Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different.”- John Scalzi


Harlequin’s Love Inspired Romantic Suspense line is looking for authors. To find them, the editors are hosting a Fast Track submission process during October. Submit your first chapter and synopsis and get a read in one month. Send your first chapter, two-page synopsis, and a query letter stating how much of the manuscript is complete to LISfasttrack@harlequin.ca between October 15 and October 26. You’ll have a reply by November 26. Love Inspired Suspense features romantic suspense with a Christian faith element. Stories are equal parts romance and compelling suspense, with a faith message woven in. Completed books are 55,000 to 60,000 words. See the guidelines here. Find more details about the Fast Track Submissions here.


The Journal of Unlikely Architecture is accepting submissions of stories in all genres in which “something pertaining to buildings is integral or significant in your story. The building element can be literal or metaphorical, hallucinatory or behavioral or metaphysical, or any combination thereof. Your story may focus on a single building, or a city, but the constructed environment must be crucial to the narrative.” Stories may be up to 8,000 words, though around 5,000 words is preferred. Payment is 1 cent a word, up to $50. Submissions will remain open until filled. Find all the details here.


If bugs are more your interest, sister publication The Journal of Unlikely Entemology accepts all genres of fiction featuring bugs — literal, metaphorical, fantastical, metaphysical, etc. The guidelines are the same as for The Journal of Unlikely Architecture. Find the details here.


Chicken Soup For the Soul is always on the lookout for new stories for its many anthologies. Currrently, the editors are seeking stories on the following themes:

Devotional Stories For Wives — 500 word devotionals showing how faith in God has shaped your role as a wife.   Deadline Feb. 28, 2013

Holiday Stories — stories about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. Deadline Feb. 28, 2013

Lemons to Lemonade — How you made the best of a difficult situation. Deadline Feb 28, 2013

Raising Kids on the Spectrum — Stories about parenting children with Autism or Asperger’s. Deadline September 30, 2012.

Unless otherwise indicated, Chicken Soup stories are true, emotional stories up to 1,200 words. Find the submission guidelines here.


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