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


THEME FOR ISSUE 9: None (all SFR submissions welcome)

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 Original, previously unpublished fiction only.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.

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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.


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