Write for us!

Short stories sought for publication in online quarterly journal focused on Science Fiction Romance

Length

1,000 to 7,500 words. For Issue #3, we are accepting general SFR stories; that is, they must include SF and Romance elements with an upbeat ending. We also prefer stronger heroines to passive ones.

Payment

US$25 paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement. (We’re working on increasing the rate, but it all depends on how much ad revenue we get in.)

Deadline for Issue #3

May 01, 2014.

Rights sought

Six-month exclusive world digital rights from date of publication; non-exclusive thereafter.

Other info

One short story will be published per quarterly issue, so please send only edited and polished work, with the understanding that the majority will be rejected. Due to the constraints, we are unable to give personalized feedback on rejected stories.

Stories that tie-in to a previously established world will be considered, but story must stand alone.

All sub-genres of science fiction will be considered.

Any heat level, from sweet to erotic, will be considered. Be aware that the fiction editor prefers her erotica on the literary side.

Original, previously unpublished fiction only; no fan fiction, please.

We’re okay with simultaneous submissions, but if you sell your story elsewhere in the meantime, PLEASE be courteous and let us know!

Submit!

Standard manuscript format, please. Send brief cover letter with biographical information and publication history, along with attached story (.RTF or .DOC format) to Diane Dooley — Fiction #at# SciFiRomanceQuarterly #dot# org — by deadline.

14 Comments

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  2. I sent a story last week but it’s just bounced back. Trying again.
    Barry

  3. Are stories that have already been published being considered at all?

    • As the magazine is so young, Tara, we’re concentrating on new stories for the time being, especially as we can only publish one per issue at present. Don’t tell me your thinking cap needs new batteries? ;)

  4. We live among you is a 50K word humorous novel. It’s
    about an ancient alien community living amongst us. Set in the present as they struggle with a conspiracy within their community, that would expose them to the world. If you’re interested I would love to send you a copy.

    • Thanks for the offer, Ralph, but we’re only interested in short stories at this time. Have you tried submitting to some of the digital-first presses? They’re very open to manuscripts that don’t meet the 80,000+ word target for paperback printing.

  5. Thomas R. Skidmore

    I wrote a story titled “The Fencer’s Tale,” which is both a standalone story and part of a novella I wrote last summer. It’s set on another planet and makes mention of an interstellar cruiser traversing through a black hole. Would that count for your magazine?

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  7. I’m not sure if this is a working email: Fiction #at# SciFiRomanceQuarterly #dot# org

    • Yes it is. But remember, you need to remove the spaces and change the “#xx#” segments to the proper symbols “@” and “.” respectively.

  8. I just want to confirm: on the Write for Us page it says that Issue 3 is looking for an upbeat ending, but the deadline (May 1) given is for Issue 2. Is it okay for a story submitted for Issue 2 to not have an upbeat ending?

    • Oops, thanks for that LL. I’ve changed the title to reflect Issue 3, not 2, although the deadline remains the same (01-May for Issue 3).

      Okay, onto the technical stuff. If a story doesn’t have an HEA/HFN (Happy Ever After / Happy For Now), then it can’t properly be classified as a Romance; more an “SF with Romantic Elements”. For the time being, we’re sticking with straight SFR, as opposed to SFwRE so, sorry, upbeat it is. Should we change the requirements, I’ll update this page forthwith.

      Kaz Augustin

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