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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!

New Book: Ultimate Wired Hard bundle!

Book coverEbook $5.99 (but only for a limited time!)
216,000 words

Formats: :
ALL PROCEEDS FROM SALES OF ULTIMATE WIRED HARD IN MAY WILL GO TO RAINBOW RAILROAD TO HELP LGBT CHECHENS AND OTHER LGBT REFUGEES. CHECK OUT CHECHEN RAINBOW PROJECT FOR LOTS OF OTHER BENEFITS FROM QUEER AND QUEER-FRIENDLY PUBLISHERS.

 

In 1994, Circlet published Wired Hard: Stories for a Gay Universe, a ground-breaking anthology of M/M SF erotica. Over the decades that followed, we published four more hot and innovative collections in the series. And now, for the very first time, all five volumes are available in one massive omnibus ebook! Forty-three short stories by writers such as David Laurents,  M. Christian, Shanna Germain, Zachary Jernigan, Gary Bowen, and Eric Del Carlo, as well as a preface and bonus story by editor Cecilia Tan.

Rather than the usual excerpt, we thought we’d share with you Cecilia’s preface about the role of queer erotica then and now. (and you can still find a fiction excerpt here)

I took my first queer political action in the 1980s, marching in a parade/protest march on the Brown University campus in 1986. At the time the country was gripped by AIDS panic, if your commanding officer searched your duffel and found a copy of Drummer you were kicked out of the military, and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was receiving funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rest in peace, Robert. Rest in peace, NEA.

Continue reading New Book: Ultimate Wired Hard bundle!

New book! Heart’s Master by Elizabeth Schechter

ebook $5.99
ISBN 9781613901717
paperback $14.95
ISBN 9781613901724
99.400 words; 272 pages

Formats: :

Buy the paperback!

A new gay BDSM romance fantasy from award-winning author 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. He starts to rebuild with Nick, a fellow survivor of the tragedy, and together they discover new heights of love and ecstasy, and the real magic they can create together. Nick must teach Steven not only how to have a healthy and consensual BDSM relationship, but how to navigate the ways of magic. You see, Nick is secretly a mage, and the longer they’re together, the more obvious it becomes that Steven is one, too.

But as Steven begins to wield his new–and terrifyingly strong–powers, he draws the attention of evil beyond our world. The ancient enemies of the faerie courts have banded together under a cruel, calculating leader, and Steven is the only one standing in his way. Only Steven can defeat this threat… And he doesn’t have the first clue where to start.

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: Beauty and the Beast erotica anthology

Call for Submissions: A Beastly Affair (Beauty and the Beast Anthology)
edited by J. Blackmore

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Beauty and the Beast might be the most erotic of all fairy tales. It’s about the confluence of fear and desire. It’s about the terrifying transformations that can occur when you are drawn inexorably to another. And it’s about the transcendence of self that can come from an act of love. It seems sad that there aren’t more erotic versions of this tale, and we at Circlet Press aim to fix that! We’d like erotic stories inspired by BatB, and we’re not picky about gender/sexuality/number of protagonists. Please note, however, that while shifters are fine, bestiality is not. We are all about consensual sex here.

Submission Details: Continue reading Call for Submissions: Beauty and the Beast erotica anthology

Launching today! Like Myth Made Flesh, erotic fantasy edited by Jennifer Williams

nullEbook $3.99
ISBN 978-1-61390-169-4
44,460 words

Formats :

 

Also available on Amazon, Smashwords, and elsewhere.

Eight delicious erotic stories of Fantasy with a capital F. The stories in LIKE MYTH MADE FLESH bring flesh and spirit together, where mortals meet merfolk, nymphs, and Aztec gods (to name just a few), not just in the pleasures of the flesh but for the transformative power that sexual encounters can bring.

The anthology includes:
Initiation by Christina M. Parker
Sun Chases Moon by Michael M. Jones
The Seduction of the Sea by T. K. Ashley
Become the Mystery by Kara Owl
Ordinary Girl by M. A. Earnshaw
The Warmth of a Wood Nymph by Clarice Clique
D- in Distress by Nadine Wilmot
Primè Nocta by Kierstin Cherry

“The Seduction of the Sea” by T. K. Ashley will be featured this month on the Nobilis Erotica Podcast!

Below the cut, please enjoy the introduction from editor Jennifer Williams and then a sexy sample story! Continue reading Launching today! Like Myth Made Flesh, erotic fantasy edited by Jennifer Williams

New book! The Viscountess Interrogates

$6.99 ebook
$19.95 paperback (buy paperback)
Ebook ISBN 978-1-61390-161-8
Paperback ISBN 978-1-61390-162-5
130,606 words; 354 pages

Formats :

Also available on Amazon and elsewhere.

Elegant sleuth The Viscountess and her perceptive slave and crime-solving partner Severin are back to solve another mystery in the world of fetish and kink Dominions.

They inhabit a magical and kinky world of pocket universes that reflect every fetish fantasy humans can dream of. To solve the mystery of a missing object and a disappearance they will travel through territories both familiar and new: Victoria, the pornographic London that never was, The Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic Dominion of anarchy in scarcity, and the ultimate unreal setting of fantasy and unrepressed libido: Las Vegas. Severin falls into the hands of a lesbian biker gang, and The Viscountess goes undercover in an all-girls boarding school. This sequel to The Viscountess Investigates is a scene-packed romp full of bondage, corporal punishment, and femdoms that will thrill your inner geek. (Books may be read in any order.)

Read on for an excerpt!

Continue reading New book! The Viscountess Interrogates

Circlet Press is now on Patreon (Join up & get free ebooks!)

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Did you know that in 2017, Circlet Press will officially turn 25 years old? We’ve been around a long time. We’ve been through the heyday of gay and lesbian bookstores, the alt-books boom of Tower Books and “bibliopalooza,” the rise and fall of Borders, and now gold rush and crash of erotica ebooks. As we’ve seen our peers in LGBT, small press, and erotica/romance publishing rise and fall over the decades, we’ve rolled with the punches.

Right now the writing is on the wall that if we are to survive to see our 25th anniversary, we had better find a way to keep the revenue coming in, despite Amazon now monopolizing what were previously our best-paying customers with their Kindle Unlimited program and other digital platforms actively suppressing erotica sales, and bookstores continuing to dwindle. Our best hope is to do more directly with readers who want to support what we do. So we’ve started a Patreon that we’re thinking of as the ultra-hot erotic science fiction/fantasy book club.

For two bucks a month you can enjoy perks like:
• Your choice of any 4 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
• Free ebooks of each erotica anthology we release (5 to 10 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)!
• 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks 
• Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
• Vote on upcoming anthology topics

For complete details see the Circlet Press Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/circletpress

Our ultimate goal is to raise a steady enough cash flow that the staff can work consistent hours and we can raise pay rates to the authors. Right now each author of a short story tends to get $25 to $50 per story. If we could get $1,000 a month coming in through Patreon we could make the minimum $50 instead of $25. If we could get $2,000 a month, it could go up to $75. (And our output would go up, as well.)

Please join us! Even at the $1 level you get a free ebook of your choice just for signing up, and we’ll be polling folks on what anthology topics you’d like to see in the coming year at the end of September! So make sure you’re signed up before then in order to participate!

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Call for Submissions: Halloween Microfictions

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN!

Circlet Press is seeking spooky sexy microfictions for our October countdown to Halloween. Pay is $5 per story. Send submissions to Jennifer Williams at JWsubs13@gmail.com as Word doc or in the body of the message. Stories should be under 1500 words and be appropriate for Circlet Press (i.e. erotic, sexy, sex-positive) and appropriate for Halloween in some way (paranormal, supernatural, spooky, or scary). For more details on our genre check our Writers Guidelines page.

Deadline: October 1st but slots are limited so you are encouraged to submit early!

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