I need a few perfectly fabulous, memorable, excellent essays about sex for Best Sex Writing 2010. They can be unpublished (actually, that's preferred) and this isn't a call for submissions because I can't say exactly what I want, just I'll know it when I see it. Would love something from a guy or three about their sexuality/fetishes/fantasies (the large, large majority of first-person pieces I get are from women), would love to see someone explore Natalie Dylan selling her virginity, the Obamas and race and sexuality, elder sexuality (perhaps tying in 74-year-old Japanese porn star Shigeo Tokuda), etc. But mostly I want something I never could conjure up on my own. I want something that tells me something, some feeling, some experience about sex that I've never heard before. That may be vague, but so be it. I want something that'll blow people away.
I'm actually pretty open; I have a piece by a married woman about why she plans to have an affair and what the difference is between married sex and non-married, I have Diana Joseph's chapter "The Girl Who Only Sometimes Said No" from I'm Sorry You Feel That Way about talking to her teenage son about sex/reflecting on being a "slut." I have an article on sex laws and one on vaginaplasty and a rumination on pubic hair.
So! I need these pieces ASAP, by July 20th at the latest, as I'm already late with the book, making me, oh, just an eensy bit stressed.
Send completed, double spaced Word documents to bestsexwriting2010 at gmail.com WITH a bio of 50 words or less. If you have a query, try me at that address. My publisher, Cleis Press, has final approval of my manuscript, and I thank them for sending me back to the drawing board on this one because we're determined to make it the best book it can be. I'll be launching bestsexwriting.com hopefully next month too with some examples, but see Best Sex Writing 2008 and Best Sex Writing 2009 to find out the kinds of pieces I look for.
And I haven't responded to people who submitted the first time around because, as I stated above, I'm back to the drawing board, but I will be responding soon.