Call for Submissions: Vampire Erotica
I'm reading for a new ebook of vampire-themed erotica for Ravenous Romance.
Deadline February 1, 2009. You may submit anytime before then, but note some acceptances won't be made until close to the deadline because I may want to consider multiple stories at a time before making individual determinations.
What I want in stories, in short:
Heterosexual, gay & bi characters ok, threesomes ok)
Love or a romantic element integral to the story
3,500 to 10,000 words
So, vampires, first and foremost. (Not werewolves, not ghosts, etc.. although your definition of a vampire and how the mythos works can be your own. There are plenty of variations on the myth out there already between Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Charlaine Harris alone. You may get away with an incubus or other demon/spirit who is vampire-like.) Love or romance must also be present in the story.
NOTE: This is NOT a horror anthology. This is an erotica anthology being published by a romance publisher.
I'd like to see the absolute allure of the danger in the vampire, and that means blood is OK, and killing is OK in the story, but not the main characters, please. (We're not here to fetishize snuff porn. No.) When it comes to a love story, established relationships are always a nice twist instead of starting with two strangers. Keep the focus on the erotic fire and the emotional kick. Plotty and intricate is good. I know it's hard to do something "new" with vampires, but do try. Think seduction, think how a bite is akin to penetration, think how the Victorians feared the power of lust as a supernatural force (but our readers don't). Period pieces are welcome. We can have the vampire as object of lust and fascination, and the vampire's lust and fascination for the mortal, the living. Play off that tension.
What I do NOT want: Any story of the following plot: Two people meet, they have, sex, one of them turns out to be a vampire! No! Don't do it! Also don't be tempted to change this plot to: they BOTH turn out to be vampires! NOR, one of them turns out to be a vampire hunter or killer! No. Do Not. Also do not think that your story has to be set in a goth bar or in New Orleans. Generally speaking some pain and suffering are good plot elements but No misogyny, rape, or necrophilia! If we are creeped out by your story it is probably horror and not erotica! Please don't try to justify it by telling me vampires are supposed to be horrifying monsters—just send your story to SOMEONE ELSE.
Sex-positive, woman-positive please.
To submit, please send an attached document to the Gmail address: ctan.editor. Be sure Your Name, Address, and Email appear as PART OF your attached document (not only in your email). Also please include a BIO suitable for publication with the story. WORD COUNT should also be on your document.
Terms are Ravenous Romance's standard terms. RR editor Lori Perkins has a nice explanation of the rights here: http://ravenousromance.blogspot.com/2008/10/our-short-story-rights-and-contracts.html
If you'd like a look at what kind of vampire stories I've bought in the past, the Blue Moon Books editions of "Erotica Vampirica" and "Blood Surrender" are both floating around for cheap on Amazon. But remember those books were not for a romance publisher, so the "love story" angle was not being sought then.
Submissions Email: ctan.editor at gmail dot com