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Call for Submissions: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 | Due Nov. 1

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Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of the Cleis Press anthology series Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, wants submissions for Volume 4. The call is open to women and nonbinary writers only. She would like to see more submissions by and about transgender women, women of color, women 40 and up, and women outside of the United States. Individuals with stories in Volumes 1, 2, or 3 should not submit.

Stories should be 2,00–4,000 words and never published (not even posted to your blog). No simultaneous submissions. Payment is $200 for first print and electronic rights, plus 2 copies of the book within 90 days of publication.

Additional details from the original call:

I want your best, boldest, hottest, most creative and diverse 2,000-4,000 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 sexual orientations, races, ages (all characters must be 18+ for the entirety of the story), fetishes, jobs, interests and life experiences. First, second and third person narratives are all welcome.

The two main themes of this anthology will be Outsiders and Risk, as detailed below. Stories lacking one of those themes will be considered, but will comprise only a small portion of the final anthology. …

​I don’t want clichéd plotlines or generic characters; stories should be utterly unique, captivating and arousing. Stories can reflect current events, but shouldn’t be so specific that they will be out of date. Stories should be timeless enough to appeal to readers now as well as in ten, twenty or thirty years. Keep in mind that stories will not overlap in plotlines, so the more individual and memorable yours is, the more likely it is to be accepted.


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 of the genre. Make every word count and advance the story you want to tell.

Read complete details and a sample contract at bweoftheyear | Call for Submissions


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