Monday, December 18, 2006

Call for Submissions: Animal Attraction

Whether it’s the lush fur of a healthy tiger, the colorful feathers of a blue macaw or the unabashed sensuality of a river otter, animals have a way of bringing people together. I’m looking for stories in which animals play a part in fostering human intimacy and sexuality. It may be the traveling veterinarian who treats cattle and horses in the American West, the petsitter who falls for a client, or the circus trainer who sleeps in a tent next to his bears. Animal Attraction stories will provide a variety of settings, characters and tales to entertain readers of gay male erotica and romance.

The anthology will be e-published in August, 2007 by Torquere Press, a leader in GLBT publishing.

Stories can be 2,000-8,000 words and need well-drawn characters, compelling stories and clear, professional prose. Use your imagination and let the animal motif color the piece; it should be part of the story, not just an add-on. In addition to contemporary stories, I’m willing to look at fantasy/scifi and historical pieces, as long as the animals are an integral part of the plot. (However, please no shape-shifters, or were-persons). Send me stories with cats, dolphins, grizzlies, penguins, horses, dogs, eagles, Gila monsters, tigers, sea lions, foxes or anything else. (I must confess though, I really don’t care for Very Large Insects). Stories should be erotic and romantic elements are encouraged. Pieces that feel “porny” will be a tough sell.

Please note: this is not a bestiality anthology so no sex with the animals! The other usual no-no’s apply: no copyrighted characters or universe, no underage characters in sexual situations, no scat/golden showers, no rape.

The deadline for submissions is January 20th, 2007. Please send stories as a Word or RTF file attachment to:

Please follow standard Torquere formatting guidelines.

I’ll be reading prior to the deadline, so feel free to submit early. Please use Animal Attraction anthology in your subject line. Any questions, please feel free to write me at the address above.

Payment is on publication and is $25. Selected authors will also receive an electronic copy of the anthology.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Best Gay Erotica 2008

Edited by Richard Labonte, judged by Emanuel Xavier
Publisher: Cleis Press

Short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, narrative artwork, essays - original or reprint - are now being accepted for Best Gay Erotica 2008, to be published by Cleis Press in late fall of 2007.

Maximum length preferred: 6,000 words; no minimum. Reprints must have appeared in print or online, or been scheduled to appear, between July 2006 and June 2007.

BGE is not a "theme" anthology, so anything goes - any fantasy, all flesh, any kink, every genre - as long as the work is intensely erotic, lusciously literary, and quite, quite queer.

Series editor Richard Labonte will select 35-40 stories from among the submissions, with winners chosen from the finalists by this year's judge, Emanuel Xavier.

Deadline: April 30, 2007

Queries and submissions to:, in .doc format.

Call for Submissions: Essays on Menstruation

Breakthrough Bleeding:

Essays on The Thing Women Spend A Quarter Of Their Time Doing, But No One’s Supposed To Talk About

Edited by Hanne Blank and Moira Russell

Forthcoming from She Devil Press, an imprint of Suspect Thoughts Press; scheduled publication date Fall 2008.

FINALLY, a book that isn’t afraid of a little blood!

Between puberty and menopause, most women spend close to a quarter of their lives dealing with menstruation. But except for coming-of-age stories and the occasional Stephen King novel, all this spilled blood hardly creates a blip on the cultural radar. It’s as if someone has removed it all with a super-duper magic cleanser… ironic, considering what the rest of us go through to get the stains out.

Breakthrough Bleeding is here to change all that. Thoughtful, challenging, political, and maybe even sexy, this collection of essays looks at menstruation from the inside and the outside, a super-maxi size dose of heavy-thinkin’ menstrual mojo.

We are looking for essays and creative nonfiction that analyze, question, and explore all aspects of menstruation and menstruation culture. Potential topics include:

* menstruation and gender – how does menstruation fit into (or conflict with) experiences of gender?
* menstrual products advertising & the “sanitary products” industry
* menstruation, personal relationships, and sex – from phobias to fetishes
* menstrual education – what do we learn and how do we learn it, what do we teach and how to we teach it?
* menstruation as a human rights issue – how are women’s periods dealt with in prisons, shelters, mental institutions, long-term care facilities, and other institutions?
* women who voluntarily/intentionally stop menstruating
* men’s experiences with / attitudes regarding menstruation
* menstruation humor
* menstruation and ridicule/shame
* transmenstruation – what kinds of issues come up around menstruation for intersex, transsexual and transgendered people?
* premature menopause (organic or induced)
* enjoying/appreciating menstruation
* menstruation and/in the workplace
* menstruation through the eyes of Western medicine
* the “menstrual alternatives” movement (e.g. reusable pads/cups/sponges) and its culture
* menstruation in straight vs. queer spheres
* feminist culture and menstruation

Compensation: Writers whose work is included in the book will receive a cash honorarium (amount TBD) and two copies of the book.

Deadline: March 20, 2007.

For more information, see the guidelines.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Visible: A Femmethology

Femmes are still invisible. Society can't see past our heels to hear our stories, so we must continue to build platforms for our voices. Visible: A Femmethology, a forthcoming anthology about the power and complications in presenting femme as a gender and breaking the traditional meaning of feminine, aims to showcase blunt, personal essays exploring what "femme" means to those who claim it as an identity.

Give me your experiences, your inner dialogues, your theories and practices. Please do not send fiction, poetry, erotica, or any material to which you do not fully own the rights. I am seeking prose that is thoughtful, analytical, raw, challenging, exploratory, and uniquely you.

Submissions must be sent as Word files with text in 12 point Times New Roman font. Essays must be previously unpublished, 1500-6000 words in length, and typed double-spaced. You may submit more than one essay.

Author maintains and controls the copyright of their essay and licenses their First North American Rights to Merge Press for publication purposes. Author retains the right to reprint the material in any publication.

Send SUBMISSIONS ONLY to Maria Angeline at femmethology at mergepress dot com. Include your legal name, pseudonym (if any) you wish to use, address, phone number, email, and the bio you would like to appear in the book if your selection is chosen for publication. Put the title of your essay in the subject line of the email. Each essay must be emailed separately.

Send questions to Maria Angeline at maria.angeline at mergepress dot com.

Visible: A Femmethology, an anthology of writing on queer femme identity, is expected to be released in 2008. Do not email to inquire about the status of your submission after you receive a confirmation that it has been received. It is not possible to respond to all email inquires. Once selections have been made, every person who has submitted work will be sent an announcement. Please do not submit material if you do not regularly check your email.

Editor: Maria Angeline
Publisher: Merge Press
Submissions Deadline: March 15, 2007

Anticipated Publication Date: Spring 2008

Visit here for more information and watch for project updates.

Audacia Ray

Audacia Ray writes on the number of indie magazines folding.

She's also looking for interviews for her book, Naked on the Internet:

Interviewing women for my book I’m in the process of writing a book about female sexuality and the internet, including chapters on dating/hooking up; sex blogging; sex worker advertising and networking; wives and girlfriends of partners who indulge in sexual activities online; sexual health and online support communities; and technology that enables physical sexual encounters. If you participate in any of these activities and would like to be interviewed, please email me!

Friday, December 01, 2006


If interested in taking on assignments for PixelPulse (a new monthly magazine solely covering Second Life), send two samples of your best work to Cheri Horton using the e-mail address pixelpulsemagazine [at] yahoo [dot] com, or send them using two separate notecards in-world. Include a brief description about yourself and mention any relevant experience. Writing samples must be between 400-500 words apiece. The pay rate for freelancers is $L1,000 for the first successfully completed assignment. Pay rates will then rise in proportion to how often each particular writer contributes, as well as the quality and depth of the content.

Twilight Fantasies Publications

Twilight Fantasies Publications is a full-service, royalty paying ePublishing company. We are currently accepting submissions in anticipation of our May 2, 2007 scheduled opening date.
Twilight Fantasies specializes in romance, including erotic romance, in all genres. We do not publish erotica (without romantic elements) at this time. While we do publish erotic romance, we are actively seeking stories that are plot-driven. If a sex scene does not further the plot, it should be left out.

We currently respond to queries within two weeks, to manuscripts within six weeks.

Specialty Lines:

We are actively seeking works that fit the guidelines of our Specialty Lines. If your work fits any of these guidelines, please indicate that in the subject line of your email.

Aphrodite's Scrolls--Romance according to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Any romance story that features mythological elements, including gods and goddesses as characters, belong in this specialty line.

Caught-Un-A- Weres-- These romances feature shapeshifters, such as werewolves, werefoxes, werebears, etc. At least one of the main characters (either the hero or the heroine) must be a shapeshifter.

Twisted Fairytales-- A romantic retelling of our favorite fairytales or fables.

Vampire Vixens-- These stories will probably not be classified as TAME. The heroine of the story must be a vampire or become a vampire during the course of the story. Our Vixen must either be at ease with her own sexuality or explore her sexuality during the plot.

Zuzu's Petals-- This is a reference to end of the classic film, It's a Wonderful Life. In the film, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) wishes he never existed and is granted that wish. Of course, after seeing what the world would be like without him, he wants his life back. When he discovers his daughter's (Zuzu's) rose petals in his pocket, he knows he is "alive again." The Zuzu's Petals line features romances in which one of the main characters discover how good it is to be alive or finally discover or rediscover their reason(s) for living.

Read our submissions page for more details.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


'Sub-Lingual' will be a select collection of around six longer stories told from a female submissive's point of view in everyday life. The book is planned for a Spring 2007 release, and we are now open for submissions. Initially, we plan to publish this book in e-book format, but we may publish it in print or print-on-demand at some later point.

GUIDELINES: Stories must be between 10,000 and 20,000 words long. For this publication we are not looking for stories that are just full of BDSM. The stories must be about the submissive as a person, from her point of view, although it doesn't have to be written in the first person. It's to be expected that their submissive lifestyle will prove prominent in any plot, but it shall not be the crux of the story line. Sub-Lingual will be more about submissives and their lives, parts of their lives, or finding themselves caught up in some situation or event, as dictated by the story you create. Stories must be strong. You can write about how their lifestyle affects other parts of their lives, like their jobs or families. Or you can write about where love fits in, or where love is lost, or never found, etc. Possibilities are endless if you apply your imagination.

RIGHTS: Logical Lust Publications will retain ongoing rights to publish your story in Sub-Lingual in e-formats and in print. These rights will be exclusive for one year from publication, after which rights become non-exclusive and the author is free to seek additional publication of their own story in any format.

PAYMENT: For the above rights, Logical Lust Publications will pay a one-off payment of $20 US, or equivalent in main currency. Payment is only due and made upon publication. If, for any reason, publication doesn't go ahead, the stories and all rights return to the author.


For more information on how to submit, see the official call here.

Gertrude Press' annual poetry and fiction chapbook contest

Gertrude Press, a literary and visual arts organization serving the LGBTQ community, is pleased to announce a call for submissions for our annual poetry and fiction chapbook contest.

Winners will be selected in both categories and will receive a $50 cash prize plus fifty copies of the chapbook. All entries will also be considered for publication in the biannual literary and arts journal, Gertrude.

Submissions should be postmarked by January 15, 2007. Submission fee of $12 includes a one-year subscription to Gertrude. Full contest rules, past winners, and information on subscribing can be found here.

Compensation: Winners receive 50 copies of their chapbook and $50

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Eternal Mirth

'Eternal Mirth' will be an anthology of twenty to twenty-five short stories of erotic humour, of varying genre. It will be the 5th in our 'Eternally' series of erotic anthologies, and is planned for a Spring 2007 release.

GUIDELINES: Sex is a serious issue, but it doesn't have to be that way all the time. Bring forth the funny side of sex. Create something decidedly arousing, yet inescapably funny. Your stories can be mostly erotic with a hoard of humour, mostly humourous with lashings of the erotic, or any combination in between, so long as it's explicit and hilarious! Stories should be a minimum of 2,000 words but no more than 3,000.

RIGHTS: Logical Lust Publications will retain ongoing rights to publish your story in 'Eternal Mirth' in e-formats and in print. These rights will be exclusive for one year from publication, after which rights become non-exclusive and the author is free to seek additional publication of their own story in any format.

PAYMENT: For the above rights, Logical Lust Publications will pay a one-off payment of $5 US, or equivalent in main currency. Payment is only due and made upon publication. If, for any reason, publication doesn't go ahead, the stories and all rights return to the author.


For more information on how to submit, read here.

Alice Street Editions

Submissions ongoing for award winning lesbian lierature series Alice Street Editions. Seeking lesbian novels, memoirs, essays, and non-fiction writing. Published by Haworth Press.

Query: or send manuscripts to:

Judith P. Stelboum Ph.D.
11 Cambridge Court East
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

"Out in the World" Gay Travel Literature Series

"Out in the World" is the new gay and lesbian travel literary series by Haworth Press.

Proposals for books can range from the erotic, to the literary to the academic, fiction or non-fiction, and can be anthologies or the work of one author. Proposals should be clearly presented, with a synopsis, marketing outline and a CV of previous works and a bio. Guidebook proposals are not being considered at the moment.

For more information, or questions on presenting a proposal, contact Series Editor Michael Luongo at or

Name Change

As noted, I am switching to "blogger beta" and because I also have another blog on collecting (, my ID or name here will change to Silent-Porn-Star. It's still me, so it's all good as they say. ;)

I hope this is the only glitch here and the rest will go well...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wicked Escapes Writing Contest

2nd Annual Wicked Escapes Writing Contest - Official Rules

Alyssa Brooks and Larissa Lyons would like to invite interested authors, both published and aspiring, to enter their annual Wicked Escapes writing contest.

What is Wicked Escapes? Check out Alyssa and Larissa’s monthly ezine packed full of naughty and nice reading pleasures at

What are we looking for?

Erotic flash fiction, in any genre. These quickie stories must be 500-1000 words and very sexy. Up to six winners will be awarded a feature in Wicked Escapes. The feature will consist of the author’s winning piece of erotic flash fiction, a banner or cover spot, and a link. This is a great way to expose your writing style to readers and gain their attention. Not published? That’s okay! If your story makes the cut, you’ll receive a chapter critique from Alyssa or Larissa.

Writers should use their talent to whisk readers away from daily life into a short, HOT escape that will leave them breathless and wanting more. Any genre is acceptable! From vamps to regency to m/m to BDSM, the point of a Wicked Escape is to arouse and to tempt…

This year we will also be accepting up to two erotic romance short story entries. These stories must be between 2000-5000 words and extremely sexy. Please pay strong attention to editing as we will only award these short story spots to worthy pieces of fiction. The winners of the short story spots will each receive promotion within Wicked Escapes for the month their story is published, as well as a $15 dollar gift certificate to

Good luck! Alyssa and Larissa

Contest Rules:

v Submissions MUST be erotic, containing sex or heavy foreplay. A Wicked Escape is not something sensual, but hot, quick, and heavy. Think of the Wicked Escape like a sex scene. Plot may be present, but we are not looking for involved story lines in such a quick read. This should be an example of how sizzling you can write. Short Story submissions should be more than just a sex scene...give the readers a little set-up, a little romance, a little plot!

v Escape submissions MUST be between 500 and 1000 words; no exceptions. Short Story submissions, between 2000-5000 words. You decide from there.

v Stories must be self-edited and ready for the public eye. We will NOT edit or critique your story for you.

v No necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, rape, bodily functions, or bestiality. Nothing demeaning to women OR men!

v The contest runs from November 1st to December 15th, 2006.

v Winners will be selected in a coordinated effort by Alyssa Brooks and Larissa Lyons and announced during January, 2007. Unfortunately, we cannot individually address each entry with an acceptance or rejection.

v We ask that you do not simultaneously submit to anyone else. We ask that winners wait until after their story is featured in Wicked Escapes before displaying their story elsewhere. In other words, we only want to see original works. However, we do not hold rights, so once you are featured, the story is yours again!

v Winners of the flash fiction portion of the contest will receive a feature spot consisting of their escape, one book cover or banner, and a link. Non-published writers, in lieu of the banner/link, may receive a critique of any one chapter (not to exceed 4500 words) of their work.

Non-published authors, please note so in your submission, and state whether or not you would like to win a critique.

v Winners of the short story portion of the contest will receive promotion within Wicked Escapes for the month their story is published, as well as a $15 dollar gift certificate to

v Up to six winners will be chosen. Holiday themes are welcome.

v Authors may submit more than one story, but please send each in a separate email.

v Contest submissions may be sent to from November 1st through December 15th, 2006 only.

See their news page for more info.

Crossdressing Interviews

Slip of a Girl is looking for cross dressing males, and females who have had relationships with cross dressers, to interview and/or collaborate with for articles on an upcoming book.

For more information, please read her call here.

Notes & Updates from Naughty

Calls Update:

The Lingerie Erotica Contest has been extended to January 15, 2007. The post has been updated, but I notify you here in case you thought you wouldn't make the deadline.

Blog Update:

I'm going to update this blog to "blogger beta" which will allow for the use of tags. I'm hoping this will make for better navigation so that you all can find the calls and information you wish. If you have suggestions for tags, please let me know.

Blogger Update:

I am still busy with deadlines of my own. Please be patient if my email replies are slow.

And Reminders:

I again must remind you of The House Rules. I really do appreciate it when you tell publishers and editors where you found the call -- then they remember to contact me which means I have more time to find new calls and information.

Thanks :)

Iris Print

Iris Print is seeking short stories for a "fairy tale and fantasy" anthology to be published in Summer 2007.

We're looking for stories for our next short fiction anthology! This anthology (currently unnamed) will have a theme of folklore, fairy tales, and fantasy. Stories should be between 3,000 and 12,000 words, and should have a clear element of myth and mysticism. Of course, this is a
boys' love anthology, so stories must include an element of male/male romance or eroticism. Some examples of what we'd like to see:

Fairy tales with a twist -- telling the story from another perspective, or perhaps mixing two tales together (ever wonder what would happen if the Beast met the Frog Prince?).

Original stories told in a fairy tale style, or made-up myths using original or existing pantheons and heroes.

Fantasy with grand heroics and mystical, magical backdrops. Less gritty realism and more ethereal otherworldliness.

Modern retellings of fairy tales or myths. Or modern fantasy, showing us the hidden side of the world we know so well.

Some examples of things that we probably don't want to see:

Retelling of myths and fairy tales in which the only thing changed is the gender of a character.
(We've all read "Cinderella"--changing her name to Steve won't make us want to read it again.)

Vampires that sound like they belong in an Anne Rice book or a roleplaying sourcebook. Less angsting about the bleak nature of existence, more...well, more anything else.

Fantasy with swords and horses and unfamiliar place names, but otherwise a pretty mundane setting. Give us magic! Dragons! Fairies! Ninja-pirate-zombies!

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2007. To submit your story, please follow our submissions guidelines for short stories, and mention that the story is for consideration for the "fairy tale and fantasy anthology". You will receive a confirmation email within 1 week, but final selections will not be made until after the January 15 deadline. The anthology is scheduled for publication in Summer 2007.

Links for Writers

Want to get rich quick? Don't try writing says Jenny Diski.

For a list of unusual references, try Links for Word Lovers.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Tips on Erotic Writing

Tips on writing erotic poetry from The Castle.

And Tell Me a Good (Hot) Story.

A Woman's Goodnight

Short story writers wanted: literary erotica for women at A Woman's Goodnight.

Introducing our website designed purely for a woman's pleasure-seeking imagination. A Woman's Goodnight caters to women's varying needs for sensual distraction in their everyday lives.

A Woman's Goodnight will publish high quality stories online on a continuous basis. We are looking for a full range of stories from the romantic, the sensual, the boudoir to the fully sexual. The stories will be professionally voiced and made available as an audio download so please keep that in mind when submitting your work.

Terms of payment are based on word count and we reserve the right to make any changes we feel are necessary. Popular stories will also receive a royalty. We offer $.04 US per word and after the first 100 sales offer $.50 per sale as a royalty. For popular stories we estimate about
1000 sales per story, this translates into $450.00 US for successful stories.

Please review our Submission Guidelines and submit your work to

We look forward to hearing from you. Help us build a collection of literary erotica for women.

Swallow Magazine

Swallow Magazine (tentative title) is looking for sexy, witty fiction, photos, essays, vinettes for inclusion in an amateurish publication, being compiled by inexperienced (some say incompetent) publisher, to be distributed in or around San Francisco... assuming we can get some book stores to put it on their shelves.

Writing that deals with alternative lifestyles encouraged. Submitted work should be between 500-1500 words.

Compensation, $25 per accepted, published submission.

If it's brilliant, we can negotiate the compensation. Unpublished authors especially encouraged, assuming you are comfortable working with an editor/being edited.

For more information, contact and see

P.S. This is a slapstick (though good faith) venture, so don't be frustrated with our incompetence.

Slash and Burn: An Erotic Anthology

Sybaritic Press is committed to finding the best in undiscovered talent. We have had good luck in publishing talented slash fiction authors. Their books sell well online through and they are sold in prominent gay bookstores. We seek to discover more talent.

We will take short stories (10 to 20 pages as per our submission guidelines). Longer works will be considered if they are exceptional. Any fandom will be considered as long as it does not conflict with submission guidelines.

Sybaritic Press is offering our standard publishing contract and royalties which could be as much as tens of dollars in your pocket and free copies to impress your friends. We also hope it leads to publication of novels by the participants.

Please, send us your Fraser/RayK, or Mulder/whomever or Jack Sparrow/Aragorn, if that's possible. We will then help you convert the fan based prose into original prose.

We will NOT be publishing the anthology with anyone else's copyrighted characters. We want your most sensual, scintillating prose by January 15th 2007.

Deadline: January 15th 2007
Release Date: April 2007

Thursday, November 16, 2006

California Film Industry

Requested a new article on Constant Content:

Description: We need articles about keeping the film industry in California.

Anything that has to do with runaway production, or the effect it has on the states economy is great. Other topics can include California Celebrities, what Hollywood is doing to help the Environment, or Location stories. I am open for ideas, please contact me if you have any questions and/or suggestions.

Price per article:$40-50

Length of article:800-1000

Subjects:California Filming Locations, Runaway Production, Film Industry Related topics (as long as it takes place in CA), CA restaurant or club reviews (not as important but we\'ll take it if its interesting), Hollywoods role in environmental issues, ANY CA grown article preferrably related to the film industry.

Other notes: We will also pay more than the amount specified above if article is good enough.

Call for Surveys

I'm working on a book, and this book is about: Me (of course!), Bisexual girls, the future.

I'm doing some research on the world outside of my ego via an online survey--so, if you:

1. are a bisexual girl, please take this survey...
2. know any bisexual girls who have 15 minutes of free time (and let's be honest, who doesn't? besides me?)--please pass this on to them....

The call for surveys is going up on several queer and writer-related websites, but I think e-mail really has that personal touch. I'm looking for women between the ages of 12 and 40 who identify as bisexual—whatever "bisexual" means to you—for a book about the evolving present and the promising future of female bisexuality. I need your personal opinion, and I need it bad.

It's simple. Go to: The Bi-Girl Survey and fill out the online survey.

Be sure to give me your e-mail address so I can reach you to keep you updated on the publication process. I might contact you for a follow-up interview if there's more stuff I want to ask you—there's a magazine article in the works (for a major national magazine) and if I want to use you for that, I'll get in touch with you for your permission and additional questions before moving forward.

If you want to check me out to ensure that I'm--you know--a real girl and a real writer, and not some dude on myspace who wants you to tell him your crazy stories, then lookie here:

Thanks for your time, girls! Thanks guys. The faster this happens, the more likely it will be that I will leave my apartment.

(Call via Chloe Jo's newsletter.)

Love Notes Call for Submissions

Love Notes Press is seeking short stories of up to 25,000 words for its upcoming A Deserted Island anthology (Love Notes: Short Stories of Romance, Volume I: Deserted Islands ). Stories may be historical or contemporary romance, romantic suspense, or fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal romance, but the story must contain a deserted island.

A one-time fee of $75 will be paid for each story.

Authors must submit a synopsis for consideration prior to submitting their completed story.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2006.

For all the details, visit here.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Lingerie Erotica Contest

Write an erotic lingerie story, based on photos, to impress Slip of a Girl:

Since the lingerie styles are vintage, I'd most appreciate stories that match in time, but swell and swanky stories set in the present will be accepted. No sci-fi, vampire or ghost stories, please; I want real sex with real humans who enjoy the real sensations of lingerie ;)

Stories are open to hetero, lesbian, and group sex. Crossdressing is welcome; but sorry, no gay male stories.

BDSM & fetish themes are welcome, but nothing 'gorey' or with fluids other than sexual.

Length: No less than 3,000 words, no more than 7,500 words.

Deadline: December 1, 2006. Extended to: January 15, 2007

Prize: Win a $50 Cameo Intimates gift certificate. (And a spiffy icon stating Slip of a Girls says you are the Most Erotic of Them All!)

Read here for more information and details on how to submit.

Book Interviewees Sought

I'm seeking folks to interview for a book project: people who consider themselves intersex and/or people who have the condition classical CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia). I can be reached at FYI I will be away through Nov. 6 but will respond to all after that. Thanks! Jill

Via's Girly Girl Newsletter.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Notes from Naughty

A reminder to all, readers and those who ask me to post calls, that this is a very big deadline time for me. Like you, I make my living by writing and distractions only make it more difficult to finish let alone on time.

I suggest rather than emailing me several times you slip a few dollars into the tip jar -- everytime you do, a bell rings and I am reminded to post here. (It's like an angel getting her wings :p )

So please, don't complicate things and slow me down with multiple emails on the same call or asking me where I am. Just use the Amazon box on the right and that will motivate me plenty.

Thanks :)

The Erotic Bookworm Review Site

The Erotic Bookworm Review Site: Wanted


A new romance and erotic review site is opening and we are looking for people interested in reviewing e-books. We have currently received review copies from Loose ID, Silk’s Vault Publishing, Midnight Showcase, Triskelion Publishing and various authors.

This is a voluntary position and there is no pay. We seek dependable people who enjoy reading romance and erotica and can honestly and tactfully write their opinion.

If interested please contact with review in the subject of the email and send a sample review as an attachment, introduce yourself and state the reason for wanting to become a reviewer.

If approved you will receive a list of all the books available for review and can choose which book you want to review. Reviews must be turned in two weeks after receiving books.


The Erotic Bookworm Review Site is accepting submissions for articles: on the craft of writing, experiences on writing or submitting, and the road to getting published.

Historical articles based on true historical facts dealing with or about sexual activity, customs, etc.

Erotic Fiction on any subject and/or genre(GLBT, contemporary, paranormal, horror, sci fi etc.)
No incest, bestiality, or children.

Sex Exploration (true life stories of memorable and unique sexual events)

We don’t have a set requirement for lengths.

At this time payment for articles, fiction, and sex exploration stories is $10.00 upon acceptance payable through paypal. A link with your name to you website or email . We ask for non -exclusive rights to use any accepted work on our review site and any future eZine, magazine, or anthology that may develop. We hope to increase payment later on but as we are just starting out we can not pay too much.

Any questions and or submission can be made to

True Stories From Women

From Constant Content:

Ladies, we all have an interesting story to tell, whether it be from our pasts or our present. Some that have made us stronger, and some that are still unresolved.

This is a gig for women with an interesting experience you don\'t mind sharing. It can be from the past or happening right now. It will be used anonymously.

To be included in your email:
1) Write a short two or three sentence synopsis of what your true life story is about.
2) Write 1 page of the story and paste it into your email.
3) Include your locations (city).
You may submit multiple stories, but please send them in separate emails.
I will read each submission and if I like your writing style and the story itself, I will get back to you with more information.


*Women of all ages, races, backgrounds, religions, etc. to pick a life changing story out of their own real lives and write about it. It can be a story of something that is going on in your life right now, or something that happened in your past.

*Names will be changed in the story to keep the people you write about anonymous . $50 per accepted story. 3-5 pages long.

* Difficult relationship stories are preferred, but not required.

Fantastical stories: deleted. Excessively long: deleted. Just be yourself, tell your true life story in as much vivid yet relevent detail as possible. Even if your story is not accepted, take it as a therapeutic release. Sometimes writing things out on paper can put your problems into perspective.

Price per article:$40-50

Length of article:3-5 pages

life, relationships, heartbreak, cheating, abuse, drama, etc. MUST BE TRUE STORIES.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Gothic Vampire Erotica Contest

From Gracie Passette of

"How Stimulating Is Your Bite?"

Guest judge Madame Librarian is looking for stories with vampires with good bites that'll turn her on.

Madame Librarian says:

What I'd be looking for within my vampire genre is something along the lines of real vampires (not humans dressed as them who like to drink blood, etc.) that achieve sexual pleasure [orgasm optional] from the act of stalking their victim, all the way through the bite and transformation.

I also want my vampires to obtain pleasure in the more traditional sense, but I'm thinking along the lines of in the act of oral sex a bite to the thigh... things like that. Race, religion, etc. is not a factor.

Length: no more than 4000 words.

Deadline: December 31, 2006 (Midnight, Central Time)

Prize: First Place, $30 Second Place, $15

How to submit: All stories must be submitted via the Tit-Elation Author Area and are subject to the usual site Tit-Elation Submission Guidelines & compensation. Submitted works are eligible for the print anthologies, and are compensated accordingly. (If you are not already a registered author, simply read the guidelines and register here ~ it's free to register as an author.)

Winning stories will also be published by Madame Librarian at &/or linked to on her blog etc. with proper author credits.

Who is Madame Librarian? An opinionated woman who reads erotica and has the education to back up her personal preferences. She's studied Philosophy and Art History as an undergraduate focusing on the ancient cultures (Greek, Roman, Egyptian). She's received her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 1998, where she focused on Humanities and did my independent work on Erotica in Libraries. The paper she wrote for her independent work was presented at the American Library Association Conference in 2000.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Creatures of Darkness Contest

These are the creatures of mystery, characters that fascinate us with that element of the unknown and the supernatural, be it vampires, werewolves and shifters, ghosts, djinns, demons, etc. Spin us a tale of romance, or mystery. Immerse us in the lore of their ancients, weave us a saga of their exploits/adventures, tell us their story!

This contest is open to both erotic and non-erotic stories, in any one of the categories listed in the submissions guidelines page. Submissions will be judged according to the following


Creatures of Darkness theme: 30%
Characters: 20%
Story Structure: 20%
Plot: 20%
Syntax, Grammar: 10%
Total 100%

Minimum Word Count: 30,000 words.

At least one of the main characters must be a creature of darkness.

Only full manuscripts are eligible to enter the contest.

Exciting prizes await the winners!

Top Prize: $200 + Publishing Contract
2nd Prize: $100 + Publishing Contract
3rd Prize: $50 + Publishing Contract

Contest Deadline: December 31, 2006

To submit:

1. Place in the subject line: Creatures of Darkness Contest: Title Author
2. Attach your synopsis and full manuscript.
3. Send to

Submission details are here.

For queries, send an email to

Feverish Interludes

Triskelion Publishing's call for their new line, Feverish Interludes:

These books are explicit and erotic. Word Count 10K minimum - 25K maximum. Shorter Length will be considered if the story works well and creates a flame...


Read On

These stories must be filled with tension ­ sexual tension... the characters unable to resist... although fight it maybe. These stories must be well written, with strong dialogue and filled with atmosphere of the moment. I'd like to see a good hook ­ grab me from the first sentence and keep me there until the last.

Trapped: What if your heroine is trapped with a guy she doesn't know or indeed one she does know ­ maybe a life death situation­ a moment of spontaneous combustion.

Rendezvous: With a stranger­a chance meeting­or lovers from years past­or indeed a guy that the heroine has lusted after for years ­ an opportune moment brings them together.

Fantasies: Fantasy got those then put it down on paper and create a story around it… I dare you!!!!

Dangerous Liaisons: of the Paranormal kind...

Futuristic dalliances: let your imagination run wild...

Some example ideas to tempt you with. However, these stories don’t have to be around these ideas.

These stories can be ménage, BSDM, fetish etc... We'll also look at M/M and F/F and of course monogamous. What we won't accept is totally weird stuff­ no gratuitous violence or rape ­please. If in doubt ask.

Submission details: Email with a synopsis and first 3 chapters.

Compensation: E-books Royalties 39% for now.

Editors' Top 5 Tips for Adult Anthologies

If you were teaching a class to wanna-be writers in the adult markets, what would your Top 5 teaching points be?


1. Read the entire call for submissions, and pay very careful attention to every detail.

2. Consider whether you have the time/inclination to write for this particular publication; you don’t need to send your work to every single call for submission out there. It’s better to focus in on what you want to achieve rather than spread yourself too thin.

3. Read widely within your given genre and note the level of explicitness and what the genre’s aim is.

4. Don’t write what you think an editor will want to read; write what you want to write and then see where it might fit. Often, when I’ve tried to write something that wasn’t truly uppermost on my mind, I’ve been distracted and it showed in the writing.

5. Proofread very, very thoroughly.


1. Write the story just like any other.
2. Use active voice.
3. Develop characters
4. Set the scene
5. Let the sex flow from the characters, conflict, scene, etc.


1. Learn how to read a call for submissions and follow it.

2. Learn how to read a contract and know what you're signing.

3. Learn how to do research and apply it in your writing.

4. Learn the basic mechanics of storytelling: the difference between plot and action, how to control pacing, how to control your tone and voice, how to use point of view effectively, etc.

5. Learn how to spot a cliche at 100 paces, even in your own writing, and shoot to kill.


I don't mean to duck your question, but I wrote a book to be as frank about this as possible. It's called: How To Write a Dirty Story

Please go here for bios on all the editors.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Gay Porn Reviewers Wanted

Another request from Constant Content:

Description: Gay porn related articles. I am looking for people to review gay porn websites, gay porn DVDs including some reviews of gay porn stars.

Price per article: $20-30
Length of article: 200+

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Online Matchmaking Services

Constant Content request:

Need a third person narrative article about the online matchmaking services. Include a mentioning of the traditional matchmaking where a matchmaker matches singles together and how it has now moved online where it is now available to anyone, anywhere. Discuss how it has changed from a person’s
intuitive insight to pairing to a more scientific process based on statistics, sociology and relationship experts. Talk about how this is geared towards singles that are seeking a soulmate. Discuss the advantages of this type of service and how it may change a person’s life for the better or even forever.

Amount of articles:1
Price per article:$10-20
Length of article:300

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Asian Spice

Call for Submissions for Asian Spice.

Zane is seeking submissions for Asian Spice: The Anthology to be published by ATRIA/Simon and Schuster. Stories must prominently feature Asians in one or more of the key roles and contain some sort of Asian theme. Stories should be between 2,500-3,500 in length (no
longer). Stories must not just be strictly sex-filled but must actually have a storyline and character development.

The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2007. Please allow 4-5 months for a response to your submissions as the submissions process will be very competitive.

Contributors will be paid a one-time fee of $300 and receive 5 complimentary copies of the finished book.

Emailed submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be double-spaced with 1" margins and in 12-pt. Times New Roman font or will not be considered.

Please send your submissions to:

Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster,
ATTN: Asian Spice
PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792

Coming Together: For the Cure

Phaze is now accepting submissions for an anthology of erotic romance to benefit breast cancer research.

Title: Coming Together: For the Cure
Editor: Alessia Brio
Publisher: Phaze
Tentative Release Date: August 14, 2007 (eBook), October 2007 (print)
Submissions Due: June 1, 2007

At some point, virtually everyone's life is touched in some way by breast cancer. Whether it's a friend or family member, or even yourself, the journey is one of courage and compassion. Phaze continues its tradition of fundraising for this cause with Coming Together: For the Cure, an
anthology of erotic romance edited by Alessia Brio.

We invite you to participate in this philanthropic project by contributing a short story. Accepted authors will receive a one-time payment for inclusion and author copies in print (when available) and eBook formats. ALL net proceeds from this book will benefit the Susan G. Komen
Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

Coming Together has never felt this good!

Story Length: We're looking for stories up to 15K words. All pairings and sub-genres will be considered. Stories need not deal with breast cancer or have a breast-related plot. Please visit the Phaze website for formatting guidelines and send your submissions to with FOR THE CURE STORY
SUBMISSION in the subject header.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY PLEASE! Reprints will be considered only if you have complete control of the rights.

Faith Based Dating Article

Constant Content article request:

Need a third person narrative article about the online faith based dating services. Discuss how these services are geared towards singles that are seeking someone of a specific faith. In general terms, not specific to any faith, discuss how these niche-dating services has helped singles to narrow down the dating pool with a database of like minded singles. Talk about the advantages of finding, meeting and building relationships based on faith and how easy it is to do so through a religious dating service.

Amount of articles:1
Price per article:$10-20
Length of article:300

Monday, October 16, 2006

Erotic Travel Adventures

Pack your bags for a second vacation with Alyson’s exciting new "travelrotica" series.

Tales Of Travelrotica For Gay Men, Volume 2

The response has been overwhelming to our first collection of erotic stories in exotic lands, and so we are pleased to open a call for our next volume. Whether by plane, by boat, by car or by train, we are looking for the best stories your imagination can fuel of men who love men. So,
take us far, far away, for a sizzling tale of erotic exploits.

Please submit all original stories to, along with name and pseudonym, as well as contact info and a short bio. In the subject line, add the name of the anthology for which your story is intended.

Length: 2,500 – 4,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2006
Tentative Publication: Summer 2007

Tales Of Travelrotica For Lesbians, Volume 2

The response has been overwhelming to our first collection of erotic stories in exotic lands, and so we are pleased to open a call for our next volume. Whether by plane, by boat, by car or by train, we are looking for the best stories your imagination can fuel of women who love women.
So, take us far, far away, for a sizzling tale of erotic exploits.

Length: 2,500 – 4,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2006
Tentative Publication: Summer 2007

Please submit all original stories to, along with name and pseudonym, as well as contact info and a short bio. In the subject line, add the name of the anthology for which your story is intended.

Note: Please, only one entry per author, so send us your best one! Due to the number of submissions we receive, only the authors whose stories are chosen will be contacted.

For more information on both calls, see the submission guidelines.

American Sexuality

American Sexuality call for articles.

They are particularly interested in strengthening coverage of two areas:

* Policy analysis in the areas of reproductive and sexual health
* The relationship between sexual literacy and individuals in their communities

Researchers and writers, graduate students, and community-based advocates and practitioners are encouraged to submit proposals for articles in these areas.

See link for more information.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Extras for Sex Ed Films Sought

Tristan Taormino is looking for 4 male/female couples, 21-39 years old, to appear as extras in two sex ed movies she's shooting for Vivid.

Here are the details:

I am looking for male/female couples; you don't have to be a real couple, but I would like to cast people in pairs, so if you're a single person who's interested, find a friend of another gender and apply together. I need people who look as vanilla/middle America as possible, which means few or no tattoos, no piercings, no punk rock hair, etc. (Sorry, this is not my aesthetic, but it's the one I have to shoot). You will be playing a member of the audience of 2 sex workshops -- one on anal sex and one on cunnilingus. You'll be watching the workshop and a demonstration of techniques, and you may be given a question to ask the teacher. You should be comfortable having your face shown in the video. You must have at least one form of photo identification issued by the U.S. Government (driver's license or passport) and provide your own transportation to and from the location. The shoot is Sunday, October 21, at a location in Woodland Hills, CA (in the Valley) and it will probably be an 8 hour day. You'll get food, $50, copies of the two DVDs when they come out, and bragging rights to tell your friends, "I was in a porn movie."

If you are interested, please email with the following info:

- your names and ages
- please attach a photo of you and your partner to the email

Thanks in advance, Tristan Taormino

Complete Woman Magazine

Complete Woman Magazine (by Associated Publications, Inc.) is 90% Freelance written.

A bimonthly magazine "for today's busy women" they are open to queries for articles about sex, love, and relationships (among the usual mag fare).

Length: 800 - 2,000 Words
Compensation: $160-400 (approx .30/word)

Submission: Query with published clips via snail mail (be sure to include your email address):

For All The Women You Are
Associated Publications, Inc.
875 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 3434
Chicago, IL 60611


Contacts: Lora Wintz, Executive Editor, or Tasha Downing

Editing Anthologies

Continuing the talk with editors about editing anthologies:

Given time restraints, number or submissions received etc, what sort of actual editing are you willing (and able) to do with submissions?

Rachel: I do very light line editing, but I won't accept a story that would require a lot of work because I simply do not have time to do any major revisions, so I accept the stories that I think are the best ones. I'll correct for grammar or ask authors to revise if something doesn't make sense, but for the most part I let the stories speak for themselves.

Hanne: It depends entirely upon the piece. I have, in a few cases, worked with
authors on ground-up rewrites, but that's rare. I'd prefer to take on a
piece which requires relatively little structural editing.

Susie: For BAE, little to none, because it's reprints. For original anthologies and periodicals, I would give my full professional attention as an editor, from soup to nuts.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Aphrodite's Apples Call for Submissions

Romance! Sensuality! And all the delicious fruits that Aphrodite bears!

Aphrodite's Apples is looking for fresh, well-written stories to add to our eBook and print lines. We are currently seeking manuscripts in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, dark romance, romantic comedy, historical, time travel, paranormal, romantic suspense, horror, and western. Stories should have romance as a key element in the plot,
whether they are a traditional romance, or erotica.

Book Length/Word Count

Short & Sweet: 10,000-30,000
Novella: 30,001-45,000
Novel: 45,001-70,000
Lengthy Novel: 70,001-100,000
Opus: 100,000+

We are also accepting short stories of 5K and up for anthologies, and right now we are accepting submissions for our Masquerade and Regency Romp series. However, we welcome all well-written short stories, so send us a pitch if you have something else in mind.

Author royalties are generally set at 40% of retail price, as determined by the publisher, and at 10% for POD and print runs. However, contracts are negotiable and will be available for review if your submission is accepted.

For more information, read the target=_blank>guidelines and submission details.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Flesh to Flesh

Strebor Books/Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster, is accepting submissions for Flesh to Flesh (tentative title), a gay erotic anthology that will be edited by Lee Hayes and published in fall 2007 or early 2008. This anthology is an opportunity for up-and-coming writers to gain national exposure as the anthology will be available in all major bookstores.

Stories must be erotic and if you have no idea what my idea of erotica is, I suggest reading Chocolate Flava, edited by Zane. We are not looking for stories with weak, sugar-coated sex. Nor am I looking for stories that are nothing but fluff. There must be a storyline and characters
readers can get into. Stories cannot be degrading to either sex. In fact, they should empower the reader to discover sexual liberation.

Selected authors will be paid a one time fee of $100 and receive 5 complimentary copies of the anthology. Stories must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2006.

All submissions must be sent to:

Strebor Books International
PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792

Relationship Advice Articles

A request at Constant Content:

Amount of articles:1000+

Price per article:$10-20

Length of article:800+

Subjects: Relaxation techniques; how to deal with getting dumped; ways to improve concentration, memory; self-improvement.

Other notes: All articles are to be based on a theme of relationship break down.

Not 'sexual' but in the scope of many sex columnists ;)

Visit our site for a feel for members and what were looking for.

To submit articles, login at

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Hot Chocolate

Do you like a little sex with your chocolate candy? Does a decadent piece of dark chocolate get you in the mood? Then submit an erotic short story to the Hot Chocolate anthology.

I am putting together a proposal for Cleis Press of erotica that involves chocolate. Chocolate must figure into the piece prominently, but it can be pre-coital, post-coital, or while the, er, action is taking place. Be creative! Be kinky!

If the project is accepted, it should pay $50.00 each.

1. Stories should be in first person POV, 2,000-5,000 words in length and unpublished anywhere (including the web). No poetry or art work will be accepted.

2. Stories should be in 12 pt Times New Roman, paginated, and should be sent in RTF format. Contact information should appear on the first page, along with the actual word count.

3. Stories can be either heterosexual, bisexual, or lesbian/gay in content.

4. Be creative! Only 10-12 stories will be selected.

5. Please include a bio of 100 words in your email cover letter.

6. Stories sould be sent to . Please write "submission" in the subject line.

7. Deadline is November 15, 2006 for submissions. Expect a reply no earlier than January 10, 2007.

Purple Panties

Zane is seeking submissions for Purple Panties. Stories must prominently feature lesbian activities with African-Americans in one or more of the key roles. Stories should be between 2,500-3,500 in length (no longer). Stories must not just be strictly sex-filled but must actually have a storyline and character development.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2007. Please allow 4-5 months for a response to your submissions as the submissions process will be very competitive. Contributors will be paid a one-time fee of $200 and receive 5 complimentary copies of the finished book.

Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions must be double-spaced with 1" margins and in 12-pt. Times New Roman font or will not be considered. Please send your submissions to:
Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster
PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792

Monday, October 09, 2006

Gender Crash Open Call

Seeking submissions for Gender Crash's monthly column Oneshot.

Looking for pieces that are non-fiction, about queerness, class, race, gender, transgender, gender queer, queer politics, anti-violence work, and/or community building.

Submissions should no more than 2000 words, no graphic sex, sent via email in body or word attachment to gendercrash at

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Kink Anthology

We are creating an anthology of autobiographical stories about when you first discovered your interest in kink – D/s, S/m, fetish, voyeurism, etc. – and how it affected you. Tell us about pulling that girl’s hair on the playground and how you later discovered your love for doing rope bondage...or about your first cross dressing fantasy, and what it felt like to acknowledge your interest in lingerie! Stories do not have to contain erotic imagery, but if a sexual act or fantasy is part of your story, feel free to include that content.

Stories should be original works of 1,000-3,000 words, written in English, and submitted electronically to in .doc or .rtf format (NOT .pdf) by November 15, 2006. No payment is available at this time, but accepted stories will be published in the anthology and all accepted authors will be asked for a short bio with website or contact information. Please include ALL of the following information: Name, Pseudonym/Pen name, Email address, Telephone number; story title, copyright date (if any) and word count. All information submitted is confidential and will not be publicly released without permission from the author.

We welcome stories from authors of all ages, genders and sexual orientations, all races and ethnicities and national origins. We would like this anthology to represent the scope of kink – the age at which it starts, the feeling it evokes, and the meaning it creates in one’s life. As we would like this volume to be useful to academics as well as readers, please include some chronological reference about the year or era in which the narrative takes place. Stories may be previously published or unpublished.

We regret that we cannot publish poetry or any story that depicts an act which would be considered illegal in the author’s state or country of residence at the time it occurred; please refrain from sending work that would be unacceptable for publication, according to the above guidelines.

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part Five

Continuing the talk with editors Hanne Blank, Susie Bright, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Jewel Scott, we discuss some of the myths about anthologies and editors:

Editors are only looking for established authors in the genre.

Susie: Editors may need a few famous names for the publicity, but most of their chapters are going to be "unknowns" or reliable, if unheralded, working authors.

Jewel: If an editor is only interested in established authors, s/he should be issuing only invitations to an anthology. A general call is for all writers; if the editor does not consider all writers, s/he is narrowing the pool of potentially excellent stories.

Hanne: I personally don't care, being that I'd rather publish good writing, and have published many new writers. However, there is always publisher pressure to make sure you have some names in there that will sell books through name recognition, so that's a factor for a lot of editors.

Rachel: I like to have a mix of writers and am always happy to discover writers whose work is new to me, though I do often approach authors I've worked with previously because I know that when I see their submission, more than likely, it's going to be a great one. So I'll have my wish list of writers I'd like to include and then many others; and you have to send your call to many more people than you could accept for a given book because not all will be able to submit a story. Sometimes I like a story but there's no room or a repeat theme, so if I do a sequel down the road, I might want to include it later.

Editors receive huge advances; editors get larger royalties than single author works (i.e. "Editors get rich.")

Hanne: Um, no. No, no, no, and no. And I'd love to know where these "huge advances" are for anthology editors, so I can apply to do a book for them.

Writers need to realize that most anthologies capitalize on the desire people have to see their names in print and/or their commitment to producing a particular collection of work; anthology authors are not paid particularly well, and neither are the editors. Smaller and midsize presses offer somewhere between $1000 and $4000 advance for an anthology. Usually editors end up using at least 50% and sometimes considerably more of an advance to pay the authors. So let's say you have a $2000 advance (not unusual for erotica collections) and you have 18 contributors and you're paying each of them $100. That's $1800, which leaves the editor with $200 of that advance to his or her name after s/he writes the checks to the contributors. Divide that $200 by the number of hours that editor spends working on the book and you get something far, far less than minimum wage. They call these things "a labor of love" for a reason.

Seriously, if you're trying to make money, anthologies are the completely wrong place to be trying to do that. Try journalism for the national magazines instead -- their per-word rates aren't bad at all.

As for royalties, I have not gotten better royalty rates for edited volumes than for my own single-author titles. In fact it has been the opposite.

Rachel: Unless you're working for a major publisher, this is absolutely not true. With the smaller publishers, usually the editor pays the authors out of their advances and you might walk away with a little bit extra, and then wait to see if the book sells out and you get royalties. One of the publishers I've worked with, Alyson, handles the contracts and payments to authors instead of the editor having to do it.

Susie: If the book sells over 100,000 copies, then you might imagine the editor receives a healthy advance. Otherwise, they are toiling in privation, along with everyone else.

Editors typically get royalties on a book, whereas authors get a rights fee. Some authors are involved in royalty deals, but it is such a management hassle for editors, on books that remain in print for years, that it's not common.

The reason most authors agree to reprints or anthology deals is that they want the exposure. The money is not terrific, although it can add up if you're popular.

Editors get rich... hmmm. Well I guess Anna Wintour does. That's really an uninformed point of view.

Editors pay author compensation out of their own pockets

Rachel: It depends; I've done both, usually paying them out of my advance and then hopefully getting royalties down the road (I've yet to receive royalties from any of the books I've edited).

Jewel: No, editors do no pay out of their own pockets. Nor do they get the lion share. Compensation is generally stated up front. If the author is not willing to accept the compensation offered, don't submit to the anthology. The editor's work is only beginning with the editing. Publishers and distribution have to be secured.

Hanne: Smart editors don't. I suppose stupid editors might, though. Editors should be paying author compensation out of the advance for the book, which is not a salary to the editor. It is an advance on the book's sales -- the best way to think of it is as operating capital, money that the publisher
gives you so that you can get the book done, and in the case of anthologies, getting the book done partly means paying the authors. The editor's "salary," insofar as s/he gets one at all, comes in the form of royalties, down the line.

Susie: Sometimes they do, but that would typically be because the publisher is paying the editor a sum to package the book, and the editor pays for everything out of that sum. More typically the author payments are a separate line item from the advance. There's a budget. But it's harder and harder to say "typical." A contract is anything you can get two people to agree to.

Editors no longer need to query or pitch works -- 'everyone' comes to them.

Susie: Uh, no.

Rachel: I send out queries and get rejections (or non-answers) all the time, especially with nonfiction, but with erotica as well. It's the same process even if you've edited books. Sometimes I'll get invited to submit to anthologies via a private call for submissions or other solicitation from an editor, but for the most part I still review calls for submissions and write my own stories and submit them the same way I've been doing since I started in 2000. I consider my writing and editing separate; they access different parts of my brain and personality; editing is a little more businesslike for me while the writing is more creative.

Hanne: Untrue. It took me three years to sell the book that's coming out in March 2007, ya know?

Editing is easier than writing.

Susie: Again, uniformed.

Rachel: It's just a different kind of work; writing is a lot more solitary while editors need to be able to deal with people patiently and tactfully and also have ongoing relationships with authors. The actual editing, in my experience, is mostly about compiling and gathering the best stories I can find, and often that means asking several times and tracking down favorite authors and stories that fit a given theme. Editing is more time-consuming than writing because to some extent it's out of your control; you're relying on authors to send in fabulous stories, and if you don't receive the stories you were hoping for, you have to dig for them, but it's also incredibly satisfying to get to pay writers and compile the stories together and see them in their final form.

Hanne: Editing is different than writing. It uses a different set of skills. Personally I find writing, generally speaking, to be far easier than editing, and I would much rather write than edit.

Being an editor is 'better than' or a 'step up' from being an author.

Rachel: I disagree. I think many, if not most, editors of anthologies are also authors so there's an understanding of what authors are dealing with. It's not an either/or proposition.

Susie: Really? Every author is an editor, on some level, and vice versa. You have to know both hats pretty well to work in the trade for any length of time. Magazine editors are certainly in roles where they supervise groups of authors, so in some hierarchies, yes, an editor might be above an author on the corporate ladder. But freelance editors are not "above" anyone, in that sense.

Hanne: They're symbiotic relatives to one another. Without writers editors have nothing to edit, without editors writers have a hard time getting their writing out in front of the public. I don't see it as a hierarchical arrangement but a codependent one.

Jewel: Being an editor is not better, easier or a step up from writing. It is different. The skills I use as an editor are different from those as a writer.

Editors of anthologies do not need to promote themselves or their books like authors of individual works do.

Susie: My God, where do you get these imaginary notions? They're all so funny, or sad. Anyone who believed in any of them would never get anywhere.

Rachel: Since your royalties are based on how much the book sells, I think it's up to an editor to do their best to promote their work, and it also benefits you because if your books do well, other publishers will want to work with you in the future. I do my best to track any reviews or blog mentions about my books and also send authors any reviews that favorably single out their work. The more you do to promote your books the better it is for your reputation as an author and for your sales, and it helps build for whatever you're going to do next. I think it'd be a fallacy to say that anthology editors don't need to work hard to promote their books. I try to target specific blogs, publications or communities that might like a particular book I've edited. For instance, I just sent Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z to Katie Spades of the blog and she, predictably, really enjoyed the book. You have to be creative, especially with erotica, about how you spread the word but it can be done. That book's been mentioned in my college newspaper as a gift guide recommendation as well as on erotic sites. You can also use blogs, MySpace, etc., to reach out to potential readers.

Hanne: In some ways this is true, since the editor of an anthology should by rights be less of a persona within the work than the writer of a single-author work should be within that work. But any book benefits from promotion, and it also won't kill you, as an editor, to have more people know your name.
People do buy books (both on the publisher level and the reader level) to some extent based on name recognition, so you might as well.

Jewel said to say she was "too busy laughing" at the question to reply. ;)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

39 and Holding...Him - Stories of Sex Over 40

Phaze, the erotic romance arm of Mundania Press, is accepting submissions for "39 and Holding...Him - Stories of Sex Over 40".

Editor: Robin Slick

Tentative Release Date: August 14, 2007 (eBook), October, 2007 (print)

No simultaneous submissions for this anthology please!

Calling all heroines over 40! We want to read your most vivid fantasies, live vicariously through your smoldering passions, and delight in your continued defiance against gravity. Authors don't necessarily have to be over 40 to submit, the only requisites for this anthology are that:

1) all stories must be primarily heterosexual (M/F, but if a gal can get two hunks for the price of one orgasm or do more than flirt with the lady next door, we'll take a look at that, too!)

2) all heroines must be portrayed as 40 and over (and everybody involved must be of legal age, of course), and

3) all stories must burn longer than the hottest flash.

You know the poem that goes "When I'm an old woman I will wear purple?" How about turning HIM purple? How about taking Demi and Ashton to the next level? How about stories of reunited passion with a high school sweetheart after spending decades apart? How about rekindling the fire
with hubby on your 30th anniversary? The kids are gone, the pets have run away, it's just you and him. Make the most of it, then tell us about it!

All sub-genres will be considered for this anthology: interracial, BBW, contemporary, romantic comedy, historical, etc. Show us that love and passion are timeless.

STORY LENGTH: We're looking anywhere from 5K-15K. Please visit the Phaze website for formatting guidelines, and when you're ready send your submissions to: with OVER 40 STORY SUBMISSION in the subject header. Reprints will be considered if you have complete control of the rights.

Compensation: Accepted stories will receive the standard Phaze contract for multi-author anthologies.

Submissions Due: June 1, 2007

ABOUT THE EDITOR: Robin Slick is the author of Three Days in New York City, Another Bite of the Apple, and Buenos Noches, Justine, light-hearted erotic comedies published by Mundania/Phaze Press. Robin's short stories have appeared in print and on the web—everywhere from heady places
like In Posse Review and Slow Trains Literary Journal to give-heady places like Clean Sheets. She lives vicariously through her rock star offspring Julie and Eric Slick, who were featured in the Picturehouse Films documentary, Rock School, and are now members of the Adrian Belew Power Trio.

Breath & Shadow: A Journal of Literature and Disability Culture

Breath & Shadow is a new, monthly online journal of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and other writing BY people with disabilities (mental, physical, emotional, sensory, etc.) on ANY topic. (Does not have to be about disability.)

Not specifically erotic, but will consider all well-written submissions by people of all genders/orientations with disabilities.

Compensation: $5-25

This is an on-going, open call.

For more information, see their guidelines &/or contact Sharon Wachsler, Editor at breathandshadow (at)

Queer and Catholic Anthology

This anthology seeks to explore positively or negatively how being raised Catholic informs our queerness and how our queerness affects our Catholicism. We are not interested in essays exploring whether or not queers and the Catholic church can co-exist together or how and why the church should change, but instead would like to explore the impact growing up Catholic and queer has on us as individuals, writers, and political agents. We are really more interested in the culture of Catholicism rather than the dogma or letter of it. Tell us about it from your heart, not your head.

Personal essays, narrative prose, and creative nonfiction preferred.

Previously unpublished work only.

Length: 1,500 - 5,000 words

Deadline: November 1, 2006

To be published by the Haworth Press, for a publication date in mid 2007.

Please email for full guidelines: pussywhippedproductions (at)

Halloween Contest at Lusty Library

The Lusty Library, an online erotic fiction archive, is celebrating the month of October with its second annual Halloween Fiction Contest. Any story submitted between now and October 30th that centers on Halloween - be it a hot Halloween night or a sexy story featuring real ghosts and goblins - is eligible, with the first, second and third place stories winning cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

Along with a Halloween theme, the entries must be either Straight or Lesbian erotic stories, at least 1000 words long as well as grammatically and structurally correct. This is the second year that Lusty Library has held the Halloween Contest and it marks a milestone for the popular site: last year’s contest was the site's first and inaugurated the tradition. Past contests include a summer contest centered on Superheroes and another that partnered the fiction archive with sex toy company, Adam & Eve.

The results of the contest will be announced on Halloween so that all of the Lusty readers can heat up their night by reading the winning entries.

For more information and the archive's usual requirements for submission, visit Lusty Library.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Chroma is a queer literary journal which welcomes submissions from all writers who identify as queer, regardless of sex and sexuality.

Stories should be between 2,500 and 4,000 words, and must not have been published elsewhere.

For more information, see their submission guidelines at the website.

Compensation: Contact editor for rates.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Naked on the Internet (Interviews Wanted)

Audacia Ray is looking for women to interview for her book, Naked on the Internet:

"I'm in the process of writing a book about female sexuality and the internet, including chapters on dating/hooking up; sex blogging; sex worker advertising and networking; wives and girlfriends of partners who indulge in sexual activities online; sexual health and online support communities; and technology that enables physical sexual encounters. If you participate in any of these activities and would like to be interviewed, please email me!"

Her email is

(Please remember The House Rules!)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Hanne Blank News

Hanne has announced her 'retirement' from erotica. I knew this prior to publishing the series, but since she had sounded as if it wasn't public knowledge, I didn't mention it. And, like Hanne, I believe editing is editing, be it non-fiction anthologies or works that are not sexual. In fact, Jewel Scott doesn't only edit adult works. So I didn't find Hanne's retirement appropriate to mention or overly important to the interview series at that time.

However, now Hanne's made her announcement, so I thought I would share.

Aside from 'news' there is insight for other authors about moving on to other writings.

One personal note I wanted to mention is that I am quoted in her post and it sounds as if I was 'demanding' a reason from Hanne regarding her decision. For the record, my comment was not demanding, but one of blurted surprise. I hope Hanne knows that ;)

Nineteenth Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair

To be held on December 2nd and 3rd, at the Small Press Center, in midtown Manhattan.

For more information, visit here.

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part Four

Continuing our talk with editors, I now ask a question we all want to know: How do we avoid that dreaded "No" pile?

What are you looking for when you read submissions? What makes a submission land in the 'automatic "no" pile'?

Jewel: The single item that will land a submission in the "No" pile is bad spelling and grammar. I simply do not have the time, energy or inclination to play 10th grade English teacher. Of course we all make errors from time to time. Those are easily and quickly fixed. However, a manuscript that requires corrections in almost every line is simply unacceptable. This is the biggest mistake most authors make, in my opinion. In a day when almost all of us have a computer, there is no reason for this. It doesn't matter what platform or program, they all have grammar and spell check.

Rachel: I'm looking for stories that are laid out correctly (double spaced, professional looking) and then ones that are sexy, creative, and memorable. It's hard to say precisely, and I hesitate to be too specific in calls for submissions because if I say I want stories about, say, rope bondage, I'm afraid they'll all turn out the same. Largely what I'm looking for is something I'd never in a million years have thought of myself, something wildly creative and exciting that makes me want to reread it over and over again. Two of my favorite authors that I'd love to publish in all my books are Stan Kent and Donna George Storey. Both approach their given topics with such a flair for the actual writing, it's almost poetic and incredibly passionate and often subtle, but undeniably sexy.

Automatic nos are anything formatted improperly or full of typos that distract from the writing. Also stale, cliched writing, and any stories that repeat themes I've seen in other submissions. You may think your idea is original, and of course you can't know what other people will write, but making it as unique as possible will ensure there won't be another story like it in the slush pile.

Susie: Poor writing. I can forgive anything else. Even people who neglect to include a phone number, email, address - who single space, handwrite in pencil, and smear jam on the page - are all redeemable if their writing takes my breath away.

Hanne: Top 9 Things That Put A Submission Into The "OH HELL NO" Pile:

1. Submission is inappropriate for the venue: someone has clearly mistaken your call for submissions for essays about toothpaste for a call for submissions for poetry about station wagons.

2. Submission is egregiously incorrectly formatted. If I ask for "double spaced, one inch margins, 12-point Times Roman or Courier, plain white paper, no staples, title of work at the top right of each page, no author name on manuscript" and someone sends me a stapled single-spaced ms. on ivory resume paper printed in Copperplate Gothic with their name at the top of every page, it goes into the round file. Period. If you can't follow directions on something that simple, I don't want to work with you.

3. Awful spelling. Seriously, people, they invented spellcheckers and dictionaries for a reason.

4. Awful grammar. I don't trust most word processor grammar checkers any further than I could throw them, and neither should you, but unless you are the very model of a modern-day grammarian and reasonably sure that you've not committed any noticeable sins, you certainly should have at least one or
two other people read your work before you send it out. Reading aloud to others is another good way to help catch your errors.

5. Awful punctuation. Punctuation is not, in point of fact, primarily intended to serve as rhythmic notation. If you find yourself using ellipses, em-dashes, or commas as a means of trying to denote how one would speak if one were saying your text aloud in conversation, chances are excellent that you are misusing the punctuation. The unfortunate Internet usage of stringing together paragraph - or even page-length swamps of verbiage with the use of ellipses, rather than simply breaking it up into individual sentences and clauses, grates upon my nerves with particular severity.

6. Just Plain Wrong Things. Just Plain Wrong Things are evidence that the writer has not done his or her homework. They are things that are just plain wrong, from a factual perspective, or so incredibly unlikely as to be (unless their unlikeliness is explained in the story itself) tantamount to being Just Plain Wrong. For an extremely egregious example, the submission I once received in which the writer had his male protagonist fucking the female protagonist in her clitoris. All I could do was wince when I read it and toss it into the "no thank you" pile. For another, a story submitted to me, set in Alaska, which had "natives" speaking a language called "Eskimo." If you have to ask me why that's wrong, then you too need to go do your homework.

I should add that the presence of Just Plain Wrong Things does not necessarily mean that a story is awful, but it does tend to telegraph the fact that the author is gleefully pulling things out of his or her rear end and does not really care about the details. Also, JPWTs are apparently a lot like potato chips in that a story with obvious JPWTs usually doesn't just have one, but many. I suppose that if an author can't be bothered to JFGI (Just Fucking Google It) for one fact, s/he probably hasn't been bothered to do it at all.

Every once in a blue moon I'll accept a story that includes some small brainfart-caliber JPWT, but only if it's the only thing that's really wrong with the piece.

7. Mary Sueism. Mary Sues, and their male compatriots the Gary Stus, are characters who are idealized to the breaking point, either flawless or with unreasonably romanticized flaws. Minus several million additional points for each way in which the Mary Sue resembles the author of the piece. Also, I will laugh at you, and perhaps even tell my friends about it, if you give your Mary Sue your own name.

8. Preaching. Any story that exists primarily to preach some viewpoint or another is out pretty much automatically. You want to write a sermon, fine, but don't do it by putting it in the mouth of your fictional character and then expect me to buy it as a story.

9. Things That Are Too Damn Easy. This is a trickier category to define, but basically it boils down to verisimilitude. Is what you're writing, and the way you write about it, believable? This is a matter of forethought and research, in part, but it's also a matter of skill and willingness to do the work: good writers can take the incredible and make it completely credible, and in fact they do so all the time. Lazy and/or bad writers, on the other hand, just make editors cross because they waste our time with dreck.

For more information on the editors, see Part One.

Friday, September 29, 2006

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Winter Fiction Contest

There's something very romantic and sensual about winter. Snuggling up in a snow silenced home with nothing but a hot toddy and a hot body to keep you company. Or cruising down a powdery slope on your board adrenaline pumping, until your muscles are fatigued and then slipping into a hot tub with a sexy group of co-eds for a winter adventure (Colorado style). Or how about spending a day at the beach, rubbing suntan oil into the chest of your secret sex partner, smugly thinking of the ones you left behind in the below zero chill at home. The creative interpretation of your wintery sex story is completely up to you so have fun with it!

Compensation: $300 cash prize and feature on the Oysters and Chocolate homepage.

There is a $10 reading fee.

Deadline: December 21st (first day of winter)

Please see the complete contest guidelines.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part Three

Continuing the talk with Hanne Blank, Susie Bright, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Jewel Scott about editing erotica anthologies:

In general, what is the process and time line for you as an editor of an anthology?

Rachel: For the anthologies I've edited, it depends how much time I'm given by the publisher. I'll first create a call for submissions and then I'll make a list of people to send it to. I'll try to set the deadline for a month or two before my deadline with the publisher so I have time to read and compile the submissions and ask for any necessary revisions and scramble for extra stories if need be. Then as the stories come in, I'll read and consider them and start to make a tentative list of ones I want to include, and also highlight any gaps in the anthology or topics/scenarios I'd like to see covered. Then I'll wait until the deadline passes and sort through the submissions and see if I have enough in my yes pile. If I do, then I go about ordering the stories and inputting my editing changes and ask the authors any questions I have about their stories, then I carefully copyedit the final manuscript and submit it to the publisher and wait to make sure they approve all the stories.

Susie: Oh good grief. Well, I publish an annual anthology that comes out in February. I collect and read materials for it all year. Between Jan and April, I start to contact authors and license stories, nail stuff down, prepare manuscript. In the Summer, we copyedit and proofread it, and enter production. In the fall, we begin promotion work.

Jewel: Ever since the first publication I first edited (a literary magazine of my students' writings) I have pretty much followed the same procedure. It has carried me through several publications for both state and special project journals. As soon as the deadline arrives I start reading everything that has been submitted. They are then sorted into three piles: Yes, No, and Maybe. Once the first selection sort has been done, I go back and look at the themes that are in the works that are in the "Yes" and "Maybe" piles. There are times at this point when one of the stories in the "Yes" pile get moved to the "Maybe" pile and the reverse. At this point I am looking at number of items with a particular theme. Also, I am looking at tone at this time. If the tone of too many stories is similar the reader becomes bored or exhausted with the reading. When working on an anthology, I ultimately look at the entire compilation to tell a story as well as each piece.

When editing the works of a single author, this is the time when I look for holes in the manuscript. When working on the SubDiva book, this was when I realized that she had written about her daughter but not her sons. I also realized at this point she had not varied the tone. I knew she had written about the death of her mother, but there was nothing in the book about this event. We ended up including the piece on her mother and one where her son talks about talking to his grandmother on the wind.

Hanne: Assuming a one-year work period before I have to turn anything in to my publisher (none of this is fulltime work, incidentally, more like a handful of hours here and there over the course of any given week during that year) it usually goes about like this:

First 6 months are submissions, slushpile, acquisitions, rejections.

Next 2 months are editorial, revisions.

Next 2 months or so are manuscript preparation, things like ordering, copyediting, having beta-readers go through the ms. and getting their feedback on structure and so on.

As for the remaining two months, I always try to build in a substantial chunk of time for the rest of the schedule to go to hell in a handbasket, because it generally will. Holidays, contributor vacations or illnesses, etc. can play merry hell with one's ability to get things done when one wants to.

Is it any different when the work is a collection of your own works? If so, how?

Jewel: It should be no different when working on my own work, but it can become so. The primary reason is that as an editor of my own work, I am too close to the writing. The ideal is to work with an editor who has the aesthetic distance I cannot get with my own writing.

Susie: The licensing part is eliminated, but I am often involved in negotiating my own contract for months.

Hanne: Of course it is. If it's a collection of your own work, it's your editor's responsibility to do most of that work. All you have to give them is a relatively pruned pile of likely suspects, which presumably you've already written, since single-author short fiction collections tend to be retrospective rather than compilations of new work.

The self-editorial end of things is usually more in depth with a collection of your own work, because you're the writer. But given that you can dispense with collecting submissions, reading slushpile, etc., that's not extra work, it's just different work.

What percentage of the stories submitted make it into an anthology?

Hanne: Obviously this depends on the number of submissions, but I have typically had somewhere between 100-200 submissions for any given book I've edited, out of which I've been able to publish somewhere between 15 and 20 books. So 10 -20%? That sounds roughly right.

Rachel: Roughly 20-40% when I do an open call for submissions; probably 80% when I do a private call for submissions.

Susie: Ten percent or less, for BAE, where I have a tremendous number of unsolicited contributions. For an anthology where I am making queries and am seeking out talent, it's almost the opposite. I approach people I probably want to work with.

Jewel: The number of stories submitted that make it into the anthology depends on the number of submissions. Authors, of course, want to see their names in print. "Big Name" anthologies are ways to get an author's name before the public. For those anthologies, I would estimate that only about 10% of the submissions are published. For smaller publications the acceptance rate is 50%.

Next time, we get into more specifics on how to be in that small percentage...

If you missed it, here's Part Two of the talk.