Nominations are open for stories with lesbian content to be considered for this year’s Year’s Best Lesbian Fiction anthology. Short stories to 12,500 words featuring significant lesbian content, first published in an edited venue (online, magazine, anthology, etc) in 2009, are eligible for nomination.   Fanfic is not eligible, and erotica stories are strongly discouraged.

This year’s issue will be edited by Fran Walker and Andi Marquette and published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing.  Authors whose stories are selected for inclusion by the editors, and whose reprint rights are contracted for this anthology, will receive a $25 payment and one contributor’s copy.   The anthology will be published in print and e-book form in June 2010.

If you published one or more lesbian stories in 2009 that you feel would be of suitable quality and content and that you would like to nominate, please email me the date and venue of original publication and a copy of the story, preferably by 31 January 2010.  Alternatively, if you could forward this information to your authors, they can nominate their published stories themselves. Info on last year’s issue can be found here:  http://bedazzledink.com/?page_id=150

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions; please also feel free to forward this call for nominations to anyone you think might be interested.

Many thanks,

Fran Walker



E-books you can’t resist

We’re so pleased to share that Bedazzled Ink sponsored the prize for our Name the Kitty contest. They came up with the offer all by their lovely selves.

Check out their cheaper than chips e-books. How can you resist at those prices!

Now before y’all overrun their e-bookstore at http://bedazzledink.com/bbp/, please note that they are in the midst of revamping their main website, where you can see upcoming releases and yes, buy print books too.

Year’s Best Lesbian Fiction

Congratulations to the authors from Second Helpings: Read These Lips, Volume 2, Ovidia Yu and Lois C. Hart, and our resident Copy Editor and Bibliographer extraordinaire, Renée Strider.

Year’s Best Lesbian Fiction 2008
Fran Walker, editor

The first annual collection of lesbian short stories published in 2008, selected from over eighty nominations by Fran Walker, author of Lavender Ink: Writing and Selling Lesbian Fiction and judges, Lynne Pierce, moderator of lesfic_unbound and Joan Opyr, author of Idaho Code.

This year’s stories originally appeared in Read These Lips: Second Helpings, Haunted Hearths and Sapphic ShadesPeriphery: Erotic Lesbian FuturesKhimairal Ink, Toe to Toe: Standing Tall and Proud, and Ewaipanoma by Nebula Winner, Mary A. Turzillo.

  • “Sweet Baby Dyke” by Renée Strider
  • “Silent Journey” by DeJay
  • “One Horse Town” by Melissa Scott
  • “The Abomination of the Blue Hibiscus” by Ovidia Yu
  • “Gay Day” by Sandra Barret
  • “Mind Games” by Tracey Shellito
  • “Water Rites” by Mary Douglas
  • “Games With Chance” by Andi Marquette
  • “Ewaipanoma” by Mary A. Turzillo
  • “Kissing on the Ferris Wheel” by Meg White
  • “Words Like Candy Conversation Hearts” by Kathleen Bradean
  • “To Dance With No Music” by Lois C. Hart
  • “The One I Left Behind” by M. Christian

Win an e-book from Spinifex Press – entries in by 31 July

Whip out your camera and send in a picture for a chance to win an e-book from Spinifex Press, a pro-lesbian independent feminist press that’s been going strong for 17 years.

ReadTheseLips.com is giving you the chance to choose from their wide range of e-books; covering poetry, fiction and non-fiction. All you have to do is send us a picture of Second Helpings in an interesting location by 31 July, to info@readtheselips.com, and you will be one jpeg closer to a new book.

Second Helpings is available as a free download from www.readtheselips.com.
To view Spinifex’s e-book store, go to http://spinifex.acp.dpsl.co.in/Home/html_spinifex/index.asp



Publishers List

Over on our site, we’ve conducted extensive research to collate two great resources for writers and readers. One is a list of lesbian-attentive publishers (http://www.readtheselips.com/RTL2pubs.html) and the other is a Bibliography of lesbian anthologies, poetry, and literary collections with a strong lesbian bent (http://www.readtheselips.com/RTL2bib1.html).

Renee is the guru who keeps the Bibliography updated and she’s written about the process in her post.

The Publishers list is, we think, an innovative concept where we as a publisher are providing links to other publishers. Not just one or two, but 70 publishers. We’ve found these publishers to be conscious and encouraging of lesbian content in all its forms. To compile that list, we reviewed and trimmed off publishers that were GLBT friendly in name but not in practice, or presses that appeared restrictive of the kind of female content they would allow. Our aim is for writers to consider the wide world of publishers they can access.

[Edited to add]
FYI, a few publishers on the list are not linked or are no longer in
business. Naiad, A&M, and Haworth, are three who have ceased being
active, but we felt they were so influential to the history and development of
lesbianlit that they deserved to be mentioned.

We welcome additions and comments about the list.