Update and Call for Submissions


Yes, it’s me. I’m still here. Still crazy busy. Have two books coming out with Ellora’s Cave in the near future, so working on edits for those. Just finished submitting a short story last week and will be writing a new short story for a submission call, deadline 11/1/10. And there’s still NaNo to get ready for. And, of course, working at the J.0.B. And more writing!

Speaking of a submission call. Here’s one that’s perfect for this time of year.

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Gothic Tales of Erotic Romance
Editor: Mitzi Szereto
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: January 1, 2011
Payment: $50-70 (payable on publication) and 2 copies of the anthology

Author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto is currently seeking original stories for an exciting new anthology of Gothic Erotic Romance.

What I’m looking for:

Well-developed story lines and well-crafted prose told in a unique voice and containing interesting characters and settings. Think atmosphere, passion, desire… imaginative stories that send a shiver up your spine and make your heart beat faster. Readers should be able to feel the red velvet beneath their fingertips and taste the absinthe on their tongue! Tales that contain supernatural beings such as ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters, demons, and other entities of a paranormal nature are welcome, as are those of the Wuthering Heights variety with tormented heroes and dark secrets. Stories may be set in the past, present, or future. Stories from female and male writers are welcome, as are those written from the POV of characters of any gender and containing characters of any sexual orientation (including those that haven’t yet been created!). Take your inspiration from the pens of the Brontë sisters, Mary Shelley, Daphne du Maurier, Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Poppy
Z. Brite, Stephenie Meyer, Laurell K. Hamilton…

Note that sexually explicit content is acceptable as well as a more subtle approach; however, no stock sex scenes or formulaic writing/terminology. Please refer to my previous anthologies to get an idea of the variety and style of content I look for. No excessive gore or violence. No reprints.

Deadline: January 1, 2011 (I’ll be selecting stories on a rolling basis, therefore earlier submissions are strongly encouraged, though I’ll still consider stories that make it in by the deadline).

Publication date: Autumn 2011

One-time payment in the range of USD $50-70 (payable on publication) and 2 copies of the anthology.

Word count preferred: 3,000 to 6,500.

Submission requirements:

Stories should be formatted as follows: double-spaced Arial 12-point black font Word or RTF document. Indent the first line of each paragraph by half an inch. Do not add extra lines between paragraphs or any other irregular spacing. American spelling and punctuation only (i.e. quote marks, etc). Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), postal address, and a fifty-word maximum author bio written in the third person. Contract is for one-time, non-exclusive anthology rights with one year’s exclusivity from date of publication. (This may be waived if your story is selected for a “Best Of” collection). No simultaneous submissions please.

In the subject line of your email, please state: Red Velvet and Absinthe

Send to: submissions @ mitziszereto.com

I look forward to reading your work!

Mitzi Szereto is an author of erotic and multi-genre fiction and non-fiction, an anthology editor, blogger for her own blog “Errant Ramblings” (http://mitziszereto.com/blog), and creator/presenter for the web TV channel Mitzi TV (http://mitziszereto.com/tv), which offers a quirky take on London. Her published titles include Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts (spring 2011); In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; Dying For It: Tales Of Sex & Death; Wicked: Sexy Tales Of Legendary Lovers; The New Black Lace Book Of Women’s Sexual Fantasies; the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series; The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005; and the M. S. Valentine erotic novels, which have seen several reprints and have sold more than 100,000 copies.


2 Responses to Update and Call for Submissions

  1. Jenna,

    Oooh…congrats on your books coming out!

    And good luck with the story contest. I’m sure yours will rock. Keep us posted on it! 🙂

  2. Jenna Reynolds says:

    Thanks, GS! I’ll have more news on upcoming releases shortly. Unfortunately, the short story I submitted a couple of weeks ago didn’t make the cut, although editor did find my concept intriguing. So I will set it aside for now and submit it someplace else. That’s the way it goes. Some you win, some you lose. 🙂 Good to hear from you! I’m hoping things will quiet down a bit so I can keep up with blogging, both writing and reading. 🙂

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