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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Orgasmic deadline extended to November 15th

I got some great stories in for my women's erotica anthology Orgasmic, and am still reading, but need some more juicy stories. I have a lot of sex toys so unless it's something creative/non-traditional (like it could be a sex machine, but not a rabbit vibrator) then I'd go in another direction. Hot, original, fun, creative. I'd like to see a few more couples, varied settings, etc. Happy writing!

To be edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and published by Cleis Press in Fall 2010
Deadline: November 1, 2009

Female authors only as this is a book of women’s erotica. This book of erotica by women will focus on the theme of female orgasm and stories should be told from a female POV, in first, second or third person. There should be at least one female orgasm in each story. How they happen is up to you. I’d love to see a wide variety of stories that include sex toys (broadly defined), clitoral stimulation, G-spot exploration, female ejaculation, dirty talk, various sex positions, exhibitionism, voyeurism, oral sex, BDSM, varying locations, couples trying something new, etc. These are just some ideas to use as starting points. Female orgasm doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be the entire focus of every single story, but should be woven into the story and not be an afterthought. Please be creative and send me your hottest stories. I will consider a few stories along the lines of a woman having trouble orgasming and then learning how to climax, but those will not make up the majority of the book. I want unabashed, lusty, exciting, bold orgasms.

For an idea of the kinds of stories I like, please see any of my anthologies, especially The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories (both Cleis Press) and Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women (Seal Press).

All characters must be over 18; no incest or bestiality.

Payment: Contributors will receive $50/story and 2 copies of the anthology on publication.

How to submit: Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document (.doc, not .docx) OR RTF of 1,500-5,000 word story. 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 orgasmicantho@gmail.cmom. 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. I will be accepting stories on a rolling basis so the sooner you submit, the better. Cleis Press has final approval over the manuscript so you can expect a final answer by May 2010 at the latest, but you will hear from me by January 15, 2010.

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 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 in New York 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.

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