Romantic Shorts Is Open For Submissions

At long last, and with overwhelming gratitude, Romantic Shorts announces its long-awaited Call For Submissions.

Updating and repair of both the main website and the HQ is underway, emails are being sorted through, and every attempt is being made to respond to queries and submissions, regardless of how long ago they came in. Be sure to sign up for email updates, if you haven’t already, to hear all the latest news.

In the meantime, go ahead and jump the queue!

Romantic Shorts Authors:
Please reach out via the HQ Contact Page. Your Author’s Page will need updating, and we have much catching up to do!

Prospective Authors:
Check out the Submission Guidelines, make sure you’re on track, and submit your story. No idea at this point what turn-around times will be, but count on at least a month for a reply. And if you have any questions that aren’t answered on the FAQ’s page, feel free to ask via the HQ Contact Page.

Advertisers and Sponsors:
Contact Romantic Shorts through the HQ Contact Page, with a subject line “RE: ADS” so they get flagged separately.

Welcome back everyone! Plans are underway for building and growing a publication that will lead the industry in its niche. With new direction, expanded lines, and a fresh marketing strategy, the sky’s the limit!

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An Update for Alex

As many of you are aware, Alex suffered the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband a few short years ago. An incredibly strong and resilient woman, she has spent the time since working tirelessly to help her family and friends with their grief and recovery. Although she made several attempts to rebound personally and professionally, she has been sidetracked repeatedly by the needs of those she loves and cares for.

Now, while it seems that we have all been set straight, healed, and strengthened, she has decided to finally take the time she needs to focus on herself and her own well-being, and finally begin her own healing in earnest. We have no doubt that she will return more determined and energized, but for now, it is we who owe her our support and love as she has helped us.

Thank you for your concern and understanding.

The Brown Family.

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Submissions Status Update

Effective February 2017, Romantic Shorts will be closed for submission of new manuscripts.

Which isn’t to say we’re closed.

There is a slight backlog of manuscripts to consider – and, wishing I had a magic wand to convince writers to fully read and understand submission guidelines would make this task a LOT easier. Of every 100 manuscripts I read, 80 don’t fit our house: they’re just not romances. Another 15 are unreadable: please please please take a grammar course, if not have your story professionally edited! And of the remaining 5, sometimes one is a good one.

I suppose I should take the tack that most publishers do: throw them out and reply with a form response.

But the writer in me just can’t do that. If there’s any speck of light at all in the writing or the story, I’ll do my best to encourage, guide, and coach writers who have placed their hard work, effort, and heart in my trust. And that takes a lot of time.

But there’s also the crap #$@* that sees the site having been hacked. Again. (Though that is still a little flattering…)

And then there’s the opportunity that’s come up for me personally/professionally. I can’t pass that up right now.

And finally, the possibility (though ever so minuscule it may be) that something amazing may be on the horizon for RS.

So, for now, I’m not accepting new manuscript submissions. I will get to the ones on file as soon as humanly possible. And I will update here in July.

Have a wonderful Spring, everyone! And write on!!!

Alex.

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