From out of the darkness comes a rose...

Are you a sex-positive person whose life has been affected 
by a sex-negative upbringing? 

Are you a sex activist who's struggled with a fight to create 
a sex-positive image for yourself, a group, a sexual orientation?

Do you have a story to tell about how and why you've dedicated 
your life to sex education, sex work, entertainment, or art? 

Celebrate Sex: Activists Speak Out

We are seeking sex-positive essays and creative non-fiction short stories from sex-positive people: writers, artists, sex educators, sex workers, sex activists, and those who celebrate sex as a way of life, a profession, a vocation and a calling for an anthology tentatively titled, Celebrate Sex: Activists Speak Out, a new book proposal currently pending a publisher. 

Stories and essays are required to be written reflecting the positive outcome of a sex-negative upbringing, and other life experiences. Many of us have struggled to survive in a world that offers so many mixed messages regarding our bodies, our genders, sexual orientation, and even sex itself. Our goal is to show that a negative background can possibly lead to "backlash" which may create a sex-positive lifestyle, even a celebration of our sexual selves. 

  • What made you decide to stand up-- proud of your sexual self? 
  • Why is it important for you to now show the world you are a sex-positive person? 
  • Show us how you Celebrate Sex!
  • Was there someone in your life who led you to have sex-positive feelings? Tell us about your history, your influences, both good and bad.
We wish to bring together a collection of essays and stories that shows we can, and have successfully overcome stereotypes, poor media and mixed images regarding sex, religious restrictions and dogma, toxic parenting, peer pressures, societal mores, inner struggles with how we view our own sexual feelings and sexual selves. 
  • Currently accepting non-fiction, non-published manuscripts
  • No simultaneous submissions
  • Length of up to 5000 words
  • Must be on topic
  • No abuse/sex-negative stories without support of writing a positive outcome will be accepted, and no whining, please! Show us your strength.
Deadline June 1, 2001. Please send your cover letter, bio, and manuscript in the body of an e-mail, with the subject line, "CELEBRATE SEX SUBMISSION" no attachments will be accepted to Jamie Joy Gatto. Once our book proposal is accepted, publishing information and payment schedule will be posted. Manuscripts will be read by October 1, 2001. 

About the Editor:

Jamie Joy Gatto is a New Orleans writer and bisexual activist whose short fiction has appeared in Best Bisexual Erotica 2000, The Unmade Bed, Unlimited Desires, Tears on Black Roses, Black Sheets, among other quality publications, ezines and in various markets, and is scheduled for Best Bisexual Erotica 2001, Best SM Erotica, Love Shook My Heart II, Guilty Pleasures and S/M Dreams. She is editor-in-chief of the webzines Mind Caviar and A Bi-Friendly Place. She writes a quarterly BDSM column for TES's Prometheus and a regular column for suspect thoughts: a journal of subversive writing.

Her first collection of short fiction, Sex Noir: Stories of Sex, Death and Loss will be released in 2002 by Circlet Press. She is currently co-editing an anthology with M. Christian, Villains and Vixens: An Erotic Celebration of the Scoundrel also scheduled for 2002.

To read more about Jamie Joy Gatto and her writing and sex education work, please click here to visit her writing site.

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