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Call for submissions

SINISTER WISDOM: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal

Special Issue Call for Submissions:
Lesbians in Exile
Edited by Joan Nestle and Yasmin Tambiah
Deadline: June 1, 2013.
Anticipated publication date: Spring 2014
Joan Nestle and Yasmin Tambiah are calling for writing exploring the many faces of exile and displacement as seen from a lesbian perspective: the loss of national selves, the loss of known boundaries, the burdens of war, the impact of dislocation, of geographical shifts, and the insights resulting from such changes. We are looking for writing that discusses the more recognized journeys of exile—the loss of national and cultural sites of being—as well as exchanges of known territories for unknown or less familiar ones, such as the movement from a rural world to an urban one or in the other direction. What does it mean to lose a community that has given you life, but one from which you must flee? What do you take with you, what do you leave behind and what becomes transformed through such movement? We also see questions of exile rising in experiences of gender. Perhaps one might say that to be a lesbian, to be queer, is to live in a permanent state of exile, but is this still true? Fiction, memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, short essays are all welcome. Our deadline for submissions is June 1, 2013. Please send questions and submissions to
Joan Nestle, born in the Bronx in 1940, lived most of her life in New York City teaching students from all over the world; her own provinciality ended, she hopes, when she met her Australian lover and moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2001. At 72, she is most grateful when she is forced to see with new eyes that which she thought she knew. Co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, author, editor and writer of 9 books exploring the lesbian body and imagination.
Yasmin Tambiah grew up in Sri Lanka, and lived there before and during the war years. She has spent long periods of her adult life in the USA and Australia, with stints in India, Trinidad and Europe. She is a researcher and writer.


January 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Call for subs: Dormitory Heat: Hot Lesbian Tales of Campus Lust

Sorry for the long silence but life has been busy and I’ve been too lazy. Anyways, here’s a book to look forward to.

Dormitory Heat: Hot Lesbian Tales of Campus Lust
Edited by Therese Szymanski

Submission deadline: July 1, 2011 (to be published in 2012)

Ah, to be young, hot, and hopelessly in lust while surrounded by nubile babes at one of the many great institutions of higher learning that help to mold the future leaders of this country.

Therese Szymanski is seeking hot stories about women on campus—horny sorority sisters, feisty women’s studies students, queer drama dykes, we want them all:
• From the sexy new sorority sister being initiated into the ways of her newfound sisterhood…

• To the wide-eyed freshman theatre major learning all about trust exercises in her freshman acting lab…

• The sexy geek learning all about extra credit in her latest women’s studies class…

• The feisty track star getting hot and sweaty in the locker room with her teammates…

• The beautiful Japanese student exploring women’s culture in the states…

• And more—your imagination’s the limit! I want them all, so long as they’re hot stories my readers will want to read one-handed in the bathtub, bring ‘em on!

Use your imagination and your very best words to craft hot stories with great ideas, real characters and interesting situations while leaving your reader hot, wet and wanting more. Put your all into it, but as you’re bringing onyou’re your best sleaze, remember that story reigns supreme—humor and twist endings are fun, but the stories must also be hot and sexy. Bring on your very best and realize that typos, punctuation, grammar, odd/incorrect POVs, and other things DO count against you.


1) Stories should be between 2,000 and 7,000 words in length.

2) Please submit a typed, double-spaced hard copy in at least 12-point type with one-inch margins. Preferably in a nice, readable serif font like Times New Roman. Documents should be formatted with US standards of 8½”x11” paper, etc.

3) Characterization, plot, and story are key. (Really. I want a good, hot story, with a believable plot and real characters!) but punctuation, grammar and POV are important.

4) Stories must be erotic, lesbian and on topic.

5) Name, address, phone number, word count, and email address should all appear on the first page. (If accepted, final manuscript must be submitted electronically.)

6) Include a 50-word bio with your submission.

7) Only previously unpublished stories—or stories that have appeared on the Internet (and can be pulled)—will be considered. (Please include information on where and when the story was posted in your cover letter.)

8) Please include a brief cover letter with your submission.

9) Only three submissions per person please.

10) Include an SASE with sufficient postage to return the manuscript if you would like it returned, or, if manuscript is disposable, please state so in your cover letter.

11) Handy hint: If you don’t necessarily need/want the manuscript back, but would like to know if you’ve been rejected, please include a #10 SASE (that is, Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) so we can let you know if we’re unable to use your story with a simple form letter (no feedback can be given).

12) Email Reese at dormitoryheat at with any questions.

Contributors will be paid upon publication and will receive two copies of the anthology. No final decisions about stories to be included in this anthology will be made before 1/1/2012.

Send all manuscripts to:

Therese Szymanski
3571 Far West Blvd. #122
Austin, TX 78731

Please do not send manuscripts in any way that requires a signature upon delivery. If you enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard with your story, Szymanski will be happy to drop it in the mail upon receipt.

Therese (Reese) Szymanski, the bestselling, award-winning author and playwright of nine mystery/thrillers, four novellas, six controversial plays and several dozen short stories, essays, articles, columns, reviews and feature stories, is a marketing guru whose every fiction-editing turn has been shortlisted for or won an award. She’s edited Back to Basics: A Butch/Femme Anthology, Call of the Dark: Erotic Lesbian Tales of the Supernatural, A Perfect Valentine: Erotic Valentine’s Day Lesbian Love, Wild Nights: Mostly True Stories of Women Loving Women and Fantasy: Untrue Stories of Lesbian Passion. You can find out more about Reese and her work at

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June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Call for submissions: Read These Lips, Volume 5 (June 2011)

Read These Lips is a free e-book project dedicated to lesbian literature. In our fifth year, we are inviting submissions to our anthology series.

We seek multi-dimensional literary writings that speak the possibilities of lesbian lives. We feature popular genre as well as cross-genre works.

Submissions are open from 1 November 2010 to 31 January 2011.  Please read our Submissions Guidelines carefully, and our previous anthologies for guidance.

Early expressions of interest are encouraged.

All correspondence to


  • Each submission: Not more than 4000 words per entry. Not less than 500 words, or 1 page, except for poetry or graphics. However, if making two (2) submissions per author per anthology, the word limit is 4000 in total.  Maximum of two (2) submissions per author per anthology.
  • You may submit stories, poetry, verse, graphics…any genre that can be reproduced on paper.
  • Submissions should have a lesbian flavour but may include anything LBTIQ inspired. New work preferred.
  • Submissions should be in MSWord or RTF format or any text file to preserve format, and not in the body of an email.
  • Enclose a short biography, picture and email contact with your submissions.Submissions without biographies will not be considered.
  • Third party sources must be credited.
  • You agree to provide your submissions free of charge to the anthology.
  • You agree to our editing process. For more information see Behind The Curtain at our blog.
  • Accepted entries will not be removed from the anthology once published.
  • We are not responsible for any copyright infringement that may be caused by the use of your submission in our anthologies.

How the anthology works.

Our anthologies are published only in electronic format.

The anthology is distributed via the internet.

It is free to download and to share. It is not for sale.

Authors retain their moral rights, but once a submission is included in the anthology and is published, it cannot be removed.

IMPORTANT: Those who wish to submit to us or host or distribute our anthologies should be aware of our Terms of Use.

November 10, 2010 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Y’sBLF call for submissions

Bedazzled Ink Publishing are looking for nominations for their next Year’s Best Lesbian Fiction anthology.

Nominations are open for stories with lesbian content to be considered for this year’s Year’s Best Lesbian Fiction anthology. Short stories to 12,500 words featuring significant lesbian content, first published in an edited venue (online, magazine, anthology, etc) in 2009, are eligible for nomination.   Fanfic is not eligible, and erotica stories are strongly discouraged.

This year’s issue will be edited by Fran Walker and Andi Marquette and published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing.  Authors whose stories are selected for inclusion by the editors, and whose reprint rights are contracted for this anthology, will receive a $25 payment and one contributor’s copy.   The anthology will be published in print and e-book form in June 2010.

If you published one or more lesbian stories in 2009 that you feel would be of suitable quality and content and that you would like to nominate, please email me the date and venue of original publication and a copy of the story, preferably by 31 January 2010.  Alternatively, if you could forward this information to your authors, they can nominate their published stories themselves. Info on last year’s issue can be found here:

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions; please also feel free to forward this call for nominations to anyone you think might be interested.

many thanks,

Fran Walker


January 11, 2010 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Why the short story?

Thanks to a timely link from Kelley Eskridge, I’ve added another short story advocate to my SS list. Yes yes I’m a fiend for the SS. In fact, I buy/borrow anthologies four times more often than novels, and I’d rather read an SS collection than a *gasp* romance. However, I always prefer female writers.

How do I love thee… oops, I mean the short story… let me count the ways. Nah, that would just make for a long post. Suffice to say, I agree with every assessment on the goodness of SS, without taking away from the goodness of novels. For me, brevity, wit, clever ideas, smart writing, author style, off-the-wall views, discipline – in combination – are just some of the reasons for admiring the short story. That and my attention span means I read in grabs and the SS is perfect for that. Leaves more room for ruminating.

I also read an awful lot of emails and always the dailies. Perhaps that habit has cemented my preference. In any case, all the more reason not to endorse Twitter. I mean, do we really need shorter news?

So’s to start the week off, here are links to sites that promote the short story. Each site has links to others and so on.



On writing an SS – this is an opinion section, doubtless there are more:,9171,1555136,00.html (hilarious for the disgruntled comments)

Freebie sites: (sadly ended)

Big prize money site:

Lesbian anthols site:

Do send me more links.

September 8, 2008 at 6:18 am 3 comments

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News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.