For the writers in the audience, here are a few active calls for submissions. There may be more out there, but these are the ones I know about. Now it’s up to you to write something and submit it.
Thunder of War, Lightning of Desire: Lesbian Historical Military Erotica (Working Title)Edited by Sacchi GreenPublished by Lethe PressMore than six hundred women—most likely many more—passed as men to fight in the American Civil War, and that’s not counting the nurses and spies. In WWI women served as nurses and ambulance drivers, and in Russia Maria Boskareva’s Women’s Battalion of Death was not the only group of female fighters. By WWII women were ferrying fighter planes in the US and the UK, and in Russia the “Night Witches” flew bombers. For the nurses and WACs in the Korean and Vietnam Wars the front lines were everywhere, and the “long-haired army” on the Viet Cong side fought al least as fiercely as any men.Give me stories about passionate women finding each other amidst the storm of war, coming together for comfort, driven by adrenaline and hormones, hurling their pleasure into the teeth of mortality. From the nurses with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea to those with MASH units in Korea and Vietnam, from female soldiers taking shelter behind stone walls at Chancellorsville to French Resistance operatives trysting behind haystacks in Normandy, from any military conflict anywhere between 1850 and the 1970s, find a period you can be passionate about, research it until you know it more intimately than you remember yesterday, and write characters and a plot and fiery sex that can sweep readers right along with them. Diversity of characters is more than welcome.I’ll only be taking a few stories from each time period, sometimes even just one, so feel free to tell me what you’re working on so I can tell you whether too many others are doing something similar. Inquiries are advisable, but not mandatory. Historical accuracy counts, and so do originality and intensity and all those elements we like to see in the best erotic fiction. Give me brief encounters or lifetime commitments even when life is in the balance; desperate embraces or dark humor; whatever your characters need to get them through the night, and through the war. Know your history as well as your characters, and write a story as intriguing as it is steamy.The preferred story length is between 3000 and 6000 words. Payment will be from $50 to $150, depending on length, and two copies of the paperback. The deadline is April 30, 2015. Queries are welcome; contact me at email@example.com
Through the Hourglass: Lesbian Historical Romance (working title)Publisher: The Liz McMullen Show PublicationsEditors: Sacchi Green and Patty G. HendersonDeadline: May 31, 2015Publication: Fall of 2015Preferred Length: 3000-5000 wordsPayment: $30 plus two paperback copiesRights: The Liz McMullen Show Publications requires the right to publish the original story in the above-mentioned anthology, in print, digital and audible forms, exclusively for one year after publication (exceptions made for “year’s best” anthologies) and non-exclusively thereafter. The author retains copyright.We have always been here, in every era and every area of society, even though we’ve been all but invisible in recorded history. Now is your chance to use your imagination, research a period of history that intrigues you, and tell us fictional stories about the lesbian women who came before us. From the 1500s to the mid-1900s, from the late Renaissance and Elizabethan times to World Wars I and II, give us characters true to their times, and true to themselves, not modern people inserted into the past. Draw us into a time and place, its customs, inhibitions, aspirations, and patterns of thought and speech, and into the lives of fully developed, complex characters.Show us intense relationships and emotional bonds. Some degree of erotic tension is acceptable, but this is not a place for outright erotica. Happy endings are welcome if they seem plausible, and so are heart-rending encounters fated to live on only in memory. Diversity of culture will be appreciated. We want variety in scenarios and time periods, so feel free to contact us to see whether we seem to be getting too much from any era or setting, or with any other queries.Original, unpublished stories only. Multiple submissions are okay, but no simultaneous submissions.In keeping with our theme of lesbians throughout history, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity that assists senior lesbians.Submit your queries and stories in .doc or .docx to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t Be Shy
Here at Ylva, we obviously like romance. But every once in a while, we also want to read a story that sends our temperatures soaring—something not just passionate and romantic, but downright carnal.Those are the kinds of stories we’re currently seeking for an erotica short story collection we’re publishing in 2015.Writers, send us your most lustful, lascivious, even lewd stories for this one. Plot? Yes, we’d still like your story to have one. But this particular collection will focus on the sensual, red-hot delights of sex between women and the celebration of the female form in all its diverse hedonism. So what we want are tales of lesbians getting down and dirty in the bedroom (or any other place they find arousing) and having loads of fun doing it.Give us intimate encounters between strangers. Give us couples playing out their most titillating fantasies. One-night stands. Slow, sultry weekends. Toys, role play, kink? Bring it on. We want stories that won’t just entertain our readers, but will leave them breathless.So don’t be shy.Send us something scintillating.What are we looking for: We are looking for lesbian erotic fiction. At least one of the main characters must be a lesbian and the sex must be F/F.We accept only short stories that haven’t been previously published and that have been written by women.Word count: We are looking for stories between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length.Payment: Writers whose stories are selected for the anthology will receive a one-time payment of $60 (via PayPal), two complimentary copies of the anthology in print, plus a free e-book in each format (epub, mobi, pdf).Deadline: The deadline to receive submissions is March 15, 2015.Submissions: Electronic submissions only. Please send your story as an e-mail attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to email@example.com. Put “Erotica Anthology” in the subject line of your e-mail. In the body of your e-mail, please include your name, the title and word count, and a two-or-three-sentence summary of your story. We’ll get back to you after March 30, 2015.