Sunday, March 3, 2013

This Month in Calls for Submissions

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cuuuups of coffee...

Pulling out my hair. In Technicolor.
As a short story writer, anthologies have always been my bread and butter, but lately my drive to write novel-length works is really taking over.  That was a good thing when calls for submissions dropped off in late 2012.

Now the calls are back and better than ever, but I'm having trouble shelving my current projects (even for a day or two) to work on shorts. Oy!  Isn't that always the way?

Anyhoo, here are some calls for submissions with upcoming deadlines:

Two rush anthologies from Ravenous Romance: Sex Toys and BDSM Vampire Erotica. I got an email from the editor saying she needs stories ASAP. Hop to it.  Or vibe to it.  Bite to it.  Whatever.  Just... quick: 

Delilah Devlin's Cowboy Heat deadline has been pushed back to March 22, 2013 (was March 1st).  I suck at cowboys but maybe you don't.  Deets here:

The Darker Edge of Desires has also been pushed back, from March 15 to a deadline of April 1st, 2013. (Maybe I'm not the only author who's fallen behind on her antho subs)  This is a Gothic erotica anthology from Cleis, like Red Velvet and Absinthe but darker. The editor is Mitzi Szereto:

While we're on the subject, Love, Lust, and Zombies has been pushed waaaay back.  You'll recall in that I told you about it in February. It's now got a deadline of May 1, 2014. TWOTHOUSANDFOURTEEN! 

Short Short BDSM Submission Erotica Anthology (working title) is being edited by Rachel K.B. and she wants your subs nooooowwwwww... well, by April 1, 2013, but sooner is better.  1, 200 words and under. Follow submission guidelines ( I mean formatting, etc): 

Mister, May I? isn't an anthology, but rather an LGBT ebook series from Torquere Press about playing games. Due April 1st:

Then there's Queering the Bard--Shakespeare, but poofier. I'm queer, so I'm allowed to say that.

UPDATE: Found another one after publishing this post.  Men on the Make: True Gay Erotic Stories. Shane Allison is looking for true stories of gay erotic experiences, with a deadline of April 1, 2013. Et voilĂ :   

Oh yeah, and it's Best Of season--the most wonderful time of the year. How could I forget?

Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 12 has a deadline of March 31, 2013.  Editor is Maxim Jakubowski, as usual. Your story must have been published in 2012 or late 2011 to qualify.  He's not big on short and smutty, so send work with character:

Best Bondage Erotica 2014, also Rachel Kramer Bussel editing, also due by April 1, 2013. Follow submission guidelines but I think she can be bribed with cupcakes (KIDDING!):

Best Erotic Romance 2014: edited by insomniac Kristina Wright, due April 1, 2013.  She's got other calls here, too:

So... yeah.  Get busy.

Also, here's some guy spoofing a spoof of Seasons of Love because he wants a job on The Office.  And singing about minimum wage.  Which I earn waaaaaay less than, as an author.

Stressedfully Yours,


  1. There's also this one, for those who write really short (500 words or less). Edited by Lana Fox, due May 30, 2013.
    Dirty Little Numbers:

  2. I can't even think that far into the future. All these April 1st calls are going to give me a heart attack. Why is writing so stressful? Gah!

  3. I was going to ignore most of these, but then I lost my job and now I'm like "$50 is groceries. Get writing, woman!" Desperately trying to come up with more bondage ideas, which I always seem to have for anthos that aren't supposed to be kink-themed.

  4. It really is crazy how much work we'll do for fifty bucks, isn't it? All the writing, revising, promotion... one short story represents days of work, for me. I'm not kidding when I talk about authors earning way less than minimum wage. I don't know how I pay the rent. The fairies must be looking out for me, because I should be bankrupt by now.