Looking for some inspiration? The coming months offer a wealth of anthologies and publishing houses seeking submissions on a variety of themes. Writers can not only gain publication credits, but also benefit from working with stellar writer-editors such as Francesca Lia Block, who is accepting submissions for an anthology titled Love Magick, and Lucy Felthouse, who is rocking a mythology anthology.
Get those creative minds thinking, and those fingers typing!
Mythology Anthology: Erotic writer/editor Lucy Felthouse has put out a call for submissions for a new anthology sheâ€™s compiling. Hereâ€™s are some details: â€œIâ€™m looking for stories involving mythology. I want myths and legends from all over the world, and from different periods of time. You can set the stories in the past or the present. Thatâ€™s pretty much it! Just send me erotic stories from the depths of your imagination.â€ Felthouse is looking for 25 stories, and the deadline is April 30. For more information, visit: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk
LOVE MAGICK:Liz Dubelman (www.vidlit.com) and author Francesca Lia Block are looking for fiction and poetry submissions that deal with the magical aspects of love and the love-aspects of magic. Magical-realism, surrealism, dream-realism, fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary fairy tale, fairy tale and even erotica, sci-fi and horror. â€œWe are looking for powerful, romantic, sexy, magical, strange, original perhaps somewhat unsettling pieces that come from the heart and stir the imagination.â€ Stories are due by May 14, with a publication date of Valentineâ€™s Day 2012. Submissions can be sent to francescaliablock @ sbcglobal. net (spaces removed).
Anger & Revenge:Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about anger and revenge, true tales of frustration and retribution, long-buried memories of outrage and reprisal–or the absence of either. We’re looking for stories that explore the lost art of the thoughtful diatribe, illustrate the beauty of the lyrical barb, invent elaborate secret plots, and generally don’t play well with others.
Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Since itâ€™s a contest, thereâ€™s a $20 reading fee, and submissions must be postmarked by March 16. For more information, visit http://www.creativenonfiction.org
SHAPELESS LOVE:Ravenous Romance is hungry for erotic romance stories abound of werefolkâ€¦ wolves and tigers that are also human, and very, very hungry between the sheets. In SHAPELESS LOVE, weâ€™re seeking new stories of the other shifters: the dragons, the snakes, the birds and the bears, as they deal with their human â€“ and not-so-human â€“ appetites for love and sex.
The publisher would like to see stories between 2,000 to 5,000 words. Ravenous Romance pays $10 up front and a pro-rata share of the royalties. The editor asks for writers to let him know ASAP if youâ€™re interested in submitting. Send your story with the subject line â€œShapeless Love – Submissionâ€ to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepting submissions until March 30, 2011. For more information on RR calls, watch http://ravenousromance.blogspot.com/
Fatherâ€™s Day Theme: Fathers need love too! At least Silver Publishing thinks so. Do you have a story where your one main character (M/F or M/M) has a child. What a better way to celebrate Fatherâ€™s Day but with the present of a new love for a Dad that needs it?
Silver Publishing is looking for quality sensual or erotic romance stories of Dad finding a new love, complete with all the accompanying complications of being Dad. When submitting, please clearly state that youâ€™re submitting for the Father’s Day Submission Call. Word length of 15,001+. Deadline is May 7, 2011. For more information, visit http://silverpublishing.info.
— Compiled by Louisa Bacio
Every month the Orange Blossom features the latest Calls for Submissions. Starting this month, we’ll also post the calls to “A Slice of Orange.” If you hear of a hot call, please pass it along.
Decadent Publishing is accepting submissions in Sci-Fi Rom, Erotica, m/m and multi, Historical Rom, and Steampunk or Cyberpunk. Publishers also â€œadoreâ€ a wonderful Contemporary romp and Paranormal is fabulous. Cross-genre is welcomed.
Decadent Publishing also is building a YA catalog with some 5-star reviewed books. They would like to see some shorts (5k+) to novella-length subs. I would never turn down a fantastic full-length, however.
Our focus at Decadent Publishing is quality storytelling. â€œWe employ some really WONDERFUL editors, and they really care about developing a story and an author to give everyone the best.â€
Master of Mine: Sometimes men and women need to be taught a lesson, and what better way to make a body burn with desire, than sexual submission? Evernight Publishing wants your hot, sophisticated BDSM Romance. Stories must be 5 â€“ 10K, in any sub-genre (historical, contemporary, paranormal, etc.). Think kink, pain for pleasure, increased sexual tension and limitations. We want a HFN or HEA for one woman with one or more men. Use frank language typical of the genre, and make sure your manuscript is polished and engaging.
Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2011 to be published on or around May 15, 2011.
As Red Sageâ€™s first authors created erotic romance, this is where our heart is, so we want romance stories, which are erotic. Therefore a majority of what we publish will be romance and erotica. We also feel readers want variety. Sometimes you like erotic and sometimes you just want a great mystery or science fiction story or even something else. Surprise us and come up with something completely different!
Genre and sub-genre is unimportant, as long as the writing quality is strong and both the romantic and sensual elements are appropriate for what we publish.
Liquid Silver Books is currently accepting all erotic romance genres. Romance is the key to our stories. Stories must have well developed characters, with depth and explosive chemistry that entice the reader to like and/or identify with them. Mix in an imaginative and fully realized plot, vivid settings, and clear dialog and youâ€™ve got the ingredients for a story weâ€™d be interested in publishing.
We do not accept literary Erotica submissions. Manuscripts with obvious grammar, formatting and editing issues will not be considered. Make sure your work is critiqued and polished prior to submitting.