Writers Call for Short Story Submissions

Writers call for submissions: THRONES OF DESIRE: EROTIC TALES OF SWORDS, MIST AND FIRE (formerly Kingdoms of Desire: Erotic Tales of Fantasy) – an anthology edited by Mitzi Szereto

To be published by Cleis Press in autumn 2012.

Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire is a place where lust and legend abound, and adventure, passion and danger entwine. Think mystical lands and creatures, kings and queens, knights and renegades, heroes and villains, warlords, maidens and princesses. Think battles and danger, honor and dishonor, good and evil. Most of all think hearts filled with passion and secret desire. This is a place where romantic chivalry is alive and well, but so too is romantic wickedness. This is a place where the good do not always win, and the bad are often more captivating and desirable than their altruistic counterparts. In these lush and timeless landscapes, the battle for flesh can be as important as the battle for power. Intrigue, sorcery, revenge, lawlessness, dark secrets and mysterious elixirs; entanglements with supernatural beings – everything is possible in these magical mythical landscapes. Think Game of Thrones and you get the picture!

Word count: 3,000 to 6,000 words.

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 steamy tales that transport the reader to fantastical realms. Stories from female and male writers are welcome, as are stories containing characters of any sexual orientation.

Note: Although sexually explicit content is acceptable as well as a more subtle approach, absolutely no stock sex scenes or formulaic writing/terminology. Please refer to my previous anthologies (especially Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance) to get an idea of the variety and style of content I look for. Even though the stories need to have a strong element of eroticism and sensuality to them, I do not want stories that are one-dimensional sex stories or smut. The erotic element is an important part of the story, but it should not be the sole basis for the story or a replacement for plot and character development. No reprints (be it print, digital, or online). Original fiction only. Please do not send me science-fiction or stories that have no fantasy element or plot.

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

Submission requirements:

Stories must be formatted as follows: double-spaced Arial 12-point black font Word or RTF document (sent as an attachment). Indent the first line of each paragraph by half an inch. Do not add extra lines between paragraphs or irregular spacing between words. 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:  Thrones of Desire

Send to: submissions @ mitziszereto.com

Submission deadline: December 15, 2011. (Stories will be read on an on-going basis, so early submissions are highly encouraged.)

I look forward to reading your work!

About Mitzi Szereto:
Mitzi Szereto is an author of erotic and multi-genre fiction and non-fiction, an anthology editor, blogger for her own blog “Errant Ramblings,” and creator/presenter for the web TV channel Mitzi TV (http://mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers quirky London. Her published titles include Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance; Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; 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; and The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005. A pioneer of erotic writing workshops in the UK and mainland Europe and lecturer in creative writing at several British universities, she’s been featured internationally in publications and broadcast media. Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.



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17 Responses to “Writers Call for Short Story Submissions”

  1. Elizabeth Kolodziej Says:

    I think I can think up something for this… hehe

  2. mitzi Says:

    Hit me with it!

  3. Morticia Knight Says:

    Hi Mitzi – Love your blog, and this call for submission sounds great. I just posted it to my blog:
    I’ll definitely be sending something in – thanks!

  4. mitzi Says:

    Thanks! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  5. Torrance Says:

    Sounds like something I can do 🙂 Am excited!

  6. mitzi Says:

    Go for it. Good luck!

  7. Jo Says:

    I already started planning my story. I’m elated for this opportunity to get my writing published! 😀

  8. Ileandra Young Says:

    Can’t wait to have a go at this. This is sooooooo up my street. Let’s do this! ^_^

  9. Nova Chalmers Says:

    This looks like a great theme. Are you completely opposed to any stories below 3K?


  10. mitzi Says:

    I want proper stories that engage the reader on many levels, and I don’t think this is truly achievable in under 3K. But you’re welcome to send if you feel you’ve captured the essence of my theme. If it’s too short, but hits the right note, you can always develop it further. Thanks!

  11. Cecilia Tan Says:

    Agh. I don’t think I’m going to have time to get you anything for this, but I’ll put it on the to do list in case something grabs me by the balls and demands to be written before your deadline come up!

  12. mitzi Says:

    Good luck! I might be able to extend the deadline by say, a week, if that helps!

  13. Ileandra Young Says:

    Gah; I have two titles and I can’t pick which one. 🙁
    Can I send it to you with both and perhaps you pick which one you like? If applicable?

  14. mitzi Says:

    That’s fine, go ahead and send them both!

  15. Jill Says:

    crunch time. Don’t know if I can put the finishing touches on my submission in time, but I’m giving it my best shot.

  16. mitzi Says:

    If you need a few more days, that’s fine.

  17. Jill Says:

    That would be wonderful! I will do my best.

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