Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Quick List of Open Erotica Book Calls

Brown Skin Books: Books and stories of erotic fiction. Compensation: Fee of £750-£1500 for novels plus a share of royalties on all subsidiary rights sales. For short stories, the fee will depend on the length, but will normally be £25-£100 for each accepted story.

Cleis Press: Books, but also publishes anthologies, so short stories on their anthology themes as well. To be added to their calls for submission email list, email Chris Fox at chrisfox@cleispress.com.

Monday, February 27, 2006

10th Anniversary deirdre Story Festival

This call comes from Alt.Sex.Stories.Text.Repository:

Greetings fellow authors!

We are pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary deirdre Story Festival!

(drums roll and trumpets blare!)

By now many of you will have read some of deirdre’s stories that we have been reposting on the alt.sex.stories.moderated newsgroup. deirdre (small ‘D’) was the enigmatic queen of newsgroup sex writing in the mid 1990s. She posted 156 stories, used an anonymous remailer to post her stories, never apparently corresponded with anyone (!), and was the absolute darling of Celeste, the most important sex-story reviewer in Usenet history.

deirdre’s last documented post was on April 30th 1996.

The festival in her honor will run April 15th (to give our American participants something to think about besides income taxes) to April 30th. Beginning on the 15th, festival stories will be posted ahead of anything else that would appear on ASSM. The stories, essays, and reviews will
remain permanently in the festival section of the Alt.Sex.Stories.Text.Repository and will also constitute the first new issue of “The Journal of Desire” in five years. The festival will help wake it from its slumber!

What can be posted to the festival? There will be stories, essays, and reviews.

Stories:

We invite people to contribute stories in one of four categories. To answer the unasked questions: Yes we will accept reposts of old stories of yours. And, yes, you can submit multiple stories. That’s what we’re all about.

(1)Write a new story in deirdre’s style, on her themes. There should be a lot of stories on newbies suddenly discovering their sexuality (or their partner’s, or their best friend’s, etc.). There will be a lot of domination, submission, getting tied up, spanking, and of course (well,
of course!) lots of asterisks used for emphasis.

(2)Take an existing deirdre story and re-write it in *your* style. The plot will stay the same, but how it is handled will be very different. If you go this route, please either use the same title or include her title in parentheses below your new title.

(3)Write a deirdre spoof!

(4)Or let your muse carry you, and write your own story in honor of the spirit of deirdre or her contributions to internet, or whatever spirit your muse tells you to honor.

Please indicate, on the first line of each story, right before the title, which category best fits the story. Label it “deirdre Style,” “My Style,” “Spoof,” or “Muse.”


Essays:

Yes we accept essays. We will repost an old one on deirdre herself, written by PleaseCain, one of the festival coordinators. There will be one on “who is deirdre,” that I am writing. Would you like to write an essay? On deirdre, or on changes in internet sex story writing in the past
decade, or whatever?

If you contribute an essay, please label it “Essay” on the first line.


Reviews:

Antheros, a member of the festival team will write reviews, and since we are seeing a growth in the number of reviews and reviewers, other people may get involved as well. (more details on this as they emerge)

We will ask you to indicate if you would like a story of yours reviewed or (especially) not reviewed.

Please email us if you would like to contribute reviews to the festival.

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How to submit.

Send stories, essays or reviews to ASSM: story- submit@asstr.org.

Since they will go through moderation, it’s best to send them a few days before the festival.

If you haven’t posted stories there, you can go to the FAQ page, where many of your questions will be answered..

Also, anyone on the festival team will be happy to help you get stories posted.

On your email ‘Subject’ line, begin with the following message in square brackets (without the quotation marks): “[deirdre Fest].” That way the moderation team will be able to hold your contribution, get it to us, and keep from accidentally posting it before the festival begins.

For example, if you were writing a story based on deirdre’s story “Easy,” your subject line would look like this:

[deirdre Fest] “Easy” (MF, FF, anal)

That’s easy, right? (sorry; couldn’t resist)

* * * * *

To find deirdre’s stories.

For inspiration or just reading, there are two Web sites that we know have all 156 of her stories. The first was set up by our own PleaseCain. The other is by Bitbard (retired).

* * * * *

The Festival Team (alphabetically):
Antheros (antheros@gmail.com )
H. Jekyll (h_jekyll2000@yahoo.com)
Mat Twassel (mmtwassel@aol.com)
PleaseCain (pleasecain@aol.com)

The team may grow. It is odd that a festival named for female writer seems to be driven by people with only male personae. That can be fixed, and we hope it will be!

Compensation: As with all at ASSTR, exposure.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

One Hand Man's "Fiction-to-Photo Contest"

One Hand Man is an online softcore erotic photography website catering to men, women and couples who love to look at beautiful, naked women. Now, he and the One Hand Man staff are proud to announce our first “Fiction-to-Photo Contest”. We want your story to come alive with its own erotic pictorial gallery photographed by one of our photographers!

The guidelines:

Theme: Voyeurism
Short Erotic Fiction, max 2,000 words.
Original stories only.
Deadline April 1st, 2006.

Everyone has a different idea in mind when they say “voyeur” and we’re looking for a sexy story that depicts the theme. Be erotic, creative, and sexy but keep a few things in mind:

1. Take a look at our site to get an idea of the type of images we have so that your story coincides with the look and feel of our presentation. We’re not the typical porn site; we prefer softcore eroticism.

2. Since the winning story will be photographed, we ask that you keep the story related to no more than two main characters.

Payment/rights:
We ask for one-time electronic rights for a duration of two months where thereafter your story will be archived for one year, after which you can request removal. We will provide a courtesy link back to your website (if you have one) for as long as your story is posted and archived with us. *** All photography rights are retained by One Hand Man***


First place: $75 plus the story will be photographed by one of our photographers!

Runner Up: $ 25 plus a one-month free membership.

Both stories will appear in our summer Voyeurism issue. Winners will need to provide their real names to receive payment.

Submission:

Paste story into your email. Send to editor@onehandman.com and in the subject header place, “Voyeurism Contest: title”.

Please address questions to Veronique: editor@onehandman.com

For more information, please see their contest announcement & guidelines.

Call for Submission: Locked and Loaded

Torquere Press presents this call for submissions for Locked and Loaded:

Hot cops. Sexy spies. Military intelligence. That's right, we're talking about girls with guns. If you like your ladies packing, then this is the anthology for you. We're looking for a few good stories about women loving women who carry a badge or a gun or a license to kill, ladies who are armed and dangerous!

Stories submitted for Locked and Loaded should be erotic, lesbian fiction from 8000-12000 words. While some kink is fine, remember that our primary focus is erotic romance; relationships are key. This anthology will be produced in both e-book and print formats, with a payment of $50.00 and one copy of each format per author. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2006. Please remember that we hold all submissions until after the deadline.

Submissions should be directed c/o SA Clements at: submissions@torquerepress.com

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Indigo Ink Online

UPDATE: Rumor has it that this site is closed, and that the site will not launch.

Indigo Ink Online is planning to launch in Summer 2006.

Indigo Ink Online is looking for:

Quality writing with sexual themes. Sex should support your stories, not make up its entirety. However, if you are a budding Pat Califia, and are capable of writing a "straight sex" story that is literary and melts our screens, we encourage you to make a submission.

If, after reading these guidelines, you are still unsure about your work, send in a query along with a sample. We would hate to lose a good story, or for a writer to lose the opportunity to publish with us ­ nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Indigo Ink Online is accepting submissions in the following categories: Straight, GBLT, Fetish/Kink, D/s/BDSM, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Romance, Edgy, Mind Candy (sexy without sex), and Poetry.

We will reply to all queries and submissions in 2-4 weeks. If you’ve not heard from us in that time, please send a follow-up inquiry to the E-mail address you submitted your work to, and include the words “Submission Follow-up” in the subject line.

Indigo Ink Online will not publish:

Poorly written, sloppy, crap. Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation are musts.

Work that is discriminatory in nature or tone, which contains bigotry or libel.

Work by authors under 18 years of age

Work which is copyrighted in whole or in part to another author, or whose rights belong to anyone but the author

Slash fiction and Fan fiction

Limericks

Work sent in by anyone other than the author

Work containing sex scenes in which the sex is nonconsensual (including rape, beastiality and
necrophilia). We may accept work exploring these issues in unusual ways, but will never publish work that celebrates or presents these practices as an acceptable source of erotic gratification. Please query before submitting.

Work that contains sex scenes involving minors. We may accept work exploring issues of sexuality as it pertains to an underage character, but a query is a must before submitting.

How to Submit Your Work:

Please send each piece in separate E-mails. You may submit one story per month, and up to three flashers or poems.

QUERIES:
All queries must include the word "Query" in the subject line. Email to the appropriate address noted below.

SUBMISSIONS:
All submissions must include the word "Submission" in the subject line. Failure to include this subject line will likely result in our deleting the e-mail. If we think it’s spam, out it goes.

Must Be Sent In Plain Text ­ in the body of your email, with no formatting or html. Attachments will NOT be accepted.

Must include the following header information:

Name (Proper and Pseudonym, if applicable)
E-mail address
Piece Type
Title
Word Count
Piece (full text or query):
Bio (50 words or fewer, may include URL, E-mail address etc.) If your work is selected, you may include a graphic at that time.

POETRY:
20-40 lines. E-mail to: poetrysubmission@indigo-ink-online.com

SHORT FICTION:
Pieces from 1,500-5,000 words will be considered. For anything substantially shorter or longer, send a query along with a sample before submitting completed work. E-mail to: storysubmission@indigo-ink-online.com.

FLASHERS:
These complete stories should be exactly 100 words. E-mail to: flashersubmission@indigo-ink-online.com

NOVELLAS:
Pieces 15,000 words or longer will be considered. Please submit a query along with one sample chapter before submitting completed work. Email to: M.Michele@indigo-ink-online.com or D.Blue@indigo-ink-online.com.

Rights and Copyright:
We do not hold any exclusive rights to other’s work published at Indigo Ink Online. The author retains copyright.

We require that authors grant us a thirty (30) day period in which to bill the work as exclusive to Indigo Ink Online. During that time, the work may NOT be published elsewhere in electronic form, except on the author’s private, personal website. However, you may, if you choose, submit it elsewhere for future publication. We plan to archive stories, and ask to be notified if an author’s work needs to be removed from our website because of a subsequent publishing agreement that prohibits its continued presence at Indigo Ink Online.

Authors retain sole ownership and full rights to his/her own work as well as the responsibility for making sure they comply with any and all publishing agreements for that work. Therefore, Indigo Ink Online will not be party to any copyright dispute(s).

We reserve the right to suggest edits for any work submitted or accepted; however, Indigo Ink Online will never publish work with any changes made without an author’s approval.

Reprints and Simultaneous Submissions:
We will consider reprints, assuming you can prove that you have retained rights to the work. We cannot consider simultaneous submissions if the work has been submitted to other electronic publishers. We are happy to consider simultaneous submissions if the other venue to which the
work has been submitted is a non-electronic venue. Please be sure to mention this when submitting such work.

Submission Deadline
For inclusion in our debut issue (Summer 2006), please submit your work by May 1, 2006.

For future issues, you may submit your work anytime.

Compensation: Exposure

The Romance Studio

The Romance Studio (TRS) is looking for reviewers:

Reviews at TRS are written by staff reviewers only. If you are a prospective reviewer interested in joining our staff, please email us. Reviewer positions at TRS are volunteer positions. Experience is not mandatory but a love of reading is. We accept only reviewers who are willing to review ebooks - 95% of our review submissions are currently in electronic format (HTML, PDF, word, text, rtf, etc.). We are very interested in those with a preference for erotic romance as we have heavy submissions in that subgenre. All reviewers must be at least 18 years of age.

The also accept review requests from authors and publishers.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Iris Print

Iris Print is looking for submissions! We are an original, English-language publisher of boy's love graphic novels, novels, and short stories. We need polished, professional boy's love writers and artists for our opening line of books.

Boy's love is a genre of stories, aimed at women, featuring romance between two men. Unlike gay fiction, boy's love stories usually focus on the beauty of the characters, and the (sometimes unrealistic) romantic feelings between them. Boy's love has been made popular in America through the publishing of Japanese "yaoi" stories, but Iris Print seeks to publish stories in English, made for a western audience.

Please see their Submissions page & Payment page for more information.

Updates

Hot Cops anthology extends deadline until April 1, 2006.

Circlet Press announces that the 2005 contest went so well, that they will make this an annual event. You can read the details on BEST FANTASTIC EROTICA 2006 here.

"Plain old courtship just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. At least not with readers of romance novels", so says this USA Today news story called Romance novels for women get frankly sexual.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly

WSQ plans forthcoming issue on The Sexual Body; Call for submissions:

In the last 30 years, debates about the female body and sex have remained a controversial subject. Most often, this controversy stems from associations between the body, sex, and questions about women's liberation. In the mid-1970s, a turning-point in feminist critiques of the female body and sex emerged within the antipornography movement and its particular critiques of patriarchal sexuality. These activisms against rape and other forms of violence against women seemed to conflate sexuality with violence. This distinction between women's sexual agency and their oppression has so informed discussions about the sexual body that feminist scholarship on the issue confronts a culture that is often inhospitable to critical analyses of sex, of women's sex, in particular. At the same time, new handbooks on female sexuality, masturbation, and lesbian sexuality emerged to affirm "women-centered" sex. Since the "Toward the Politics of Sexuality" conference at Barnard College in 1982, scholars have been questioning the status of sex, pleasure, power, desire, and the body within feminist theory and practice. In this issue
of WSQ, we would like to reexamine the sexual body in history and in action, or more specifically, the material and social practices of sex.

What is sex? How do bodies matter vis-à-vis sex? To ask these questions is to invite strong responses, responses that require reconsiderations of a sexual body linked to a Foucauldian notion of identity, to power, politics, agency, pleasure, danger, reproduction, race, representation, disease, and to geographical location. There are many ways feminists have explored the practice of sex. For instance, the Marxist sense of a praxis determined by labor, the poststructuralist notion of a signifying practice, and the realization of either an essential or constructed desire, return to the material and representational concerns of the body. How has time, or new developments in sex and the body studies, affected the terms and the debates about sex and the body? Have feminists ceded questions of desire and the body to queer theory? Can contemporary feminist scholarship offer innovative arguments about the sexual body in which the political implications are less clear?

WSQ's special issue on the sexual body seeks to explore the various ways in which the female body is central to the social practice of sex. We invite submissions of critical essays, poetry, fiction, and visual images that engage the sexual body within the diversity of feminist cultural analyses.

If submitting academic work, please submit abstracts by April 1, 2006, to guest editors Shelly Eversley at shelly_eversley@baruch.cuny.edu and Jennifer Morgan at jlmorgan@rci.rutgers.edu. Full papers will be due by June 1, 2006.

Poetry submissions should go to WSQ's poetry editor Kathleen Ossip, at ossipk@aol.com by April 15, 2006.

Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should go to WSQ's Fiction/Nonfiction editor Kamy Wicoff at kwicoff@yahoo.com by April 15, 2006.

All art submissions should be sent on CD or floppy disk in a high-resolution (300 dpi or more) JPEG or TIFF image to both of the following addresses:

Shelly Eversley
Baruch College
Box B7/240
City University of New York
New York, NY 10010

Jennifer Morgan
Rutgers University
FAS - History
16 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Sex How To Articles

Posting at Constant Content:

"I currently own a blog thats main aim is to discuss "How To" types of topics. I'm currently looking for about 10 articles related to Sex and are in a (How To) format, I would like about 10 articles that discuss how to perform certain positions or sex acts."

Amount of articles: 10
Price per article: $10-20
Length of article: 430-500

For more information, login to the author's area at Constant Content.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Fat Studies Reader

Call for Proposals for The Fat Studies Reader

Sondra Solovay and Esther Rothblum are excited to announce the upcoming book: The Fat Studies Reader! This comprehensive, interdisciplinary anthology seeks to map the contours of the emerging field of Fat Studies. The first textbook dedicated to fat theory and fat studies, The Reader will include disciplines where we have sufficient scholarship critiquing the negative assumptions, stereotypes, and stigma placed on the fat body.

We eagerly request your participation and appreciate your help in spreading the word!

As this project is designed to appeal to a wide academic audience, both highly theoretical and easily accessible essays are welcome. We are inviting work in the following fields (proposals in other areas are also welcome):

Psychology Literature Communication/Rhetoric
Theater/Film/Performance Queer studies Latina studies
Critical Race studies Popular culture Biology/ Relevant sciences
Cultural studies Art/Art history History
Disability studies Anthropology Medical Anthropology
Food and Nutrition Sciences Women’s/Feminist studies Ethics
African American studies Education Law
Economics Sexuality studies Sociology

Proposal deadline is February 28, 2006. (Article deadline tba.) Please include:
(1) a one-page overview of your proposed contribution and a tentative title
(2) a brief bio
(3) your complete contact information (and your institutional affiliation if applicable)

Submit proposals to: SondraSolovay@sbcglobal.net and ERothblu@mail.sdsu.edu
If you do not receive a confirmation email within 7 days please follow up.

About the Editors:
Sondra Solovay is an attorney, activist, diversity trainer, and adjunct Professor of Law at New College of California School of Law. She is the author of Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight-Based Discrimination; her most recent essays appear in Bias, Discrimination and Obesity, Scoot Over Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology, and The Harvard Business Review.

Esther D. Rothblum is Professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University, having served as Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont for 23 years. She has edited over 20 books on gender, sexual orientation, and international issues. Her current research focuses on the stigma of women’s weight and also on lesbian relationships and mental health.

Velluminous Press

Velluminous Press is a new British ebook publisher seeking submissions in both fiction and non-fiction.

What we seek: Compelling writing in almost any area. We'll consider almost any works of fiction. We believe that compelling characters, page-turning plots, vivid descriptions and thought-provoking concepts are more important than fitting a work into a particular slot. We're happy to consider all genres, including adult fiction and erotica as long as it's well-plotted and characterised, but we're not interested in any work that relies for its impact on the glorification of violence, abuse, or exploitation. This includes depictions of underage sex and/or bestiality. For fiction submissions, please send by email to submissions@velluminous.com contact name Elspeth Fahey.

What we offer: Fee-free, royalty-paying publication through major retail outlets such as Amazon and other internet bookshops. All titles are offered in electronic form. For selected titles, we will also offer the option of fee-free, royalty-paying paperback publication.

Royalties are based on equal revenue sharing between publisher and author, i.e. 50% of our net receipts from a particular title is paid as royalties to the author. The distribution of royalties takes places quarterly, provided at least twenty five British pounds is due to the author. Any lesser sums are rolled over and included in the following quarter's calculation. oyalty payments are supported by full sales information, and the facility for authors to audit our figures is built in to the contract.

For submissions: please send (by email via submissions@velluminous.com) a synopsis outlining the plot (a few paragraphs detailing the beginning, the middle and the end) and the complete manuscript, as an attachment to the email. If your fiction manuscript is incomplete, please finish it before submitting: we will only consider completed works. Our preferred file format is plain text, with 2 line breaks between paragraphs and no line breaks between lines (so the text can flow to the window or printer width). We can also accept Open Document text (.odt), Microsoft
Word (.doc), or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files. Please make your manuscript no less than 30,000 words.

Lingerie Themed Anthology Call

Tit-Elation is now accepting calls for a lingerie themed erotica anthology.

All stories should feature descriptions of lingerie (slips, corsets, stockings, girdles, negligees, bra & panty sets, baby dolls, nighties, peignoirs, etc.), as well as the sensual elements (silk, satin, lace, etc) as part of the story context. Create stories so rich & sensual, that readers will never put their underwear on (or take it off) the same way again...

Erotica can be an intimate whisper in your ear, sweet & tender. Erotica can be like a nip on the ear lobe, causing you to sharply intake a breath, then hold it, waiting for the next move. Erotica can be a bold slap on your ass, shocking you into submission. Erotica can be like a "fuck me harder" screamed into a shoulder as nails rake down a back: graphic, hardcore & intense.

But it takes more than a handful of dirty words to create erotica. It takes artistry & skill to move a reader. It takes descriptions of lusty, well-rounded characters as well as their body parts to kindle warm flickers & fan them into the flames of desire. It takes authors who are passionate in the telling of stories.

If you think you are one of these authors, passionate in the telling of stories, then we encourage you to submit your stories to Tit-Elation.com.

Guidelines:

Open to stories that are original, unpublished and hetero, lesbian, and bisexual in content. Stories may be set in the past and the present.

Story length is not as important as story breadth. We are looking for stories which arouse and captivate the reader, and if you do that well, we'll be too excited to count words!

All stories are to be submitted via the site authors area.

All story submissions should add "Also for consideration for the Lingerie Anthology" in the teaser section of the site submission form.

All stories submitted for this anthology will also be considered for site publication as well as the quarterly 'Best Of' print book, and if accepted, compensated accordingly. As such, all submissions are subject to all the usual publication guidelines and, please, no simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions are welcome.

Deadline: 06/17/06

Compensation: One copy of the anthology per story accepted, payable upon publication. Along with your name/pen name, authors will be allowed to include a two line bio, which may include website, other publications, etc.

Questions? Contact editor@tit-elation.com

Friday, February 17, 2006

Q & A

Based on questions from the old mail bag (aka the gmail account), here are some recommended resources:

The Pros and Cons of Simultaneous Submissions does a great job of describing not only what "SimSubs" are, but why editors dislike them.

In Writing Pornography for a Living, the realities of porn writing (formulaic sex stories, not erotica) are looked at.

The Electric Eclectic, Jim's amazing web resource for writers and lovers of words. A truly massive collection of links on just about anything authors and language lovers could want.

Remember, writing erotica is even more difficult than writing other literature - not only to you have to write well, create & develop great characters, plots etc, but you have to put sex in it too. Not an easy task. So pay no attention to those who dismiss you as a 'smut writer' while looking down their noses at you -- we know better!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Spring HeatSheet

Phaze.com is now accepting submissions for Phaze's Spring HeatSheet promotion, PHAZE SURGE:

What: Erotic fiction, romance preferred, wherein electricity is rampant, even pivotal. We're talking stick-your-finger-in-a-light-socket, get-struck-by-lightning actual amperage.

Length: 5,000-12,000 words
Deadline: Midnight of March 10th, 2005

Submissions: Please be sure to include the word [Surge] in your subject line!! Otherwise your submission may not get to the right people. Send all submissions to our standard submissions address (found on the submissions page).

Rights: AUTHOR agrees to grant to PUBLISHER exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish, distribute, and sell the WORK in:

- eBook Edition (readable-text digital format provided in electronic download, disk, CD/CD-ROM, EBook Reader or similar media of presentation, excluding motion picture/television/video/DVD rights).

- Printed Trade Paperback (Perfect Bound) Edition (Rights may be optioned or released at a later date).

This Agreement shall be for a minimum initial period of three (3) years from the actual date of publication, with automatic monthly renewal after that.

Compensation: Royalties, 50% of net sales from all outlets (Phaze's website and Fictionwise, etc.) paid monthly.

Superheroes (Homoerotica)

STARbooks Press presents a call for Superheroes, to be edited by Eric Summers.

Sex-starved Superheroes are alive and horny at STARbooks Press.

Did you ever wonder why superheroes wear tights? Is it to make them more aerodynamic? Do they want you to know how excited they are to come to the rescue? Or is a one-piece garment easier to remove? For whatever reason, there is hardly anyone alive who has not fantasized about a
superhero coming to the rescue and fulfilling his desires.

I am seeking well-written stories that are erotic, not pornographic. I am interested in superheroes who are rewarded for their bravery, talents and skills. Some of them have extraordinary powers such as the ability to fly, run or swim at the speed of light, turn into fire, take on another form, be invisible, shrink or expand. Some have sidekicks, and some have fun with their comrades. Whatever makes them super finds its way into the bedroom.

I want well-developed characters, plots, situations, settings, and internal consistency. Humor is greatly appreciated as these characters are meant to have fun and enjoy themselves. We ask that you do not write about popular, known, or copyrighted comic book or television characters. Your superheroes must be your own, original creation.

We are also open to accepting original art work or comics featuring gay superheroes.

Feel free to query me about the thinking you may have about a story for this anthology at:
eric@starbookspress.com

Guidelines:

Submit your query to eric@starbookspress.com in the body of an email - no attachments please. Include a short bio, your name, postal and e-mail addresses and a 5 paragraph excerpt of your story. Indicate whether or not your submission has been previously published and, if so, where
and when. You don't need to sell your story in the letter; your work will speak for itself. If your query is accepted, I will be in contact with you about submitting the complete work. The end product should be no more than 8 pages of single spaced 12 pt. type. Be sure your query has been proofed and edited. Sloppy submissions and poorly written stories will not be considered.

Complete call posted Star Book Press.

Deadline: December 31 2006

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Best Lesbian Love Stories: New York City Edition

From Alyson Books:

Best Lesbian Love Stories: New York City Edition

New York City has been called the world's capital, and every day there are people falling in love on its streets and in its restaurants, its high rises and even its subways. Now, in our latest installment of the "Best Lesbian Love Stories" series, Alyson Books is looking for stories of love and romance set in the greatest city in the world. And remember, we’re not just talking Manhattan here—there are four more boroughs to explore, and with that, plenty of places for love to blossom. No matter the season, no matter the location, there’s no place like New York City
to fall in love.

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

Story length: 2,500 – 4,000 words

Deadline date: March 15, 2006

For more information, see their submission information -- which also has calls for:

BEST GAY LOVE STORIES: New York City edition

ULTIMATE GAY EROTICA 2007: Edited by Jesse Grant

ULTIMATE LESBIAN EROTICA 2007: Edited by Nicole Foster

Ms Magazine

All query letters should be sent to:

Queries/ Ms. Magazine
433 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Please include a brief bio and two or three previously published clips.

Non-fiction writers should be advised of the following:

1. Query letters should clearly state the topic of your proposed project and your qualifications to write on this topic.

2. Ms. considers articles on politics, social commentary, popular culture, law, education, art and the environment. Ms. does not consider articles on fashion, beauty, fitness, travel, food or of a "self-help" variety. Film, music and book reviews are covered in-house. Writers should reference several recent issues to familiarize themselves with content and style.

3. Rates vary and are not discussed until an assignment has been made.

4. If your query intrigues us, we will contact you. We regret that we cannot discuss the status of queries over the phone.

5. Ms. is unable to return unsolicited manuscripts, artwork and queries.

*** Fiction Submissions

Please submit fiction of no more than 5,000 words to:

Michele Kort
433 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Original short stories, first serial novel excerpts and original creative non-fiction welcome.

Contest Tips

So You Wanna Win a Contest?

©Cheryl Wright 2004 – All rights reserved

In the period May 2003 til December 2003 I entered seven writing contests. I short listed in five and placed second in two of those five.

It was all a major shock to me. I always thought my writing was fairly mediocre; nothing special, and certainly nothing spectacular.

It all began when my writing group ran a workshop called “Taking Risks with your Writing” about three years ago.

Like most writers, I love to read. I still recall hiding under the covers with a torch (flashlight) most nights, and being roused out around midnight by my parents to get to sleep. But I usually read the same sort of books over and over. Nancy Drew was my favourite in those early years, then as I grew into my teenage years, Agatha Christie took over. These days, my absolute favourite author is Australian writer, Peter Corris.

Are you beginning to see a pattern here? All these books are mysteries of one sort or another.

So what, I hear you say.

The point is, I mainly read one type of book.

At the workshop we were encouraged to read genres we wouldn’t normally read, and to write material we wouldn’t normally write, or hadn’t read that much. So that’s exactly what I did.

I read fantasy, comedy, sci-fi, suspense, crime, romantic suspense, romance. I even read some heavy ‘literature’. And you know what? I liked them. In fact, I liked them so much that I decided to start writing across genres, to ‘give myself permission’ to write in a whole new way; to evoke a totally new voice, and to write what I liked to write, rather than what was expected.

The next step I took was to analyse other successful writers’ work. What was it they did that I didn’t?

Janet Evanovich’s successful Stephanie Plum books were high on my hit list. So I read them, and read them, and read them. They were funny, they were pacy, and they were addictive.

Finally, I had that long awaited ‘ah-ha!’ moment. It had to happen eventually; at long last, the little light bulb lit up.

Janet Evanovich wrote what people didn’t expect.

Huh?

I began a new journey. I turned my methods around; I began to spatter humour into my writing, to create larger than life characters, and I began to ‘think outside the square’. When I wrote something ordinary, mundane, or expected, I would sit down and brainstorm better outcomes. I refused to write to formula and I always endeavoured to surprise the reader.

I now have a very unique voice, one that differs with everything I write. While I’m writing, as my plots unfold, one part of my brain is screaming ‘be different, be unique!’ as I type. And it works.

Prior to that evocative workshop, it was intimated that I needed to have one voice, one style, and write in one genre.

Well, too bad – I don’t, and I won’t!

As a new writer, other people placed many restrictions on me:

“Romance is written to formula.”
“You can’t combine romance with comedy.”
“Comedy and mystery just don’t mix.”
“First person writing isn’t acceptable these days.”

What a load of old rubbish!

As a much more experienced writer, I put a hex on all this restrictive nonsense. It’s a little like having steak and three veg for dinner every night; you quickly get sick of the same meal night after night. Well dear writers, your readers tire of the same ol’ same ol’ in every book they pick up.

So what am I suggesting? Don’t write to formula; don’t write the same as the last writer, and the next writer, and the next...

Use stunning first sentences, exploit strange and weird endings - dare to be different; get your work published, win that contest, and earn that book contract.

About the author: Cheryl Wright is an Australian author and freelance journalist. In addition to an array of other projects, she writes a monthly travel column for a magazine in the US and is the author of "Think Outside the Square: Writing Publishable (Short) Stories" -- Available from: www.writer2writer.com/book.htm.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Chippewa Publishing

From Kimberly Burton, Executive Managing Editor for Chippewa Publishing:

Chippewa Publishing is actively seeking submissions of erotic/erotica manuscripts, in all genres from 5k-100k, for ebook publication with the possibility of novella (placed into an anthology) and novel length manuscripts going into print production.

Of particular interest to Chippewa Publishing is GLBT erotic/erotica manuscripts. Writers of M/M, M/M/M, and M/F/M erotic romance stories containing vampires, elves, shape shifters, and/or werewolves are highly encouraged to submit; these stories are on the top of our list to acquire, and our best sellers.

Please see our submission guidelines for more information on what we are looking for, what we do not want, and how to submit your manuscripts to Chippewa Publishing for consideration.

Thirst For Fire

Thirst For Fire posts this call:

Thirst For Fire is a literary webzine and therefore submissions should be literary in nature. No fan fiction, faith-based, sci-fi, interviews, reviews, or ethnic / niche material will be considered. There are plenty of other places for these types of stories. We want to hear about how you lost your virginity to a junkie prostitute in a drunken backseat romp when you were sixteen while your mom drove you around the block playing Sinatra.

We are not accepting poetry at this time either, despite having the definition of the word "literary" emailed to us.

We prefer the sublime, the profane, the bizarre, outlaw fiction. Our favorite stories deal with sex, drugs, Bukowski, violence, subversion, politics, heavy drinking, hookers, and bad punk music.

For full details on submission formatting please see our Sample Submission, located on our submissions page.

Email all your twisted offerings to us at submissions@thirstforfire.com.

Compensation: Exposure

Monday, February 13, 2006

Her Circle Zine

Her Circle accepts works of Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Personal Essay, and Poetry for consideration in one of four departments: Breaking Form, What She Knows, War Cry, and Transcending Bounds.

All work is evaluated on its relevance to departmental themes and its ability to connect with the reader while providing immediacy.

When submitting to departments, the following guidelines should be followed:

Fiction & Creative Non-fiction (including Memoir) - 5,000 word maximum: Well written short stories with strong characters.

Personal Essay - 3,000 word maximum: Thoughtful inquiries in the narrative style

Poetry - 2 - 3 pages per poem. Prose poems of exceptional quality can take liberty, but should be no longer than 10 pages.

Send your works of fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essay and poetry to litsubs@hercircleezine.com

Please read their submission information.

Compensation: $25

*Note: While not a 'sexual' publication, it is logical to assume that sexuality is key in many if not all of the areas they describe.

They also accept artwork/photography.

Flights of Fancy Contest

Torquere Press presents: Flights of Fancy contest.

The beginning of spring is just a breath of fresh air after the long, dark days of winter. It's a time when the imagination soars, and when anything seems possible.To honor that giddy change of seasons, Torquere Press presents the Flights of Fancy short story contest. That's right, clear out the winter cobwebs and let your mind go places you've never dreamed. Then write it down and send it to us in the form of a gay or lesbian erotic short story, of 1000-5000 words. You can interpret the theme however you like, just surprise us, make us laugh, make us cry, or make us hot.

Deadline for submissions Is February 28, 2006. Prizes are $50.00 for first place, $35.00 for second place, and 25.00 for third place. Honorable mentions may be chosen at the discretion of the judges. Winners will be announced March 15, 2006. Please see rules and regulations for restrictions.

Stories should be submitted in the body of an email and include the author's name, contact information, a statement of legal age and acknowledge that the story is their own, original work to which they own the rights, sent to writingcontest@torquerepress.com. (Or you can use our handy entry form at our website, www.torquerepress.com)

Please, only one entry per author.

Each submission should contain your name, full contact information, a statement of age (must be 18 or over to enter) and your story as an inline email. Entries sent as attachments will not be opened, and any entry sent to another email address will be promptly deleted. Winners will be showcased on the Torquere Press website during the months of March through June. We ask for first electronic rights for these stories for the time they are posted. By sending in your entry you are verifying that you own all rights to your story, and that it is an original work by you, the author.

Have questions? Email us at ldoone@torquerepress.com.

Reviewers Wanted

Morphizm.com posts this call:

"Morphism.com is expanding and is on the lookout for spirited writers and reviewers of many stripes. We can't pay yet, but can offer free music, DVDs, screenings and concerts to those can turn around a review of the same in a reasonable time. Experience is not necessarily an issue, but passion and a way with words is: If you have both, we want to help you get your name out there. And with 50,000 page views a month, we can give you a built-in audience to get your writing career off the ground, as well as some good references to help you further it if everything works out."

If you would like to submit articles, proposals or materials to Morphizm, or ask for more information, email Scott at scott@morphizm.com.

The Shittiest Date Ever Writing Contest

Two Dollar Radio Presents: The Shittiest Date Ever Writing Contest

In 300 words or less, write about the shittiest date you ever went on. The guy with halitosis coupled with an overly excitable obsession with Steven Segal; the girl with the life mantra, “I don’t care. What do you want to do?” The more graphic, the more bizarre, the better. We're looking for your lowest low. Whatever it is, we want to hear it.

The contest deadline is February 25th. The winners will be announced March 1st.

For more information, read here.

Compensation: The winner will receive $100 and 2nd through 10th places receive Two Dollar Radio merchandise. 1st-10th will be posted on the site.

$pread Magazine

$pread Magazine, a trade publication for sex workers, is open to submissions. You'll find details at their submissions page. Compensation is exposure -- however, they just posted this notice:

"What do you think of the latest issue of $pread? If there was an article
that got you laughing, made you angry, or piqued your interest, we want to
know! Write a letter that we print in our next issue and get a free
subscription for yourself or a friend or a free renewal (for existing
subscribers). Send your submissions (250 words or less) to
contribute@spreadmagazine.org no later than next Sunday, February 20th."

Persons interested in this offer should be very familiar with the publication prior to submitting anything!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

General Update

If you tried to reach the blog recently, and couldn't please note that blogger was down -- I am still here posting :)

I've added new links to the sidebar, including Equilibri-yum, Inc's Writer Want List. I'm pointing out this one so you know that it's important to select the 'yes' option to get mature or adult gig information.

Please remember to vote on the polls -- or email me -- so that I know how to continue to best serve your needs here!

Spirituality & Sexuality Call

This call comes from Gracie Passette of Gracie Passette Productions:

We are working on a print book, Spirituality and Sexuality, and are looking for authors &/or interviews in the following areas:

Buddhism

Baháí

Christianity has taken some beatings, and there are many differences in Christian faith, so I'd like to see if we can include say Mormon, Catholic etc positive perspectives included.

Confucianism

Jainism

Kosher sex

Muslim perspectives (A male and a female perspective on this, as many 'Western' folks are less than understanding & appreciative of Islam.)

Tantra practitioners, any and all faiths are encouraged to contact us.

This book is to show the ways in which spirituality & faith are linked to our sexuality. We are primarily looking for personal stories & experiences to be shared ~ either by the author, or via interviews. However, we are open to discussing researched pieces which reflect the traditions, literature, and culture of religion and sexuality as well.

While the thrust of this book is to show positive links between the two areas, we are interested in negative stories as well, especially if there are lessons to be learned.

Information on teaching your faith and sexual health to children (either from 'what you were taught' or 'how you teach your children') are also welcome.

As this book falls under the Sex-Kitten.Net imprint, we are very interested in female points of view, but are not discounting men nor male writers.

Compensation is one copy of the print book per published article, and, naturally, byline with brief bio including books, URLs etc.

If you are a writer with ideas, submissions or an interest in this project, please contact Gracie at Gracie@Sex-Kitten.net, putting "Spirituality & Sexuality" in the subject line.

Please do not send attachments until requested ~ they will not be opened.

Please contact us as soon as possible, thank you!

(Feel free to forward this information to an associate you feel would be interested!)

Suite Magazine

Suite Magazine, for women, is looking for content:

All Main Feature Articles – Looking for social, political, sexual, and informative subjects. No religious pieces. We want four unique articles for each issue. Send query first.

Book Excerpt –- 5,000 word count max. Name of book, name of author, author's URL, genre, publisher, publisher's URL, release date, ISBN. Must have permission from the publisher and adhere to their guidelines. A very short review can be used at the beginning of the section. Two pictures can be used @ 120 x 180 pixels (one of the author, and one of the book). Up to three other pictures can be used on the side bar (if not taken by a paid advertiser) @130 x 165 pixels. URL will link to author's site.

Heat Between the Sheets –- 3,000 word count, would prefer original stories written just for SUITE, but until we're able to obtain these, stories can be previously written and/or published. Writer retains rights if it's something published elsewhere, and they have permission to use it at SUITE. For articles written exclusively for SUITE -- SUITE retains the rights for the issue in which it appears; after that, if the story is used elsewhere, we request that the author please mention it was seen originally in SUITE. In other words, we can both use it for publicity, etc. Title, author, any credits that may need to be given (publisher, etc). One picture can be used @ 120 x 180 pixels either of the author, or a picture pertaining to the story. *We are currently looking for erotic romance stories, woman/man monogamous relationships only.

Exclusive Interview –- 2,000 to 3,000 word count. Write up about the person to be incorporated in a question and answer format. We want interesting people, preferably women, but doesn't have to be. Find unique, different, and interesting people…(first woman to land on aircraft carrier for example, which we showcased in November). Up to 5 pix @ 120 x 180 pixels.

As well as Book, Movie and TV Reviews and a myriad of other articles. Please note that many of their articles are required to have photos/images. For more information, please see their writer's guidelines.

Compensation: Tamara McHatton, CEO & Editor in Chief, says "Exposure is all we provide at this time. We are in our second year and looking to going to CDs and/or print. We also allow three "free" issues per writer for the month their work is included in the magazine...since it's online and is password protected, this means they can share this information with three other persons."

Monday, February 06, 2006

Quick Notes & Leads for This Week

Nightcharm, a magazine for young gay men, is looking for non-fiction writers. Compensation is negotiable.

Purve runs a 'true story' or 'confessions' contest for prize packages.

Lady Susan is looking for people with good writing skills and who are familiar with the domestic discipline and spanking lifestyle to be associate writers/contributors for The Domestic Disciplinarian. Please read the guidelines. Compensation: $25 for articles &/or short stories, $10.00 for product, book or video reviews.

An interesting article on flash fiction: Small, Tight, Hot.

New Century Notebook Project

Pamela Weatherill is working on a research project which aims to capture a snap shot of the use of journals, diaries, blogs, electronic diaries and personal notebooks in the 21st Century. Her findings will be published in her forthcoming book. If you are a journal writer or blogger she wants to hear from you for the New Century Notebook Project.

Writers should take part in the survey and find more information here.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Femotica

Femotica is currently accepting short stories. If you've written a story about passion, fantasies, love, suspense, they want to see them. Each submission must be at least 500 words long, use proper spelling and grammar. You may submit multiple chapters to make up one longer story. Each story must have main characters, explosive passion, and an interesting premise.

To submit, register, login and click Submit Story. Give your story a title. If it's a part of a longer story, give it a Part number or chapter number. Then give a summary of what happens in the story/chapter & copy and paste your story.

For more information, see their guidelines.

Compensation: If your story is accepted, you will have the opprotunity to include a byline and a short (255 character) author bio at the end & then you're welcome to add your website to our Links directory.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Red Sage

Red Sage Publishing is accepting erotica novella (20,000-35,000 words) submissions for anthologies.

No multiple submissions accepted. Do not send stories you've also sent to another publisher.

Authors may query interest with: a one-page synopsis (clear emotional and physical conflict defined) and the first ten pages of their story (printed out, not the digital file).

Please include writing credentials (we welcome unpublished authors as well). Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return information on your submission. Manuscripts cannot be returned without a proper envelope and postage. Mail your query package to: Red Sage Publishing, Inc.; P.O. Box 4844; Seminole, FL 33775.

For more information, read their guidelines.

Compensation: Royalties

Rauxa Prize

The 2005 Rauxa Prize results have been published.

The Rauxa Prize for erotic writing carries an award of $1,000 and is given annually for an erotic short story of exceptional literary quality. An additional prize for erotic poetry carries an award of $300.

The awards are chosen from work nominated by editors and writers. Publications of any type are encouraged to nominate qualifying material published between August 2005 & July 2006. Each publication may nominate up to five stories and three poems for inclusion; any individual may nominate a single story and/or poem.

Nominations are accepted from now until August 15, and the winners are to be announced in October.