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Call for Submissions: For Science!: Erotic Stories of Mad Science and Mad Scientists
edited by Vinnie Tesla (author of The Erotofluidic Age)
Deadline: July 2, 2012
How to submit: Send plain text, .rtf, or .doc to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am now accepting submissions for a Circlet Press anthology of erotic stories about mad science and mad scientists.
The mad scientist is a trope that’s thick with cliches, of course. Your mission is to puncture, shatter, subvert, invert, or pervert as many of these as you can get your hands on.
This is an erotic anthology, and all stories must be sexually explicit. However, I want a range of tones in the stories I pick–tragic, poetic, comic, etc… I’m particularly prejudiced in favor of humor, but humor that compliments a hot and involving story. Pieces that are simply funny, I will reject, though sadly.
Most of all, I want you to surprise me. Here are a few thoughts to get you started exploring.
* Traditional mad science stories have involved a solitary practitioner, perhaps with an assistant. But that’s a very nineteenth-century model. What would corporate mad science look like? Academic mad science?
* What are some under-explored specializations? Mad ergonomics? Mad linguistics? Mad economics? (assuming you can think of something madder than a credit-default swap)
* Maybe all our science is mad. What would a sane scientist look like, then? Certainly she’d be called mad often enough…
* Many mad scientist stories (including my own) have gotten much of their erotic charge from the image of a sweet young thing ravished by an unnatural monster. Does identifying the monster need to be so straightforward, though?
* If the mad scientist is a personality type, they must have appeared throughout history. What were they up to in imperial China or pre-Columbian Mesoamerica?
MORE DETAILS ON SUBMITTING:
Length: Our preferred length is approximately 3500 to 7500 words, but we will consider the range from 2000 to 10,000 words.
Submissions sent to other addresses/other editors at Circlet Press will not be considered. Standard manuscript formatting rules apply even though sending as an attachment (MS Word .doc or .rtf preferred). Please note that this means your name, address, and email contact must appear on the manuscript itself and not simply in your email message. (If you’re not sure what standard short story submission format should look like, Google is your friend.)
No simultaneous submissions (that is, don’t also send your story elsewhere at the same time, and don’t send it to multiple Circlet editors, either), and no multiple submissions to the same book. One story per author per anthology, thanks.
All stories must include explicit sexuality and erotic focus. Romantic content is welcome, but in a short story remember to keep the details on the action and its effects on the main character’s internal point of view. We favor a strong, singular narrative voice (no ‘head hopping’ or swapping between different character’s points of view within a scene). For more details on our editorial preferences, see the general submission guidelines on circlet.com. We highly recommend reading the guidelines, especially the “do not send” list, to increase your chances of sending us something we’ll love. Try to avoid cliches. Fresh and direct language is preferred to overly euphemistic. Sex-positive, please, no rape/nonconsensuality/necrophilia or other purposefully gross topics. We do not publish horror.
Originals only, no reprints. We purchase first rights for inclusion in the ebook anthology for $25, with the additional rights to a print edition later which would also be paid $25 if a print edition happens. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Circlet exercises rights to the anthology as a whole.