“Half my life is an act of revision.”  John Irving.

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SciFi Romance quarterly seeks stories for its next issues. Stories should combine the genres of science fiction and romance and feature strong heroines who actively advance the plot. Stories should be 1,000 to 7,500 words. Payment is $25 and the deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014. See the guidelines here.

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Imajin Books is open for submissions until April 15, 2014. Imajinn is a digital and print publisher that has been around since 2005, focused on spec fic, but this year they would also really like to see more mystery and suspense manuscripts. Editor Cheryl Tardif particularly interested in authors who have had at least one book published, either traditional or indie. “Writers who have 2+ unpublished books written and ready in a series or a single standalone novel will be especially appealing.”  She’s accepting submissions in mystery/suspense/thriller; horror; paranormal (no vampires, werewolves or erotica); science fiction; romance/chick-lit. Imajinn pays royalties and requires the rights to the book for five years. Find all the details here. 

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Rocky Mountain Rescue is still in stores, and is now available for download from your favorite digitial book retailer.

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Shenandoah Literary Magazine is hosting the Bevel Summers prize for best short story to 1,000 words. The winning story receives $1,000 and publication in the magazine. There is no fee to enter. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2014. Find the details here. 

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and the literary organiztion, the Wolfe Pack, are sponsoring the Wolfe Pack Black Orchid Novella Award. First prize is $1,000 and possible publication in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. There is no fee to enter. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2014. Stories should be written in the style of author Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries: “a traditional mystery in which the lead character, an investigator, must solve the crime using basic dogmatic skills and the victim already knows the villain.” Stories should be 15,000 to 20,000 words. Find all the submission details here.
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