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Deadline: October 15, 2012
Jacked In: Transhumanist Erotica
Edited by by Gabrielle Harbowy
The dawn of the transhumanist movement has arrived: technologies are now available that can eliminate aging and greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological potential. Cybernetic implants, interfaces, and prosthetics. Genetic modification. Nanotech. And, as we all know, as soon as any new technology appears, someone finds a way to use it to enhance sex. That’s where you come in. We’re looking for stories taking place in the science-fictional future, the gritty reality that cyberpunk depicts, or even in a very near future that looks a lot like present-day, showing human modifications that are repurposed — or purpose-built — for pleasure.
All sexualities and gender expressions are welcomed. Kink welcome.
This ebook anthology is being edited by Gabrielle Harbowy for Circlet Press. Gabrielle is a writer and editrix of science fiction and fantasy. She co-edited the award-nominated anthology WHEN THE HERO COMES HOME with Ed Greenwood (Dragon Moon Press), and copyedits for publishers including Pyr Books and Lambda Literary Review. Her story “Descent of the Wayward Sister” appears in CTHULHUROTICA (Dagan Books).
For submission details, read on.
Length: Preferred length for this book is approximately 3000 to 6000 words, but we will consider the range from 2000 to 8,000 words. Query if you have something outside those ranges that seems otherwise fitting.
How to Submit: All submissions must be made via email to Gabrielle Harbowy, editor, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions sent to other addresses/other editors at Circlet Press will not be considered. Standard manuscript formatting rules apply even though sending as an attachment (MS Word .doc or .rtf preferred). Please note that this means your name, address, and email contact must appear on the manuscript itself and not simply in your email message. (If you’re not sure what standard short story submission format should look like, Google is your friend.)
No simultaneous submissions (that is, don’t also send your story elsewhere at the same time, and don’t send it to multiple Circlet editors, either), and no multiple submissions to the same book. One story per author per anthology, thanks.
All stories must include explicit sexuality and erotic focus. Romantic content is welcome, but in a short story remember to keep the details on the action and its effects on the main character’s internal point of view. We favor a strong, singular narrative voice (no ‘head hopping’ or swapping between different character’s points of view within a scene). For more details on our editorial preferences, see the general submission guidelines on circlet.com. We highly recommend reading the guidelines, especially the “do not send” list, to increase your chances of sending us something we’ll love. Try to avoid cliches. Fresh and direct language is preferred to overly euphemistic. Sex-positive, please, no rape/nonconsensuality/necrophilia or other purposefully gross topics. We do not publish horror.
Originals only, no reprints. We purchase first rights for inclusion in the ebook anthology for $25, with the additional rights to a print edition later which would also be paid $25 if a print edition happens. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Circlet exercises rights to the anthology as a whole.