Submission Guidelines

We accept quality romance or rom com flash fiction that's 1500 words or less. Each piece should be sent in a separate email to meetcutepress@gmail.com.

SUBMISSIONS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

IMPORTANT: WE ONLY PUBLISH ROMANCE AND ROM COMS in case you've been asleep at the wheel. This means it MUST include a love interest and MUST end with a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN). This means no one can die at the end.

Guidelines:

  • Submit work as an attachment in a standard format (doc, docx, rtf). Please ensure that the document does not need permission for opening.

  • Title the document Title_Author, so as an example, if my name is Mary Jones and my piece is titled Too Tight Thongs, my document would be titled: TooTightThongs_MaryJones.docx.

  • In the body of the email, include the word count and specify whether it's rom com or romance. Please also include subgenres if there are any. 

  • Include a 75 words or less bio and it's optional, but a picture too. We like readers to meet our contributors.

  • IMPORTANT: Include your Twitter handle. We announce our chosen stories via Twitter, so we need your handle to tag you and give you your due credit!

  • In the subject of the email, put Submissions: Title. So in Mary's email, the subject would be: Submissions: Too Tight Thongs.

  • Submissions should be single-spaced with a double space between paragraphs and not indented. (These are standard submission guidelines for the web.)

  • Include a 140-character summary of your piece in the body of the email. Please put a little time and effort into this, as it will be the teaser to get folks to click on your article. If you screw this up, we reserve the right to revise it for you. That's 140 CHARACTERS not 140 WORDS, folks. (This is not to torture you, we promise. It's the limit of the summary box in our blogging program.)

  • Submissions should be free of grammatical or formatting errors.

  • Don't worry about a fancy cover letter. Just put in what is requested above and if you love us, you can tell us that too. Otherwise, keep it simple, we bore quickly.

  • Did you include your Twitter handle? Okay, just checking...
     

What We Do and Do Not Accept:

  • Swearing is accepted, but make sure fits the story and the characters. Please include an "adult language" warning. This is not for us, it's for our readers. We don't give a sh*t.

  • At this time, we do not accept erotic romance. Again, this is not for us. We love you, erotic romance writers! It just doesn't go in a typical short story or rom com.

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know as soon as your story is getting published elsewhere.

  • Works should be unpublished, but if it was published and you think it deserves another go-round, send it along. Just let us know where it was published and the date.

  • We NEVER accept submissions that include rape, pedophilia, graphic violence, racial slurs, hate language, jokes that insult, bullying, trolling, etc. etc. In short, be nice.

 

Rights and Payment:

  • At this time we are unable to pay our authors, but we hope to change that soon.

  • We ask for one-time non-exclusive digital rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication. 


Submissions that do not follow guidelines cannot be considered. Our email address is meetcutepress@gmail.com and you’ll get a decision from us within about a week.

To improve your chance of getting published, send us stories that are:

  • Full of voice

  • Involve amazing sunsets

  • Are fresh and different

  • Are beautifully written and leave us breathless

  • Full of animal sidekicks

  • Diverse. We love romances of all ages, colors, sexual orientations, etc.

  • Funny. If we laugh, you're in

  • A unique angle on a old trope

  • Have references to The Office

  • Just the right amount of weird

  • About dating disasters, blind, online, or otherwise

  • Bursting with swoon

  • Utilize puns in the most excellent way

  • Show us a lot of character and emotion in a short amount of words

  • Satirical, tactfully poking fun of romance while embracing it. We're not really sure exactly what this one means, but we know it when we see it