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How cool would it be to have a mix of erotica authors — professionals and amateurs — produce a body of work based on the theme of your choosing?

If you said “pretty dang cool,” then I have good news for you: That’s the prize currently on offer for the October Story Challenge over at the Darknest Fantasy Erotica webforum. Write an original story, post it on the forum, and you get entered in a drawing to pick the theme for an upcoming challenge. Easy as that!


Now, if you’ve never visited the site before, you’ll notice (when you click the handy link above) that it asks for registration. Don’t panic! This is not a for-profit porn site. Registration is free and takes about a minute to complete.

What do you get once you’ve registered? Well, access to a thriving community of fantasy erotica fans, for one thing. Tons of free content from the resident artists, authors, 3D modelers, and other creative types. And all the details on the October Story Challenge being run by yours truly!

About Darknest Fantasy Erotica

Darknest Fantasy Erotica is an active and well-established community of, well, fantasy erotica fans, just like the name suggests.

Darknest AnthologyAuthors from the Story Board (which I moderate) contributed to the excellent Darknest Anthology, a collection of dark fantasy erotica shorts that you may remember from last summer. (I’m in it!)

The Story Board often serves as an incubator for up-and-coming talent. Many Darknest contributors have gone on to become self-publishing professionals — and a lot of us established types still post free content there, as well, making it a great place to pick up some bonus stories you won’t see in the catalog or mailing list.

About the October Story Challenge

Whether you’re a first-timer just looking to dip a toe into the world of erotica writing or an established author with a platform of your own, the October Story Challenge is a chance to show your skills — and to get a shot at influencing a future round of stories with your chosen theme!

All you have to do is post a story (at least 1000 words with a complete, self-contained plot/scene) along the monthly theme (this month’s is “disguises!”) on the Story Board. That gets you entered in a drawing, and the winner of the drawing picks the December theme — effectively guaranteeing anywhere from three or four to over a dozen free short stories sharing that theme, depending on the month’s participation.

Sound cool? Of course it does! Get over to the Darknest Story Board (and register, if you haven’t), and start writing…or browsing for smutty inspiration in our collection of hundreds of erotic fantasy freebies, of course!