Payment: Royalty Share
Theme: Paranormal Erotica
Submissions: ONE long poem to be included among short stories in an anthology.
Editor/Sponsor: Erotic Readers and Writers Association
You might remember me from such threads as Is this Poetry
, where many among you (especially Lyricalli and Trix) helped turn my sow's ear into ... well, something prettier than a sow's ear. We ended up with the prose poem What is Beautiful?
Guess what? I'm back! And I'm looking for poets interested in publishing for a royalty share of a book.
The call is below, but here are the basics.
Over at the Erotic Readers and Writers Association
, we have a thing called Storytime
, where we share our works in progress, just like here--novels, stories, flash fiction, and yep! poems. The best ones we feature in the Gallery for 3 months.
Well, we're publishing an anthology, with proceeds distributed to authors. The idea of the anthology is to showcase the best of Storytime, so although the anthology is going to be primarily short stories (4-10K), we are opening one slot for a collection of Flash Fiction that follows our chosen format, and one slot for poetry.
We expect to have a story from our wonderful CEO Selena Kitt, so you poets, this is an utterly unique opportunity to get your poem in front of Selena's 35,000 strong mailing list of fans.
Now I know that the call below isn't expansive on the poetry opportunity, because we're really not sure how the hell we can make it come true. But rest assured, the reason it's there is because Selena has a soft spot for poetry, and she knows this forum and its wonderful poets, so she sent me to tempt you into submission (so to speak). What we DON'T want is to promise a poetry spot and get two limericks and a page of rhyming couplets.
This is a book of short stories, and if a poem makes it in, it will be the kind that appeals to readers of short stories.
I am one of the short-listing editors, and I can tell you what I'll be looking for, which is a provocative, sensual, long-form poem (500+ words), which tends more to the concrete than the abstract. If it rhymes, I'll pay more attention to something with lyrical flow (like Man From Snowy River) than I would to some sing-songy Roses Are Red number. (At this point, I remind you I'm not a poet. I'm not even a judge of poetry. I'm just looking for a poem that appeals to folk like me.)
Here's the call for submissions. Last thing before I go, if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them here, or you can come across to ERWA and ask the group. Questions go to the ERA Writers
group, submissions to the ERA StoryTime
list. These are mailing lists, and you need to subscribe before you post.
ERWA Themed Anthologies
Want to see your work in print, branded with the respected ERWA name?
This month we begin an experiment, soliciting stories for themed anthologies through the Storytime list. Every few months, we will announce a new anthology theme. These are separate from the monthly themes.
Our first anthology theme will be “Unearthly Delights: Paranormal Erotica”. The submission deadline for this theme is May 31, 2017.
Pull out your Tarot cards, grab your garlic and holy water, and show us what happens when desire defies earthly explanation and fear of the shadows turns to fascination. Lonely spirits, kinky demons, ghostly whores, or sultry psychics—let your imagination run loose in the creepy corners of the Otherworld. Magical realism, fantasy, and occult stories are encouraged, but anything goes, so long as there's a thread of the bizarre and inexplicable. Humorous stories may also be appropriate as long as they sizzle with erotic heat. Seduce us with paranormal surprises in the world as we know it, as opposed to alternate worlds where such oddities are taken for granted.
The ERWA anthologies (see detailed call below) will be published by Excessica, after professional editing and cover design. Contributors will split royalties. We expect that each anthology will include six to ten stories of 4000 to 1000 words.
For each volume, we will also consider one single-author series of four flashers and a quickie which are thematically linked, or which tell an over-arching story, broken into instalments. A flasher is a microfiction of 200 words, and a Quickie up to 1200 words.
We’re also open to considering submissions from poets.
Whatever your chosen media, you can feature any genders, orientations or pairings and any sort of sexual activity that satisfies the Storytime rules.
When you post your work to Storytime, please follow this convention in the subject line of your email: [THEME ANTHOLOGY] Story/Poem/Flasher: your title. For example:
[PARANORMAL EROTICA ANTHOLOGY] Story: Renfield’s Lament
[PARANORMAL EROTICA ANTHOLOGY]: Flasher Bundle: The Endless Winter
You can post your candidate stories anytime, starting now.
If your story is over 5000 words, then please split it over two emails and add ‘Part 1 of 2’ (etc) to your subject line. This is to prevent your email being truncated.
Authors of anthology stories are expected to contribute critiques of other authors’ work. Reciprocal critiques are an incredibly important part of this effort. Would-be participants should also try to provide the level of critique that they would hope to receive.
For a great tutorial on doing crits, see Ian Smith’s article
on the ERWA blog (sorry - link is blocked)
To sign up for Storytime, go here: http://erotica-readers.com/PRIVATE/index.html
If you have questions, please ask them on the ERWA Writers list (firstname.lastname@example.org