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New Call for Submissions — The Cowboy
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

I have another call for submissions to any writers out there—and its short-fused! If you get your submission into me early enough, and if it requires changes to make it acceptable, you’ll get the chance to resubmit. I’ll work with you. Also, I need a sexier title. Anyone have any suggestions? I’d love to hear your ideas!

And don’t forget about Beastly Babes—those short stories are due at the end of July. Read more about it here: Beastly Babes ~DD

The Cowboy
Editor: Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Cleis Press in Fall 2012
Deadline: August 30, 2011 September 10, 2011
The Cowboy (tentative title) is open to all authors.

Editor Delilah Devlin is looking for hetero cowboy stories for a romantic erotica anthology tentatively entitled The Cowboy.

There’s a reason Western romance novels never go out of fashion. The cowboy is an iconic figure that embodies the dichotomy of the fiercely independent, earthy alpha male and the male as a nurturer. Given a picture of a man on a horse, wearing Wranglers, chaps, and with a broad-rimmed hat shadowing his face, women melt.

Even when he’s up to his knees in mud freeing a calf from a wallow, his image doesn’t tarnish. The imagination sparks, filling in the details—the scent of horse, cow, and crisp, clean sweat; the sight of sun-leathered skin and crows feet; the feel of work-hardened thighs and arms; and the sound of a deep-voiced, Texas drawl.

The Cowboy will seek stories that satisfy the reader who craves the romantic idea of that gruff, capable man while exploring stories in the American West as well as lesser-known international settings. The stories will be primarily contemporary with the possibility of a few historical Westerns. While traditional themes are likely to be featured, writers will be encouraged to imagine greater in order to create tales that, while featuring that iconic hero, may also surprise, like the rodeo clown seducing the cowboy-crazy “buckle bunny” or a Quigley Down Under story set in the pampas mired in a South American range war.

Published authors with an established Western world may use that setting for their original short story.

The stories may be as kinky or vanilla as the writer wants—but a deep sensuality should linger in every word. Exotic locations and scenarios are welcome. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. We are seeking original stories.

How to submit: Prepare your 1,500 to 4,500 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT.docx) OR rich text format. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required.

In your document at the top left of the page, include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 words or less bio in the third person to cleisthecowboy@gmail.com. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. Delilah will respond in October 2011. The publisher has final approval over the stories included in the manuscript.

Payment will be $50.00 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication.

About the editor: Ms. Devlin has published over eighty erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths. Her published print titles include Into the Darkness, Seduced by Darkness, Darkness Captured, Down in Texas, Texas Men and Ravished by a Viking. Her short stories are featured in Zane’s Purple Panties, and Cleis Press’s Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, Passion, Carnal Machines, and Dream Lovers. She is published by Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, Atria/Strebor, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, and Berkley. In Fall 2011, she debuts her first anthology with Cleis Press, Girls Who Bite.

Direct any questions you have regarding your story or the submission process to Delilah at cleisthecowboy@gmail.com.

33 comments to “New Call for Submissions — The Cowboy”

  1. Nichelle Scott-Williams
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 9:09 am · Link

    Ohhh this sounds fun…I may try it!



  2. Delilah Devlin
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 9:27 am · Link

    I hope you do, Nichelle!



  3. Sandra Cormier
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 9:52 am · Link

    I have a suggestion for the title if it hasn’t already been taken – Sex in the Saddle



  4. Delilah
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 10:01 am · Link

    Sandra! Oh my! I do like that.



  5. tammy ramey
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 10:13 am · Link

    love a good cowboy,have to see what i can come up with for you. :-P



  6. shadow
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 10:50 am · Link

    I like that title Sandra. Im not sure what you should name it. Im drawling blanks. :( I do love cowboys though. Ill see if something doesnt come to me later!



  7. Becky W
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 11:49 am · Link

    I’m not sure what you should name it. I can’t think of anything right now. I love cowboys and I am looking forward to see what stories will be in this anthology.



  8. shadow
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 12:49 pm · Link

    ‘Lassoing Me Some Yum’ lol



  9. shadow
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 12:52 pm · Link

    ‘Giddy up me some!’ lol wow, finding names for books is hard.



  10. shadow
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 3:17 pm · Link

    ‘Galloping Towards Esctasy’ and ‘Rope ’em Up’



  11. Nichelle Scott-Williams
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 3:23 pm · Link

    How about:

    High Noon Ecstasy
    The Devil Wore A Stetson



  12. shadow
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 6:01 pm · Link

    how about ‘buck up and ride’



  13. Delilah
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 8:20 pm · Link

    I may save some of these titles for stories!



  14. Nichelle Y. Scott-Williams
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 8:20 pm · Link

    LOL do tell!



  15. Jen B.
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Some of the title suggestions are hysterical.



  16. Diane Sadler
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 8:50 pm · Link

    I love cowboy stories but i just got home from work and no idea of a title.



  17. shadow
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 9:06 pm · Link

    lol we should do this more often. im having a ton of fun. tho im drawling a blank now.



  18. Nichelle Y. Scott-Williams
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 10:10 pm · Link

    The Cowboy Way



  19. Nichelle Y. Scott-Williams
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 10:23 pm · Link

    *Winks* Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy



  20. shadow
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 10:36 pm · Link

    ‘roped and rode’



  21. Nichelle Y. Scott-Williams
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      · June 16th, 2011 at 10:43 pm · Link

    Wrangled Hearts



  22. Melissa Ecker
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      · June 17th, 2011 at 2:18 am · Link

    Oh, Delilah. You know I love the cowboys! I have to submit something for this project!



  23. Janet
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      · June 17th, 2011 at 11:24 pm · Link

    “Please remove spurs before mounting.”



  24. shadow
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      · June 18th, 2011 at 9:10 pm · Link

    delilah, did you ever get a title for your book?



  25. Delilah
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      · June 18th, 2011 at 9:38 pm · Link

    I love all the suggestions I got and forwarded the five I thought strongest to my editor at Cleis. She’s taking the list to her team for them to choose. I’m sure marketing will have some input, so it might be a little while before the title is set in stone. I’ll let you all know what the decision is once I learn it!



  26. Ashley A
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      · June 18th, 2011 at 11:11 pm · Link

    Sounds like fun!! Too bad I couldnt think up a good cowboy anything to save my life lol :)



  27. shadow
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      · June 19th, 2011 at 8:16 am · Link

    Thats awesome! Hopefully you get a really good one to fit your book! :P



  28. Becky W
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      · June 19th, 2011 at 8:59 am · Link

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see what the title will be.



  29. Jen B.
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      · June 19th, 2011 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Bummer, the book title has been rolling around in my head since this post. I just had a lightbulb moment. Hopefully, you like it…

    Midnight Riders

    I figure it could cover a lot of different types of stories.



  30. Delilah Devlin
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      · June 19th, 2011 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Jen B! Wouldn’t that be a great title for my Dark Frontier series? Something to follow Undeniable?



  31. Jen B.
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      · June 19th, 2011 at 8:19 pm · Link

    I hadn’t thought about it but Midnight Riders might really fit that series. And I do love vamp stories!



  32. Sky Robinson
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      · June 20th, 2011 at 9:31 pm · Link

    I’m definitely in! Should have something ready soon.



  33. shadow
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 3:53 pm · Link

    oh how about ‘spurred on’