I’m receiving some wonderful submissions for Forbidden Fruit. Great stories, strongly written, and a wide variety of interpretations of the theme. Thank you to those who have already submitted.

There are still three weeks until submissions close, so it’s a good time to talk about what I’m actively looking for to round out this collection. If you’ve already submitted to me, or your story is nearly complete and ready for submission, don’t be put off if, after reading the below, you think your story doesn’t fit. The below is not a requirement. It’s all about a variety of styles, subjects and interpretation. 🙂

I’d love to see a few more stories that focus on the internal conflict of the forbidden fruit theme. What makes your character override the safety switch in her head that says “She’s off limits; I must NOT do this.”? It’s not enough to say “she was my [insert reason why she is forbidden]” and then dive into the story without further reflection or reference back to this. I want stories that enmesh me in the conflict of wanting what your character can’t have, of yearning for someone who is off limits, of wanting them so badly that your character is prepared to risk everything for love. Or lust.

Happy ever after is not necessarily required (although it can be), happy for now and ambivalent endings are fine. The memory of a single night can be powerful enough to sustain, if your characters go their separate ways.

Please feel free to email any queries to forbiddenfruitantho at gmail dot com.

I look forward to reading more of your stories.

Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire

Editor: Cheyenne Blue
Publisher: Ladylit
Deadline: 15 May 2014
Payment: US$40.00 plus a copy of e-book and paperback
Rights: First worldwide digital rights and print rights.

Forbidden Fruit. She’s off limits but the attraction burns so bright it’s impossible to resist.
Cheyenne Blue is seeking stories of lesbian passion on this theme. Think teacher and student. A best friend’s ex—or current—lover. A monogamous couple tempted by a threesome. A traveler leaving on the next plane. A much younger—or older—woman. A straight woman. The bad girl heartbreaker. The attraction between characters should scorch the pages and sexual tension is as important as the actual sex. As for the sex, think hot and desperate. Think once-to-get-it-out-of-our-system sex. Or this-really-is-the-last-time sex.

Please note the usual no-nos still apply: no incest / underage sex / rape / necrophilia / bestiality / scat. No poetry please.

Preferred length: 2500 – 5000 words

Unpublished stories strongly preferred, although a couple of reprints might be used. Reprints must be solely owned by the author.

US English. Please submit a double-spaced Microsoft Word document, using a 12-point serif font, such as Georgia or Times New Roman. One inch margins. If using a pen name, include both real and pen name on the manuscript.

Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file attachment to Cheyenne Blue at forbiddenfruitantho@gmail.com. Please include Forbidden Fruit and your story title in the subject line. In the body of the email please include your legal name, pseudonym, a short bio, and previous publication information if the story is a reprint.

Established authors welcomed, newcomers encouraged. I look forward to reading your work.

All submissions acknowledged within 3 days and acceptances notified by 15 June 2014.

About the editor: Cheyenne Blue’s erotic fiction has been included in over 90 erotic anthologies since 2000. Under her own name she has written travel books and articles, and edited anthologies of local writing in Ireland.