Monday, May 2nd, 2011 • 2 Comments
Here it is! Please note the deadline!
Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance
Editor: Kristina Wright
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication Date: Spring 2012
Submission Deadline: June 20 (earlier submissions preferred)
Payment: $100 per story, upon publication
E-mail: [email protected]
In this all new collection of erotic romance fairy tales, I am seeking women-centered retellings of classic fairy tales. This collection will be primarily heterosexual. Stories should be written for a female audience and with a female point of view. Contemporary settings are preferred, but historical or fantasy settings will be considered. Regardless of setting, stories should contain the tropes of the traditional fairy tales, including magical and paranormal elements. I want darkly sensual, intensely romantic, emotionally powerful stories that still fall within the realm of erotic romance. I prefer the tone of the original Grimm’s fairy tales rather than their lighthearted adaptations.
According to Romance Writers of America, a romance must include two key elements: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending. So be sure to give me a story that is erotic and romantic—no tragic endings. The other usual taboos apply: no incest, bestiality, rape or underage characters.
For an idea of what I’m seeking, please take a look at Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women and Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance. (However, unlike Fairy Tale Lust, this collection will not include original fairy tales.) Authors should be familiar with erotic romance genre and understand the expectations of reader.
Submission guidelines: Unpublished stories only, no reprints and no simultaneous submissions. 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. Paste your story into the body of your e-mail and attach it as a Microsoft Word .doc file. Please note: due to the short turnaround time on this anthology, failure to follow the guidelines will likely keep your submission from being considered. Please direct all questions to [email protected].
Payment will be $100 per story and 2 copies of the book upon publication. Contributors retain the rights to their stories. Cleis Press has final approval over the manuscript.
About the editor: Kristina Wright (http://www.kristinawright.com) is an author, editor and college instructor. She has edited the Cleis Press anthologies Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women and Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance and her forthcoming anthologies include Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance and Best Erotic Romance 2012. Her first anthology, Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women was nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Award by RT Book Reviews and was a Featured Alternate of the Doubleday Book Club. Kristina’s erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over eighty-five print anthologies and she received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from Romance Writers of America for her first novel Dangerous Curves, which was published by Silhouette Intimate Moments. Her work has also been featured in magazines and her articles, interviews and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, both print and online. She is a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the special interest chapters of RWA, Passionate Ink and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal. She is a book reviewer for the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (erotica-readers.com) and the book club moderator for SexIs Magazine’s Naked Reader Book Club (nakedreaderbookclub.com). She holds degrees in English and Humanities and teaches English Composition and World Mythology at the community college level. Originally from South Florida, Kristina has lived up and down the East Coast with her husband, Jay, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. They welcomed the addition of their son Patrick in December 2009 and are expecting their second son in August 2011.