We are always seeking quality erotica, up to 8,000 words. We buy first web publishing rights and an option for one-time print anthology rights (with additional compensation of 2 cents per word if selected for the print anthology). We want hot fiction that goes beyond a mere sex scene — ;give us a good story, let us pant with your protagonist. Good writing is important, as is originality. Tender or melancholy stories are fine, but we're also not afraid of stories that push boundaries, that blur the lines of gender, propriety or even consent (though excessively gross or gory pieces are not to our taste). Challenge our assumptions, but make our toes curl while you do it.
Reprints and poetry are OK, but will be a very hard sell. We generally prefer stories between 1500 and 4000 words, so stories shorter or longer than that will have to rock our world. No non-fiction at this time, please. We will consider other genres (such as speculative fiction, mysteries, sword-and-sorcery, even westerns) as long as it's also erotica. What your story must be, above all, is sexy. And good.
Fiction should be pasted into the body of your email and sent to editor H. L. Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please include Fiction Sub: (STORY TITLE) in the subject line, replacing (STORY TITLE) with the title of your story.
Please send all submissions as plain text emails. Do not send any kind of attachments; those will be rejected unread. Please also make sure that your submission does not contain "curly quotes" or other special characters.
Please also send a short cover letter that mentions the word count of the story enclosed and a couple of any relevant fiction sales (we also welcome first-time authors). We encourage you to send the cover letter as a separate email in case our spam filter catches the story by mistake; if we get just the cover letter, we know something happened and can contact you to fix it.
Please submit one piece per email at a time; no multiple or simultaneous submissions, please.
Your chances of acceptance are greatly increased if your cover letter and submission conform to the standards of good English. Please form proper paragraphs, use proper punctuation and capitalization, and above all, proofread your work. We can tell the difference between errors deliberately inserted for artistic effect and sloppy writing.
We will need your real name, address, and a US social security number (if you have one) before we can pay you. We are happy to run pieces under pseudonyms, if you would prefer. We pay 4 cents per word, on acceptance. Let us know if you have any questions.