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Cleis Press issues call for submissions for 'Best Women's Erotica 2015'

Violet Blue, editor of the Best Women's Erotica series from Cleis Press, has issued a call for submissions for the 2015 edition
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Ready to take the next step with those erotic fantasies you've been writing down? Both new and established writers are being encouraged to submit stories for the 2015 edition of the long-running Best Women's Erotica series from Cleis Press.

"I’m looking for the best erotic short stories written by women for the 2015 edition of the leading series for explicit women’s literature," writes Violet Blue, editor of the series since 2006. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2014. "This is also an open call for recommendations of hot stories in books published during 2014. Tell me about a super arousing short you’ve read (or written and have permission to allow a reprint) in a collection within the past year! I will consider it for the book, which is an unusual break from tradition; I really want the best of the best for this one."

The anthology will be published in December 2014.

Here's more, via Cleis Press:

In this edition we are looking for fictional stories that seek to push the boundaries of female sexuality, present realistic fantasies and situations, and break taboos. The sex acts depicted must be explicit and must be realistic in detail.

A strong focus on character, predicament, and compelling situations is desired – smart, literate erotic fiction. The desired orientation within the main sexual element of the stories is primarily heterosexual, yet bisexuality and lesbian encounters are welcome and encouraged. The primary focus of sexual activity must be on the female experience; female pleasure is the main element. A playful, clever approach is welcome, as are intense scenarios.

The BWE editions 2006 – 2014 edited by Violet Blue regularly win awards, and are very different from other women’s erotica books: please read a few stories from any of those years of Best Women’s Erotica or the introductions for examples of tone. The easiest way to do this is to read free chapters from Best Women’s Erotica on

Established authors and new writers are welcome to submit.

Desired themes include: Women’s sexual fantasies and experiences of all kinds, such as taboo sex acts, fantasy scenarios (real or imagined), bondage, fetish, male anal penetration (such as strap-on play), first-time experiences, light S/M, exhibitionism, power-play, voyeurism, public sex, seduction, role-play, spontaneous sex, spanking, erotic punishment, sexual surprise, emotional honesty, desire, longing, lust, passion, female fierceness, power (and power struggles), deviousness, meaning, themes that involve the Internet and technology, and sublime humor. Above all, include explicit sex.

What not to send: Dark themes (such as breakup, jealousy, infidelity and death) must be exceptional in content for acceptance and are *least* desired. Do not send sci-fi, poetry, slash or fantasy fiction.

Paste your story submissions into emails and send to: cleisbook at

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