Friday, April 28, 2006

Best Date Ever

Alyson Books presents two new projects which are open to submissions:

True Stories That Celebrate Gay Relationships
Edited by Lawrence Schimel

True Stories That Celebrate Lesbian Relationships
Edited by Linda Alvarez

Tired of those “dates from hell” stories? So are we. Dating sucks, and relationships are even harder, and in the gay & lesbian community isn’t there added pressure and expectation? And bigger disappointment? So, we want to turn the tables on the dating scene and find the good stuff. Frankly, we’re looking for true stories of fabulous dates: Whether it’s a first date or a tenth, dinner in or dancing out, a magical night from a vacation or a Sunday afternoon in the park. You can be new lovers or longtime partners, a date is a date, and when you’re with that someone
special the event can take on such significance. It could be any time, any occasion…you tell us when it was. But keep this in mind: we don’t just want a recounting of the date, we want to feel like we were there. Give us details, dialogue, the time and the place, the season and the reason. In other words, take us along on your best date ever.

Alyson will publish two separate volumes of Best Date Ever, one for gay men, the other for lesbians. And remember, this is NOT a collection of erotica, or a call for fictional love stories. Best Date Ever is a celebration of romance. We want to share in the magic, we hope to inspire other couples to rekindle the love, and lastly, we wish to confirm to the single and searching that not every date is over before it even began.


* Approximate story length: 2,500 ­ 4,000 words
* Stories should be sent in a Word document to
* Deadline is July 31, 2006
* Tentative publication is Spring 2007

Don’t forget to add your contact info, including name, address, phone number and email address.

Please do not send questions or requests to the email address, only stories. For more information check the website.

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