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



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 #12: 15 August 2016.

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 Original, previously unpublished fiction only.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 (HEA/HFN) ending. Not quite sure what we’re looking for? Read our original fiction in previous issues. Read also our Fiction Editor’s take on why YOUR story got rejected.

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. Keep scrolling and you’ll come to the submissions form.

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UPDATE (21-May-2016): 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 or *shudder* several typed spaces.
  • Cussing in the dialogue is fine.
  • We won’t be pasting the submission email address as an image.
  • We would prefer original, previously unpublished (and this includes self-published) stories.
  • Our Fiction Editor, Diane Dooley, informs everyone of acceptance/rejection. We apologise that time does not permit personalised feedback.
  • People who are on slow internet connections may find that they don’t get the confirmation message after submitting. Please send an email me, Kaz Augustin, if you haven’t received the message and I’ll check through the submissions. In almost every case when this has happened, the story has come through just fine, but I can understand your anxiety.
  • Although we’ll accept submissions on the day of the deadline, I really don’t recommend it. That’s because that’s what everyone else is also thinking, which means a whole heap of stories for Diane to get through at the last minute. When her Inbox is loaded up, with looming edits and a deadline staring into her eyes, is not a good time to submit a story. Try not to do this.
  • We are not speciesist. Romances between robots and humans, aliens and robots, gas giants and asteroids, are all fine with us!

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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!

  • 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.

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  • 1 April, 2016 at 11:39 am leb

    No Wordperfect? What about Wordstar?


    • 1 April, 2016 at 12:38 pm SFRQ

      If it can produce RTF (at a pinch), it’s in. Just to add to your list, no Wang either!

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  • 15 May, 2016 at 7:27 am T

    Do you accept submissions the day of the deadline or are submissions due the day before the deadline? Thanks in advance!

    • 21 May, 2016 at 12:40 pm SFRQ

      I’ll reply to this in the round-up further up the page. –Kaz

  • 16 May, 2016 at 6:31 am Gaurav Verma

    I tried submitting my story three times, but didn’t get the confirmation. Can you please confirm if it has been received.

    • 21 May, 2016 at 12:39 pm SFRQ

      It came through, Gaurav…three times.

  • 17 May, 2016 at 8:30 am Gorbash

    Out of curiosity, how many short stories are submitted to you on average for each edition?

    • 21 May, 2016 at 12:40 pm SFRQ

      It varies. Right now, I think we’re around 50 per issue. –Kaz

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