Deadlines for submissions for my two Cleis Press anthologies are fast approaching!
I’ve started reading through the submissions for the first anthology I want to fill, Beastly Babes, my lesbian shapeshifter anthology. I’ve gone through 24 stories so far. Several are intriguing. I thought it might be helpful for any of you writers out there to hear some feedback regarding the stories I have and what I hope to still discover.
First, creature features for the stories I’m considering: I have birds (3), a phoenix, wolves (2), selkies (3), a fox, mouse, snake, panther and puma. That doesn’t mean you can’t still submit one of those kinds of stories, but yours had better knock my socks off before I’ll consider sliding more of those animals into the book.
Second, I have plenty of sweet, a couple of funny, what I really want to see are some darker, eerier stories with some edgy kink to help round out the collection. They still have to have that romantic Happy-For-Now. And again, that’s not to say I won’t take more sweet or funny, but your story has to surprise me.
If you have an idea and haven’t started writing it yet, and need a little more time, let me know. The deadline is August 15, but I do have a little wiggle room. If I’m expecting it, I won’t close the door.
For more information regarding the submission guidelines, check out this link:
Beastly Babes Rules
Let me remind you that I have a second collection I am looking to fill, this time hetero cowboy stories. That deadline is the end of this month. For more information, here’s that link:
The Cowboy Rules