What we look for in submitted manuscripts.
We look for creative storytelling and original style.
We want you to weave tales of erotic fantasy and contemporary encounters by creating strong, dynamic and intelligent characters that your readers will remember.
Plot driven erotica that illustrates the relationship between key characters, ideally with a sex positive slant, but, it should always be valid and meaningful.
We want varying degrees of sex throughout the story, with lots of opportunity for erotic exploration, interwoven with levels of tension and passion.
We want meaningful and expressive language that is thoughtfully explicit, but suitable for the storyline. Please keep euphemisms to a minimum.
We want writers who have a unique and new approach and a writing style that sets them apart from the rest. You must have a true talent for storytelling with an erotic flavour and write in a way that is suitable for a listening as well as a reading audience.
We accept and encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and heterosexual stories.
What we ask for in submitted manuscripts.
We only accept electronic communication. So, it's essential that you send your work to us in a readable e-format. Please only send MS Word .doc format NOT .docx (So save it in ‘Word 97 –2003’ format) or a .text document.
We will only accept the following:
Include your name, pen-name and contact e-mail in the Query e-mail, along with your synopsis and manuscript.
Send the submissions package to submiss..@alternatepress.co.uk with the story title in the subjectline.
If your submission is for a themed call, please send to the specified email address on the call.
Your submission must have full rights available, including both digital and audio. If not, please don’t send it to us.
What's not acceptable? We only wish we could say nothing….
We're pretty open when it comes to creativity (we certainly don't want to stifle it), and will look at most story lines, but…we do have to give a nod towards the Establishment and the varying laws across the world!
If you aren't sure, email us at submiss..@alternatepress.co.uk and we can explore it.
Our heat ratings tell you how hot you will find the story:
eSensually Simmering - Sexy,explicit and highly imaginative, with a sensual side.
eSensually Boiling - Explicit, highly imaginative and hot, wherealmost anything goes. These titles are very uninhibited in both sexual contentand description
eSensually Blistering - Theseare our XXX stories. They differ from the others only in the content of theplotlines, as they tend to be much hotter and very explicit. Some readers willfind them objectionable, so definitely not for the faint hearted!
eSensually Unusual Circumstances – this line is pure, unadulterated raunchy sex or covers the taboos and subjects that could be seen as extreme or offensive, pushing boundaries to the limits of what some deem acceptable. These works don’t necessarily have to have a ‘Happy everafter’ or ‘Happy for now’ conclusion.
Our single author book lengths are divided into four categories:
Short Story – less than 7,500 words
Novelette – 7,500 – 17,500 words
Novella – 17,500 - 40,000 words
Novel – 40,000+ words
Our signature e-Book/Audio (eB/A) theme anthology stories will vary from 2,000 to 3,500 words with around 12 – 14 stories per eBook and 7 stories per volume of the Audio editions of the same anthology.