Call for Submissions
Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 2
(Best Lesbian Erotica 2018)
Editor: Sacchi Green
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: March 20, 2017 (earlier encouraged)
Payment: $100 and 1 copy 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.
Is there a story inside you burning to be written? Now’s the time to let it out. Or is there one you published during 2015-2016 that you think is the best thing you’ve ever written? I’ll consider just a few reprints. Up to two submissions per author are allowed, preferred length between 2000-4000 words. No simultaneous submissions.
I want a variety of themes, voices, and tone. A diversity of 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 valued; 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, might fit in.
Send your submission to sacchigreen [at] gmail [dot] com as an attachment in .doc, docx. or .rtf format, double spaced, Times New Roman black font. The story title, your legal name, pseudonym (if applicable), previous publication information for the story (if applicable), and mailing and email addresses, should be included on the first page.
Queries are welcome.
Coming Together: Under the Mistletoe
Edited by Delilah Night
Deadline: September 1, 2016
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow because we’ll be heating up this sexy December anthology.
I am looking for your best winter stories. Are your characters
cuddled up inside while a blizzard rages, or are they snowbirds spending
Christmas Day on the beach in the tropics? Who belongs on Santa’s
Naughty List? Is your billionaire a Scrooge? Is this the year they come
out to their family? Do they have a special someone to kiss when the
While the theme is winter, you may also add in your favorite December
holiday, but this is not mandatory. I’m looking for compelling stories
with compelling characters and a rich plot as well as beautiful poetry.
- Your story should be set between December 1 and December 31 whether explicitly or implicitly.
- All orientations, ethnicities, pairings, and interpretations of “winter” are encouraged.
- All sub-genres and time periods welcome (contemporary, historical, paranormal, sci-fi, steampunk, you name it).
- All heat levels from sweet and romantic to down and dirty—as long as it is plot driven.
- HEA/HFN preferred, but not required.
- Stories up to 7,500 words
- Poetry is welcomed and encouraged
- No underage, no scat, no non-consent, no incest
Coming Together is a charity organization. You retain all rights to
your stories, and previously published stories and poetry are welcomed
(as long as you hold the rights).
Please use Times New Roman font, size 12, and double spaced with one
inch margins. No extra lines between paragraphs. Set indentations to .5 –
do not use tabs or spaces to indent. Use .docx, .doc .rtf formats only.
Submit your final, best version of the story by email to
email@example.com. Use the subject line “Under the Mistletoe [your
story title] [your penname]”
Do not send multiple versions of the same story. Up to two
stories/three poems will be considered from each author. Include your
legal name (and pseudonym if applicable and be clear which one is
which), mailing address, and up to 250 word bio. Do not paste your story into the body of your message.
You will be notified as to the status of your story by no later than October 1, 2016.
Coming Together is a non-profit organization, and all Coming Together
authors and editors have generously donated their talents to various
causes. Compensation for inclusion in this work is a PDF contributor
copy of the finished product and your name on Santa’s Nice List (or
Naughty, if that’s your preference). You retain all rights to your
story. All proceeds go to Project Linus, which provides home-made blankets and hats to children in crisis.
Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope for Pulse – Hate Will Never Win
From the ashes of tragedy, hope will survive. When faced with hate, love
will survive. The constant balance of positive and negative is something
that lives in all of us. Help us focus on the positive and not the
negative; put aside politics and focus on the people; give strength and
hope to those that remain.
– All stories should all have hope and love as the focus of the story;
stories should be GLBT pairings
– Be a minimum of 5k, maximum of 10k – stories will be combined into a one
– Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed
– Submissions should be sent to email@example.com
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 25, 2016, anthology will release July 22, 2016
and all proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida’s fund for the victims
and families of the Pulse Shooting
Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com
***Permission to forward***
Silence is Golden
To be published by Sexy Little Pages
Deadline: April 22, 2016
someone is unable to speak, how do they communicate with their
partner? If a sub or Dom can’t hear well in crowds but loves to play at
parties, what mechanisms are in place to ensure everyone stays safe?
just gags and sensory deprivation! We’re looking for contemporary
kink-inspired tales encompassing a range of diverse characters and
intense, sexy storylines about communication, that make us squirm in
our seat. Tell us about every body, not just white, cis and able. Make
your stories hot with your characters reflecting real people across the
spectrum of size, colour, gender and ability.
Deadline 22nd April 2016. Word count 4000-6000. New writers welcome.
read our full guidelines at www.SexyLittlePages.com/submissions for
how to submit your story (and a few things we are and aren’t looking
Questions? EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girl Next Door (Lesbian Romance)
Bold Strokes Books
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 subject: 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
Best Lesbian Erotica 2017
D. L. King – Cleis Press
Best Lesbian Erotica 2017
Edited by D. L. King
To be published by Cleis Press
Deadline: May 1, 2016
Payment: $100 plus 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 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.)
Questions? EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.)
THE SEXY LIBRARIAN PRESENTS: FOR THE MEN AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM
Editor: Rose Caraway
Publisher: Stupid Fish Productions
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016
Publication Date: Approximately July 2016
USD for Non-Exclusive Rights
Stupid Fish Productions purchases accepted stories for $50 for inclusion in this anthology. Authors will retain the rights to their individual stories.
Authors will also receive: 1 E-book copy, 1 Audible download code of the audiobook upon publication. If the book goes to print, contributing authors will also receive 1 print copy.
“For The Men”
Men love a good story. They communicate in story. Ask any man near you and he’ll have a tale to tell, about
that one time when…
This “For The Men” erotic collection is intended for the fellas and the women who have an appetite for something other than “Romance”. These stories are for a heterosexual audience, but might contain elements of bisexuality, gay or lesbian characters, or ‘other’.
I am seeking stories with purposeful plot and developed characters. ALL FIVE SENSES should be engaged. Writers should focus on capturing action and emotion, transition and transformation. Their stories should revolve around expected/unexpected intense sexual encounters. Story movement is key. The where and when of your story should include detailed elements of that specific environment and your character’s mind. Show both, action and reaction.
“Romance” isn’t the focal point. Characters should be affected and effective. Let them be strong, weak, smart, clumsy, egotistical or emotional. Play with power dynamics. Put your adventurous characters ‘anywhere’ or in ‘any time’ you want them, but remember that “happily ever after’s” aren’t required here. If “Romance” is a strong
element in your story, show it. Give more than nuanced feeling descriptors. Show the behavior.
For inspiration, think:
Mad Men, Sopranos, Ex
Machina, Avatar, Star Trek, The Anchorman, Pain & Gain, The
Exorcist, The Shining, House of Cards, Rocky, The
Wire, etc. You know, think adventure: crab fishermen, astronauts, professors, senators, aliens, gold miners, athletes, soldiers, drug dealing gangsters…you get the idea. All genres and ‘kinks’ are open.
Example Story Prompts:
- A trucker finds the perfect road companions; damsels in distress. (multiple women)
- Guaranteed pregnancy. A scientist develops the perfect fertility serum. (Seed for sale)
- She entered the Harley Davidson bathing suit contest. What she won was more than a motorcycle. (vouyerism/lesbian) [Cliché is okay, if done well.]
- A WWII soldier saves a new mother, but they have to stay out of sight for a few days and the nights are cold. (lactation)
- He caught the smallest fish, but she promises not to tell if he agrees to ‘satisfy’ her boyfriend. (forced bi/glory hole/anonymity)
- His boss just pulled into the driveway and, once again, he’s sneaking out of the wife’s upstairs window. (infidelity)
- A senator needs her ego stroked. (power play)
- A married couple goes camping and the couple in the next tent over are very friendly. (wife swap)
- Astronauts discover a new, aggressive reptilian species. (alien breeding/world domination)
Rose Caraway will not accept stories featuring:
Scat-play or pedophilia.
How to Submit: (1 Story per author)
Early submission is strongly encouraged.
Please send your submission to:
*Email: forthemenantho at gmail dot com
*Subject Line: Submission
Please format and submit your work as follows:
Word document with your name in the heading of each page and all pages numbered. (.doc or RTF) Do not paste your story in the body of your email.
Use double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point, black font
Up to 4000 strict word count.
Indent the first line of each paragraph 1 inch
Do not add extra lines between paragraphs
Only submit the final version of your story (Beta Readers can be found at The Slush Pile)
Include your full contact information (legal name/pseudonym, web address, mailing address and phone number) and a bio of 100 words or less, written in the third person. Do not list your previous works, or any contact information in your bio, because that would be boring. Write something fun, about you.
**If you are using a pseudonym, please make it clear which name you want to be credited as.
Please note that Publisher, (Stupid Fish Productions) has final right of refusal on all submissions. No simultaneous submissions. Please do not submit a story that is being considered elsewhere.
Authors will be notified of acceptance upon final approval of the manuscript from the publisher.
Here’s a summary of recently posted calls for submission. Click the links to get the details from the ERWA website.
MEN AT WORK
LOVE SLAVE: SIZZLE (Food Themed)
HUSH EROTICA – Short stories
EXCITE SPICE BDSM
EXCITE SPICE BILLIONAIRE
EXCITE SPICE MENAGE/THREESOME
EXCITE SPICE ROCK STAR
EXCITE SPICE SCI-FI ALIENS/ROBOTS
EXCITE SPICE SHIFTERS
EXCITE SPICE SUSPENSE/THRILLER/MYSTERY
EXCITE SPICE TRANSGENDER/BENDING
EXCITE SPICE VAMPIRE
Call for Submissions
Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
To be published by Cleis Press in 2017
I want your best, hottest, most creative and diverse 1,500-3,500 word erotica stories, written by and starring a wide range of women, from single to coupled, living in big cities and small towns anywhere in the world, of varying sexualities, races, ages (all characters must be 18+) fetishes, jobs, interests and life experiences. As per the series’ history, only submissions by women authors will be considered. Stories in the final book will range from humorous and playful to intense and soulful, and will reflect a similar sexual, racial and age diversity as the stories in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1. Story submissions must be unpublished (never published, in whole or in part, anywhere, online or offline). No scat or incest, although age play will be considered as long as it’s clear in the context of the story that the characters are engaging in roleplay. No poetry.
I don’t want to limit your creativity, because I want these stories to be as dazzling, varied, surprising and sexy as possible. I want your very best work, the kind that will make readers want to savor your story over and over again. Some things I’m looking to include in this volume: stories by authors who’ve never been published in the Best Women’s Erotica series or are new to writing erotica, stories by authors based outside the United States (and stories set outside the United States), stories by and about women of color, stories from the point of view of transgender women, stories featuring women in their forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties or nineties, romantic erotica (they don’t necessarily need to have a traditional “happily ever after,” but happy endings are extremely welcome too), stories involving more than two people, stories in unusual settings, erotica touching on current events (though the story should be one readers ten or twenty years from now will also appreciate), stories that touch on real-life issues affecting women, BDSM stories (especially ones with creative motivations and femdom stories, though I also want stories about outstanding submissive women), and creative fetishes. These are meant as springboards for your storytelling, but are by no means prescriptive. All stories that meet the guidelines will be considered.
In a nutshell: I want stories that blow my mind, that grab my attention and don’t let go, that say something new and exciting about sex and sexuality, that will appeal to longtime erotica readers and new readers. I gravitate toward unique, creative, memorable characters, settings and scenarios. I will consider sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and historical stories, although they will likely not comprise the majority of the book.
For an idea of the types of stories I like, see Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1, or my women’s erotica anthologies Fast Girls, Orgasmic and Women in Lust.
In the interest of publishing a range of authors, those whose work appears in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 will not be considered for this volume, but contributors to previous Best Women’s Erotica collections are welcome to submit work.
Rights (see below): non-exclusive right to publish your story in this anthology in print, ebook, and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories.
Guidelines: Submit only 1,500-3,500 original, unpublished stories that are not being considered elsewhere. Maximum two submissions per author. I want only original work that has never been published online or in print. All characters must be 18 or over. US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by attaching a Word .doc or .docx file, double spaced, Times New Roman Black font with legal name, pseudonym (if applicable), mailing address AND 50 word-or-under third person bio on the first page of your story above the title or in the body of an email.
All stories must have a title and byline included with the submission (no untitled stories). Indent half an inch at the start of each paragraph. Use only double spacing for the entire file; do not add extra lines between paragraphs or use any other irregular spacing. If you cannot use Word, submit as both an RTF and include the full submission in the body of an email, including title, story text, bio, name and pseudonym (if applicable), and mailing address. DO NOT submit alternate versions of the same story multiple times. MAKE SURE TO THOROUGHLY PROOFREAD YOUR STORY BEFORE SUBMITTING IT. Only stories that are between 1,500-3,5000 words and submitted by April 1, 2016 will be considered.
I will confirm that I have received your submission within 72 hours. I will respond to all submissions by September 30, 2016. If you have not heard back from me by October 1, 2016, feel free to follow up at that time.
Payment: $100 and 2 copies of the book within 90 days of publication
Deadline: April 1, 2016
Questions: Email email@example.com
Contract terms (authors will not be allowed to make any amendments to the contract terms, so please only submit if you are prepared to sign the contributor contract):
Author hereby grants Editor, during the first term of the United States copyright, and any renewals thereof, in the “Work”:
a. The non-exclusive right to “publish” (i.e. print, publish, and sell) the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in English in the United States and its territories; and
b. The non-exclusive right to “publish” and license the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in English in other countries; and
c. The non-exclusive right to publish and license the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in English and the right to license, translate and publish the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in languages other than English in all countries; and
d. The following non-exclusive subsidiary rights to license and publish the Work as part of the Book in the United States and all foreign countries, to wit: anthologies, magazines, book club editions and reprints; Braille editions; audio, computer disk, all electronic/cyber rights, CD-ROM and microfiche editions; and television productions (including network TV, cable, and pay TV); and
e. The non-exclusive right to excerpt from the Work in non-book printed materials issued by the Publisher and/or its licensee for the sole purpose of promoting the Work, including, but not limited to, bookmarks, post cards, buttons, and t-shirts; and
f. The non-exclusive subsidiary right, for promotional purposes, to serialize the Work in periodicals, newspapers, and magazines.