Racy, Saucy, Sexy: Call for Submissions for BlogHer's E-Book ... on SEX

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Sex. It's so hot right now.

The Twilight-inspired BDSM erotica trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey has dominated the New York Times bestseller list and all the talk shows for the better part of a year.

Some of the titles the editorial team has received for review lately: The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom, Cowboy Lust: Erotic Romance for Women, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts (yes, sexy Austen!), and my personal favorite: Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire (yes, sexy Westeros!). Even the BlogHer Book Club is reading erotica -- two books in a row.

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And whether you love Fifty Shades as much as Tasha did, or dislike it as much as AV did, you have to give it credit for changing the culture: Women are reading, talking about, and writing our own desire more than ever. And more openly. And we think that's sextacular.

We're so excited, and we just can't hide it, to announce the call for submissions for BlogHer's upcoming e-book: Racy, Sexy, Saucy: Women Write Desire. We invite you to submit your post for publication!

The all-blogger publication will be released in early January -- just in time for Valentine's Day -- as an e-book by our partners, Open Road, who are publishing BlogHer's very first e-book, a compilation of the 2012 Voices of the Year, on Oct. 30 (check back then for all the details).

Categories

  • Experiences. Posts about real sex you really loved … or didn't
  • Your Fantasies. Whether in the form of erotica, poetry, essay …
  • Sex/Life. The role desire has had in your life, what it has … or hasn't felt like
  • Original Art. You can submit your own sexy photographs or artwork as well.

What We're Looking For

We want this to be a book that you Just. Can't. Put. Down. And that means authentic-feeling work by women on sex and desire.

We want writing and art that puts the reader in the moment, having the experience, transported. We really want to feel it, hear it; we want the nitty and the gritty. Whether you choose to be raunchy or not is up to you and your voice -- but we want to know your real desire.

We can hear about some failures and some heartbreaks -- but mostly we're looking for pieces that capture the particulars of how desire works for you, when it works.

The Particulars

  • Entries will be chosen for publication by the BlogHer editorial team. We will pay $50 for each accepted post.
  • Submissions cannot be anonymous -- that is, we need to know your name -- but we will consider publishing some entries anonymously. Look, here's the trick: If a post is good enough that we want to forward it to everyone we know, yeah, it can be anonymous. But we're mostly looking for openness about sex.
  • You must be the copyright holder (i.e. writer or artist) of all works you submit. Feel free to submit as many works as you like.
  • You can create something new to submit, or send us something you've already run on your blog.
  • It's likely that posts will be edited for the book, so you'll hear from us to work together on the edits if we pick your writing.
  • Deadline for submission: October 29, 2012

Submit Now!

Click here to submit your post or artwork to be considered for publication.

We want to know what you want to say about sex. Because we want the world to know that all women are not made the same; women's desires don't come in just 50 shades of gray. They're every shade of the entire rainbow, and we know that you're just the women to tell that story.

And we ALSO know that there's room for more than one of this type of book -- we are so incredibly excited that the fabulous Dead Cow Girl is also taking on a sex book project, Fifty Shades of Glitter. Don't forget to go and submit your stories (but not the same ones) over on her site too!

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