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Couples Erotica Anthology

Please note that any changes to this anthology call for submissions made prior to the deadline will be updated on Rachel Kramer Bussel’s website.

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
To be published by Cleis Press in January or February 2023
Deadline: May 1, 2022 (earlier submissions welcome and will stand the best chance of acceptance)
Payment: $100 within 90 days of publication and 1 copy of the book

Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for original, unpublished 2,000-4,000 word prose erotica short stories of all sexual orientations on the theme of couples. This call for submissions is open to all writers anywhere in the world, with priority given to writers new to the erotica genre and those whose work has not previously been published in any of Bussel’s anthologies.

Tell me stories about couples fulfilling long-held sexual fantasies and about tender domestic moments, about discovering new aspects of their partner, about threesomes, sex toys, fetishes, dirty talk, trying new positions, rekindling old flames, flirting and more. Tell me about newer couples still in the first flush of new relationship energy and how this enlivens each of them and their relationship, regarding their sexuality and otherwise The more unique your plotline, storytelling and characters, the better your chances of acceptance will be. I’m open to stories about any type of couple or coupling, especially those told in an attention-grabbing way with plotlines stand out and will be memorable for readers. Contemporary as well as historical and science fiction/futuristic/paranormal stories will be considered.

For this anthology I’m NOT interested in stories about couples who pretend to be strangers as part of their role-playing; stories with this plotline will be rejected.

Stories must have both a narrative arc as well as eroticism. Stories accepted for the book will include as varied a selection as possible, with couples who’ve been together for days or weeks (though these very short term couples will comprise only a handful of the book’s contents) to those who’ve been together for many decades and everything in between. The most important advice I can give you is to submit a totally dazzling, unique story unlike anything else in my inbox. This book will include a vast range of settings, pairings and approaches to relationships, as well as characters who are diverse in terms of sexuality, gender, race, age (characters must be 18 or over throughout the entirety of the story), personality type, religion, fetishes, fantasies, being monogamous and non-monogamous, life and sexual experiences and in other ways to provide the reader the most interesting and wide-ranging read.

Make sure what you submit is much more than a sex scene; it should be a complete short story with a beginning, middle and end and a plot. Readers should get a sense of who your characters are, what motivates them, what turns them on and why, and still fulfill erotica’s mission of being writing intended to arouse.

Stories can be in any tense, and in first person, second person or third person; the anthology will include a range of tenses and points of view. The story can be from the point of view of one person in a couple or can alternate viewpoints. Consent must be clear throughout the entirety of the story for all characters mentioned; if it might read as any way unclear to any reader, then include language that makes it clear that all actions, sexual and otherwise, are fully consensual. Stories where consent is unclear or could be misconstrued by the reader will not be accepted.

The best way to see the types of stories the editor prefers is to read or listen to at least one of Bussel’s prior erotica anthologies.

Stories including scat, incest, bestiality or any nonconsensual or questionably consensual elements will not be considered; age play will be considered as long as it’s clear in the context of the story that the characters are engaging in roleplay are all age 18 or over. No poetry will be considered. All characters must be 18 or over for the entirety of the story, although characters who are parents of children under 18 can mention that fact in a completely non-sexual context.

Authors whose stories are accepted for publication will receive $100 within 90 days of the book’s publication and one copy of the print edition of the book. You must follow the guidelines in full in order for your story to be considered. Authors may submit up to two stories for this anthology, either in separate emails or in one email with two separate Word documents (see the how to submit section below).

The contract terms listed below are non-negotiable and include a one-year exclusivity clause from the January or February 2023 publication date. If you would not be willing to sign these contract terms should your story be selected, do not submit to this anthology. Submissions outside the word count or received after the May 1, 2022 deadline will be rejected.

Authors may have to wait for an acceptance or rejection until December 31, 2022. If you cannot wait to hear back about your story until then, do not submit to this anthology. If you have not heard back by January 1, 2023, feel free to inquire about the status.

I will only accept ONE submission of each story; DO NOT send multiple versions of your story unless requested or expect to submit a rewritten version during the editing process. Submit ONLY your best, most polished, fully proofread work that you would want to be published with exactly the story title, author name and bio you want published. DO NOT CONSIDER THIS A FIRST DRAFT YOU WILL REVISE LATER IF YOUR STORY IS ACCEPTED. SUBMIT ONLY WRITING YOU HAVE THROUGHLY VETTED AND WOULD WANT TO SEE IN THE BOOK AS YOU’VE SUBMITTED IT.


Make sure you use an email address that you check at least once a week. Submit only 2,000-4,000 original, unpublished stories that are not being considered elsewhere and would be exclusive to this anthology. Word count applies only to the text of your story, excluding story title, author name and author bio. Maximum two submissions per author. Stories CANNOT be under consideration elsewhere at any point prior to the book’s publication date in January or February 2023. I’m ONLY considering original work that has NEVER been published, in whole or in part, online, in print or in any format, including personal or other types of blogs. U.S. grammar (spelling, double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required.

Submit to with “Submission: Story Title LastName” in the subject line (substitute your story’s title for “Story Title” and the last name you want published for “LastName”) by attaching a Word .doc or .docx or an .rtf file titled “Sexy Strangers Story Title LastName,” using Times New Roman 12-point Black font; substitute the last name you want published for “LastName.” If Dorothy Smith is submitting a story titled “The Bed” and writing as Jane Doe, the Word file would be titled Sexy Strangers The Bed Doe and subject line would be Submission: The Bed Doe. Each story needs to have its own Word document or rtf file; you can submit two story files in one email, or send them separately. If submitting two stories in one email, use this format for your subject line: Submissions StoryTitle1 and StoryTitle2 LastName. An example per above of two submissions in one email would be: Submissions The Bed and The Chair Doe.

At the top of the first page, include your legal name, pseudonym (if applicable), mailing address, email address, phone number (only to be used for urgent communication about your story) AND a 50 word-or-under third person professional biography to be published in the book. If you include a URL in your bio, it must be included in the first sentence of your bio in this format, without hyperlinking or other special formatting:

Rachel Kramer Bussel ( writes fiction and non-fiction.

All stories must have a title and byline (author name) included with the submission (no untitled or unbylined stories) at the top of the first page. Indent half an inch at the start of each paragraph. Use 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 your story 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), mailing address and phone number. DO NOT SUBMIT MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF THE SAME STORY UNLESS REQUESTED BY THE EDITOR. ONLY THE FIRST SUBMISSION WILL BE CONSIDERED. Submit your story with the title, author name, bio and text you’d want published.

I will confirm that I have received your story within one week of submission. After that, if you have not heard back from me with an acceptance or rejection or update by December 31, 2022, feel free to follow up at that time. Please note the time frame and if you need a response sooner than December 31, 2022, do not submit a story to this anthology.


Rights: For this anthology, the editor is buying exclusive rights in all formats for one year from the book’s publication date in January or February 2023 (exact publication date TBD). After that year, the rights revert back to you. The non-negotiable contract terms all authors in the book will sign are below. If these terms aren’t ones you’d be comfortable signing, do not submit to this anthology.

Payment: $100 and 1 print copy of the book within 90 days of publication. Payment will be made only via Venmo or PayPal (strongly preferred) or U.S check (only for U.S. addresses).

Deadline: May 1, 2022, 11:59 pm EST


For questions that aren’t answered in the guidelines, email with “Question” in the subject line. note that NO word count changes will be granted; stories with text under 2,000 words or over 4,000 words will be automatically rejected.

If your story is accepted for publication in this couples erotica anthology, you will need to sign the contract Rachel Kramer Bussel will send you with terms listed below in order for your story to be published.


Agreement dated , ____ between LEGAL NAME (”Contributor”), writing as PEN NAME, whose address is _____________________________________________________________________________ and RKB Editorial, Inc. (“Editor”), whose address is ____________________ for publication of “STORY TITLE” (the “Work”) in __________ (the “Book”), an anthology to be published by Cleis Press./Viva Editions (the “Publisher”). The parties agree as follows:


(a) Contributor hereby grants and licenses to the Editor, during the full term of copyright in the Work, and any renewals thereof, the following rights in and to the Work, exclusively until one (1) year from the date of publication of the Book and non-exclusively thereafter: the right to reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, license, sublicense, sell and otherwise exploit the Work as part of the Book in all forms and media now known or hereafter developed in all languages throughout the world, including without limitation the right to license and sublicense the Work as part of the Book in anthologies, magazines, book club editions and reprints; Braille editions; audio, computer disk, all electronic/cyber rights, CD-ROM and microfiche editions; first and second serial rights; dramatic productions of any kind (including without limitation film, television, video and audio productions); commercial and merchandising versions of the Book; and, the right to use all or parts of the Work for advertising, publicity or promotional purposes.

(b) The Contributor grants to the Editor and the Publisher the right to use Contributor’s name and likeness and/or biographical data in advertising, publicity and promotion for the Book.


(a) Contributor agrees to make editorial revisions to the Work as reasonably required by the Editor and/or Publisher. The title of the Work may be changed only by mutual consent of the Contributor, Editor and Publisher. The final content of the Work must be acceptable to the Editor and the Publisher.

(b) The completed manuscript shall be deemed satisfactory in content to the Editor and Publisher unless within five (5) business days of its receipt by the Editor, Publisher or Editor gives Contributor written notice of the respects in which the manuscript is unsatisfactory. Contributor shall have five (5) business days from receipt of that notice to make and submit such changes.

(c) Editor has no obligation to include the Work in the Book for any reason. In such event, this Agreement shall terminate, all rights shall revert to Contributor, and Editor shall not owe Contributor any payment.

3. COMPENSATION: Provided the Editor accepts the Work for inclusion in the Book, the Editor shall pay to Contributor a fee of $100.00 within 90 days of the publication date.


(a) Contributor represents and warrants that Contributor is the sole author of the Work and sole and exclusive owner of the rights conveyed in this Agreement; that Contributor has not previously assigned, pledged or otherwise encumbered those rights; that the Work is original; that the Work has never before been published or licensed for publication in whole or in part in any form except as otherwise expressly disclosed to Editor in writing; that the Work does not infringe upon any copyright, contains no matter that is libelous or defamatory, or that violates any right of privacy or other personal or property right whatsoever, or is harmful to the user or any third party so as to subject the Editor to liability, or is otherwise contrary to law; that the Work is not in the public domain in any country; that all permissions for any third party materials contained in the Work shall have been cleared and all permissions fees have been paid before publication of the Work; and that Contributor has full power to enter into this Agreement and to make the grants contained herein.

(b) Contributor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Editor and the Publisher and their respective officers, directors, employees, licensees, successors, agents and assigns, against any and all claims, demands, costs, expenses, and judgments, including reasonable attorney fees arising out of any proceeding alleging a violation of Contributor’s warranties and representations hereunder.


Editor will give to Contributor one (1) free copy of the Book.


This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties, and supersedes all previous discussions, representations, and understandings related to the subject matter of this Agreement. Nothing in this Agreement shall constitute a partnership or joint venture between the parties. If either party believes the other has breached the Agreement it shall notify the other that such breach must be cured within thirty (30) days of such notification, or action may be taken by the non-breaching party. In the event of any breach of this Agreement by Editor, Contributor agrees that Contributor’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be an action at law for damages, and in no event shall Contributor be entitled to interfere with, enjoin, or otherwise restrain Editor’s or Publisher’s rights to use, license, distribute, publish and sell the Book or the Work as contemplated herein. No modifications of this Agreement shall be binding on either party unless set forth in writing and signed by both parties. No waiver of any portion of this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing. The failure of either party at any time to require performance by the other of any provision shall in no way affect the right to enforce that or any other provision of this Agreement. No waiver of any breach of this Agreement shall constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision of this Agreement. This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws, and in the state and federal courts of the State of New York. Each party consents to the exclusive personal jurisdiction, and waives any objections to the venue, of such courts. The provisions of this Agreement are severable and if any of its provisions are held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain binding and enforceable. Contributor may not assign this Agreement without Editor’s prior written consent. This Agreement shall apply and inure to the benefit of each party’s successors, affiliates, heirs, and permitted assigns. .

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have signed this Agreement as of the date and year first above written.

RKB Enterprises, Inc.


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