Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Arsenal Pulp Press - Call for Submissions!

I LIKE IT LIKE THAT: TRUE TALES OF GAY DESIRE
edited by Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel
Arsenal Pulp Press, Fall 2009

For an anthology about gay sexual desire, we are looking for short personal essays—mini-memoirs, as it were—about your erotic experiences. Your essays can focus on a single significant encounter or on a moment that extends into a lifetime; they can describe the intensity of a first-time experience or the ephemera of emotional desire that never leads to physical pleasure. We want to know what turns you on; we want to know what turns us on collectively as gay men; we want the erotics of queer life to be used as a launching point for exploring the queer condition; we want essays exploring all the diverse manifestations of desire between and among men.

We want intelligent writing about desire and sex. We don't just want essays about how many inches and how many times and how many positions—we're more interested in what sex means for you: what you like to do, but also why you like to do it. We want contributors to reach into their memories to tell true tales about personal erotic space—we don't want just the mainstream porn imagery that by default dominates our cultural (and therefore personal) references. We want hot, but we also want smart. We want passion, but we also want philosophy. We want the urgency of desire, but we also want reflections on desire.

Submission instructions:
1) Title the file with author's last name and story title: Surname-Title.doc
2) Include your name, your mailing address, your email address, and a bio WITHIN the .doc file with your essay, as submissions will be separated from emails to be read.
3) Submit your work by email, as an attachment in .doc format, to truetalesofgaydesire@gmail.com

Length: approximately 1000-3000 wordsDeadline: Feb 1, 2009.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2009.

Payment: a small honorarium and one copy of the book will be paid.

About the editors

Richard Labonté has been the editor of the BEST GAY EROTICA series since 1997, and of the anthologies COUNTRY BOYS, BOYS IN HEAT, BEST GAY ROMANCE 2008 & 2009, BEST GAY BONDAGE EROTICA, WHERE THE BOYS ARE, HOT GAY EROTICA, DADDIES, BEARS, and BOY CRAZY. He writes the syndicated review column "Book Marks" for Q Syndicate (www.qsyndicate.com). For many years the general manager of A Different Light Bookstores in California, he returned to Canada in 2001, and lives with his husband Asa on Bowen Island, BC, where he works at home as a freelance editor of both queer words and technical writing, with forays back to a farm in rural eastern Ontario.

Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist who has published over 90 books in many different genres, including PoMoSEXUALS: CHALLENGING ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT GENDER AND SEXUALITY, TWO BOYS IN LOVE, BEST DATE EVER: TRUE STORIES THAT CELEBRATE GAY RELATIONS, THE DRAG QUEEN OF ELFLAND, THINGS INVISIBLE TO SEE: LESBIAN AND GAY TALES OF MAGIC REALISM, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW GAY EROTICA, SWITCH HITTERS: LESBIANS WRITE GAY MALE EROTICA AND GAY MEN WRITE LESBIAN EROTICA, DESAYUNO EN LA CAMA, and BEST GAY POETRY 2008, among others. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

Together, Labonté and Schimel are the editors of FIRST PERSON QUEER (winner of a Lambda Literary Award), SECOND PERSON QUEER, and THE FUTURE IS QUEER, all also published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

About the publisher

Arsenal Pulp Press (www.arsenalpulp.com) is an independent Canadian publisher located in Vancouver, BC, which has published titles such as QUEER VIEW MIRROR, QUICKIES, HOT AND BOTHERED, OUT/LINES: UNDERGROUND GAY GRAPHICS FROM BEFORE STONEWALL, SEMINAL: THE ANTHOLOGY OF CANADA'S GAY MALE POETS, and the Little Sisters Classics series, among many other queer-interest titles.

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