Demon pacts. Alien experiments. Ghostly possessions. Monsters under the bed. Tentacles in the toilet bowl. We may fear the things that go bump in the night, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.

Keep us earthbound or launch us into outer space. Unveil the hungry horrors of this world or of one full of fantasy and magic. Show us too-friendly creatures from the deep or amorous plants in the rainforest. Expose us to a mad scientist’s tireless steam-powered machine or a matriarchal tribe’s sperm-milking farm. Take us into Hell, or merely into the dark recesses of someone’s dreams. Show us eager “victims” or hesitant ones, or even full-blown resistance . . . as long as it all works out in the end.

Whatever they may be, explore your wildest fantasies in this collection of dark erotic tales.

(These stories will be released as a single ebook and print anthology. Select stories may be released individually several months after the release of the anthology.)

Length: 5,000 to 10,000. Slightly longer or shorter stories may be accepted, but be prepared to wow us.
Genres: Any
Heat Levels: HOT!
Ending: No tragedies, please
Orientation: Any LGBTQ
Submissions Due: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Acceptance Letters Sent By: February 1
Anticipated Release Date: October, 2013

Royalty Rates: Book royalties start at 50% of net, regardless of the length of your project. Once you cross a certain sales threshold, royalties increase to 60% of net, and once you cross the final sales threshold, royalties increase to 70% net. Royalty rates for print-on-demand, traditional offset printing, and various subsidiary rights are a bit more complex, but ultimately designed to split net profits 50/50 between the author and the publisher. All terms are fully detailed in our contract, and we’re happy to answer any questions a prospective author may have.

Submission Info: All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please send the following submission package to [email protected]:

-A query letter containing the title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of your story; a one- to two-paragraph “sales pitch” (like the blurbs you see on the back cover of a book); and a brief history of your publication, if any.
-A two- to three-page synopsis of your story from start to finish. Do not leave out the ending!
-Your completed manuscript.

Please paste the query letter directly into your email, and attach the synopsis and manuscript as .rtf files. We have no specific formatting requirements, but please be sensible and remember that if the editor has a hard time reading your submission, he or she simply won’t. The subject line of your email should read: Manuscript Submission: [Call Title].

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