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Editor: Cheyenne Blue
Publisher: Ladylit Publishing
Deadline: April 24, 2015
Payment: US $40.00 plus a copy of e-book and paperback
Rights: First worldwide digital rights and print rights.
Cheyenne Blue is seeking fictional stories of lesbian passion and first experiences. While I will be including stories of sexual firsts, including first lesbian encounter and first experience of a particular sexual act, I am especially after stories that look beyond this with imagination and flair. I would like to see stories where the sex happens as an integral part of another first, whether it’s the first day in a new job, the first time overseas, breaking the law, or skinny dipping. How about a first experience of sex in zero G in space, or a near death experience on the battleground of a past war? Show me the marvel, wonder, joy, and pride of new experience, the accomplishment, or even the fear or despair. I welcome stories of emotional firsts: the first time in love, the first time that hate translates to sex, the first time with a new partner after a break up.
Above all, I want strong, complete tales that are more than just a sex act. This is not an anthology of true confessions, so stories do not need to be written in first person. For examples of the type of stories and writing I’m looking for, check out my previous anthology, “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire”.
Please note the usual no-nos apply: no incest / underage sex / rape / necrophilia / bestiality / scat. No poetry please.
Preferred length: 2500 – 5000 words.
Unpublished stories strongly preferred, although a couple of reprints might be used. Reprints must be solely owned by the author.
English only please. Please submit a double-spaced Microsoft Word document, using a 12-point serif font, such as Georgia or Times New Roman. One inch margins. If using a pen name, include both real and pen name on the manuscript.
Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file attachment to Cheyenne Blue at email@example.com. Please include “First” and your story title in the subject line.
In the body of the email please include your legal name, pseudonym, a short bio, and previous publication information if the story is a reprint.
Established authors welcomed, newcomers encouraged. I look forward to reading your work.
All submissions acknowledged within 3 days and acceptances notified by June 1, 2015.
About the editor: Cheyenne Blue is the editor of “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire” also from Ladylit, and has edited short stories through to novels. Her erotic fiction has been included in approximately 100 erotic anthologies since 2000. Under her own name she has written travel books and articles, and edited anthologies of local writing in Ireland.