You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London


Flash fiction appeals to readers who are in a hurry. These short-short stories (usually less than 1,000 words) tell a complete story in a compact packages. Several websites and publications will pay for your flash fiction:

Woman’s World Magazine wants romances of 850 words. They publish one story a week (52 a year) and pay $850. If you’re interested in writing for this markets, it’s worth checking out the blog, Writing for Woman’s World Magazine, where author Kate Willoughby analyzes each week’s story and provides tip for breaking into this tough, but lucrative market.

Flash Fiction Online publishes stories from 500 to 1,000 words. They publish all genres except erotica, and are particularly interested in holiday-themed stories. They pay $50. Be sure to check out their detailed writer’s guidelines. 

The Vestal Review is “the longest running flash fiction magazine in the world.” They accept stories up to 500 words in a variety of genres and pay 10 cents a word. See their guidelines here.


Carina Press has published a Wish List and it’s definitely worth looking at if you’re writing any sub-genre of romance. Some highlights:

The editors are really eager to find a romantic suspense, novel-length series.  They’re also especially interested in Scottish-set historical romance, Regency romance, Male/Male romance, Erotic romance and New Adult romance (especially GLBT) and all categories of mystery.

Angela James would love a cowboy-rebellion-type space opera (think Firefly).

Kerri Buckley would like to see stories set in Eastern Europe, cozy mysteries with dry wit, big sexy Regencies and more.

Rhonda Helms would love some genre-blending books, some laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, futuristic stories and multi-cultural stories.

Deborah Nemeth longs for some historical romances to transport her back to the time of the Tudors,  some high-octane romantic suspense, and epic fantasy with political intrigue.

Mallory Braus loves new adult stories. Send her something steampunk, or a gothic story. She’d love a psychic FBI agent or a historical mystery.

Alissa Davis would like to see some erotic romance with blue collar characters,  a male/male mystery novel, sports romances or foodie romances.

Jeff Seymour wants “great spec fic.” He’d love a male/male steampunk book, historical fantasy, or LBGTQ stories.

Melissa Johnson would like contemporary romance or new adult romance featuring sports stars, historical romance with unusual settings, and genre-bending stories.

Tina Burns would like a wild west historical romance, or LGBTQ romance.

Elizabeth Bass would love a mystery series with an off-beat detective team.

This is just a sampling of some of the things these editors are looking for. Read the complete list here. 


One Teen Story is open for submissions through April 2014. The magazine publishes nine issues a year for young adult readers. Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words and payment is $500. Read their guidelines here. 


Rocky Mountain Revenge is my latest release, from Harlequin Intrigue. 9780373697427

As always, feel free to share this blog with others. All I ask is that you credit me as the source of the information and include a link to the blog. Thanks! Cindi



Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” -Christopher Morley


In the wake of the success of their digital-first Loveswept imprint for romance and women’s fiction, Random House is launching three new genre-specific, digital original imprints:

Hydra — Science fiction and fantasy

Alibi — Mystery and Suspense

Flirt— New Adult

Both agented and unagented authors are welcome to submit to these new lines. Editors are looking for novellas (15,000 – 30,000 words) as well as full-length books (40,000 to 60,000 words.) They will consider previously-published works, as long as you own all the publishing rights. Submit your query using the online form; you can expect to hear from editors in two to four weeks. Find all the details here.


Entangled Dead Sexy is now Entangled Suspense. The editors are interested in a wide range of stories, with an emphasis on romance and all tones from dark and sexy to light-hearted. Find out more here.


Carina Press has opened its four annual Special Collections to general submission. Three of these collections are usually by invitation only, but this year all authors, agented and unagented, have a chance for a spot in these collections. All the collections have winter holiday themes and will be released in December 2013.

Contemporary Romance collection: novellas 18,000 to 35,000 words contemporary, M/F romance stories with a winter holiday theme — any winter holiday, not necessarily Christmas. From sweet to sexy, but no erotica. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Erotic Romance collection: novellas 18,000 to 35,000 words. Hot erotic romance — m/f, m/m or any combination, in any romance sub-genre — historical, contemporary, paranormal, etc. Must have a winter holiday theme. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Harleys and Holidays: winter holiday stories that combine romance and motorcycles (does not have to be a Harley.) 18,000 to 35,000 words. Any contemporary romance sub-genre, from sweet to erotic, with any kind of romantic couple. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Home for the Holidays: This collections features military heroes and heroines, 18,000 to 35,000 words with a winter holiday theme. These stories may range from sweet to erotic, feature any mix of romantic couples, and may be any romance sub-genre. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Find out all the submission details here.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. All I ask is that you include a link to the blog and credit me as the source. Thank you. Cindi Myers




“Be persistent. Editors change; tastes change; editorial markets change. Too many beginning writers give up too easily.”  John Jakes

The big buzz this week is about Harlequin’s new e-publishing venture, Carina Press.  Headed by veteran Malle Valik and edited by Angela James, formerly of Samhain Publishing, the e-book only publisher expects to release its first titles in the Spring of 2010. Though the parent company is Harlequin, Carina Press is structured as a separate entity. They’ll have an e-book store just for Carina Press. Contracts will be similar to other e-publishing contracts: i.e. no advance but higher royalties. Royalties will be 30% of cover price, paid twice a year.

Plans are to publish “a broad range of fiction with an emphasis on romance.”  They will look at almost anything except young adult, poetry or nonfiction, including: romance, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure,  thrillers, horror, futuristic and erotica. They are interested in complete manuscripts only at this time, but ask that you query first. Send your query to Fine the complete submission guidelines here.


Markets for short genre fiction are hard to come by, so it’s always nice to be able to share a new one. The pay is not great, but if you have a short story you’d love to find a home for,  Untied Shoelaces of the Mind might be for you. The editors are looking for genre and literary stories between 100 and 2000 words. Payment is 3 cents a word up to $30.  They’re interested in romance, humor, science fiction and fantasy, thriller, mystery, horror and mixes of the above. Find all the details at the website.


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Her Christmas Wish is available from now and will be for sale in stores soon. This is the last of my Crested Butte mini-series for Harlequin American. Think romance in a snowy ski-resort town. Perfect for curling up with in front of the fire or under the Christmas tree — or while you’re digesting that Thanksgiving feast.


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