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Cleis Press publishes provocative, intelligent books across genres. Whether literary fiction, human rights, mystery, romance, erotica, LGBTQ studies, sex guides, pulp fiction, or memoir, you know that if it's outside the ordinary, it's Cleis Press.
Publisher Brenda Knight discusses the importance of LGBTQ literature on The Advocate.
Read the newest and best in erotica and erotic romance from Cleis Press.
|Blackmail, My Love|
An illustrated murder mystery deeply steeped in San Francisco’s past, Blackmail, My Love distills history and fiction into a brilliant and visually stunning read. [more]
|Penthouse Variations on Oral|
Curated by the editors of the wildly popular Penthouse Variations magazine, this voracious volume goes deep into the throes of oral delight. [more]
Read the newest erotica from the top authors and editors in the business.
|Big Book of Domination|
Only the bossiest of BDSM stories made it into the singularly scintillating The Big Book of Domination, a collection devoted to the finest of power exchanges. [more]
Nine-to-Five Fantasies, Alison Tyler’s new high-performance collection, focuses on the task of getting it on at work. [more]
Rough and ready, smooth and sultry, or quick and raw—however you like it, you’ll find it in Studs. [more]
|When She Was Good|
Studded with butch/femme, BDSM and vanilla-spiced desire, When She Was Good presents lesbian erotica as sweetly satisfying and intensely indelible as you ever imagined it could be. [more]
|Stories of O|
Tale after tale of characters lost in the bliss of orgasmic perfection your mind (and especially your body) won’t soon forget. [more]
Alex Algren likes flash fiction, especially if it is about quickies. In Quick Sex she has curated a collection of delectable bon mots to quicken the pulse and give you ideas for your next lunch hour! [more]
In addition to our classic bestsellers The Whole Lesbian Sex Book, The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio, and Opening Up, among others, we have these major new releases:
|Time on Two Crosses, 2nd Edition|
In his own voice, the history of the Civil Rights Movement told by the black gay adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. [more]
|As Kinky As You Wanna Be|
Whether you are about to embark on your first kinky experience or your thousandth, this book will masterfully show you the wild rides of bondage, submission, pain, pleasure and more. [more]
|Men on the Make|
Shane Allison has persuaded a staggeringly sexy cast of 19 top authors to reveal stories of their own hook-ups, which prove truth is even sexier than fiction. [more]
At once entertaining and moving, Gaysia is a wild ride and a fascinating quest by a leading travel writer. See Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar and India as never before. [more]
Five-Star Romance from
"Happy Endings" in Every Sense
Tempted Romance is a brand new imprint dedicated to erotic romance, and will publish only the sweetest, smartest romance.
|Darker Edge of Desire|
In Darker Edge of Desire, Mitzi Szereto has brought together out-of-this-world romance and fantasy writers who let passion drive the heartbeat of their paranormal tales [more]
|Hungry for More|
Hungry For More combines rich and daring stories of our not-so-everyday contemporary lives. [more]
|Never Say Never|
Bestselling author Alison Tyler has made it her life’s mission to demonstrate that uninhibited, exciting and highly imaginative sex goes down best with lovers who just happen to be long-term couples, too. [more]
This year, Cleis Press is proud to announce several of our titles are winners of awards.
|Dark Secret Love|
Winner of the 2013 IndieFab Honorable Mention in Romance. [more]
Dark Secret Love is a modern-day Story of O, a 9 1/2 Weeks-style journey fueled by lust, longing and the search for true love.
Don't miss these new audio books, which are available on Amazon.com and Audible.com!
Fairy Tale Sex, Never Say Never, Women with Handcuffs, Can't Get Enough, Wicked, Bound by Lust.
Browse through our Spring and Winter 2015 catalog!
Cleis Press and Viva Editions is seeking an editorial and marketing intern to help our dynamic publishing team. Interested? Find our application guidelines here.
See which Cleis Press titles are nominated for awards this year, and see a complete list of the awards we have won for 2014 and 2013, including six Indepdenent Publisher Awards, and a Lambda Literary Award for Wild Girls, Wild Nights.
Cleis Pres/Viva Editions was also named Publisher of the Year by ForeWord Reviews!
Cleis Press award nominees
Cleis Press award winners
In celebration of Pride month, we kicked off a brand new project we called Out Writers. Join us—and a tide of queer voices—in celebrating the importance of LGBTQ writing on #OutWriters. Our own publisher Brenda Knight shares her story of starting at Cleis Press in the introduction to Best Gay Romance 2013.
Want your story published in one of our anthologies? Our editors are always looking for new work! Check out open submissions here, and please follow the editor's guidelines when submitting.
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