Sunday, April 18, 2010

Call for Submissions - Cleis Press

As seen on and Rachel Kramer Bussel's blog:

Call for Submissions

The Big Book of Quickies

To be published by Cleis Press in 2011
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Final deadline: June 1, 2010 (submissions accepted on a rolling basis, so if I get all the stories I need before June 1st, I may close the call sooner, so get yours in early!)
Payment: $20 and 1 copy of the book on publication for The Big Book of Quickies, I’m looking for short, original erotica stories of 1,200 words or less spanning a range of topics, tones, settings, and sexual orientations. The book will include everything from quickie sex to threesomes, sex toys, public sex, BDSM, fetishes, fantasies and more. Use your imagination. Because there will be more stories than my usual anthologies (approximately 75-80), I’m especially looking for a range of sexual diversity and adventure. See my previous titles such as Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Peep Show, Bottoms Up, etc. for the kinds of stories I enjoy.

How to submit: Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, not .docx) OR RTF of up to 1,200 words (this is a STRICT word count). Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you'd like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. I will get back to you by October 2010.
Payment: $20 and 1 copy of the book on publication
I've been seeing numerous recent submissions that do not conform to my guidelines. They are there for a reason. Please read and follow them or risk your submission being rejected or returned for reformatting. If you have any questions, please contact me at

About the editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel is the editor of over 25 anthologies, including Peep Show, Bottoms Up, Spanked, The Mile High Club, Do Not Disturb, He’s on Top, She’s on Top, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Crossdressing, Dirty Girls, and is Best Sex Writing Series Editor. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, wrote the Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice, and has hosted and curated In The Flesh Reading Series, named Best Reading Series by New York Press, in since October 2005. Her writing has been published in over 100 anthologies, including Susie Bright’s X: The Erotic Treasury, Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and Zane’s Purple Panties and the New York Times bestseller Succulent: Chocolate Flava II. She has written for Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, Penthouse, Time Out New York, Zink and other publications.
Call for submissions: Best Sex Writing 2011
(see for more information on what I'm looking for)
To be edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Publication date: December 2010
Deadline for submissions: May, 2010
Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for personal essays and reportage for inclusion in the 2011 edition of the Cleis Press series Best Sex Writing, which will hit stores in December 2010. Seeking articles from across the sexual spectrum, covering alternative sexuality, reproductive rights and sexuality, sex education, sex and technology, sex work, sex and aging, sex and parenting, sex and religion, sex and race, sex and disability, BDSM, polyamory, gender roles, etc. These topics are just starting points; any writings covering the topic of sex will be considered. Personal essays will also be considered. I like work that looks at sex in new and unusual ways, that challenges us to think about sex and our own sexuality, is thought-provoking and possibly disturbing. I want sex journalism that's found in the most unexpected places.

Previous editions of the annual series have featured authors such as Violet Blue, Susannah Breslin, Susie Bright, Betty Dodson, Stephen Elliott, Gael Greene, Ariel Levy, Daphne Merkin, Michael Musto, Tristan Taormino, Virginia Vitzhum, and others,. And Best Sex Writing 2009 won the IPPY (Independent Publisher) Award for Sexuality/Relationships. See the rest of the series for examples of the types of writing being sought. I'm especially looking for reported pieces that are political, timely, intelligent, surprising, and insightful about sex (and its many subcultures).
Requirements: Unpublished or published articles or essays may be submitted. Nonfiction only. If the piece has been previously published, you must retain reprint rights (or include approval from the originating publication) for consideration. If previously published, story must have been published (or slated to be published) between June 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010, online and/or in print (book, magazine, zine or newspaper). Previous publication credits will be credited in the book.

Instructions: Please send your double-spaced submission (1,500 - 6,000 words) as a Word document (.doc only) or RTF attachment to rachel at - you may submit a maximum of TWO pieces for consideration. You MUST include your full contact information, a bio, and previous publication details as per below.

If for some reason you are unable to send a Word document or RTF, send your submission in the body of an email. Put BSW11 in the subject line. Include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and exact publication details (title of publication, date of publication, and any other relevant information). ONLY SEND WORK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPRINT.
Editors may submit up to three submissions from their publication, following the guidelines above. Please make it clear that you are the editor submitting work for consideration from your publication, and have the author's contact information available upon request.

Email address (for queries and submissions): rachel at

Payment: $100

Deadline: June 1, 2010

Expect to hear back from me by September 2010 at the latest.