Best Women's Erotica 2012/2013

April 16, 2012

It’s time… Best Women’s Erotica 2012 is on shelves both virtual and actual, and it’s getting rave reviews. Now, the best erotic short stories written by women for the 2013 edition of the leading series for explicit women’s lit: Best Women’s Erotica 2013, is accepting submissions. It’s a tight deadline, so tell all your writer friends, send in your hottest erotica… quick!


Call For Submissions

Best Women’s Erotica 2013
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: July 1st, 2012


Please note: Publisher has final right of refusal on all submissions. Payment is upon publication, plus 2 copies of the book; pub date is November 2012.

Best Women’s Erotica is a legendary and groundbreaking yearly series, and is the best-selling women’s erotica collection, period. Every year BWE raises the bar for explicit erotica written by and for women, penned by the most exciting female authors, from around the world.


This edition (BWE 2013) is selected and edited by Violet Blue (, @violetblue). In this edition, we are looking for fictional stories that seek to push the boundaries of female sexuality, present realistic fantasies and situations, and break taboos. The sex acts depicted must be explicit and realistic in detail.

A strong focus on character, predicament, and compelling situations is desired ‘ smart, literate erotic fiction. The desired orientation within the main sexual element of the stories is primarily heterosexual, yet bisexuality and lesbian encounters are also encouraged. The primary focus of sexual activity must be on the female experience; female pleasure is the main element. A playful, clever approach is welcome, as are intense scenarios.


Desired themes include: Women’s sexual fantasies and experiences of all kinds, such as taboo sex acts, fantasy scenarios (real or imagined), bondage, fetish, male anal penetration (such as strap-on play), first-time experiences, light S/M, exhibitionism, power-play, voyeurism, public sex, seduction, role-play, spontaneous sex, spanking, erotic punishment, sexual surprise, emotional honesty, desire, longing, lust, passion, female fierceness, power (and power struggles), deviousness, meaning, themes that involve the Internet and technology, and sublime humor. Above all, include explicit sex.


What not to send: Dark themes (such as breakup, jealousy, infidelity and death) must be exceptional in content for acceptance and are *least* desired. Do not send sci-fi, poetry or fantasy fiction.

Paste your story submissions into emails and send to: cleisbook at

Rules: Only three submissions per author. Word count: 2500 to 4500 words is the desired range. No simultaneous submissions (you will be disqualified with no hesitation if you submit the story to multiple publications). Excerpts from already-published, full-length books will be considered.


Required: You must include your name (and pseudonym if you are using one), a short 150-word bio, mailing address and main contact email address with your submission. Payments are made by check or PayPal only; state your preference.

Authors must be female; sorry, no male authors writing under pseudonym. Because of the volume of submissions last year (literally hundreds), I likely won’t be able to respond to your submissions until August.


Please use the cleisbook at address for correspondence about this book.