Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance for Women
Edited by Kristina Wright for Cleis Press
Submission Deadline: October 15
Publication: Fall 2012
Payment: $50 per story and two copies of the book, on publication
The only thing stronger than the call of duty is the call of desire! This anthology of military erotic romance will serve up a team of hot-blooded men (and women) from every branch of the military who serve their country and follow their hearts wherever they might be stationed. When the mission is done, the unit is recalled or the ship pulls into port, they set their sights on a new target—the pursuit of passion and love. In and out of uniform, stateside and abroad, these military warriors meet passion and danger head on. All’s fair in love and war—in and out of uniform.
Heterosexual in focus with a female audience in mind, Duty and Desire will include stories of U.S. soldiers, sailors, aviators, Marines and Special Forces (Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, etc.). However, members of the British Royal Navy, Israeli Army and any other international military personnel are welcome, as well! The usual taboos apply. While I won’t hold you to the letter of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), I do not want to see stories with military personnel engaging in illegal activities.
In erotic romance, the sexual component is critical to the development of the romantic relationship. According to Romance Writers of America, a romance must include two key elements: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending. So be sure to give me a romantic story with scorching hot sex and a happily-ever-after or happy-for-now ending.
Submission Guidelines: Unpublished stories only, no simultaneous submissions. The desired story length is 2,000-4,500 words. Double-space and indent the first line of each paragraph. Do not put extra spaces between paragraphs. Include your full contact information (legal name/pseudonym, mailing address and phone number) and a bio of 50 words or less written in the third person. Please paste your story into the body of your e-mail and attach it as a Microsoft Word .doc file. I will consider up to three stories per author.
Payment will be $50 per story and 2 copies of the book upon publication. Contributors retain the rights to their stories. Please note that Cleis Press has final approval over the manuscript.
Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with Submission: Story Title in the subject line. Please direct any questions to the same address.
About the editor:
Kristina Wright (www.kristinawright.com) is the editor of Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women, Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance and the forthcoming anthologies, Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance, Best Erotic Romance 2012 and Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance. Kristina’s first anthology, Fairy Tale Lust was nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Award by RT Book Reviews and was a featured hardcover alternate of the Doubleday Book Club. Her erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over eighty print anthologies, including With This Ring, I Thee Bed (Harlequin Spice); Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica (Avon Red); Nice Girls, Naughty Sex (Seal Press); three editions of Best Women’s Erotica (Cleis Press); four editions of Best Lesbian Erotica (Cleis Pess); six editions of the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica (Running Press) and the erotic romance collections Seduction, Liaisons and Sexy Little Numbers (Black Lace). She received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from Romance Writers of America for her first novel Dangerous Curves, which was published by Silhouette Books. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Passionate Ink. She is also a book reviewer for the Erotica Readers and Writers Association and the book club moderator for the Sexis Magazine’s Naked Reader Book Club at EdenFantasys.com. She holds degrees in English and Humanities and has taughtEnglish Composition and World Mythology at the community college level. She lives in Virginia and is married to a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy.