I’ve been receiving some fantastic submissions for First.  Thank you to all those who have already submitted.  For those who are still considering submitting, please read on.

The CFS hasn’t changed, but I’m receiving a surfeit of stories where the “first” is a first lesbian experience, or a first sexual experience of some kind.  I will definitely be using some of these (and indeed, I’ve already received some that make me catch my breath in a good way), but I’m particularly looking for stories that focus on a first that is not a sexual first, and not a lesbian first.

I want stories.  I want first times.  And I want lesbian sex in the context of that first time.  See below in the CFS for some examples.  Make me catch my breath.  Thrill me with your inventiveness.  Use a historical event, a futuristic scenario, or a contemporary scene that readers can identify with.

I will never forget my first (and only) parachute jump.  It was years ago, but the fear that consumed me as I crouched in the doorway of the plane, with only 10,000 feet of air beneath me is something that stays vividly in my head.  The deafening noise of freefall.  The utter silence  when the canopy opened. And the euphoria when I landed safely was one of the most intense highs I’ve ever experienced.

Tell me a story like that.  Make it sexual.  If you can, I want it.

I look forward to reading your stories!

First (working title)

Editor: Cheyenne Blue (www.cheyenneblue.com)

Publisher: Ladylit Publishing (www.ladylit.com)

Deadline: 24 April 2015

Payment: US$40.00 plus a copy of e-book and paperback

Rights: First worldwide digital rights and print rights.

Cheyenne Blue is seeking fictional stories of lesbian passion about first experiences. While I will be including stories of sexual firsts, including first lesbian encounter and first experience of a particular sexual act, I am especially after stories that look beyond this with imagination and flair. I would like to see stories where the sex happens as an integral part of another first, whether it’s the first day in a new job, the first time overseas, breaking the law, or skinny dipping. How about a first experience of sex in zero G in space, or a near death experience on the battleground of a past war? Show me the marvel, wonder, joy, and pride of new experience, the accomplishment, or even the fear or despair. I welcome stories of emotional firsts: the first time in love, the first time that hate translates to sex, the first time with a new partner after a break up.

Above all, I want strong, complete tales that are more than just a sex act. This is not an anthology of true confessions, so stories do not need to be written in first person. For examples of the type of stories and writing I’m looking for, check out my previous anthology, “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire”.

Please note the usual no-nos 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 firstantho@gmail.com. Please include “First” 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 1 June 2015.

About the editor: Cheyenne Blue is the editor of “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire” also from Ladylit, and has edited short stories through to novels. Her erotic fiction has been included in approximately 100 erotic anthologies since 2000. Under her own name she has written travel books and articles, and edited anthologies of local writing in Ireland.