Past Themes

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.

ISSUE FEATURED AUTHOR: RACHEL MCMILLAN

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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.

ISSUE FEATURED AUTHOR: KRISTI ANN HUNTER

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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.

ISSUE FEATURED AUTHOR: MELODY CARLSON

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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

Submissions Are Now Closed for This Issue