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, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.