Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Deadline July 1 | Call for Submissions: Best Women's Er0tica 2013 (Cleis Press | worldwide)

Post date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Deadline: 1 July 2012

Editor: Violet Blue

Please note: Publisher has final right of refusal on all submissions. Payment is upon publication, plus 2 copies of the book; pub date is November 2012.

Best Women’s Er0tica is a legendary and groundbreaking yearly series, and is the best-selling women’s er0tica collection, period. Every year BWE raises the bar for er0tica written by and for women, penned by the most exciting female authors, from around the world.

This edition (BWE 2013) is selected and edited by Violet Blue (, @violetblue). In this edition, we are looking for fictional stories that seek to push the boundaries of female s3xuality and present realistic fantasies and situations. A strong focus on character, predicament, and compelling situations is desired.

The BWE editions 2006 – 2012 edited by Violet Blue have won awards, and are very different from other women’s er0tica books—please read a few stories from any of those years of Best Women’s Ero0ica or the introductions for examples of tone. The best way to do this is to read the free chapters on

Established authors and newcomers alike are welcome.

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 or fantasy fiction.

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

Rules: If you send an attachment, I will delete your email immediately. I am not accepting paper submissions. Only three submissions per author. Word count: 2500 to 4500 words is the desired range. No simultaneous submissions (you will be disqualified with no hesitation if you submit the story to multiple publications). Excerpts from already-published, full-length books will be considered.

Required: You must include your name (and pseudonym if you are using one), a short 150-word bio, mailing address and main contact email address with your submission. Payments are made by check or PayPal only; state your preference.

Authors must be female; sorry, no male authors writing under pseudonym. Because of the volume of submissions last year (literally hundreds), I likely won’t be able to respond to your submissions until August.

Read the full guidelines on the editor's site >>


For queries/ submissions: