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Three of Hearts: Erotic Romance for Women
Editor: Kristina Wright
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication Date: Fall 2014
Submission Deadline: June 1
Payment: $50 per story and 2 copies of the book, on publication
E-mail: [email protected]
Three’s company? No, three’s a charm! For my newest anthology I’m looking for stories about threesomes! Three of Hearts: Erotic Romance for Women will feature sexy trios who are not just falling into bed, they’re falling (or have already fallen) in love. I want stories that explore the threesome dynamic emotionally as well as sexually. Whether it’s a couple introducing a third person to their relationship for just one night of fun or for a lifetime commitment, or a woman torn between two lovers who decides not to choose, the focus should be on female pleasure. Any combination of lovers is acceptable, but stories should be erotic and romantic, with a female audience in mind. Not all partners in a threesome must be in love for your story to qualify as erotic romance, but I do want to see emotional development and connection between at least two of the partners.
According to Romance Writers of America, a romance must include two key elements: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending. In erotic romance, the sexual component is critical to the development of the romantic relationship. To get an idea of what I’m looking for, read my previous anthologies such as Best Erotic Romance and Best Erotic Romance 2013. The collection will be primarily heterosexual with a female audience in mind. I have a preference for realistic stories with contemporary settings, but any time period will be considered. The usual taboos apply: no incest, nonconsensual sex, bestiality or underage characters, please. (Special Note: writing threesome sex can be tricky so watch those pronouns! I shouldn’t have to draw a diagram to figure out which body parts belong to whom.)
Please be sure to follow all of the submission guidelines: I will consider up to two stories per author. Unpublished stories only, no simultaneous submissions. Please do not send me a story that is being considered elsewhere. The desired story length is 2,000-4,500 words. Double-space and indent the first line of each paragraph. Do not put extra spaces between paragraphs. Include your full contact information (legal name/pseudonym, mailing address and phone number) and a bio of 50 words or less written in the third person. Please paste your story into the body of your e-mail and attach it as a Microsoft Word .doc file. Send your submission to [email protected] with Submission: Story Title in the subject line. Please direct any questions to the same address. The deadline is June 1, but earlier submissions are very much appreciated.
Payment will be $50 per story and 2 copies of the book upon publication. Contributors retain the rights to their work and Cleis Press has final approval over the stories selected for the book. Authors will be notified upon approval of the manuscript from the publisher. If you have not received a response by January 1, please feel free to query me.
About the editor:
Described by The Romance Reader as “a budding force to be reckoned with,” Kristina Wright (kristinawright.com) is an author, editor and teacher. She has edited the Cleis Press anthologies Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women; Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance; Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance, Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance, Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance and the Best Erotic Romance series. She is also the author of Seduce Me Tonight from HarperCollins Mischief. Her forthcoming books for Cleis Press include XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Erotic Romance and Bedded Bliss: A Guide to Lust Ever After. Kristina’s short fiction has appeared in over one hundred print anthologies and she received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from Romance Writers of America for her first novel Dangerous Curves. Her work has also been featured in numerous magazines and e-zines and her articles, interviews and book reviews have appeared in dozens of publications, both in print and online. She is a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the RWA special interest chapters, Passionate Ink and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal. She is a book reviewer for the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (erotica-readers.com and is a regular blogger at Oh Get a Grip! (ohgetagrip.blogspot.com). She lives in Virginia with her husband and two young sons.