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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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Our First Writers' Competition is Now Closed

A hearty thank you to all of our competition entrants! How promising to receive not only entries for our ‘New Year New Story’ Writers’ Competition, but also so many unsolicited submissions from published authors, who were not invited to participate in this inaugural competition aimed at the not-yet-published. The feeling of accomplishment and potential from Romantic Shorts’ perspective is so encouraging – the start of something quite exciting.

Welcome!

We will be closely reviewing submissions over the weeks to come and look forward to working with our writers to create a distinguished, high quality, and rewarding venue from which to promote their works.

Together, we will strive to provide excellent entertainment for dedicated readers – building our own audience who will, in return, promote the talent of our writers.

I sincerely hope that all of our contributors are now feeling the anticipation and excitement of joining us on this journey.

Here we go! This is going to be some wild ride!

Alex.

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