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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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New Submission Process

As with virtually every little detail to do with Romantic Shorts since its inception, what seemed like a good idea at the time turns out to need some tweaking. Or some reconsideration. Or some serious “what-was-I-thinking” back-pedaling…

And so, we now have a newly revamped submission process for manuscripts.

Authors can now find all of the submission information online, without having to leave the site to email their manuscripts. Check out the Submission Guidelines page here at Romantic Shorts H.Q. You’ll find a link at the bottom to access our Submission Terms & Conditions page. There, are listed all of the conditions Romantic Shorts asks of our Authors. In order to be published at Romantic Shorts, you must agree to these terms; following through by submitting your manuscript confirms your acceptance.

Of course, as always, this is a learning process and we are always open to suggestions and corrections. If you have any concerns about any of the terms, or if there’s something you’d like to see added or deleted, please contact us. What is currently posted there is the accumulation of various ideas and needs that particularly suit Romantic Shorts. Much of the page is very similar to any other publishing contract you may have seen in the past. But quite a bit of it is specifically designed to meet the needs – current and projected – of Romantic Shorts and our Authors. (Feel free to replace ‘projected’ with any other uncertain adjective of your choosing….)

Any manuscripts that are already in our files, are subject to existing and proposed contracts relating to each respective situation. Incoming manuscripts, however, will be subject to the new Submission Terms & Conditions.

The bottom line right now is, having tried the contract process for our new and unique format the traditional way, and finding it to be tedious and labour-intensive, this new stream-lined approach seems to be a practical option.

Who knows? There’s no one to ask. No model to copy. It’s a difficult path, this one less-traveled. But oh, the adventure!!

Alex.

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Announcement of Winners

Romantic Shorts

is pleased to announce the winners of our

New Year New Story Writers Competition

It is a common comment after the judging is finished and the winners are to be announced.

“The judging was difficult. All of the stories are worthy of a first place finish. Our decision was quite difficult.”

And we think, “Yeah, yeah, stop trying to make everyone feel good and get to the good stuff.”

But in this case, we had a most remarkable turn of events for our competition. Because we specified “unpublished authors,” we did ourselves a bit of a disservice. We received queries, engaged in conversation, researched, asked, and deliberated at length. The big question, “What exactly, in this age of technological advance in publishing, is a published author?” We drew a line in the sand and decided that, because of the clear ambiguity of the term, we would go with what we have, and, in the future, will not make any division amongst our writers, accepting entries/submissions from all authors.

And so, after all was said and done, we received four entries that actually qualified for the competition. If we also look at the number and quality of the non-competition submissions, sent to us simply with the query to consider publication, we are most pleased with the response to our first Writers Competition!

Enough already, get to that good stuff you mentioned!

The winners of the
New Year New Story 2011 Writers Competition
are as follows:

Winning a cash prize of $40. and publication by Romantic Shorts

A centuries old curse unites good and evil,
future and past, prisoner and guard.
The power of love can release these captives from their tortured fate.
But only if they can find each other and rediscover their feelings.
Will the cards finally lead them to their heaven on earth?
Or will they be forced to relive their quest yet again?

Rosetta Stone by Ashley Long

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Winning a cash prize of $50. and publication by Romantic Shorts

Having mortgaged her very self for her marriage and children,
Laura finds herself trying to accept ‘content’
as an acceptable measure of her life.
Until a handsome stranger she knows too well
shows her that passion conquers acceptance,
and opens a door to a new beginning.

A Day In St. John’s by Deborah Schenberger

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Winning a cash prize of $100. and publication by Romantic Shorts

While VP Evangeline Martin knows exactly what she wants and how to get it,
the off duty side of this walking contradiction
has no idea what her heart truly desires.
At least, that’s how Cedric sees her.
But when her life is threatened and it falls on him to protect her,
it’s difficult to say whose heart is in more danger
and which darkness holds the greater risk.

What The Darkness Proposes, by Kirsten Blacketer

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And, winning our top cash prize of $250. and publication by Romantic Shorts

In the true spirit of Romance,
this story deftly takes the reader on a journey through the past
in the mind of a man in love.
As we follow his memories to a time and place where his heart was free,
we hope and want for the girl on the train to be his one.
We are left with the feeling of our own first loves:
the joy, the anticipation, the excitement, and the fear,
and we connect with him in a way that leaves us in awe
of the strength of those tender moments spent with our hearts on fire.

Play Me A Song, by Jeannine Wynne

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It is our profound pleasure to introduce these new authors to you. Congratulations to our writers!

Watch for their winning entries, as well as many other addictive romantic short stories, to appear at RomanticShorts.com beginning in August. Biographies and links to our authors’ pages will be released shortly. Readers can subscribe now to catch the launch of our much anticipated publication by clicking over to our Reading Room. Watch for announcements, polls, and perhaps the odd contest as we prepare to provide you with some of the most eagerly awaited reading on the Web.

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