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Circlet Press 25th Anniversary: Week One Kickstarter Summary

Kickstarter week 1 progress

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Things have been going swimmingly so far for the Circlet Press 25th anniversary anthology Kickstarter! At the end of Week One (of four) we’ve reached $4,118, which is over 40% of the way to our goal of $10,000–and 82% of the way to the minimum we have to reach to guarantee the anthology will happen! It’s looking really good!

ESSAYS

The campaign’s first week included three fantastic essays from writers and editors in the science fiction/fantasy field (linked here):

  • Jennifer Stevenson, author of The Brass Bed, Trash Sex Magick, and more
  • Lawrence Schimel, author and editor of over 100 books, some published by Circlet
  • Warren Lapine, publisher of Wilder Publications, former editor of Absolute Magnitude

VIDEO CELEBRATION

We also had two awesome “happy anniversary” messages from two awesome writers, Charlie Jane Anders (a founder of i09 and Nebula Award winning author of All the Birds in the Sky) and Mary Anne Mohanraj (founder of Strange Horizons, the SpecLit Foundation, DesiLit, and author of The Stars Change): Continue reading Circlet Press 25th Anniversary: Week One Kickstarter Summary

Circlet Press 25th Anniversary Anthology KICKSTARTER LAUNCH!!

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Circlet Press has been publishing erotic science fiction and fantasy since 1992. Our mission has always been to celebrate the sexual imagination as a way to change the world for the better. We would like to see a world where many different expressions of gender and sexuality are accepted and celebrated in ways that they may not be in the present day.

This year marks our 25th anniversary and to commemorate 25 years on the cutting edge of erotic literature, we would like to publish a “best of” anthology, as we did in 2012, 2007, and 2002. To produce a beautiful paperback edition is going to take money.
Continue reading Circlet Press 25th Anniversary Anthology KICKSTARTER LAUNCH!!

HEART’S MASTER made Finalist in the Prism Awards! (So it’s on sale…)

HEART’S MASTER by Elizabeth Schechter is a finalist in the Prism Awards! These awards are given annually by the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter of the RWA, and awarded in several categories. HEART’S MASTER is in the erotic category and we’ll find out if it won at a ceremony during the RWA convention on July 28!

To celebrate and wish Elizabeth luck, we’re having a sale of the book! Use coupon code PRISMLUCK to get $4.00 off the ebook if purchased at circlet.com (Regular price $5.99)

For more information about the Prism finalists, visit the FFP RWA website: https://ffprwa.com/2017-prism-awards-finalists-announced/

Heart's Master
by Elizabeth Schechter

In one tragic night Steven loses everything: his lover, his dreams, and his sight, but he gains the compassionate, caring dominant he has always longed for. Nick must teach Steven not only how to have a healthy and consensual BDSM relationship, but how to navigate the ways of magic. But as Steven begins to wield his new--and terrifyingly strong--powers, he draws the attention of evil beyond our world.
Also available in paperback!

Call for Submissions: Golden Age Erotica!

Call for Submissions: Golden Age Erotica
edited by J. Blackmore

Deadline: July 1st, 2017

We’re looking for erotica that reads like early-to-mid-twentieth century pulps! Think erotic Indiana Jones: adventure, romance, good guys and bad guys, with science fiction and/or fantasy elements. No steampunk, please! Diesel punk is welcome.

Submission Details:

Length: Our preferred length is approximately 3,000 to 7,000 words, but we will consider the range from 2,000 to 8,000 words.

How to Submit: All submissions must be made via email to J. Blackmore, editor, at msjblackmore@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

Call for submissions: Erotic stories on Sexual and Nonverbal Healing

Circlet Press seeks short stories of erotic sf/fantasy for:

Touch Me, Heal Me
An Anthology of Erotic Fantasy and Science Fiction
edited by Mollie Wolfe

The Concept

“Since consciousness cannot bear witness to death, the life of the survivor becomes the repetition of the reality that consciousness cannot grasp. In the traumatic encounter with death, life itself attempts to serve as the witness that consciousness cannot provide.” – Cathy Caruth, “Parting Words: Trauma, Silence, and Survival”

Marginalized identities, cultures, and individuals have survived horrific traumas that remain unspoken, whether voiced or written. Rather than relegating these traumas to the past, this repression dooms such damage to repetition without end. Freud’s “talking cure” hinged on giving voice to such silenced memories, but some traumas lie too deep to be expresed in words. Non-verbal expression, connection, and communication lie at the heart of the needed healing, making erotica the perfect medium to explore this concept.

“It is always the story of the wound,” trauma scholar Cathy Caruth writes, “that cries out, that addresses us in the attempt to tell us of a reality or truth that is not otherwise available.” Freud located this wound in language and the psyche, but we can center it elsewhere, in the body, in the physical, erotic, and ecstatic self. What erotic practices exist, or can be imagined in your stories and fantasy worlds that would allow the memories of the flesh to speak?

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. All submissions must be made via email to Mollie Wolfe, editor, at the following address: mollie.circlet@gmail.com

Deadline June 15, 2017

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’). For more details on our editorial preferences, see the general submission guidelines on circlet.com (http://www.circlet.com/writers-guidelines/). 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.

It’s National Super Hero Day! Smutty superheroes (and villains) for YOUUUU

Superhero Sale Banner
News flash! It’s apparently National Super Hero Day, so we’ve put our smutty superhero and supervillains erotica ebooks on sale for 99 cents each for the next 24 hours! a few more days by popular demand!

And right now the two books are almost neck and neck with the villains in a slight lead. 58% of sales have been of the supervillains book, 42% the heroes book. Which one will you choose? Or both! (Only one coupon can be applied per order so you have to order them separately.)

Use the following coupon codes:
Vol 1 (Heroes): upupandaway
Vol 2 (Villains): illgetyounexttime

Happy reading!

Like A Mask Removed Volume I: Erotic Tales of SuperHeroes
You don't have to be an evil genius to know superheroes are hot, and not just because of the perfect bodies clad in spandex. Like a Mask Removed, Volume One presents seven stories ranging from vibrant romps reminiscent of the colorful comic book pages they are inspired by to modern experimental literary styles. Includes Lauren P. Burka. Angela Caperton, Tom Cardamone, Michael M. Jones, and more.
Also available in paperback!

Like A Mask Removed Volume II: Erotic Tales of SuperVillains
Although the battles of good versus evil found in comic books tug at our primal, childhood selves, these same primal urges lead us to exploring the erotic side of heroes--and villains. Five new, previously unpublished, original stories of the smoldering dynamics found between noble, honorable, well-meaning superheroes and their provocative nemeses. With Sophie Mouette, Raven Kaldera, and others.
Also available in paperback!

Laura Antoniou, Midori, & Cecilia Tan Video “Telethon” for Patreon

This past weekend at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket in Rhode Island, Circlet’s founder Cecilia Tan got together with two of our authors, Midori and Laura Antoniou, to talk Patreon and crowdfunding. Each of these three women has their own Patreon campaigns and of course Circlet Press has one of our own! Become a Patreon supporter and for as little as a dollar a month you can receive all kinds of perks from us or each of these fantastic folks.

Circlet Press: https://www.patreon.com/circletpress
Midori: https://www.patreon.com/PlanetMidori/posts
Laura Antoniou: https://www.patreon.com/Kvetch
Cecilia Tan: https://www.patreon.com/ceciliatan

Watch our “telethon” video below!

For the 13th day of XXX-Mas, Beyond the Softness of His Fur is on sale!

Prefer your sci-fi a little closer to home? Try Beyond The Softness of his Fur, a glimpse into the future world of custom-crafted BDSM pets. Get the first book of TammyJo Eckhart’s acclaimed series for just 99¢ on the 13th Day of XXX-Mas, with code XXXmasPet at checkout!

Beyond The Softness of his Fur: The Wonders of Modern Science
by TammyJo Eckhart

When Emily is promoted, her bosses make it clear that there are certain expectations: she is to purchase a morph, an animal hybrid of the future that is both sexual pet and status symbol. Her own tastes require the unique: an exotic and submissive male pet. All desires are exceeded with Wynn, a white fox morph. But Wynn's uniqueness challenges the morph-cult status quo and could spell disaster.
Omnibus edition now in print!

For the 12th day of XXX-Mas we got you @eroticawriter ‘s Spyders Trouble on sale

Having too much fun off-planet? Continue journey on the 12th Day of XXX-Mas with Spyder’s Trouble by Korin I. Dushayl, a free-sailing BDSM space adventure. Get your copy for just 99¢, today only, with code XXXmasTrouble at checkout!

Spyder's Trouble by Korin I. Dushayl
An erotic space opera. Spyder, captain of the spaceship Trouble, ignores threats from the owner of his cargo and the anger of his influential and overdue passenger, to rescue the Dominatrix Lady Cassandra and her slaves from the threat of a repressive piety movement. The delay forces him to risk Trouble, his life, and his crew when a notorious criminal chases the ship from one end of the system to another.
Also available in paperback!

For the 11th Day of XXX-Mas we got you: Peggy Barnett’s LIPS LIKE ICE

Earthling holidays got you bored? Never fear! For the 11th Day of XXX-Mas, we offer you Peggy Barnett’s sci-fi erotic romance Lips Like Ice. Use code XXXmasPlanet at checkout to get your copy for just 99¢, today only! (actually, the website glitched on this post so we may extend it for another 24 hours…but don’t wait too long!)

Lips Like Ice
Erotic science fiction at its best. Lydia awakens in the court of a strange fantasy-like world, where she discovers she's been taken to be a young alien noble's new pet. Her consuming lust for her captor creates a deep and unexpected conflict with her feminist sense of self--she wants him too, on her own terms. But in a world fraught with hidden dangers, her terms are not open for discussion.
Also available in paperback!