Current Calls for Submissions

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 Dressed in Black: Erotic Tales of Edgar Allan Poe edited by Jennifer Williams

Deadline: February 15th, 2018

Murder. Revenge. Madness. These are the hallmarks of Edgar Allan Poe’s fiction. But so are love, longing, and loss. It may seem strange, at first blush, to compile a collection of erotica inspired by Poe’s work. Much of his writing explores themes of death and isolation. But gothic fiction has long been ripe ground for examining human sexuality and Poe’s work in particular is overdue for just such an agitation.

Send me stories that flip the narrative. Give the outsiders a voice. Think outside the box. I don’t want simple rewrites of his work with sex thrown in. Make it crucial to the tale.

While best known for his horror fiction, Poe was also a pioneer in the science fiction and detective fiction genres. I am looking for stories in any genre so long as the influence is Poe’s work. They do not need to be set during the time period he was alive in. Send me futuristic Poe stories. Send me Poe stories that are inclusive and exist outside of the standard narratives. And of course, send me stories that are hot and exciting too.

Details: http://www.circlet.com/call-for-submissions-erotic-stories-inspired-by-edgar-allan-poe/

Fantastic Beasts and Where to F*** Them

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….

Read the detailed CFS here: http://www.circlet.com/call-for-submissions-fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-f-them

25 thoughts on “Current Calls for Submissions”

  1. I was wondering if you have any more information about the Viking anthology. I’d like to start writing. Will you be looking for historical Viking stories, Viking stories with a mostly-historical fantasy element, or completely fantastic Vikings detached from our own history?

  2. Do you have any current open submissions? Maybe an anthology about ‘first timers’ in erotica. I’ve written a 10,000 word erotica about a couple exploring erotica and group play for the first time. I’m currently working on one revolving around a classical pianist (27) who is naive to love, who is a virgin, and an older composer (40), once reclusive, who may have found inspiration again. Thank you!

    1. No anthologies are open currently, but that doesn’t sound like our type of thing. Unless it is the couple’s first time with group sex WITH VAMPIRES or perhaps on another planet or otherwise science fiction or fantasy, it’s really not what we publish.

  3. None of the calls for submission specify a particular sexual orientation. Can the characters be m/m or f/f couples or more?

    1. Any Circlet project that doesn’t specify an orientation is open to all gender combinations–thanks for asking.

    1. Not really — an epic poem is still a poem, and most of our editors do not accept poetry into their projects. But thanks for checking.

  4. I’ve a finished submission for the “Like a Spell” anthology, but the total word count is 7716. I did see that you may consider under 8000, and there is detailed description of sexual interaction, as well as important story line to make the characters well rounded and believable. If I must cut those 700 words to be considered, is it better to cut hot sex action or character development? Thanks!

    1. Anything that close to the word count is usually fine to submit and if the story feels long the editor would suggest where to trim it. The word count ranges we give are general guesses rather than strict numerical limits.

  5. I suppose I confused myself by seeing the “Like A Spell” Anthology call, noting the story length guild-lines; then looking at the general submission guidelines right after that. For some reason, I got a limit of 10,000 words stuck in my brain. If it’s not too foolish a question, as long as my finished product falls below the 10,000 word mark, is it still acceptable to submit it? Thanks!

  6. How about an anthology on erotic detective novels? Too much? I’ve written a novella, comedy, based upon a detective who has quite a sexual fixation, and a quirky sense of humor. Action, comedy, sex… what more could you ask for!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, A.D. We did a detective anthology already a while ago (LIKE A MYSTERY UNCOVERED: http://www.circlet.com/?p=1149) as well as a Sherlockian one (Elementary Erotica: http://www.circlet.com/?page_id=346). If you’re trying to market a detective novella, though, I’m afraid it wouldn’t likely fit our anthologies anyway–we take short stories only. As for what else we could ask for, well, it must have a science fiction or fantasy twist to fit our needs, as well. Best of luck, though.

  7. Hi Cecilia,

    Any new anthologies coming? Wish I would have seen the call for the Wizards anthology. I have a good one along that story path.

    Hope all is well.

    Donna Munro
    (Duana Monroe for the MILF anthology, so long ago :)

    1. Hi Donna! I will nag the staff to get their next calls for submissions together at the editorial retreat next month!

  8. I submitted a short for the “Journey to the center of desire” anthology (deadline; July 31, 2015). I got an email from the editor that it had been received and that I would hear from her by the end of August (2015), and when I didn’t hear from her, I sent another email in mid-September, inquiring as to the status of my submission, to which I never got a reply.

    The call for submissions for said anthology is still on your Call-for-submission page, despite its outdated status.

    Yes, ctan, it would be great if you could provide some elucidation.

    Thanks, Michael Ampersant
    michael.ampersant@gmail.com

  9. Similar to previous comments, very interested in submitting, but would love to know if there are going to be current openings for submissions to an anthology and the themes, as I see now the ones currently posted are from last year.

    1. I’ll let editors list new calls for submissions as soon as they finish up the work that’s due on the previous anthologies still in process.

      1. Writers held up because editors miss deadlines? What a country!

        In all seriousness, though, I just noticed the comment form has a “sign up to our newsletter” checkmark. Does the newsletter include new calls for submissions by chance? That might solve a lot of folks’ issues.

        1. Hi! Our newsletter does list calls for submissions when we have them so if you’re looking for an easy way to be notified that could certainly work. Hope that helps!

  10. I like this anthology idea and will work on a piece. Can the “beast” character be in anthropomorphic form when engaged in the erotic scenes? I want to confirm that this doesn’t get confused with the bestiality subject that is not permitted. Thank you.

  11. I am currently ghost writing for a 50000 word book based on a uk dominatrix who has been a working and lifestyle mistress for 23 years. approx. It will include how she became a dominatrix and an insight to many scenarios from both hers and the subs experiences. Is this something you would consider as a submission to publish if the quality is there?

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