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

UPDATE [16-October]: There have been some glitches regarding submissions and we’re examining alternatives. Till we get that up and running, I (Kaz) will be noting the initials of submitters to Issue 9. As of 16-November, they are:

  • JM / YJ / TJ / YK / ER / ED / LM / JB / MD / MD (but a different one!) / KS / HM / KP / RSW / DL / RC / BR / MB / DW / BD / HL / VH / RD / BM / CDP / EH / MM / JR / LM / IG / KS / LR / RF / TR / NW / R

If you don’t see your initials on the list, drop me a line (Editor #at* SciFiRomanceQuarterly*dot# com) and I’ll hunt around for it. Thanks for bearing with us until we get something more reliable operational.

THEME FOR ISSUE 9: Submissions are now CLOSED!

Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words.

Payment: 2.5 cents/word (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.

Deadline for Issue #9: 15 November 2015.

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

Other info: One short story will be published per issue. Please send only edited and polished work. Due to time 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. Original, previously unpublished fiction only. No fan fiction, please.

Story should meld the Science Fiction and Romance genres, and must have an upbeat ending.

Not quite sure what we’re looking for? Read our original fiction in previous issues.

No multiple submissions. No stories that have previously been rejected by us. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if the story is placed elsewhere.

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.

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UPDATE (29-September-2015): I am adding a consolidated list of comment replies here in order to trim the comment thread. Please don’t take offence if your comment was nuked.

  • We are not accepting previously published stories. Only new stories please.
  • We aren’t interested in novels. Only short stories to a maximum of 7,500 words.
  • 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 the requirement for straight SFR, as opposed to SFwRE. Should we change the requirements, I’ll update this page forthwith.
  • Platonic romances in short stories are fine, as long as the romantic thread resolves with an HFN/HEA ending.
  • We only accept one short story per writer per issue.
  • Queer romances are fine.
  • Stories from outside the USA are encouraged.
  • If you have a story that’s tied in to a universe you’ve written, that’s fine, but the story must make sense without having to resort to reading those events in previous/future books.
  • If you want to italicise something in the text, then use italics. Please DON’T use underlines. Underlines were used when typewriters were ubiquitous and you had only one set of keys at your disposal. That is no longer the case. If you want italics, *use* italics.
  • Ms Fiction Editor Dooley also reminds me that, likewise, the “two spaces after a fullstop/period” rule has also gone the way of the dodo. Only one space after the period, please.
  • From a markup point of view, please also try to make sure that there are no spaces at the end of paragraphs, and that you use indented paragraphs rather than the Tab key.
  • Cussing in the dialogue is fine.
  • We won’t be pasting the submission email address as an image.

Submit your story!

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  • Please enter a value between 50 and 7500.
  • We accept DOC, DOCX, RTF and ODT files but draw the line at WordPerfect or Wang! (We're showing our age, aren't we?) If your document is larger than 10MB, you're going to have to do some serious rethinking!

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  • 21 February, 2015 at 11:46 pm janet

    Diane Dooley — Fiction #at# SciFiRomanceQuarterly #dot# org bounces back!

    Is it diane.dooley or dianedooley or ?. Please advise on spaces, capitals, type of dash. Thanks..

    • 22 February, 2015 at 7:31 am SFRQ

      Janet, you know how an email address is made up of two parts? The name of the person, then the symbol “@” then the name of the domain, such as “”? Well, the “@” is normally pronounced “at”, and the dot between “gmail” and “com” is normally pronounced “dot”. So, the address to reach Ms Dooley is “fiction at SciFiRomanceQuarterly dot org”, just as yours may be something like “janet at gmail dot com”.

      Have a look at your, or a friend’s, email address the next time you use your email program (Outlook, Gmail in a browser window, KMail, Thunderbird, etc.) and you’ll notice this similarity between all email addresses.

      Why have we specified the address like this? Because there are things out there called “bots” that go around harvesting email addresses and using them to direct hundreds and hundreds of spam messages to. So, people who need to make their address visible for some reason (as we need to do), “camouflage” the email message so the bots can’t read it. But, once you’re used to how email addresses are formatted, you’ll be able to crack them like a pro.

    • 2 October, 2015 at 3:14 am Katriena Knights

      Based on the link I followed to get here, the email is “fiction (at) scifiromancequarterly (dot) org. They’ve put the email addy between two em-dashes between “Diane Dooley” and “by deadline.” Which does make the addy look a wee bit muddled. :-) Hope this helps!

      • 2 October, 2015 at 8:04 am SFRQ

        That’s entirely correct, Katriena! We’ve found that those spambots are getting very sophisticated with scraping addresses and had to obfuscate it even more than usual!

  • 18 August, 2015 at 3:00 am Ellen

    Hi- Do you acknowledge receipt of submissions? Notify of rejections? Thanks!

    • 18 August, 2015 at 8:23 am SFRQ

      Hi Ellen. We don’t normally acknowledge receipt, but our Releases Editor informs everyone of either acceptance or rejection.

      • 21 August, 2015 at 2:45 am Ellen

        Thank you.

        • 14 October, 2015 at 8:06 pm Ellen Larson

          And yet I have never had a response from you. What gives?

          • 14 October, 2015 at 9:16 pm SFRQ

            As you have asked so graciously, let me find out for you. I’ll update this reply when I have. –Kaz

            UPDATE: And I’ve been informed that Diane Dooley, our Fiction Editor, has been in touch with you by now.

  • 10 October, 2015 at 12:09 am Jaylee James

    I have a question about the complimentary quarter-page ad. Is that ad featured in the magazine with your piece, or is it possible to “cash in” on this advertisement at a later date if, for example, the book we want to advertise isn’t released yet.

    • 10 October, 2015 at 7:31 am SFRQ

      It’s normally featured with the issue where the story appears, Jaylee. Anything else is open to negotiation between the successful submitter and Fiction Editor Diane Dooley.

  • 26 October, 2015 at 2:49 am Larinda

    Is the artwork internal to the magazine, or does the writer provide artwork for their story?

    • 26 October, 2015 at 7:31 am SFRQ

      The artwork is completely separate to the story, Larinda.

  • 28 October, 2015 at 11:22 am Penel j Smith

    Would a sci-fi romance short story be accepted if it is in a self-published e-book?

    • 28 October, 2015 at 12:03 pm SFRQ

      Hi Penel. Oh that’s a tough one but, at this time, we’d prefer original, previously unpublished stories. This isn’t anything against self-published books; I (Kaz) am a self-published author myself.

  • 4 November, 2015 at 8:21 am Sciborg Sam

    Where do I submit a Sci-Fi Romance?

    • 4 November, 2015 at 9:02 am SFRQ

      Hi Sam. If it’s release info, please go to this page for what to include.

      If it’s a short story, read the instructions above.

  • 11 November, 2015 at 11:12 am Christine DePetrillo

    Hi. I just submitted to the email provided and am looking to confirm that it has been received.

    • 12 November, 2015 at 4:38 pm SFRQ

      Can you resend please, Christine?

  • 16 November, 2015 at 12:22 pm Tri Rose

    Hey, I submitted my story about 20 minutes ago, just wondering if you got it? I would really love to enter in this competition, and I know I cut it close sending it in at 11pm, but I just want to double check:)

    • 16 November, 2015 at 12:23 pm SFRQ

      LOL! We got it, Tri. :)

      • 16 November, 2015 at 12:26 pm Tri Rose

        I do not admit to squealing over here, because that’s horribly immature, but thank you:D

  • 17 November, 2015 at 12:22 am Leann Forsyth

    Hi, I sent my submission in yesterday afternoon, but I don’t see my initials up there today. I tried to send an email to Kaz but got a failure to deliver notice. Can I just get some confirmation that you received the submission? Thanks.

    • 24 November, 2015 at 2:25 pm SFRQ

      Leanne, we didn’t get it. May I suggest submitting for Issue 10. We’ll be opening subs in January and, fingers crossed, will have a more reliable method to accept submissions by then.

  • 21 November, 2015 at 12:54 am Tri Rose

    Just wondering how/when we would hear of ‘winning’ :)


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