Call for Submissions–Fantastic Beasts and Where to F*** Them!

An Anthology of Fantasy Erotica
edited by Cecilia Tan

DEADLINE: February 1, 2018

Seeking erotic short stories with magical beasts and shapeshifter tropes. Although the title of the anthology is somewhat comedic–and levity is definitely welcome!–we’re not looking for parody or satire. Open to all mythical and magical creatures with sentience–centaurs, werewolves/human-animal shifters, intelligent dragons, merfolk, etc. Definitely open to unicorns, griffins, banshees, minotaurs, etc. so long as the spark of sentience is present. (There’s a fine line between bestiality and what we’re allowed to publish and sentience draws that line.)

As for what kinds of stories we’re looking for? We’re tired of the “same old” werewolf stories, but not tired of how magical beasts can represent sexuality and erotic need in fiction, especially marginalized sexuality and repressed needs. We’re tired of the “alpha meets fated mate” trope, but  not tired of encounters with the magical being life-changing. We’re tired of the “(white) colonial explorer goes into wildest place and tames native beast” trope, too, but not tired of diverse characters and settings, especially when told by #ownvoices.

We’re always interested in characters and stories that include various marginalized sexual identities and practices including polyamory, kink, genderqueer and gender variant, BDSM, bisexuality/pansexuality, trans identities, as well as “regular ol'” gay or lesbian characters. (General note: We’re also all for asexual representation though we realize that may seem out of place to some for an erotica anthology. Please no stories where someone’s asexuality is “cured” — please yes to stories that include affirmations that asexuality is valid.)

Finally, although the anthology title is explicitly a riff on the universe of a certain famous boy wizard, stories do not have to be in any way related to or parodies of said universe. In fact it’s probably better not to tickle that sleeping dragon, unless you’re really really clever about it.

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 Cecilia Tan, editor, at the email address ctan.editor@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.

16 thoughts on “Call for Submissions–Fantastic Beasts and Where to F*** Them!”

  1. question: are there any limitations in regards to writing about mythical creatures from non-Western cultures (eg. Southeast Asia)? and if so, how much context should we provide about their histories/origins (if any)? thanks!

    1. Catherine, thanks for asking. There are no limitations on which myths to use. All I can really tell you about writing outside of Western mythologies is use the same care and respect when writing erotica that features marginalized or oppressed cultures as you would when writing any other kinds of fiction.

  2. Hi!

    I’m interested in submitting to this anthology so thought I’d check at THIS end of the writing process whether you’re just looking for ‘human bangs sexy monster’ stories or whether you’d be interested in a story about sexy monsters banging each other. I’ve got two possible projects at different stages of completion and I need to know which one to focus on.

    Cheers,

    Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle! We’re open to both, so that probably doesn’t help you make your decision. I’m expecting the majority of writers are going to lean toward ‘human bangs sexy monster’ so a story that is ‘sexy monsters banging each other’ may stand out from the crowd? Writing for anthologies you always run the risk if your story is too similar to the others then it doesn’t make enough of an impression to be accepted, but if it’s too different from the others likewise it might be passed over because it doesn’t fit. Generally speaking I lean toward encouraging people to take risks and not be part of the pack, though. :-)

  3. If a story were to be published in this anthology, when do the rights revert to the author? Sorry, I looked elsewhere on the site but didn’t see any information about that.

    1. Hi Crystal! Sorry for the delay in my reply. I missed the notification somehow. Circlet typically buys first rights but nothing else, meaning the author keeps all other rights to their story including the right to sell it again to other markets. First rights means it can’t appear anywhere else before it appears in our anthology, but otherwise, you are free and clear to exercise all other rights to the individual story.

  4. I am glad I found this again. I had completely forgotten about it. This is my niche so I’ll have to be sure to write
    something sexy for y’all.

    I did have a question though. Can we send submissions under a pen name?

  5. I have an idea for a fic using magical beasts and intend to post it. If I completely rewrite it but keep the same beast and type of original character, would that be okay?

  6. Looking at your general submissions guidelines, you say you don’t want “real world” but magical realism and alternative realities are okay. I need clarification, please: Does that rule out urban fantasy, say a Boston where creatures, demons, etc. coexist with humans? (Since Boston is a real-world city, but I’m reasonably sure we don’t have magical creatures or demons… though I wonder about my neighbor sometimes.)

  7. I was wondering how far the definition of “mythological creature” stretches. Western mythology itself has been informed by centuries of Catholicism, Protestantism, and then the modern age. All the creatures we’re intimately familiar with have already gone through many pop culture treatments, especially vampires and werewolves, and most of us will know them through that rather than through earnest mythological exposure. Say you want to write something about a Gnoll, the hyena people popularized by D&D. They’re originally from a 1912 short story (in which they weren’t actually hyena-people). Would they count?

    Of course, I wouldn’t complain about writing about the cute demon from Dirk Bouts’ Hell.

  8. I’m definitely a bit late to this party but I think I might still make it haha! So, the question! I’ve previously posted a story on another website, but I was thinking of editing it and revising for this kind professional level. Do you have a way for me to gauge how different the work needs to be in order to ensure that Circlet can still get first rights?

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