kINKED will explore the place ink and kink come together.
Many people who have ink want to talk about it, and that’s because every tattoo has a story. I’m looking for the steamy story that inspires the tattoo, the story of getting the tattoo, or characters who are tattooed. I want tattoos that are secret, or hold secrets, and those that are worn open and proud. I want couples’ tattoos, matching tattoos, and—what the heck?—why not a magical tattoo.
Show me the grit and the sting, but also the fun in both kink and ink. Give me the story of the ultra-conservative executive whose well-hidden tattoo marks them as a submissive or the ink-addicted sub who uses tattooed tally marks to track how many flogger strikes they can take in a session, or the splosh enthusiast with a tattoo of a can of beans, and the furvert couple with matching inked plushies.
Most importantly, don’t forget the romance, like the couple who get tattooed together to mark their first foray into fetish, a sweet collaring ceremony that includes a tattooed contract, or the story behind a unique and amazing couples’ tattoo.
I’m open to wide interpretation of this theme, including heat level, and to any risk-aware consensual kink/fetish with a slight bias toward BDSM (but as always, any attempt on our part to define what “kink” is and isn’t, is a disservice to kink). So long as your story has ink and kink I want to see it.
- 3,000 – 20,000 words
- Reprints accepted but not preferred (when submitting a reprint include information about when and where it was previously published in your submission email)
- Romance with HEA or HFN ending
- Open to all pairings and multiple partners (m/f, m/m, f/f, m/m/f, etc.)
- Any setting or sub-genre is welcome (historical, paranormal, steampunk, contemporary, etc.)
Pro-rata share of 40% net profit on anthology sales distributed among the contributing authors based on story word-count paid semi-annually. Plus a trade paperback copy of the anthology. No advance.
Send the complete story as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “kINKED / Name of your story”
January 1 – March 31, 2016