the sex be hot and graphic.

The stories should be approximately 2,000 - 6,000 words long (although shorter or longer stories of superior quality will also be considered.)

A payment of $75.00 will be made for each previously unpublished story. Magic Carpet will retain the rights to each story for two years after the month of publication.

Please send the complete story for review to mariaisabelmissa@hotmail.com in the following format:

Word doc or text file, 1.5 space between lines, justified, Times New Roman 12 pt. Please reference "Paranormal Collection" in the subject line of your e-mail.

The anthology will be distributed in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Bump in the Night

Torquere Press presents the Bump in the Night short fiction contest -- for gay and lesbian erotic stories.

Halloween! All Saint's Night. Whatever you want to call it, the last night of October is traditionally the time for thrills, chills, and lots of individually wrapped chocolate. In honor of such a grand holiday, Torquere Press presents the Bump in the Night writing contest.

That's right. We want hot, scary, funny, whatever your take on Halloween is. We want it to be 1000 words or less. And we want gay or lesbian content. We're looking for you to make us jump, or make us want to jump each other. What we don't want is gore for its own sake. Give us a new take on an age old theme.

PRIZES: The first place winner will receive $25 US, payable by check, the second place winner will receive $15 US, payable by check, and the third place winner will receive $10 US, payable by check, honorable mention winners will receive one ebook.

Entries are due October 20, 2005. Winners will be announced November 1. See contest rules for details. If you still have questions, email ldoone@torquerepress.com.

Last Call: Supernatural Erotica Contest

And don't forget the Tit-Elation contest (full details are in the second listing here).

Thoughts on Writing Erotica...

John McMullen has tips: The point is not to write something besides stroke fiction; the point is to write *better* stroke fiction.