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Gabbi Grey: Trying It Short! Rise — Out now! (Contest)
Thursday, October 26th, 2023

The winner is…Diane Sallens!

Hello Delilah!  Thank you for letting me visit today to discuss a fantastic project I’m involved in.

I write all different kinds of queer fiction, and when this contest entered my radar screen a few years ago, it caught my attention.  This is the third year I submitted a 300-word short story, and I was thrilled my story was chosen with 119 others to put together this wonderful collection.  My story is a lesbian shifter romance—not something I’d written before.  I love the speculative nature of Sci-Fi and paranormal. This isn’t our world and yet how does it relate to us? Which elements are the same and which are different?  I invite readers to sink into stories that pack a hell of a punch, even with the short word count.  I know I used every single one to craft a story I hope readers will love.

As a bonus, today, I’d love to give away a $5 Amazon Gift Card.  To enter, just drop a note in the comments.  Let me know—do you read paranormal or Science Fiction?  Is there a particular subgenre you like?  Good luck!


Every year, Queer Sci Fi runs a one-word theme contest for 300-word flash fiction stories, and then we choose 120 of the best for our annual anthology.

(Noun, Verb)

Eight definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:

1) An upward slope or movement
2) A beginning or origin
3) An increase in amount or number
4) An angry reaction
5) To take up arms
6) To return from death
7) To become heartened or elated
8) To exert oneself to meet a challenge

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Rise features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Pairings (if a romance): MM, FF, MF, NB, etc.
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
LGBTQ+ Identities (if applicable): Ace, Bi, Demi, Gay, Intersex, Lesbian, Poly, Trans

Series Title: Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Authors: This year, 554 authors entered the Rise contest. 120 of them were chosen, and their stories are included in this anthology.

Queer Sci Fi Website:

12 comments to “Gabbi Grey: Trying It Short! Rise — Out now! (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · October 26th, 2023 at 12:36 pm · Link

    I read both paranormal & Sci-fi romances… 🙂

  2. Stacey Kinzebach
    · October 26th, 2023 at 12:59 pm · Link

    I enjoy paranormal but haven’t really gotten into sci fi reading. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Beyer
    · October 26th, 2023 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I read both. I like to mix up my reading to keep it fresh.

  4. Mary Preston
    · October 26th, 2023 at 4:41 pm · Link

    I don’t read a lot of paranormal or Science Fiction. No particular sub-genre comes to mind.

    · October 26th, 2023 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I prefer paranormal romances but if the storyline is good and it’s a romance I llike science fiction also. I just dont want any book with just sex it has to have a good story line to make it interesting. Just sex doesnt hold my attention.

  6. Diane Sallans
    · October 26th, 2023 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I read a variety of genres, including paranormal, as long as there is romance with an HEA – haven’t read much science fictioneven tho I enjoy SciFi movies

  7. BN
    · October 26th, 2023 at 10:20 pm · Link


  8. Debra
    · October 27th, 2023 at 6:31 am · Link

    I do read both and they can be so amazing.

  9. ButtonsMom
    · October 27th, 2023 at 3:06 pm · Link

    I read just about anything as long as there is at least a small romantic component. However, I do occasionally read books that don’t have any romance.

  10. Sara DoMoe
    · October 27th, 2023 at 8:57 pm · Link

    I love Paranormal romance

  11. flchen
    · October 30th, 2023 at 11:32 pm · Link

    I definitely read them both, and had even before realizing that PNR and scifi romance existed, LOL!

  12. Mary McCoy
    · November 5th, 2023 at 11:59 am · Link

    I love scifi and paranormal, especially enjoy a short story with a twist

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