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Renewal Gets a Fantastic Review

Renewal Review - Rainbow Book Reviews

Just got a fantastic review for “Renewal” from Rainbow Book Reviews: The first thing I’d like to say is that with the breadth of topics and themes covered, everyone interested in any of the four genres should be able to find something of interest in this collection. It is divided into groups of stories per genre, so it’s easy to find the type of tale you’re looking for – and to at least sneak a look at one or more of the sections you might not usually look at. Horror is not something I enjoy reading, but I found quite … Read more

Announcing the Winners for “Renewal”!

Renewal Fireworks

  It’s “Renewal” release day, and time to announce the winners of the 2017 QSF Flash Fiction contest for Renewal! The Winners ***Third Place, Siri Paulson, Urban Renewal **Second Place, S R Jones, In a Bind * drumroll * *First Place, Steve Fuson, Mating Season Congrats to our winners – the stories were amazing this year. The Judges I want to thank our amazing judges: Angel Martinez Ben Brock Jerome Stueart Clare London The Publisher and the Artists I also want to thank Freddy MacKay at Mischief Corner Books for the amazing coordination and formatting. And the artists, Gus Li, … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: Renewal, QSF’s Flash Fiction Anthology

QSF Renewal-Print

QSF has a new book out, the latest in our series of flash fiction anthologies: (noun) 1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or 2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or 3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or 4) Rebirth after death. Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut. Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers. Welcome to Renewal. Mischief Corner Books | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | … Read more

“Renewal” Has a Release Date

Renewal Date

It’s official, The stories and winners are chosen, and the illustrations are all in. Our third annual flash fiction book “Renewal” now has an official release date: 9/13/17 We should have preorder links shortly. We’ll be announcing the winners this year on that date, so expect a bit more fanfare when the thirteenth rolls around.

WROTE Interviews Us About Renewal!


This week, Angel, Ben and I are appearing on the WROTE Podcast to discuss the Renewal flash fiction anthology: It’s a fun interview – we talk about the process, what we look for in a good flash fiction piece, how to get yours noticed, and possible themes for next year. Enjoy!

Angel’s Bits Redux – Flash Fiction Roundup


Hey, QSF’ers! A special return of Angel’s Bits this week to recap and take a sift through what we saw in this year’s competition. When we started the Flash Fiction contest, it was on a lark. Oh, hey! This will be fun! We received 15 entries and gave out some prizes. Yay! The second year, we decided it would be cool to do a book. What were we thinking? But we received 115 entries that year, enough for a respectable book, and with the help of the MCB folks, there was indeed one. Discovery. The third year? We thought – … Read more

FOR WRITERS: I’ll Show You Mine


Some of you may have heard that we’re running a little flash fiction contest. The theme this year is “Renewal”, and some folks have had a hard time wrapping their minds around it and figuring out how to construct a flash fiction story from it. Angel had a great idea – to invite the folks who aren’t eligible to enter – Scott, the judges, and MCB – to write their own stories as samples. Here’s Scott’s – the other folks are encouraged to add their own to the FB thread, and we’ll post them on the site too. :) The … Read more

Renewal – QSF’s 2017 Flash Fiction Contest


Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words. Our 2017 contest launches on March 10th, and closes it April 10th. The theme for 2017 is “Renewal”: Take that however you will – a new beginning after a nuclear war, a birth of a werewolf baby, the reforging of a fantasy sword, etc. It’s up to you. We’ll be accepting stories from across the … Read more