Anthologies offer a good way to break in with a publisher, and another market for short fiction and nonfiction. This week, I’m looking at a number of anthologies looking for submissions.

Circlet Press publishes a mixture of erotic, science fiction, fantasy and futuristic stories. Editors are currently looking for stories for several anthologies, including:

Like a Veil, Arabian Nights –erotic stories inspired by the Arabian Nights. “We might see tales of the djinn and other demon lovers, of veiled temptresses, of pleasure-domes and magic carpets. You might invent your own fantasy world that evokes the common lore, or you might retell one of the actual stories with an erotic twist.” Length — 2000 to 10,000 words — preferred length 3,500 to 7,500 words. Deadline for submissions is June 15. See the guidelines for more detail.

Only in the City. Erotic science fiction/fantasy with an urban setting. Angles you might consider: power struggle/different kinds of people thrown together , the city as outpost (such as Manuas, Brazil—in the middle of the Amazon, but has an opera house), the gritty city: what happens in the underworld? Length — 2000 to 10,000 words — preferred length 3,500 to 7,500 words. Deadline for submissions is June 15. See the guidelines for details.

Elementary Erotica. Erotic stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes, set in a steampunk universe. “Anything goes, as long as Doyle’s characters are involved, and there’s at least a flavor of steampunk.” They prefer stories between 3000 and 7000 words. Deadline for entries is June 30, 2010. See the guidelines.

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If your tastes run more to horror fiction, Cutting Block Press has issued a call for entries for a new anthology, Tattered Souls 2. The editors are open to horror stories of all kinds, 6,000 to 25,000 words. Deadline for submissions is October 25, 2010. See the guidelines for particulars.

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For something completely different, we turn to the popular Chicken Soup books. This successful publishing franchise is looking for stories for new Chicken Soup titles on the following subjects:

Grandmothers
“stories celebrating grandmothers and grandchildren, written by grandmothers about being a grandmother, and by grandchildren about their grandmothers. Stories about stepgrandmothers and honorary grandmothers are welcomed also. We are not looking for stories from children so please save those for a future book. ”  Deadline:  August 31, 2010.

Mothers and Daughters 
The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2010. This title will not publish until 2012.

New Moms
“We are looking for heartwarming, insightful, and humorous stories about raising babies and toddlers that share with our readers the wonders of early motherhood. We are also looking for stories about pregnancy and infertility issues. ” Deadline: July 31, 2010.

Preteens 
These stories should be written by pre-teens themselves. “We are looking for stories that will inspire you, make you laugh, make you think and let you know that life is not as bad as it might seem.” Dealine: August 31, 2010.

Teens
Stories by teens about being a teen. Deadline: December 31, 2010.

Young at Heart
“stories that will share with our readers humorous and fun adventures from those who are actively enjoying their “senior years… new careers, your volunteer work, your sports and sports cars, your new love interest, your travels, your families and all of those things you always wanted to do that you are finally doing now that you have the time. ” Deadline: December 31, 2010.

Find detailed submissions guidelines on their website.

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