Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.” Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

I’m back from the Romance Writers of America conference. In a few weeks I’ll begin my recap of publishers’ spotlights from the conference, though I will say there was no earth-shattering news from the conference. Today, however, I’m passing on information about some short story markets.

Country Woman magazine is interested in short stories featuring country women, which they define as a woman living on a farm or ranch or in a rural small town. Stories must have a country setting and be positive and upbeat. 750-1000 words. Payment varies. The magazine publishes every other month and the editors would like to include a short story in each issue. Fine guidelines here.


ScreaminMamas is holding a Valentine’s Day Fiction contest. Submit your light romantic comedy — historical or contemporary — or 800 to 2,000 words featuring a romance that might be found in the everyday life of a mom. The deadline is midnight, September 30. Get the details here.


Book Three of my Ranger Brigade series for Harlequin Intrigue is out now. Colorado Bodyguard features a sister desperate to find her missing sibling, a protective Ranger, and a loyal police dog. 9780373698530

The rugged terrain of Colorado wouldn’t make their mission easy. Nor would the attraction between them. 

Sophie Montgomery’s sister was missing and her trail stopped dead in the Black Canyon—which was firmly in Rand Knightbridge’s jurisdiction. Part of the Ranger Brigade, he could lead Sophie on a search deep into this remote part of Colorado. Although afraid to disappoint the desperate beauty, Rand couldn’t ignore her determination. But it was clear she needed protecting after shots rang out and Sophie barely escaped with her life. Now, as the job he’d reluctantly agreed to became a very personal mission, Rand knew he’d do anything to bring Sophie’s sister home. Because seeing Sophie happy was the only outcome he’d allow. Or accept.


Times of the Islands features articles and stories about the Turks and Caicos Islands. The editors are interested in fiction set on the islands and are open to all types of stories, from adventure and mystery to humor and historical. Stories should be 1,000 to 3,000 words. Payment is $250 – $400. They buy two to three stories a year.  Visit the magazine’s website here.


Are you a runner? Running Times welcomes any genre of short fiction that features a running-related theme or characters who are runners. 1,500 to 3,000 words. Payment is $100 — $500 per story. Check out the magazine’s website here.


Ocean magazine wants fiction centered around the ocean and its creatures. The editors welcome adventure, fantasy, romance and historical stories, 100 – 2,000 words. Payment is $75 – $150. Visit their website here.


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