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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Send your smut to Fishnet

I get a lot of emails asking some variety of, "Will you read my erotica? Where can I submit my work?" I always refer them to the Erotica Readers & Writers Association call for submissions page (did someone say "Butch Bottoms"?).

Now here's a wonderful old/new (Fishnet has been around for a while, but this specific call for submissions is new) call for erotica from Greta Christina. (same as on her blog, except her blog has a sexy photo of fishnets along with it)

It's a wonderful site and as a writer doing your research, you can easily read what they've published to see what types of work they're looking for. A quick scroll shows me many familiar bylines, like Donna George Storey, Sophie Mouette, Teresa Noelle Roberts, and Elspeth Potter, and a lot of writers who are new to me. I republished Lori Selke's excellent story "Cocksucker" (first line: "He asks if he can suck my dick.") in Tasting Him: Oral Sex Stories.

One pet peeve I personally have is when people don't follow the directions. So if you do submit, make sure you read this in full (I've literally had people say, "Sorry, the guidelines were long so I didn't read all the way to the end") and then send in your hottest smut!

FISHNET MAGAZINE:
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR EROTIC FICTION

Fishnet, the online erotic fiction magazine of Blowfish, is seeking
submissions. We are looking for adult fiction that is both literate and
hot: fiction that explores the human experience of sexuality, while at the
same time working as fun and exciting stroke material. We want hot fiction
that goes beyond a mere sex scene -- give us a good story, get us inside
the skin of your protagonists and show us what they find exciting about
the sex they're having. Good writing is important, as is originality.
Tender or melancholy stories are fine, but we're also not afraid of
stories that push boundaries, that blur the lines of gender, propriety or
even consent. Challenge our assumptions, but make our toes curl while you
do it.

Payment: Fishnet pays 5 cents per word, paid on acceptance. We will need
your real name, address, and a US social security number (if you have one)
before we can pay you. We are happy to run pieces under pseudonyms, if you
prefer.

Rights: We take first perpetual web rights, exclusive for 6 months; a
non-exclusive print anthology reprint right; and non-exclusive, perpetual
audio performance rights (i.e., we can podcast it). The author retains
copyright and all other rights.

Length: We are ideally looking for pieces longer than 1000 words and
shorter than 4,000. Shorter and longer pieces will be considered, but are
less likely to be accepted. Absolute upper limit: 6,000 words. (Long
pieces may be split and published in two parts.)

Content: We are open to stories about any and all genders, activities, and
sexual orientations. Stories about non-consent are acceptable, but will be
prefaced as such. We cannot accept stories about explicitly underage
characters.

Reprints: We are strongly focused on original material. We will consider
reprints if they are exceptional. Reprints will be paid less than original
work.

Submission method: Send submissions and inquiries to
fiction-editor@blowfish.com. Please send submissions by email, as text in
the body of the email -- no attachments, please, they will be rejected
unread. Please include a short bio (100 words or less) with your
submission. Bios may include a link to your blog or website. Please
include Fiction Sub: (STORY TITLE) in the subject line, replacing (STORY
TITLE) with the title of your story. Please also make sure that your
submission does not contain "curly quotes" or other special characters.
Please mark paragraph breaks with double line breaks, not with tabs.

Please also send a short cover letter that mentions the word count of the
story enclosed and a couple of any relevant fiction sales (we also welcome
first-time authors). We encourage you to send the cover letter as a
separate email in case our spam filter catches the story by mistake; if we
get just the cover letter, we know something happened and can contact you
to fix it.

Multiple submissions: Please, no more than three submissions per author at
one time. Multiple submissions should each be sent in a separate email.

If you have questions or want to submit work, please email
fiction-editor@blowfish.com. We look forward to seeing your work.

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