Monday, October 3, 2011

Quick Deadline! ConverSextion Sexiest Story

ConverSextion is not a publisher or writing blog like so many who offer writing opportunities. It's actually a conversation site, filled with forums where adults can go to talk about sex and sexuality in a mature, helpful, and mutually supportive way.

It's also kind of fun, with humor, videos and--as we see today--Sexiest Story Contests!

As with all good contests, there are great prizes--in this case, cash and gift cards! Prizes are:

1st Place- $500.00 CASH!
2nd Place- $100.00 Gift Card to
3rd Place- $50.00 Gift Card to

Just so you know, sells grown-up toys, so don't go flipping through their website with your kids around!

Entries have to be in by midnight this Friday, so this is a perfect contest for anyone who has a sexy little story that they've never submitted anywhere.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekend Getaways

Call for Submissions

Secret Cravings Publishing is taking submissions of short stories of up to 5k - 10k words for a onetime payment of $50-$100 depending on the length of the manuscript.

Any genre Steamy to Burn the page erotic stories wanted.

These stories will be released individually with their own cover. One each Saturday of the week.

Submissions will be ongoing—no deadline.

Normal no-no's apply including: rape, scat, golden showers, etc. Check our general submission guidelines for things we do not take.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thoughts on Beginning with Fanfiction

Written by Nancy, one of our 3 fabulous ND betas.

I’ve been on a fan-fiction reading frenzy lately. Why? I could say that, “I don’t know why.” But that wouldn’t be the truth. I do know why.

I got my start in writing – a jolt to the heart of my need to write – via fan fiction. And, just last week, I finished the very first fan-fiction story I ever started. Granted, the phrase ‘the end’ came six-and-a-half years after I wrote ‘Prologue’. But, so be it. Anyone who knows me knows my propensity for procrastination. Except, I don’t think procrastination is entirely to blame.

For those of us who love to read, there’s a certain sense of loss that comes with finishing a story. Maybe that’s why series are all the rage; you finish a book but you haven’t finished the story – get my meaning? For those of us who write, the sense of loss that comes with typing the last word of the last chapter is much more acute. It really does feel like this part of us, the part that we dredged up, stirred about, tapped into, and channeled, has died, never again to be. Yes, we’ll write more stories, but not ‘that’ story. I remember feeling that sense of… writer’s mortality, if you will… when I finished Another Way. I felt depressed. I felt listless. I felt adrift. The men, women, places and motivations I had been living with, exploring, and exploiting, for eleven months were no longer part of my day-to-day existence.

Hence one of the bigger reasons why my Harry Potter fan-fiction story, Hooligan of Hogwarts, took more than six years to complete. I didn’t want to let it go. Through that story, I’d met the most amazing array of people, from all over the world, of whom I’d never have ever interacted with otherwise. Several of these people I lucky enough to call friend. Who’d want to end something that could hurt them?

That got me to thinking… about Cassandra Claire. Yep. The Golden Girl of plagiarism. The Cinderella of fan-fiction writers as she, through fan-fiction, secured a three-book deal with a major publisher and had one of her books appear on the New York Times Bestseller list.

I admit, I got caught up in her Draco Dormiens series. It was fun, full of quips, lots of angst, and populated with characters from the Harry Potter universe. Then, as I read more, and the scandal unfolded, I realized why her ‘voice’ was so familiar. It was Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer voice. Her Draco series was a re-packaged version of the Buffy/Angel television series, with just enough Rowling-ness to hook Potter fans.

Why would someone do such a thing? Especially when Claire has a talent all together her own?

I can answer that one…

Acceptance. Fame. Notoriety.

How do I know?

Even though I never achieved the success that Claire attained, I found my own fan-fiction writing gaining a modicum of popularity. Man – it’s heady stuff. Truly. The reviews, the e-mails, the comments, the flames, the praise, the fan-art, the interpersonal relations; it all culminates to fuel the approval junkie that resides in every single person who creates art in which ever medium they utilize.

I can see Claire getting caught up in it. Who wouldn’t? Does that justify her faux-righteous indignation? Her attempts to vindicate herself? Her constant denials? No. Not in the least. Plagiarism is a foul, cowardly act. It’s deliberate and calculated. To use a Potter-verse term, I consider it Unforgivable. She should have confessed to plagiarism, shrugged her shoulders, and the matter would have dropped in no time. Instead, it has dogged her every step and stemmed her publishing career.

As I stride forward with my publishing career, I take the lessons I learned from Cassandra Claire: own what you do, no matter what it is.

I also take with me the lessons that I’ve learned along the way. In particular, the lesson pertaining to grief and how to grieve for a story: cherish its roots, pay homage to where it came from, the original source of inspiration for the story.

That’s why I’ve been reading so much fan-fiction this past week.

That’s why I’ll continue to read fan-fiction for years and years to come. Hopefully, one of these days, there will be fan-fiction based on one of my stories.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

New Publisher Seeking Submissions

Musa Publishing has opened its doors this week, and is seeking submissions for its October launch. Musa has 9 imprints, based on the 9 Muses, including Romance, Spec Fic, Young Adult, and Action/Adventure.

I've worked with the founders of Musa in the past, and I can attest to their competency, skill, commitment, financial savvy, and devotion to the author. Anyone who get accepted over there will be ruthlessly edited, passionately marketed, and make some real money over time.

Go to their website and blog and check them out. They will be glad to answer any questions you have.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Intergeneration Story Telling Contest

Intergeneration Day/Week is sponsoring a short story contest, in honor of the age old way of passing important traditions down through the generations--storytelling.

These are very short stories, up to 750 words, and there are cash prizes being offered.

From their website:

Writing suggestions include, but are not limited to:

• Stories from an older person, like a grandparent, you have heard.

• Stories you think you might tell your children or grandchildren.

• Stories from history.

• Stories from different cultures.

Don't forget the deadline is August 15!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Crescent Moon Press Looking for Zodiac Themed Stories

Crescent Moon Press focuses on publishing fantasy, science fiction, and the paranormal. They are looking for submissions for their Sabian Symbols series, a zodiac-themed series of novels and novellas.

Their guidelines for these submissions include:

We only accept new material-previously published submissions will not be considered.

Novel length submissions should be between 60,000 and 120,000 words, while novellas should be between 20,000 and 40,000.

All submissions must contain a romance or strong romantic elements.

We do not accept erotica.

They look like an interesting and focused publisher, so follow the link to check them out!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Literal Latte Short Shorts Contest
First Prize $500

Send unpublished shorts. 2,000 words max. All styles welcome.

Postmark by June 30th.

Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
Include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or Email Address for reply.
Include $10 Reading Fee per set of up to 3 Shorts — OR —
$15 Reading Fee per set of 6 Shorts.

Literal Latte is also running a poetry contest with even bigger monetary prizes, so make sure to go to the link for more info~