Heads up, writers!
If you’ve already submitted to this anthology, I will reply to you by September 2013 at the latest. Thank you!
Short Short BDSM Submission Erotica Anthology (title TBA)
Editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: June 20, 2013 (earlier submissions strongly preferred and encouraged)
Please make sure to read and follow these guidelines in order for your work to be considered. Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for short short stories of 1,200 words or less focused on the theme of BDSM from a submissive perspective. While the word count is short, I want complex stories with a beginning, middle and end, not simply scene snippets. Preference will be given to stories that stand out in theme, tone, plot, language, characters, motivation and erotic action. I will consider stories from a dominant’s perspective if that is the best way to tell the story. The final book of 69 stories will contain an extremely wide variety of characters, POVs (I welcome first, second and third person stories), settings, scenarios, motivations, experience levels, motivations, BDSM practices (which can be combined with other sexual acts), fetishes, couplings, relationships, etc. All genders and sexual orientations welcome. All characters must be over 18; no nonconsensual activity, scat, incest or bestiality. No poetry. Original, unpublished stories only. Stories from authors I have not published before are especially welcome. See my books Please, Sir; Yes, Sir; Please, Ma’am and Yes, Ma’am to get a feel for the types of submissive stories I enjoy. See Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for examples of 1,200 word or less erotic stories.
How to submit: Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document (.doc or .docx) with pages numbered OR RTF of 1,200 words MAXIMUM to shortsubmissionantho at gmail.com. DO NOT submit multiple versions of your story; submit ONLY your final, complete, edited version of the story. Note that this is a hard maximum. Stories that are not in keeping with the theme of the anthology or are over 1,200 words will not be considered. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. I will consider a maximum of TWO stories per author. Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. You will receive a confirmation within 72 hours. I will get back to you by September 2013.
Payment: $20 and 1 copy of the book on publication in 2014
Deadline: June 20, 2013 (earlier submissions strongly encouraged and preferred)
I love that it’s 9:34 a.m. and I’m digging in to my anthology reading (July 1 deadlines, I need lots more stories!) and poetry judging with a fresh pot of coffee. I think I did such a good job of convincing myself that “home” meant “place to sleep and throw my belongings on the floor” that I didn’t realize how good it feels to have a table and coffeepot and working SodaStream and TV. The more I’m here, the more I realize what I kept from myself all those pathetic Brooklyn years. Not everything about them was pathetic, certainly, and what i lacked in a home I fulfilled in other ways. I had a glorious city to keep me busy. Now I keep myself busy. It’s different, and this way feels more adult, and isn’t burdened with the twins guilt and fear that accompanied me 24/7 as an active hoarder.
This home keeps me grounded, and means when I travel I’m not doing so to escape something I hate (not just myself) but because I truly want to. Have to wait for my master, aka, my royalty check, to see if I can afford any of the trips I want to take, but I am hoping it works out. After taking my travel writing class I realized that what I need is to travel for fun, simply to explore. I drag the rest of my life into my writing way too much already.