Calls for Submissions

Hey all! I know I promised further discussion about what makes a story a good story. It’s coming, I promise. But first, I need to let y’all know about some awesome calls for submissions that are out there at the moment. There are several that are closing down soon, so if they pique your interest, get on it now.


Best Lesbian Erotica 2016
Editor: Sacchi Green
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: June 1, 2015 (earlier encouraged)
Payment: $100 and 2 copies of the book within 90 days of publication

Rights: non-exclusive right to publish the story in this anthology in print, ebook and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories. Standard Cleis Press contributor contract.

The Best Lesbian Erotica series has a special place in my heart. My first erotica publication was in BLE, many years ago, and I’ve had stories in eight volumes altogether, so I want to make this next edition worthy of the long tradition of sexy excellence. Only you writers can make this happen.

Give me your best work. Is there a story inside you burning to be written, or one already published that makes you especially proud–and extremely hot? I’ll consider up to two submissions per author, between 2000-4000 words preferred length. No simultaneous submissions. I’ll consider reprints, preferably published between June 2014 and June 2015, but hope to be seeing more new, unpublished work.

I want a variety of themes, voices, and tone. Diversity in ages, ethnicities, cultures, and physical attributes and abilities is welcome. The central figures must be lesbian, believable, fully developed characters. Give me vividly drawn settings, and plots or story arcs that grip the reader and don’t let go. Originality is especially welcome; write the story that only you can write. And, of course, I want intense sex scenes that flow naturally from the story as a whole. All flavors of sensuality are welcome, from vanilla to BDSM to edgy frontiers that surprise and startle the reader. A few stories with a speculative fiction bent, science fiction or fantasy, will be considered.

Send your submission as an attachment in .doc, .docx. or .rtf format, double spaced, Times New Roman black font, with story title, legal name, pseudonym (if applicable,) and mailing and e-mail addresses on the first page, to sacchigreen @ gmail.com. Queries are welcome.

Writers, start your engines!


First (working title)
Editor: Cheyenne Blue (www.cheyenneblue.com)
Publisher: Ladylit Publishing (www.ladylit.com)
Deadline: 24 April 2015
Payment: US$40.00 plus a copy of e-book and paperback
Rights: First worldwide digital rights and print rights.

Cheyenne Blue is seeking fictional stories of lesbian passion about first experiences. While I will be including stories of sexual firsts, including first lesbian encounter and first experience of a particular sexual act, I am especially after stories that look beyond this with imagination and flair. I would like to see stories where the sex happens as an integral part of another first, whether it’s the first day in a new job, the first time overseas, breaking the law, or skinny dipping. How about a first experience of sex in zero G in space, or a near death experience on the battleground of a past war? Show me the marvel, wonder, joy, and pride of new experience, the accomplishment, or even the fear or despair. I welcome stories of emotional firsts: the first time in love, the first time that hate translates to sex, the first time with a new partner after a break up.

Above all, I want strong, complete tales that are more than just a sex act. This is not an anthology of true confessions, so stories do not need to be written in first person. For examples of the type of stories and writing I’m looking for, check out my previous anthology, “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire”.

Please note the usual no-nos apply: no incest / underage sex / rape / necrophilia / bestiality / scat. No poetry please.

Preferred length: 2500 – 5000 words

Unpublished stories strongly preferred, although a couple of reprints might be used. Reprints must be solely owned by the author.

US English. Please submit a double-spaced Microsoft Word document, using a 12-point serif font, such as Georgia or Times New Roman. One inch margins. If using a pen name, include both real and pen name on the manuscript.

Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file attachment to Cheyenne Blue at firstantho@gmail.com. Please include “First” and your story title in the subject line.

In the body of the email please include your legal name, pseudonym, a short bio, and previous publication information if the story is a reprint.

Established authors welcomed, newcomers encouraged. I look forward to reading your work.

All submissions acknowledged within 3 days and acceptances notified by 1 June 2015.

About the editor: Cheyenne Blue is the editor of “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire” also from Ladylit, and has edited short stories through to novels. Her erotic fiction has been included in approximately 100 erotic anthologies since 2000. Under her own name she has written travel books and articles, and edited anthologies of local writing in Ireland.


Tales of the Grimoire – Vol. 1
Editor: Astrid Ohletz and Gill McKnight
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Payment: Writers whose stories are selected for the anthology will receive a one-time payment of $40 (via PayPal) plus a free e-book of the anthology in each format (epub, mobi, pdf).

Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, fairies, djinns, goblins, trolls, witches, brownies, banshees—beings that are not of this world. Or maybe they are.I love Halloween, and I love stories about supernatural beings. I’m a publisher. We had a blast doing  Halloween anthologies in the past two years. So why not combine my love for both and publish another anthology in October 2015 with stories that involve Halloween in one way or another? Yes, let’s do that. Let’s put out a submission call and let’s do it again.

Here you go: We are looking for lesbian fiction. That hasn’t changed. All submissions must have either Halloween or supernatural beings as the main theme. The stories can be romantic, humorous, enthralling, spooky or erotic.We accept only short stories that haven’t been previously published.

Word count: We are looking for stories between 4,000 and 10,000 words in length.

Payment: Writers whose stories are selected for the anthology will receive a one-time payment of $40 (via PayPal) plus a free e-book of the anthology in each format (epub, mobi, pdf).

Deadline: The deadline to receive submissions is May 31, 2015.

Submissions: Electronic submissions only. Please send your story as an e-mail attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to info@ylva-publishing.com. Put “Halloween 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 of your story, and a two-or-three-sentence summary of your story.

It will take our editors about three weeks to review your submission; then we’ll get back to you.

We are looking forward to receiving your stories.


Holiday Anthology 2015
Editor: ?
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Deadline: July 15, 2015
Payment: Writers whose stories are selected for the anthology will receive a one-time payment of $40 (via PayPal), two complimentary copies of the anthology in print, plus a free e-book in each format (epub, mobi, pdf)

Writers, do you find the holidays inspirational?

Do thoughts of snowflakes on your tongue, family get-togethers around the fireplace, holiday feasting, and finding that perfect gift for that special someone get your creative juices flowing? Then we would like to hear from you.

Ylva is looking for holiday-themed short stories for a special anthology, to be published in December, 2015. We welcome stories about women of all types interacting with the holiday season in some sort of way. Send us your tales of Hanukkah cheer, Kwanzaa jubilation, Christmas joy, and Yule feasting. Or, if that’s not quite your style, tell us about the more bittersweet side of the holidays, but stories should end on a note of hope.

If we like your story, not only will you be published alongside some of Ylva’s most popular writers, but you’ll also be helping others in need: All profits of this anthology will be donated to LGBT charities.

What we are looking for: We are looking for lesbian fiction written by women. At least one of the main characters must be a lesbian. All submissions should have the holidays as the main theme. The stories can be romantic, humorous, or erotic. If the story is erotica, it must be F/F.

We accept only short stories that haven’t been previously published.

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 $40 (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 July 15, 2015.

Submissions: Electronic submissions only. Please send your story as an e-mail attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to sandra.gerth@ylva-publishing.com. Put “Holiday 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 of your story, and a two-or-three-sentence summary of your story.

We look forward to receiving your stories.


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3 thoughts on “Calls for Submissions

  1. Thanks for including our anthologies, Jove. Fletcher DeLancey and I are the (acquisition) editors for Ylva’s holiday anthology. We already got the first submission and many more on the way.

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