"Understated" erotic poetry called for new anthology

Aspiring poets can submit their 'mildly erotic' poetry to Indie publisher Emma Press for a new anthology

Indie publisher Emma Press has announced that it is accepting submissions for The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse, due to publish this autumn.

Building on the positive response to the publication of The Flower and the Plough, a short collection of love poetry by Rachel Piercey, Emma Press wants to bring a personal, design-led approach to a genre which has dominated the bestseller lists for the past year with Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You trilogy storming the charts.

Publisher Emma Wright says: 'It's great that erotic literature has reached a wider audience, but there is still room for alternative approaches to the genre. The majority of what is being published seems to prioritise the frequency of sex scenes over the quality of writing and genuinely erotic moments. My understanding of what is erotic tends towards the understated, hence proviso of 'mildly' in the title. I believe there is a market for erotic poetry which is well-written and doesn't take itself too seriously.'

Entrants will need to submit a maximum of three poems and a cover letter to emma [at] theemmporium.com by 16 May.

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