March 31, 2010

Call for Submissions!

Carnal Machines: Erotic Steampunk

Edited by D. L. King

To be published by Cleis Press

Deadline: June 1, 2010

Payment: $50 and 2 copies of the anthology

D. L. King is looking for your most erotic steampunk stories.

According to Wikipedia, “Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy … The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy…” (Please see the Wikipedia entry, for much more on the subject.)

But, in the mean time, think about what sort of fantastical inventions Jules Verne and H. G. Wells might have come up with if they were wholly consumed with thoughts of carnal pleasure—if they were like you—and wrote erotica. Transport yourself to an era, or alternate world, where corsets and lace-up ankle boots are in fashion, where clockwork toys are made for discerning adults and it’s easy to fall down rabbit holes into other worlds. But remember the standard caveat: no underage, no incest, no animals and no violence for the sake of violence. As always, I’m relying on you to make me wet!

This anthology is primarily heterosexual, but I’ll happily consider GLBT stories. Stories should be between 1,500 and 4,500 words, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman or Courier New. Please indent the first line of each paragraph one-half inch and do not include extra lines between paragraphs. Story a little too long or too short? Query me. You may submit up to two stories.

Send your story as a .doc or .rtf attachment and include the title, pseudonym (if applicable) and your legal name and mailing address to Subject line should read: Submission: TITLE. Original stories only. If your story has been previously published, please include the title, date and publisher. You must own all rights to any reprints. Please include a 50-word bio and direct any questions to the above address.

March 23, 2010

Lambda Literary Awards


I think I mentioned a while back that my anthology, Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. I recently learned that it is now a finalist in the Lesbian Erotica category. I'm really blown away but I want to say, before any decisions are made, this honor is really all about the amazing writers whose stories go to make up that anthology. So I'd really like to thank these immensely talented writers:

Charlotte Dare
ADR Forte
Jacqueline Applebee
Cari Z
Evan Mora
Crystal Barela
Kathleen Bradean
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Andrea Dale
Stella Sandberg
Dalia Craig
Roxy Katt
Nan Andrews
Jessica Lennox
Lisabet Sarai
Victoria Oldham
Sophie Mouette
Sommer Marsden

Thanks for making me look good. You guys rock!

If you want to see what the competition is--and who was nominated in all the other categories, please check out the website.