Smut Peddler began life in 2003 as a series of three black-and-white anthology minicomics, published by Saucy Goose Press. In 2011, it was reborn as a full-sized, 300-plus page juggernaut of award-winning, ladycentric smut.

Smut Peddler 2014, the second Smut Peddler collection published by Iron Circus Comics and the fifth volume of Smut Peddler overall, is now accepting submissions! We're looking for between ten and fifteen story proposals. The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2013.

Submissions are now closed! We'll be sending out acceptance and rejection letters on November 5th. The final lineup is listed below. Thanks for your submissions, everybody!

Participants

The following creators are now scheduled to appear in Smut Peddler 2014!

Cover artist TBA!

Basic information

Payment

Smut Peddler 2014 will pay a $50 page rate, plus ten contributor's copies per creator and the perpetual right to buy copies of the anthology for 50% off the cover price for as long as the book is in print. There will also be a bonus upon publication, dependent upon the final total of the planned Kickstarter campaign.

Creators' rights

Creators submit stories to Smut Peddler 2014 with the understanding that, if accepted, they are ceding exclusive first worldwide rights to the story for a full calendar year from the date of publication, and non-exclusive worldwide reprint rights in perpetuity. Intellectual property rights will remain in the hands of the creator. (We don't want your characters, just your comics!)

Content guidelines

Smut Peddler 2014 will be an all-star showcase for woman-made comic erotica! The editors are on the prowl for beautiful, fun, sex-positive comics. Passion! Romance! Perhaps some love? Maybe even a li'l angst.

And, naturally, the comic should have some sex in it. We have a reputation to uphold, y'know.

What we want

There must be female creative involvement in all proposals. A single woman can be responsible for both the art and the writing. A woman can be the author, scripting for a male artist. A woman can be the artist, illustrating a male author's script. Two men and one woman can be working together. You get the idea. A woman must be involved in the creation of a Smut Peddler comic.

All proposals must be complete. This means a title (even just a working title), a premise, an estimated page count between 3 and 20 black-and-white pages, and a beginning, middle, and end, clearly summarized. Examples of the creator's previous work should accompany all proposals, and all proposals should be submitted using this form. The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2013.

The submissions will be judged primarily by Johanna Draper Carlson and myself, who make up the book's editorial staff. Quality will be the primary factor when a submission is being considered, so show us your best stuff!

If your proposal is accepted, the final art must be designed to fit standard comic book dimensions. If you're working in natural media, this is typically a 11" x 17" sheet of bristol board, with a 10" x 15" bleed and a 9" x 13.5" panel border. (You can buy pre-ruled sheets of comic paper at many art stores.) If you're going purely digital, you might find this PSD guide useful. For more information, consult Blambot's page on the subject.

Inclusive content is welcome and encouraged! Smut Peddler welcomes stories about queer love and sex, kink, and bodies of all shapes, sizes, genders, and capabilities.

What we don't want

Proposals from incomplete creative teams. If you're an artist without a writer, or a writer without an artist, please find a partner before submitting your proposal.

Non-consensual anything, including stuff that looks non-consensual up until the very last panel, where everyone choruses "gosh that was an awesome totally consensual role-play session we just had." Mind-control stuff also counts as non-consensual!

Anything illegal. Use your best judgement.

Anything involving bodily waste.

Gore.

Gag comics. Actual erotica is the name of the game!

Fanfic.

Once again: The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2013. Submit your proposal using this form!

FAQ

Q: I'm an out transwoman. Are you gonna be weird about my proposal?
A: Smut Peddler's editorial staff respects the personal gender identities of all potential contributors! A woman's involvement is a requirement for all submissions, so if you identify as a woman, it's all good.

Q: I was in the last Smut Peddler. Can I submit a proposal to be in this one, too?
A: Yep!

Q: I want to be in Smut Peddler, but not under my real name. Can I use a pseudonym?
A: Sure! I'll need your legal name in order to pay you, but you can use an alias in the book itself.

Q: If I were to be accepted to participate in Smut Peddler, when would I find out?
A: Acceptance and rejection letters will be sent October 31st November 5th.

Q: If I were accepted to participate in Smut Peddler, when would I need to turn in the final art for the anthology?
A: Final art for Smut Peddler 2014 will be due January 31st, 2014.

Q: I was AFAB (assigned female at birth), but I don't identify as a woman. Can I participate in Smut Peddler?
A: SP accepts the basic tenets of gender identity: biology is not identity, gender is not binary, and identity is strongly personal (and can be complex). With that in mind, the only criteria of a potential SP participant's gender is what they consider themselves to be. Every person's gender identity is valid to us! So, if a person identifies as a woman, then they can submit a proposal to SP solo. If they do not identify as a woman, they need to seek out a creative partner that does before submitting.

I reiterate that everyone (18 years old and older!) is welcome to submit to Smut Peddler! But a female-identified creator is a required part of all submissions.

That being said, we here at Smut Peddler can definitely empathize with the situation many questioning, trans, genderqueer, and agender folk find themselves in: a scarcity of awesome filth that reflects them as both consumers and creators. And we're workin' on a remedy. Stay tuned.

Q: Can I submit pin-ups or prose to Smut Peddler?
A: Smut Peddler is a comic anthology. We want comics! So please, no pin-ups or prose submissions. They won't be considered.

Q: How graphic do our comics have to be?
A: Don't worry, we know there's a lot more to sex and desire than macro-lens shots of anatomy grinding together. While a Smut Peddler submission should contain sexual activity, organ and orifice close-ups aren't a requirement.

Q: I'm not American. Can I still submit to Smut Peddler?
A: You sure can! It actually means marginally less paperwork for us.

Q: Can I submit more than one proposal to Smut Peddler?
A: Yes, you can. But we implore you: focus on quality over quantity. Please don't shotgun fifteen different proposals at us; our eyes will glaze over.

Q: Can Smut Peddler have non-human characters in it?
A: Sure! The first Smut Peddler featured demons, dryads, satyrs, robots, an incubus, the Virgin Mary, and goat-eyed desert-dwelling demi-humans. We hope the second is at least that interesting!

Q: I have some characters I use in other comics, but I'd like to put them in a Smut Peddler story. Would that be okay?
A: Yes. Intellectual property rights are not part of what we ask for when we accept a proposal, so your characters would remain yours. However, any story you submit featuring pre-existing characters should be written and presented in a way that will make the situation and relationships easy for new readers to grasp.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this project which have not been addressed here, you can contact us at ironcircus@gmail.com. Please read this page, including the FAQ, in its entirety before emailing us with questions. Thank you!