Submission Guidelines

Lucrezia Magazine is always on the lookout for quality erotica, informative essays, articles and art.

Appreciation and respect for the erotic genre is a mandatory requirement. We publish in the English language, and expect a fine grasp of the English language, in the sense of word selection and/or style.

Upcoming Themed Issues

February: To the Rainbow and Beyond. GLBT stands for gay,lesbian,bi, and transgender. We will be looking for erotic fiction, flash fiction, articles, reviews, essays and artwork that expresses this theme. The deadline for this issue has been extended to 20 January 2008

March: International Women's Day.
International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on 8 March every year. The day marks the political, social and economic achievements of women around the world, and to mark this occasion, we will be seeking work from female writers. Lucrezia Magazine is looking for culturally diverse works that explore what it means to be a woman, in a social and sexual context. We are interested in the following from female writers: creative non-fiction, fiction, essays, reviews, articles, art and photography. The designated reading time for the above submissions will be between 1st January 2008 to 1 February 2008, with selected work being published in the March issue, online. All submissions should contain the type of submission, and IWD on the subject line: Example: Fiction - IWD. Lucrezia Magazine will also receive standard submissions, but themed submissions will be a higher priority for the March 2008 issue.

Fiction

We seek scenery, characterization and dialogue; characters within a story interact with other characters, and stories are required to reflect this. We think erotica: sass, pathos, action, motivation, humor, passion, joie de vivre, and sensuality. There are many more key words we can think of, but these are the essential ingredients we consider foremost. There is no limit to the ambience. In general, stories that engage a reader on a realistic level and have a life on their own. We are not looking for blog entries, or men magazine styled 'hot letters.'

Poetry

Unfortunately, we aren't accepting poetry submissions at this point, as we don't currently have a poetry editor onhand. Watch this space or view our blog for future updates.

Serialized Fiction

Serialized fiction may number many parts, and may be considered as a novel when all parts are amalgamated, therefore we do require a query letter, brief synopsis, and the entire manuscript (all parts). The query letter should display your writing ability. It can include relevant biographical information, but the letter should operate as the hook for your story. If you’re uncertain of what a query letter ought to contain, please consult standard writing guides (print or online) prior to submission. Your synopsis will operate to summarize your story: 1-2 pages. Lastly, the manuscript is to include all relevant parts. We will not accept piecemeal submissions for serialized erotic fiction, as we require adequate time to peruse a work prior to publication in order to make any necessary editorial adjustments. In summation: the submission process for serialized fiction is almost identical to novel submission, with the exception of Lucrezia Magazine requiring the full manuscript.

Each part should not exceed 6000 words.

Payment will be as for longer fiction, e.g. $20.00 per part.

Serials need to grab the reader from the first paragraph. Tight writing, with efficient vocabulary is a must - and I really mean it. Don't use, 'uncommunicative and reserved,' when you can use 'taciturn.'

Confessions/Opinion

This section may be thought of as creative non-fiction. Each item is to contain a point or make some statement. Lucrezia isn't shy, and does not err on the side of political correctness, but please keep in mind that we're not aroused by libelous content. We won't tolerate celebrity gossip or innuendo.

Articles/Reviews

"I am the ignorant novice and you are to enlighten me. Do I walk away illuminated, or do I think: hang on, what do they really mean?" A reviewer is required to have intimate knowledge of their topic, and consider audience first. Is the topic informative, useful or enlightening?

Commissioned Articles

We may, on occasion, approach writers for specific articles. The rates for our commissioned articles will vary from the standard rates. Please refer to our payment section below, for further information. Our selection process is based on quality and verve.

Taboo

We don't have many taboos here, however:

  1. We don't accept previously published work. We do use search engines to check, and if we come across an alleged 'fresh story' listed on Google, we may decline to view future submissions on the basis of your failure to disclose this information.
  2. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as we are informed. If your work has been accepted elsewhere, please be kind enough to inform us.
  3. All publications have to adhere to legal guidelines. We will not publish work that is steered by sexual violence (mental or physical). We will flatly reject content that contains incest, snuff, violence, bestiality, necrophilia, rape, pedophilia, underage sex, rape fantasy or any stories describing adults engaging in non-consensual sex. 'Reluctant sex' still falls under non-consent, and all stories containing reluctant sex scenes will be rejected outright. This publisher is not a fan of 'she said no, but meant yes,' literature.
  4. Artful construction adds points to BDSM, but violent overkill and ridiculous pantomime reduces sexual tension. Copious usage (a frequency of two words per paragraph) of the following words is unacceptable (as well as tedious and overly simplistic, from a literary perspective): slut, sir, and master. Food for thought: The Story of O did not contain one cuss word and successfully maintained sexual tension and eroticism. The character of O didn't pepper every sentence with 'Sir' or refer to herself as a slut. This is the quality we expect from BDSM literature/submissions.

Submission


Word Counts:

Fiction: minimum 1000, maximum 6000
Flash Fiction: minimum 500, maximum 1000
Review: maximum 500 words (or a little over, just as long as it's not a thesis)
Articles minimum 500, maximum 1000
Confessional/Essay/Opinion: minimum 1000, maximum 1500

We only accept electronic submissions as it saves time, postage and paper; besides, we are living in the 21st Century, and are currently young enough to read: we aren't pedantic about double spacing.

Work can be submitted as plain text, pasted on the email or as a Word Document (RTF). Our preferred font size is 11 or 12, and the preferred fonts are Times New Roman and Courier.

If you prefer plain text, please ensure you highlight the beginning and end of sections requiring italics or bold text with appropriate markers: < i > or < b >

Submissions should include the author's full name, pen name (if desired), contact email address, copyright ownership declaration, word count and a brief synopsis. A lengthy biography isn't necessary, as it is not about who you are, and more about the submitted article/piece. If we choose to accept the work, a contract/agreement will be sent to the author/artist.

FORMATTING DON'TS

Please don't use whacky word processing programs that don't conform to standard Word. If you're not 100% comfortable with your story's formatting, then you can't be certain if we will be able to read it as it ought to be read. The onus is on you, as a writer, to ensure your story is readable.

Please be aware of standard formatting; begin a new paragraph where required, and don't create new paragraphs when they are not required.

Double spacing is not essential, as we are an online publication.

Please don't use inverted commas/single quotation marks to highlight words. How many novels contain inverted commas to emphasise single words within sentences? It's rare to non-existent, and that's how we like it. Use italics (if using Word), or use brackets (for plain text). If a story containts an excessive amount of highlighted words (with single quotation marks), we will return it for amendement and resubmission, for the simple reason that it takes longer to format (from text to web page).

Art/Photography

Artists/Photographers are to submit work in JPEG/GIF format with optimal PPI or DPI (minimum 72 pixels per inch). Each image should not exceed 1MB. If the art is photographic, the photographer is required to verify the age of the models. All models within photographic images are required to be over 18 years of age. If you require more information, please consult our art/photography editor. The work selected is up to the artist/photographer. You can submit a small portfolio of the images. Please don't send us extensive biographies and links to your pages and presume that we have time to go through all your work. We review submissions each day, and don't have time to inspect endless albums and/or galleries to select something. As far as we are concerned you are the artist and it is up to you to showcase the work you wish to showcase. The only exception to above is during periods where we approach artists/photographers ourselves.

Things to include in your submission: What your work represents (in the sexual/erotic sense) and why the subject interests you, so we can formulate a profile and article, and work with you, to display your work to its fullest advantage. Don't send an email detailing your publication history, with links or examples. We need actual submissions that reflect a body of work: concepts, ideas, views, etc.

Please submit to the appropriate contacts:

Fiction: fictionsubs@lucreziamagazine.com
Essay/Opinion/Review: editor@lucreziamagazine.com
Art/Photography: artsubs@lucreziamagazine.com

If you do have a general question about content you wish to submit, please contact us at queries@lucreziamagazine.com

On Declined Work

Rejection is a tough thing, then again so is life. We do expect writers, more so than artists/photographers, to be on intimate terms with composition, punctuation, grammar and style.

Work may be declined for a variety of reasons. The most common:

Some words/terms cannot be altered to suit. A random example: Cunt is a noun, and cannot be transformed into a verb (ie 'cunted') just because one thinks it cool, innovative or radical: it's bad English.

Hyphen overkill may be popular in certain regions but it seldom appears in hard copy. A hyphenated phrase that stretches an editor's patience will stretch a reader's patience. The preppy-faux-anal-moron-on-a-high, cradled his beer," is unacceptable. Hyphen overkill demolishes a sentence, and stalls fluidity. Please keep hyphenation to an absolute maximum of three words, otherwise we will get our big red pens out and request a change.

Clumsy structure and lengthy introductions are common culprits. A short story is required to capture a reader's attention within the introductory paragraphs.

One of the most common reasons, which concerns standard short stories (flash fiction differs) is the absence of an arc. All central characters have an arc. They eventually reach a new understanding (about their self, others, a situation: anything). The key elements of a short story are the following: character/characterization, setting, conflict, plot, point of view and theme/s.

First drafts are hazardous to our health, and confirm that writers have not read the submission guidelines. There are various ways to distinguish the rough draft from the finely tuned work, or the wheat from the chaff: copious spelling errors, incorrect punctuation, and disordered sentences. The submission guidelines don't exist to torture you as a writer, but serve to enable a smoother working platform: we receive submissions, read stories/articles, and seek to allocate them to an issue, or develop an issue around the themes presented to us. If a story pays no heed to simple things, such as spelling, or fiction elements, then it not only wastes our time, but you have wasted your time and/or have not paid attention to the guidelines.Submission guidelines are a fact of life.

We choose not to involve ourselves in a lengthy dialogue regarding declined work. We can suggest changes, but refuse to alter a writer's work (conceptually), but may - from time to time - amend punctuation, or wording to maintain flow. We can briefly outline issues within a piece, but refuse to go through a work with a fine comb; we do expect a writer to have a fluid understanding of the English language, and developed vocabulary.

Please keep in mind that there may be instances where we may be unable to use work in a particular issue. This relates the exclusive clause within the writer agreement. We don't like to keep writers waiting. We will keep the writer informed at all times.

Payment

All quoted amounts are in US currency.

All submissions will be paid via Paypal, or in Amazon gift certificates - the choice is yours.

Full Length Fiction (1000-6000 words): $20.00
Flash Fiction/Quickie (500-1000): $10.00
Essay/Opinion/Confessional (1000-1500 words): $10.00
Reviews (500 words or a little over): $10.00

Commissioned Articles: $15.00

Photography/Art: To be negotiated with the artist/photographer. At this point we have a standard submission payment fee for artists/photographers, as the structure isn't as straightforward as it is for authors. We can provide unlimited promotion, and linkage, but we are working on a fee structure. Articles (500-1000 words)