I’m thrilled to announce that Ageless Erotica will come out at the end of February 2013 from Seal Press! In this groundbreaking anthology, 29 writers age 50+ write steamy erotica featuring sexy characters who are also age 50+.
This is not your usual erotica with a few wrinkles slapped on — these are stories that show how hot sex can be at our age. This collection embraces the agelessness of sexuality while still realistically acknowledging the changes that accompany aging.
Some selections are tender and loving, while others are edgy and kinky. But whether characters are going solo, having spicy sex with partners they love and have loved for decades, or engaging in casual encounters, every story included in these pages aims to arouse and to rejoice in the sensual side of aging.
Ageless Erotica is a stimulating celebration of the many pleasures of “well-seasoned” sex.
Check out the contents:
Susan St. Aubin
Audrienne Roberts Womack
Rae Padilla Francoeur
Belle Burroughs Shepherd
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
ABOUT THE EDITOR
I’ll share excerpts and tell you more about the writers soon. If you’d like to be emailed when Ageless Erotica is available for purchase, please email me with “Ageless Erotica notification” in the subject header, and I’ll let you know the moment copies are available. You can also pre-order on Amazon.
2/1/12 8 a.m. update: Today’s the deadline for submissions to the Senior Erotica Anthology! My email box is jumping today. Since I posted this Call for Submissions in September, I’ve received exactly 100 (100!) submissions–I’ll be able to accept just 25-30 of those. Erotic stories and memoir essays have come in from professional writers in the erotica genre, professional writers in other genres (young adult, self-help, science fiction, memoir, and more), and from many new, unpublished writers. Some are sweet and romantic, some are rough and kinky, and everything in between. The topics are as diverse as the writers. Ohhh, this is going to be a fabulous anthology! Maybe we should do this every year! Writers, please be patient–I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
(1/18/12: I’m moving this post to the top because we’re so close to the Feb. 1 deadline. The submissions are coming in quickly now, and I’m having a delicious time reading them. If you submitted, even months ago, hold on — acceptances will go out by mid-February. If you haven’t submitted yet, please read the guidelines carefully first. I look forward to hearing from you!)
(11/20/11: We have many new readers, thanks to placing #14 of the 100 Best Sex Bloggers 2011 and being recently featured on the front page of Suddenly Senior, so I’m bringing this Call for Submissions to the top again. Please send me your complete contact info if you’d like to submit a story or personal essay to this anthology. The submission isn’t due until February, but I’d like your contact info ahead. Please read my updates at end.)
Updates — please read:
9/22/11 update: I’m receiving submissions already — thank you! I’d prefer the sex scenes to take place at the characters’ current age (over 50, 60, 70…). A story or two with flashbacks to younger years is fine, but I’m getting too many youthful flashbacks and too few current-age erotic scenes. What makes a story sexy and arousing at our age? That’s your challenge!
10/4/11: Please read this new post updating what I’m seeking — even if you already submitted your story.
11/1/11: I know it’s tempting to write about older characters having sex with impossibly attractive, young partners, and yes, it’s ok if you’ve written a truly fabulous story in that vein — but I’d love to see more stories about older characters who are wildly attracted to each other and have amazing sex together. Let’s show our youth-oriented culture (and ourselves!) that we’re sexy at this age, too.
11/13/11: I’m pedaling away on my Fitdesk, rereading the 30 erotica submissions I’ve received already. It’s too early to officially accept any contributions, but I can’t resist sharing with you that I absolutely love five of these stories. The ones that work incorporate seamlessly and unapologetically the realities of making love as an older person, whether it’s the man taking a pill or the woman applying lubricant or one of them placing a pillow under creaky knees before giving oral sex. Meanwhile, the focus is on the gradual building of the erotic details, as the author brings the sex scene to life and invites the reader to join the characters’ arousal. “How the heck do I accomplish that?” you may ask. Only really good writers manage it, those who are our age and can describe what great sex feels like now. Looking forward to seeing your submission!
11/18/11: I’ve received contact information & bios from 51 writers, inquiries from about 20 more, submissions from 30. Clearly this is an idea whose time has come! If you are interested in submitting, please send the contact info/bio ahead so you’re in my database. We have plenty of time before submissions are due, but don’t wait if yours is ready.
11/20/11: It’s a fine balance between erotically arousing and realistic older sex, isn’t it? A few writers are doing that brilliantly–but many get stuck in gloom or reverie rather than bringing to life the exuberance of senior/elder sex. Some have so much story going on that the actual erotic part is bare; others are just writing the sex scene, without a story. Again, it’s a fine balance, and it takes a skillful writer to make it work.
Please read my original Call for Submissions before reading this post.
What a response I’ve received since I posted my Call for Submissions on September 21! Several dozen writers sent me their contact info and author bios to let me know they’re planning to submit by the Feb. 1 deadline. Quite a number of these have already emailed me their stories.
As I read through the early submissions, some are indeed steamy and celebrate senior sensuality while acknowledging the realities that are very different from the way sex (and life!) used to be when we were 20, 30, even 45. The best of these stories are provocative, innovative, and beautifully crafted as well as sexy.
But far too many of the stories I’ve received strike me as youthful erotica with an older chronological age slapped on. No, let’s do something truly different here!
Those of you who are over 50, 60, 70 (and I specifically asked for writers over 50) know that our changed and changing bodies, responses, and need for stimulation are not mirrors of our youth. The dynamics of our relationships are different. The contexts of our lives are different. What we find sexy is different. What takes us over the top is different.
I’m looking for erotica that faces and embraces these changes — erotica that makes us older folks shiver and tingle. Erotica of high literary quality. Erotica unlike what turns on younger readers.
That’s what we don’t find in the bookstore yet. That’s what we want to read! That’s why I proposed this project.
If you’ve already submitted your story and realize now — reading this — that you need to craft it further, please email me to withdraw your submission for now, and re-submit it when it’s ready.
If you’re younger than 50 and won’t be turning 50 by Spring 2013, realize that I’ll give preference to older writers, because one of the aims of this collection is to give older writers a voice.
And if you already did everything I’m asking for, thank you! I’ll be in touch.