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


THEME FOR ISSUE 8: After the Apocalypse

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 #8: 01 September, 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 Original, previously unpublished fiction only.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 (30-March-2015): I am adding a consolidated list of comment replies here in order to trim the comment thread.

  • 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.

Comments (19)

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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.

  • 4 March, 2015 at 8:06 am Roland Denzel

    Why not post the email address as an image in addition to ‘spelling it out?’

    • 5 March, 2015 at 4:34 pm SFRQ

      We’ll consider that when we have a moment to breathe. Thanks, Roland!

      • 19 April, 2015 at 11:22 am Gerri

        I actually prefer it the way you have it. I can’t copy/paste from an image, and while yes, I have to fix up the “at” and the “dot” I won’t make any mistakes in the other parts of the address if I copy it. Just my $.02. : )

        • 19 April, 2015 at 1:38 pm SFRQ

          Thank you for letting me remain lazy, Gerri! Very much appreciated. 😉

  • 13 May, 2015 at 12:35 am Cecilia

    Hello! I’m trying to find a suitable home for a story of mine, and I think it could well match your guidelines. The only problem is that, being set in a grim post-apocalypctic sci fi world, my characters’ language tend to be a bit harsh. (Mainly some “f” bombs in very emotional or dramatic moments). Should I clean it up before sending or it could work anyway? Thanks so much for the opportunity

    • 13 May, 2015 at 7:47 am SFRQ

      Hi Cecilia! You obviously haven’t listened in on one of our Editorial meetings! LOL Send your story along. Strong language is no match for our Fiction Editor, the mighty Diane Dooley, and your story will be judged on its merits, not on its cussing.

  • 16 May, 2015 at 11:12 am Dennis D'Asaro

    We all have our bugbears, self highly-included. (My current one is “tempachur.”)
    But doggone it, Ms. Fiction Editor Dooley, I was taught to type on a portable Smith-Corona by my English teacher mother, and I am a product of her and Strunk & White, and I put two spaces after a period.
    Proud to maintain certain traditions with a straight—or was that “stiff”—back!
    I fully expect the next generation to have dropped and forgotten the second space, but everything (else) I read says it’s a floating, transitioning standard. IMO (who said “humble?”) it doesn’t have any effect on the reader’s eye, typed one way or the other. And WOTTA PAIN to go through the manuscript I will be submitting and remove all those spaces. Maybe “find and replace” will work with spaces…
    It will, or I will. =sigh=


    • 16 May, 2015 at 12:13 pm SFRQ

      Dennis, it’s only a “transitioning standard” for people who refuse to live in the twenty-first century. If Diane’s ruling isn’t enough, think of me (Kaz). I code up each and every issue and it’s a &%%&)(^!!! pain to find and eliminate every (a) extra space between sentences, and (b) every trailing space that is left at the end of a paragraph. Those things look invisible but interfere with proper HTML rendering of paragraph breaks. I bet Strunk & White never thought of that!

      • 21 May, 2015 at 11:58 am Dennis D'Asaro

        Yah, yah, yah…..Strunk, White, and Berners-Lee.
        “Find and Replace” worked just fine.*
        Story on the way.

        *find period-space-space
        replace with period-space

        Might help with your task, too?
        Not sure how you’d approach the paragraph thing.

        ?find period-space-linebreak-tab
        replace with period-linebreak-tab

        (won’t get all the variants)

  • 23 July, 2015 at 4:01 am Kent

    okay, apocalypse theme. i want to submit a story, but the apocalypse is a personal disaster of two teens. Not really fitting the dictionary narrow definition. (Yes it is romance) Your insight is requested.

    • 24 July, 2015 at 12:57 pm SFRQ

      Sorry Kent, but we’re going with the “dictionary narrow” definition. Global, even galactic!, but not personal.

  • 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.

  • 21 August, 2015 at 5:44 am Ms. DiAnonyma

    Question: Am I missing something, or is the deadline for Issue #8? Or is there a different theme for Issue #7, and the deadline for #8 is elsewhere?

    • 21 August, 2015 at 8:42 am SFRQ

      That’s me (Kaz). I’m always mixing up the dates and Diane always has to correct me. Nice catch, Ms. DiAnonyma, and thank you.


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