Submissions

Guidelines

The Thought Erotic welcomes submissions of essays, fiction, poetry, and art engaging topics of sexuality to foster critical thinking and challenge oppressive ideologies. All submissions should coincide with The Thought Erotic’s values. We will not accept submissions that perpetuate hateful and harmful beliefs and practices that thwart any individual’s ability to fully and healthily express their sexuality.

Submissions may address current events, music, film, literature, art or any other topic pertaining to the realm of sexuality, including your personal experiences. At this time, we cannot accept interviews.

We welcome short, reflective pieces as short as 500 words as well as longer, analytical pieces up to 2,000 words. If you have a piece longer than 2,000 words, please query thethoughterotic@gmail.com before submitting. Short poetry and micro fiction less than 500 words are of course welcome.

By submitting, you assert that the work is original and wholly your own. If The Thought Erotic accepts your work, we reserve the right to edit it for grammar and style. The Thought Erotic holds first publication rights to accepted work. After we publish your work, you are free to republish elsewhere (such as your personal blog) but we ask that you cite the work as originally appearing on The Thought Erotic with the corresponding link. You may republish an excerpt or the full article. If you republish the full article, please cite and link back to The Thought Erotic at the article’s beginning.

Upon acceptance, we ask for a short 2-3 sentence bio and picture of yourself, but both are optional; given the sensitive nature of the topic, we understand that submitters to The Thought Erotic may want to use a pseudonym, particularly for erotica. If this is the case, let us know what pseudonym you would like to use either in your cover letter or upon acceptance.

We also welcome (but do not require) you to submit an image to accompany your piece. The image must be your own, in the public domain or free to use. If your piece is accepted and you’d like to include an image, email it to thethoughterotic@gmail.com as a JPEG file attachment—do not embed it in the body of your work or in a Word document. Include the title of your submission in the subject and body of your email along with your name and any requisite image credits.

If you have any questions about style or formatting, you can download our style guidelines here. If you submit to The Thought Erotic, we do not expect you to read and adhere to the style guide unless you feel so inclined.

Please submit only once per submission period, and wait six months to inquire about the status of your submission if we have not responded.

Please note that we cannot pay our contributors at this time.
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