You can see all submissions guidelines on our website: http://carinapress.com/blog/submission-guidelines/

  1. Required: In the submissions form, you will be asked for a brief, introductory query letter listing genre, word count and a short description of the book, as well as any pertinent information about the author, including both legal name and pen name and any writing credits. The query letter is your sales pitch and we use the information included in it.
  2. Required: The full manuscript saved as an RTF or DOC file and attached, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE. (example: WarAndPeace_Manuscript)
  3. Required: 2-5 page synopsis of book that details character development, plot, and conflict/story resolution. Attach as an RTF or DOC file with file name TITLE_SYNOPSIS where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE. (Example: WarAndPeace_Synopsis)
  4. Please be sure to put the following information on the first page of all files: manuscript name, author pen name/legal name, email address, phone number, genre and word count. If you don’t include your phone number, it makes it impossible for us to make The Call!
  5. Combined size of both attachments must be under 4 MB in size. We’re unable to send files larger than this to our editors due to restrictions in our email system. If your manuscript is over 4 MB, please remove extra images, delete extraneous styles or font use that may increase file size
  6. Please allow 12 weeks for an editorial response to your submission. If a response has not been received after 12 weeks, please follow-up with the submissions@carinapress.com email address. In the subject line of your query, please type your manuscript name, your name, and genre of the manuscript. (Example: Book X by Jane Doe, Romantic Suspense). In the body of the email, please let us know the date it was submitted.
If you have questions prior to submission, you can email submissions@carinapress.com However, no attachments, query letters or submissions should be sent to this address.

Please choose the best main category for your submission, even if your manuscript is a mash-up of genres. The main categories include all subgenres, so please don't worry if your subgenre isn't specifically listed but instead choose the best main category (ie contemporary, historical and romantic suspense all fit under romance. Crime fiction could go under mystery.)

Choosing the wrong category won't get your submission rejected, it simply helps us sort them as they come in. However, please do make sure you're submitting a manuscript that fits our submissions guidelines and is a genre we publish.







Ends on May 7, 2017

These first-page critiques are an opportunity for you to receive honest and constructive feedback from a Carina Press editor. Send us your first page, and we’ll randomly select one submission per month to critique on our blog. If you’ve never had your work critiqued before (or even if you have), don’t worry! Our goal is to help you by not only pointing out what might not be working, but by also letting you know what you’ve gotten right and how to bring that out and really make it shine. In other words, we’re friendly!   

How it works:

  1. One entry per person, and please only from people who haven't been published by Carina Press/Harlequin before.
  2. Pages must be from unpublished work and you must be the rightful owner of the work.
  3. By submitting your first page to this contest, you give permission for the material to appear on our website along with the editorial feedback.
  4. Genres must fall within one of these romance genres but can be of any heat level or same-sex/multiple pairings: contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, historical, science fiction, fantasy.
  5. Choose whether you want the comment section on the blog open or closed. Leaving the comment section open means others can comment and offer feedback, while having it closed means only the editor can provide feedback.
  6. The three submissions to be critiqued will be selected at random, and once the three selections have been made, we’ll be deleting all other first-page submissions and starting fresh next time. So if your first page is not selected, try again in the next round.
  7. You have until 11:59pm EST on May 7, 2017 to submit your first page.
  8. We will post one selection and its critique on our blog the third Thursday each month.

Thank you and good luck!

We’re in love with cowboys: they’re rugged, they’re sweet, they’re daring, and they look damn good in a pair of blue jeans. We want to publish a range of Western romances that showcase everything we love about cowboys. Novellas should have contemporary Western settings that are key to the story, conflict or character development.

Stories should stand alone, though they can be part of existing series, should contain a satisfying romance as part of the central plot and storyline, and should conclude with an HEA or HFN. Heat level can be from sweet to the erotic, as long as the focus is on the romance. Make us sigh, make us swoon, charm us right out of our boots!

Ends on July 30, 2017

There aren’t nearly enough tiaras to go around, in our opinion.

We’re looking to bring readers inside the contemporary royal court—wherever that may be—with tales of unconventional princesses, groveling hangers-on, bitchy queen mums, and princes behaving very badly. Whisk us away from the commoners and into a world where the crown jewels are super-sized, the palaces are sumptuous, and being so front-and-center in the public eye makes true love…tricky.

Think TV’s The Royals, not The Crown. We’re after storylines so juicy and salacious they’d make tabloid editors blush.

Novellas should be contemporary in setting and royals or royalty must be key to the story, conflict or character development. However, your modern-day royalty can be based in fictitious principalities and be royal figures with made-up titles. Want to write a beautiful countess and a down-and-dirty duke from the land of Cliffbrook (we just made up that name on the spot)? Bring. It. On.

**Please note, the use of actual people as main characters is prohibited.

Stories should stand alone, though they can be part of existing series or the start of a new series or trilogy, they should contain a satisfying romance as part of the central plot and storyline, and should conclude with an HEA or HFN. Heat level can be from low to the erotic, as long as the focus is on the romance.

Ends on June 4, 2017
Submitting to Carina Press has always—with a few exceptions—required a full manuscript and detailed synopsis. We’re pleased to announce that we’re living lighter this year and relaxing those restrictions for this open proposal call. We want to see what’s been brewing in your mind and have a taste of your fresh works in progress!

Maybe you’ve heard that no publishers want paranormal, that paranormal is dead or that readers aren’t buying paranormal romance? Wrong! Carina Press is actively acquiring and publishing paranormal romance—and readers are buying it. So bring us your shapeshifters, your vampires, your fae and demons and witches. We want to read your paranormal romance proposals, because we love this genre and readers do too! 

  • Your book must fall within the paranormal romance subgenre, but can be of any heat level or pairing, including same-sex/multiples.
  • Paranormal elements should play an important role in story development, plot and characterization.
  • We will look at paranormal romances in different time periods and unique settings—they do not need to be contemporary or based in the US.
  • Your proposed book must be a completely new work and not have been previously published in any form, whether self-published or released via digital or traditional publisher. Only new material will be considered during this submission call.
  • You cannot submit a project you have submitted to Carina Press before.

Materials needed to participate:

  • A query letter with a 1-2 paragraph book description, plus an introduction of yourself as an author/your writing and publishing history.
  • Three complete, ready-to-send chapters of a WIP. If you have more than three chapters, you can certainly send more!
  • A thorough, well-thought-out synopsis that is at least 5 pages long. The synopsis is extra important with a proposal because we need to see progression of plot, character arc, storyline and, also really crucial—how it ends! See more about writing a synopsis here.
  • You may submit more than one project! However, please submit only one proposal per series.
  • Direct your submission to the editor who has advertised an interest in seeing manuscripts like yours! In doubt? Direct your submission to Editorial Director Angela James or Senior Editor Kerri Buckley.
  • We will consider all proposals that fulfill submission call requirements and are received by 11:59pm EST on June 4th, 2017.
  • All eligible proposals will receive a response within 12 weeks of submission.
If you're an agent and looking to submit a work on behalf of your client, please keep in mind that you're welcome to submit to us directly. However, for your convenience we also offer this area for submission of your clients' work.

On the first page, the system will ask for a name and address before you log in--this should appear as your agency/agent name and address, not the clients'. There will be an opportunity to provide further client details on the actual submission page.

Recognizing that on occasion size does matter, and sometimes we actually just want to read something short that delivers a sexy, quick, fun romance, we’re interested in reading and publishing your stories that deliver a focused romance with explicit sex scenes. 

These erotic short stories can be contemporary, paranormal, historical, science fiction or fantasy romances. They should deliver a fast story, one that transports readers from the stresses of everyday life, work, and politics for an hour or two. Our two main requirements are that they be erotic or super sexy and they deliver on a romance promise with an HEA or HFN. We won’t demand a major focus on character development, extreme conflict or drawn-out plots for these, because we understand that can be difficult in a limited word count. We’re looking for a focus on escapism, happiness and romance!

We are seeking submissions in all subgenres of romance with all levels of sensuality. We welcome everything from the very sweet to the incredibly erotic, featuring couples (or multiples) from all walks of life and sexual orientation, including same-sex romances. Romances should focus on the development of the relationship, as well as external and internal conflict; the heat level should be appropriate to the book and enhance the story, and the primary relationship in the book should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. Sorry, but one of the couple cannot die or leave the other if it’s to be sold as a romance!

Subgenres of historical romance we are seeking include, but are not limited to, Western, Regency, alternate history, exotic settings, unique time periods, pirates, and more. 

Submissions of erotic historical romance should be submitted via the erotic romance category

Submissions of LGBT historical romance should be submitted via the LGBT category.


We're actively seeking submissions of romantic suspense and romantic thrillers.

Stories do not need to have an equal mix of romance and suspense; one can take a backseat to the other, but the book must have a romantic focus, with a happily ever after, and the suspense must play a major role in the external conflict of the book.

We are particularly seeking series in this category, so in your query letter, please do let us know if this is a planned series. We also welcome series in this category that feature the same protagonists throughout the series, in the same vein as Marie Force's Fatal series, but series can also feature different couples in each book.


Carina Press continues to acquire submissions in the erotic romance genre. While we are acquiring works of 20,000 words and up, we are particularly interested in novel-length stories (60,000 words or more) with series potential.
M/F, M/M, and ménage+ romances welcome, as are erotic thrillers and stories that push characters’ personal boundaries or delve into the taboo. The language in these books should be frank and explicit, with the sensuality and sexuality of the story integral parts of the plot and themes. Sexual tension and explosive chemistry between the protagonists is key to building the intensity of the story and sexiness of the erotic romance. Additionally, erotic romances must have a happily ever after or happily for now, including when the romance is between two or more characters.

We are seeking submissions in contemporary romance with all levels of sensuality. We welcome everything from the very sweet to the very sexy, featuring couples (or multiples) from all walks of life and sexual orientation, including same-sex romances. Romances should focus on the development of the relationship, as well as external and internal conflict; the heat level should be appropriate to the book and enhance the story, and the primary relationship should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. Trilogies and duologies wherein the first and/or second book end in cliffhangers are permitted as long as the primary romantic arc ultimately ends in an HEA or HFN.

Sorry, but one of the couple cannot die or leave the other if it’s to be sold as a romance!

Contemporary romance themes include, but aren't limited to, romantic comedy, contemporary cowboys, military romance (these may also fit under romantic suspense), big city/bright lights, multicultural, rock stars, billionaires, and more.

Submissions of contemporary erotic romance should be submitted via the erotic romance category

Submissions of LGBT romance (and non-romance) should be submitted via the LGBT category.


We are seeking submissions in all subgenres of paranormal romance with all levels of sensuality. We welcome everything from the very sweet to the incredibly erotic. Romances should focus on the development of the relationship, as well as external and internal conflict; the heat level should be appropriate to the book and enhance the story, and the primary relationship in the book should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. Sorry, but one of the couple cannot die or leave the other if it’s to be sold as a romance! You may wish to publish in the urban fantasy market (via our fantasy category) if this is the case.

We are looking for books with a compulsively readable author voice and a fresh twist on the paranormal themes. 

While we’ll consider manuscripts across the genre, here are some things that currently appeal to us in particular: Great sexual tension, super sexy paranormals, male/male protaganists, series featuring shifters (wolves, cats, dragons…we draw the line at hamsters), ongoing series or trilogies, unique twist on old paranormal tropes and elements, band of brother/alpha heroes, paranormal with suspense elements, and stories that delve into clan politics.

Submissions of romantic suspense should be made here. 

Please also see the science fiction and fantasy romance guidelines. If you're submitting science fiction romance or fantasy romance, please submit via those categories. 

Submissions of erotic romance should be submitted via the erotic romance category

For submissions of contemporary romance, please submit here.

For LGBT submissions, please submit here

We are seeking submissions in all subgenres of LGBTQ fiction with all levels of sensuality. In addition to LGBTQ romance, we are also seeking LGBTQ mysteries, which do not need to include a romance element. Though our male/male and bisexual markets are our primary markets, we do accept and publish lesbian and transgender fiction.

Romances should focus on the development of the relationship, as well as external and internal conflict; the heat level should be appropriate to the book and enhance the story, and the primary relationship in the book should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. Sorry, but one of the couple cannot die or leave the other if it’s to be sold as a romance!

Please also see the science fiction and fantasy romance guidelines. If you're submitting science fiction romance or fantasy romance, you may wish to submit via that category, but it's your choice. 

Submissions of erotic romance should be submitted via the erotic romance category




We are looking for new adult submissions with a strong story and fully developed, very definable protagonists, 18 and above, (or at an age eligible to enter college), in their early to mid-20s.

While at least one protagonist should fall in this age range, it is possible the other protagonist may fall in their upper 20s.

Story elements should be targeted to an adult, not teen audience, and should contain adult contemporary themes, frank, modern language, high relationship drama and intense conflict. Characters actions, dress and dialogue should all be age-appropriate. Think of the relationship drama of the college years and run with that! Other elements that work in this genre (but are not required to be considered for publication) include increased sensuality, love triangles, protagonists with traumatic events in their background, and protagonists who have celebrity status--actors, musicians, athletes, etc. (Please do not use real celebrities).

Stories can be stand alone or part of a series. For those that are part of a series, please also submit a series overview--a brief, one-page outline of future books or plot elements.

As we are seeking romances, these stories should contain a happily ever after or happily for now. If the relationship takes place over the course of several books and the HEA will occur in a later book, please submit a series overview as stated above.


Carina Press has closed to submissions of science fiction and fantasy that do not include romance as central to the story/plot, but we continue to be interested in acquiring manuscripts in science fiction/fantasy romance and associated subgenres, including and especially futuristic and urban fantasy. The associated subgenres include space opera, cyberpunk, alien romance and other similar subgenres.






We are seeking submissions in all subgenres of romance with all levels of sensuality. We welcome everything from the very sweet to the incredibly erotic, featuring couples (or multiples) from all walks of life and sexual orientation, including same-sex romances. Romances should focus on the development of the relationship, as well as external and internal conflict; the heat level should be appropriate to the book and enhance the story, and the primary relationship should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. Trilogies and duologies wherein the first and/or second book end in cliffhangers are permitted as long as the primary romantic arc ultimatelyends in an HEA or HFN.

Sorry, but one of the couple cannot die or leave the other if it’s to be sold as a romance!

Subgenres of romance we are seeking include, but are not limited to, LGBTQ, paranormal, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, Western, contemporary, New Adult and historical. 

Submissions of romantic suspense should be made here. 

Please also see the science fiction and fantasy romance guidelines. If you're submitting science fiction romance or fantasy romance, please submit via those categories. 

Submissions of erotic romance should be submitted via the erotic romance category

For submissions of contemporary romance, please submit here.

For LGBT submissions, please submit here.

We are open to the full range of mysteries, from soft to hard, including cozies, amateur sleuths, procedurals, psychological thrillers, historical mysteries and contemporary PIs. A selection of our mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense titles go to print via Harlequin’s Direct to Consumer Reader Service Suspense program and are also made available for sale in print on Harlequin.com.

Minimum word count for print adoption in this category is 70,000 and up, although we’ll accept submissions with lower word counts for digital-only.

Carina Press will consider books that have been previously released or self-published.

  • The author must either currently retain the rights or have a letter of reversion from the original publisher.
  • In addition to the previously published work, we would expect to see a new, never-before-published work submitted. If the previously published book is part of a series, we would expect to see the next (unpublished) book in the series. If the previously published book is a standalone, we would expect to see a separate (unpublished) submission. We are looking for authors who want to work with Carina Press to grow their career with new, unpublished work.
  • To submit previously published material:
    • Query letter with a book description, overview of author’s career, and an explanation of where the title was previously published. If the book is still for sale on etailers, please tell us where it’s for sale. Including any information on sales, number of reviews, average review rating, etc is also helpful.
    • Full manuscript in .docx
    • Synopsis of 2-5 pages depending on book length.
    • Series outline or plans for new material (separate document).
    • *Please do not submit previously published material to any other Submittable category.*