Chris Keeslar & Boroughs Publishing

Most writers know or know of Chris Keeslar, formerly of Dorchester Publishing. You also know that Dorchester is defunct, but Mr. Keeslar edits on. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of Boroughs Publishing.

Romance Fiction Contest

Boroughs Publishing is sponsoring its First Romance Short Story Contest. (See @ FIRST SIGHT -- remove spaces of course.) No entry fee!

Here's what their newsletter announcement said:

Looking to get noticed? Boroughs is offering a great opportunity for you to show off, whether you’re published or unpublished, whether you’re a first-time author or have a trunk full of novels under your bed. Short fiction is the simplest of all art forms—and the trickiest. With a limited amount of space to show us your world, your characters, their conflict…and then prove why they just have to be together, you have to be smart, be sexy, be different. And it has to happen in the blink of an eye.
Think you can succeed? We know you can.

About The Contest

The contest is open to published and unpublished authors alike. You may enter more than once, but please submit each story separately.

Each story should be self-contained enough to feature a resolution of any inherent conflicts and provide at least a happy-for-now ending. Looking for a place to get started? Here’s a thought: Use side characters of your previously written novels or back story connections of your characters that part and meet again.

Entry Details

1. Contest is now open and closes 11:59 p.m. PST, July 1, 2012.

2. Send your entry to submissions at

3. ROMANCE story of 6,000 to 10,000 words, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point, with one-inch borders, submitted in MS Word

4. Please put your story title in the header flush right.

5. DO NOT put your name on the body of the story, as the rounds will feature anonymous judging, but in your query letter include your name and contact information, the story title and its suggested sub-genre.

6. In the subject line of your submission email, please put “@FS: [YOUR STORY TITLE]”

7. Include “the pitch”: a 15 to 25 word encapsulation of the story. Be brilliant. You will be judged on this!

How It Works

Phase 1: On July 3, 2012, story titles and pitches will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website for open voting. Those that receive the top 25% of the vote in their sub-genre will be selected as SEMI-FINALISTS to go on to…

Phase 2: On July 17, 2012, the story’s first page (or first ~250 words) will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website for votes along with the title and pitch. In addition, our Editors will weigh in. The top three stories in each sub-genre will be selected as FINALISTS to go on to…

Phase 3: On July 24, 2012, the first three pages of the story will be posted for voting. Bit by tantalizing bit you’ll see who has what it takes—and so will we. The announcement of the winner of the @ FIRST SIGHT contest will be made at 5:45 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012, at our Publisher Open House at the RWA convention in Anaheim, California, and the results will be Tweeted and publicized on our website.

How To Vote

Beginning on July 3, 2012, and for each phase of the contest, you and everyone you know should visit, find the link to the @ First Sight contest, then cast your votes for stories that tickle your fancy and make you want more. You may vote for every story you like.


All Finalists will be offered:
  • A contract to have their story published and sold by Boroughs Publishing Group.
  • A full editorial process to make their story shine.
 The Finalist with the most popular website votes will be offered a critique by an editor of a full-length manuscript submission to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two weeks.

The Winner, chosen from our Finalists by our editorial staff, will receive:
  •  cover art specifically tailored to the story
  • A critique by our Editor-in-Chief of a full-length manuscript submission to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two week
  • 75% of the winning story’s net royalties
Takeaway Truth

Someone will be one of the finalists. Someone will win. Maybe it will be you -- but only if you enter.

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