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Heartlines Spec - Fiction (Poetry)

We're looking for short fiction and poetry focused on long-term relationships: platonic, romantic, or familial. We don't want the blaze of new love or the obsession of a new friend. We want pieces that show that comfort that develops when people know each other for years.

Give us deep space, dusty frontiers, or dreamy fantasy. We want stories and poetry with strong, confident relationships amid all the sci-fi/fantasy. While we are primarily looking for stories with happy endings (yeah, yeah), we also want endings that are earned. If things get a little teary or gory, that's ok.

We are especially interested in stories featuring queer platonic relationships, ace/aro love stories, and polycules.

Market Submission Schedule
  • Submission window - May 1, 2024 thru May 31, 2024 (Ends 5 days from now)
  • Limited demographic submission window: equity-deserving groups - Aug 24, 2024 thru Aug 31, 2024 (Begins 89 days from now)
  • Submission window - Sep 1, 2024 thru Sep 30, 2024 (Begins 97 days from now)
  • Limited demographic submission window: equity-deserving groups - Dec 24, 2024 thru Dec 31, 2024 (Begins 211 days from now)
  • Submission window - Jan 1, 2025 thru Jan 31, 2025 (Begins 219 days from now)
  • Limited demographic submission window: equity-deserving groups - Apr 23, 2025 thru Apr 30, 2025 (Begins 331 days from now)

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
Short Story
1000 to 3500 words
6 cents/word

Market Submission Types
AI Submissions?: Not Allowed
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes
Translations: Original Language Only

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There are 209 completed reports in the past 12 months.
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Min: 1 | Average: 11.22 | Median: 8 | Max: 53
3.82% - avg 38 days
96.17% - avg 10 days (13.93% of rejections are personal)
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Listing added: 12 September 2022

Last officially checked: 1 April 2024

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