Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
To be published by Seal Press in 2012
Erotica editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for erotic stories of 2,000-4,000 words celebrating women in all their curvy glory. We are living in a time when “plus-size” is a fashion catchphrase, but everyone from Meghan McCain to Jessica Simpson to Jennifer Love Hewitt has been attacked for being too big, when the slightest roundness in the belly sets off tabloid “baby bump” rumors, and stars’ weight is scrutinized down to the very last ounce. This book is a chance to write about the sensual, erotic side of having “more to love” and/or loving a woman of size. I want everything from big butts to plus-size corsets to pregnant bellies and beyond; how you define “curvy” is up to you, but that should come across clearly in your story. I want partners who are bigger and smaller than their curvy lovers, who seek out fat/plus-size/curvy/fill-in-your-preferred-word-here women or who’ve never been with one. Please note that “curvy” or “plus-size” does not have to mean feminine; I’d also like some butch, androgynous, athletic and other perspectives.
The exact definition of “curvy” I will leave up to you. Stories can be from the POV of a “curvy girl” or her lover. These should be erotic stories that fully explore all aspects of female sexuality; excitement and adventure are welcome, as well as stories close to home. The final book will include a range of stories spanning from long-term relationships to one-night stands, from vanilla to kinky. I’m mainly looking for contemporary stories, but a few stories featuring historical settings could be included.
Stories should grab me with the first sentence and not let go. Looking for characters with a range of voices, storytelling tones, diversity of age, race, and location, especially incorporating these varying viewpoints into the plotline and the characters’ outlook on body image and size. Think America Ferrera, April Flores, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, Crystal Renn, Gabourey Sidibe, Mia Tyler, or whoever your favorite “curvy girl” icon is (those are just a few names to get you pondering). No reprints, no poetry. All characters must be over 18. No incest, bestiality or scat. For an idea of the kinds of stories I like, please see my anthology Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women. Authors of all genders may submit to this anthology, but the primary focus should be on the main curvy protagonist, though it can be from any character’s POV.
Payment: $100 and 2 copies of the book on acceptance
Deadline: June 1, 2011 (earlier submissions preferred)
Full details at http://community.livejournal.com/call_for_subs/200896.html
I've definitely got a story idea that fits the curvy woman part of the brief, although I'm less certain about how the word count and erotica content would work out if I got around to writing it. Still, there are other places where a longer, less erotica-heavy version of the story would fit, so I'll see what happens once I've finished my current short story WiP.