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Call For Submissions: Putting The “BLE” In Combustible

by Karen Tortora-Lee on February 21, 2012

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What is “BLE”?  It’s Best Lesbian Erotica of course!  Simply Google the title and you’ll find nothing but praise for this anthology of steamy hot stories. This is the fourth year that friend of our site, Kathleen Warnock, is editing the anthology – and she’s looking for submissions for Best Lesbian Erotica 2013 to be published by Cleis Press in December, 2012.   In addition to the $100 payment and author copies, contributors receive a 50% discount on the book purchased from Cleis.

In 2011 the edition was judged by Lea DeLaria, who contributed a story (The Elevator Man) to the 2012 edition. And those off-Broadway favorites, BETTY, were the guest judges in 2010.

So if you think you have what it takes to write something that will steam up the windows and mirrors … get to writing and get those submissions IN!  Details after the jump:


Submission Guidelines for Best Lesbian Erotica 2013


Kathleen Warnock is now accepting submissions for Best Lesbian Erotica 2013, to be published by Cleis Press in December, 2012.


Payment is $100 for each published story, and two copies of the book.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit short stories, self-contained novel excerpts, other prose
  • Unpublished material will be considered
  • Previously published material will also be considered
  • Submit two hard copies of each submission (you may print double-sided).
  • Include a cover page with: Author’s Name, Pen Name (if applicable) Title of Submission(s), Address, Phone, and Email Address, and short (50 words) bio.
  • All submissions must be typed and double-spaced; number the pages.
  • Each submission should be a maximum of 5,000 words (list word count on title page). You may print double-sided.
  • You may submit 2 pieces of work
  • No email submissions will be accepted, except in the circumstances detailed below; you can email queries to Kwarnockble (at)
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • We will consider stories that have been published in other themed anthologies.

E-mail submissions:

  • You may submit your story via email (as a Word document or PDF) under the following conditions:
    • You live outside of North America or Europe
    • The cost of postage would be prohibitive from your home country
    • The content of your submission may be illegal to send via postal mail in your home country
  • Submission Deadline:
    • Submissions will be accepted throughout the year. The final (postmark) deadline is April 1, 2012. All submissions will be responded to by the end of September. Early submissions are encouraged.


Mailing Information:

Send all submissions to:

Kathleen Warnock
31-64 21st St., #319
Long Island City, NY 11106
Attn: BLE2013

If mailing from the US, First Class mail is fine. If you require a confirmation other than the USPS Delivery Confirmation, please included a self-addressed stamped postcard (not an envelope). If mailing from Canada, Airmail or XpressPost USA are recommended.

Please note: April 1, 2012 is a postmark date. You don’t need to overnight it as long as it is postmarked by then. If you are unable to make the postmark date, please email to discuss the possibility of an extension.


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