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Stories of Positive Men Who Have Hot & Juicy Sex with Men
A sex-positive collection of erotic short stories featuring men who are living with HIV or AIDS and have sex with men, edited by Chael Needle and Hank Trout.
To rectify the dearth of positive male characters having hot, juicy sex in erotica.
To remind the world that individuals who are positive have something to teach us about pleasure.
To interrupt stigmatizing portrayals of positive men as “dirty,” degraded, or desexualized and ascetic individuals.
To increase dialogue about having sex while positive, especially in the context of new prevention approaches (PrEP, in particular); a new consciousness of mixed-serostatus and same-serostatus sex; and new science (Undetectable = Untransmittable, the zero incidence of those with undetectable viral loads transmitting HIV to partners).
To recast the CDC category “men who have sex with men” as something less abstract and clinical and more flesh-and-blood real.
What We’re Looking For
1. We want stories that are hot and juicy. We want stories that explore the possibilities of pleasure that stimulate the body, mind, and/or spirit.
2. We want stories that are sex-positive. Mild to wild. Consensual. Kink-friendly. Characters should be eighteen years of age and up. Not for us: extreme violence, scat.
3. The story should feature at least one central character that is living with HIV and is aware of their serostatus.
4. We are interested in representing adult characters across a spectrum of age, ability, ethnic identity, disease progression and illness history, gender identity and expression, and experience.
5. Minimum word count: 1,500. Maximum: 3,000 words.
6. Compensation is one contributor copy of the book upon publication.
Who We Are
Chael Needle has published fiction and poetry in journals and is co-editor of Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U (Black Lawrence Press). He has been managing editor of A&U, a national, nonprofit HIV/AIDS magazine, since 2000.
Hank Trout edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. He is an Editor at Large for A&U. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick.
How to Submit & Deadline
Email submissions and/or queries to [email protected]. Deadline: March 31, 2019.
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