Best Lesbian Erotica 2017
Edited by D. L. King
To be published by Cleis Press
Deadline: May 1, 2016
Payment: $100 and 2 copies of the anthology
D.L. King is looking for your absolute best lesbian erotica.
First, let me apologize for the extremely short window in getting your submission in. The publisher would like to return to the tradition of publishing Best Lesbian Erotica in December, and to do so they need the manuscript in fairly short order. Unfortunately, the terms of the book were just recently worked out and there’s very little time left. BUT I have every faith in you. I know you can deliver a fabulous story in the time allotted! So, please read on…
What is sexy? What makes one story so hot you sweat? Is it scorching because it tells the truth? No, I don’t mean non-fiction or memoir. I mean, does it strike a chord? Does it touch your soul or maybe your core? Is it earth-shattering, tremor-inducing, pass out sexy? That’s what I’m looking for because, after all, this is Best Lesbian Erotica!
Your story can be about a match made in heaven or about a bar pickup; it can be about a couple who have been together for forty years or two women who just met in the cafeteria line their freshman year at college. You can set it in the Wild West, on a pirate ship or even in Ohio. Tell me a story of sweet love or one of rough sex meted out by a strict dominatrix. Tell me about sex with a beautiful ghost or about getting it on before the kids come home from school. Set it in a campground and people it with a group of butches or turn a bachelorette party into an orgy.
You get the picture: The sky’s the limit. But it has to be good—no, it has to be the best. Your characters can be any age and ethnicity, your story can be sweet or harsh, it can be about love, lust, or adventure but it must be between two (or more) women and contain explicit sex. Send me stories that are sweet, kinky, sexy, romantic and/or dangerous but most of all, send me stories that will singe my sheets. All characters must be at least 18. No scat and no snuff.
Stories should be between 2,500 and 4,000 words, double-spaced, 12 pt, Times New Roman. Please indent the first line of each paragraph one-half inch and do not include extra lines between paragraphs. No fancy fonts, no weird sizes, no bizarre formatting, no strange colors.
Never before published stories are preferred but reprints will be considered as this is a “Best” anthology. You may submit up to two stories. If you submit a reprint, you must own the rights. Please include the date of publication, title, editor and publisher.
Send your story as a .doc (NOT a .docx) attachment and include the title, pseudonym (if applicable) and your legal name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read: Submission: TITLE. Please include a 50 word bio. Direct any questions to the same address. (If you are absolutely unable to send a .doc attachment, I will accept an rtf.)
Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink
Edited by D. L. King
To be published by Slate Edge Ink
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Payment: $50 plus 2 copies of the print anthology and one copy of the e anthology
D. L. King is looking for your kinkiest lesbian erotica, in fact, the kinkier, the better.
What is taboo to one might be tame to another and one person’s vanilla might be debauched and utterly kinky to someone else. Rope, handcuffs, wax, needles, tattoos, collars, whips, rubber, leather, worship, degradation, power exchange, butches, femmes, polyamory, food, shaving, phone sex, webcams, porn, role play—I could go on, but I’m not here to tell you what to write.
What’s that story that you’ve always wanted to tell? That one you thought might be just a little “out there,” the one your ex-lover told you never to tell? Go on, you can tell me. Whisper it to me. I’ll never tell. At least, I’ll never tell how it found its way into a book of dirty, kinky, sexy erotica. So tell me something a little transgressive. Make it hot. Make me squirm. Tell me just what happens when women come together, get down and dirty and let the inhibitions go.
Tell me about pain and pleasure. I want to hear about toys and implements, about hardware stores and sex shops, about corsets and trousers, fingers and tongues. You know what I want; I want something unspeakably erotic. But make no mistake, taboo, or not, there are still some things I never want, so don’t send me stories with underage characters, scat, or snuff. You know what to do: just make me happy—and damp.
Stories should be between 2,500 and 4,500 words, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman. Please indent the first line of each paragraph one-half inch and do not include extra lines between paragraphs. No fancy fonts, no weird sizes, no bizarre formatting, no strange colors. Do not put a cover sheet on your story. You may send up to two never before published stories. I’ll want exclusive rights for one year from the date of publication (with the exception of “best of” anthologies), and then non-exclusive after that.
Send your story as a .doc attachment (NOT a .docx—if you don’t know how to do that, ask) and include the title, pseudonym (if applicable) and your legal name and mailing address to email@example.com. The subject line should read: Submission: TITLE. Please include a 50-word bio. Direct any questions to the same address. (If you are absolutely unable to send a .doc attachment, I will accept an rtf. But I will not be happy about it.)
Older women rarely feature in erotic fiction, yet many of us find our libidos as active as ever in later life. This anthology will showcase the fact that good sex isn’t just for the young.
I’m looking for stories of mature women enjoying, discovering or rediscovering their own sexualities, in a wide variety of ways.
Your story must centre on a woman aged 50 or over. Who she has sexual encounters or interactions with, how, or why, is up to you. Other characters can be any (adult) age, but the older woman has to be the focus of the story.
Sex-positive stories only, please. Sex should not lead to misery/despair/physical harm so no Awful Warnings or tragic conclusions.
Your tone can be as romantic or as filthy as you like, but this is an erotica anthology so sex of some kind has to take place.
Contemporary/realistic settings are preferred, but if something amazing shows up with paranormal, sci-fi or historical elements then it won’t be ruled out.
Diversity in terms of orientation, ethnicity, body type, abilities, lifestyle is very welcome.
BDSM, multiple partners, fetishes are all wholly acceptable.
No incest, underage participants, abuse or dubcon.
No bestiality or necrophilia (see note above – I’m not actively looking for paranormal but zombies, vampires and shifters are permissible).
No excrement play.
Stories should be between 4000 and 6000 words. Payment is a share in 50% of net royalties (exact percentage will depend on how many stories make up the anthology).
Email your story as an attachment in .doc or .docx form to firstname.lastname@example.org with SILVER DESIRE SUBMISSION as the subject line. In the body of the email, give your name, pen name and a brief biog. 12pt Times New Roman is preferred. Do not fanny about with the formatting in any way at all. OK, you can use italics if you must, but no funny paragraph breaks.
Deadline May 10th
GIRLS NEXT DOOR: LESBIAN ROMANCE
Editors: Sandy Lowe and Stacia Seaman
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication Date: Summer 2017
Theme: Short story lesbian romance about falling for the girl next door.
Payment: $50 and 2 contributor copies
Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2016
Sometimes the most intriguing girls are right next door—BFFs, ex-girlfriends, new girls in town, party girls, study mates, teammates, and sexy strangers. All it takes is a night out, the right moment, or an accidental kiss to discover what’s been there all along—the perfect girl for a love that lasts a lifetime. Best-selling romance authors tell it from the heart—sexy, romantic stories of falling for the girls next door.
Guidelines for Submissions:
- Unpublished short stories preferred
- Contemporary romance preferred but all romance sub-genres will be reviewed
- Word count: 2,000–5,000 words
- Electronic submissions only to: email@example.com
- e-mail header: Girls Next Door_ Author Name or Pseudonym _Title
- MS Word document attachment (story)
- e-mail body: story title, author’s legal name, pseudonym if any, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, 50 word bio; if story previously published: anthology title/publisher/pub date
- Arial; 12 pt
- Double-spaced; standard paragraphing; no HTML
- Submission receipt within 7 days; submission decisions by March 2017
- Multiple submissions (no more than 2) accepted
Questions? EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org