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Fall 2021 Issue: Falling in Love

Lowering temps and leaves, mugs of hot apple cider, cozy sweaters and flannel blankets…it’s fall. We’re looking for stories that make us want to cuddle with a special someone and watch the stars.

Give us hayrides and haunted houses, apple picking and corn mazes, thanksgiving turkeys and brilliant colors. And make sure to include a kiss or two that warms us to our toes.

Autumn is the best time for meeting the one, making promises, and Falling in Love.

Issue Featured Author: Angela Ruth Strong

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Summer 2021 Issue: Inspired by Songs

Love songs have made the world a better place for thousands of years. Great lyrics tug at our emotions and inspire us with a simplicity that seems impossible, telling a short, short story just like flash fiction.

Give us your best stories inspired by your favorite songs of first kisses, sweet meetings, marriage proposals, first dates, reunited flames, and even those that celebrate a love that has stood the test of time. Put a fresh spin on it. Tell it from a different perspective or what happened before or after the song.

So set your playlist to love songs and be inspired. Be sure to tell us which song inspired you but don’t use any actual lyrics in your story.

Issue Featured Author: Bethany Turner

Submissions Are Now Closed for This Issue

Spring 2021 Issue: All Is Fair in Love… and Danger!

What could be more romantic than love … and danger? Both get the heart pounding and the adrenaline pumping!

For this romantic suspense issue, send us your best flash fiction stories about love on the run, hearts united in the face of danger. Think Castle or Bones. Show us spies falling for each other, partners – in love, or maybe in crime? A rescuer who needs rescuing, both physically and emotionally. A rekindled flame in the middle of a fire. Throw your hero and heroine into the trenches of war and see what develops.

Thrill us with your thrillers. But keep it under 1,000 words!

Issue Featured Author: Cara Putman

Submissions Are Now Closed for This Issue

Fall/Winter 2020 Issue: The Golden Age of Hollywood

Do you dream of love in black and white? Of silent film stars who use their eyes and hands to tell a story? Women, elegant gowns brushing the floor, and men with fashionable mustaches and voices as smooth as satin, gliding across a stage to accept an award. Or would you rather take an oldie and reframe it? Make it new and fresh? Have the girl get the guy this time.

Hollywood’s “Golden Age” (1920s-1960s) makes for an alluring setting. One that demands its stories be told through romance. We want flash fiction that evokes a sense of glamour and fame. Show us the fire that ignites between a leading lady and the hero’s…stunt double. The rom-com duo who go from enemies to lovers. Or maybe even have Scarlet end up happily-ever-after with Rhett or The Roman Holiday romance take place during the time of Caesar.

Whether you write your own, or rework a classic, make sure you send us stories that make us want to settle into our favorite chair and enjoy, for a moment, the daydreams of another time. Another place.


Submissions Are Now Closed for This Issue

Spring 2020 Issue: Hindsight is 20/20

Since hindsight is 20/20, we here at Spark fully believe in second-chance romance. If the pangs of unrequited love run deep, how high will the flames of rekindled passion go? We want to see stories of childhood friends who dressed-up as bride and groom and then lost touch, high school sweethearts who left town and — for a time — each other, the one who got away, the kiss that almost happened. The summer camp romance, the pen pal who wrote in verse, the French foreign exchange student…ooh la la.

When the stars align, prayers are answered, and memories are dusted off and given another shot at love, there are stories that beg to be told. Stories that show love in hindsight, re-imagined and reignited, comes full circle. Stories that are the beginning of something beautiful tangled up with the happy ending we all adore.

issue featured author: Jessica Kate

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Winter 2019 Issue: A Royal Affair

Subgenre: Regency

Nothing warms up a cold winter day like a crackling fire and even hotter romance. Throw in a duel, a marriage of convenience, or witty dialogue a la Jane Austen, and we’re sure to swoon. Whether celebrating the holidays in the English countryside, or joining in the festivities of the London season, we want to see heroes that melt our hearts, heroines that cheer our soul, and mistletoe-inspired kisses.


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Summer 2019 Issue: Summer Vacation

Subgenres: Beach Theme, Chick Lit, Summer Lovin’

What says summer more than a vacation? Let’s head to the beach for some summer lovin’ or meet a lifeguard who needs rescued.


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Spring 2019 Issue: Love and Sweet Tea

Subgenres: Southern Romance, Foodie, Gone with the Wind

Love is in bloom, and the sweet tea is plentiful. Let’s see some Southern romance, some foodie stories (a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, after all!), or even a modern-day Gone with the Wind.

Issue Featured Author: Lenora Worth
Issue Featured Author: James Market

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