- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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!
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
You're a returning Harlequin author and you have a new manuscript. We want to make sure we see your manuscript right away, so we've set up this category just for you.
Not to worry, you're not getting lost in some slush pile by submitting via Submittable. This system gives you peace of mind that it's been received (because sometimes our spam filter is a little too aggressive) and also lets us be really organized behind-the-scenes because this system makes it easy to filter and sort. We'll spot your submission right away if you submit using this category!
If you are not a returning Harlequin author, please do not use this category for submission. Please go to our main page and select the correct genre-specific or submissions call category.
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 via email. 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.
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, Regency, alternate history, unique time periods, pirates, and more.
We're actively seeking submissions of romantic suspense.
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, and we are now acquiring short stories in addition to novellas and longer works.
M/F, M/M, F/F, non-binary pairings, trans pairings and polyamorous and ménage+ romances are 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.
The Dirty Bits from Carina Press! (Erotic Short Stories): An ongoing call for short, erotic romances across subgenres, between 10-25k. These should have tight pacing, a romance with a happily ever after, and be very erotic.
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.
Join our new contemporary romance line, launching in 2020, now open for submissions.
Carina Adores, Carina Press’s new trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line, takes you around the world with the glamorous, the charming, the gritty, the tough, the possessive and the mysterious protagonists you adore. From sinful to sweethearts to the superrich, these characters will give you their all. Whether it’s stories of royalty falling in love, secret babies, marriage of convenience, friends to lovers, single parents and more, we want to see lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual spectrum, pansexual, transgender, intersex, aromantic and nonbinary protagonists get their trope-filled happily ever afters.
For full submission guidelines for this particular line, please visit bit.ly/CarinaAdoresSubmissions
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 (or group, in the case of polyamorous relationships) cannot die or leave the other(s) 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.
Carina Press has closed to submissions of science fiction and fantasy that do not include romance as central to the story/plot. However, we continue to be interested in acquiring romance manuscripts in science fiction/fantasy and associated SFF romance subgenres, especially futuristic and urban fantasy.
We are seeking submissions in all subgenres of romance (with the exception of faith-based) with all levels of sensuality. We welcome everything from no on-the-page sex to the incredibly erotic, featuring couples (or multiples) from all walks of life, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
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 or more primary romantic partners cannot die or leave the other(s) to conclude the story if it’s to be sold as a romance!
Subgenres of romance we are seeking include, but are not limited to paranormal, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, contemporary, and historical. Please see specific guidelines for erotic romance and science fiction/fantasy romance in their respective categories.
We are open to the full range of mysteries, from soft to hard, including cozies, amateur sleuths, procedurals, 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 release only.
See what we’ve published in mystery.
Carina Press will consider books that have been previously released or self-published by authors with a well-established publishing background, though the following applies:
- 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 titles.
- It is important to note that we take less than one percent of previously published projects submitted and much prefer to work with authors on new books.
To submit previously published material please submit a query letter with:
- book description
- overview of author’s career
- 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.
All of the above information is required in the query letter. Without any of this information, we will decline to read further.
If we are interested in reading your manuscript, you will receive an email asking you to submit the manuscript, a synopsis, series outline and overview of new material you are proposing in addition to the previously published work. If you do not have new material in mind, please do not proceed with submission at this time.
We define previously published as work that has been made available for sale to consumers, either on the author’s website or on an etailer. Works that have been made available for free reading on sites such as Wattpad are not considered previously published. If your book was contracted by a publisher but was never made available for sale, we do not consider that previously published.
Submit via this link: https://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/25867/previously-published-material
*Please do not put previously published material under any other Submittable category as it will be declined.*
This proposal call is open to any of the genres we publish, as outlined below. Have a mystery proposal you’ve been dying to pitch? Writing a contemporary romance? Or maybe you’re looking to publish a paranormal romance? We want to read it!
Closing date: July 8, 2019 (all submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern on this date)
Requirements for this proposal call:
- Your book must fall within any of the romance or mystery genres we publish
- Your proposed book must be a completely new work and not have been previously published in any form, whether self-published, posted on a writing community site (e.g. Wattpad) 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.
- We are not currently accepting proposals for The Dirty Bits from Carina Press; please do not submit material for The Dirty Bits to this call.
Check this post for the dozens of genres and tropes our editors are eager to read!
Materials needed to participate:
- A detailed query letter with a 3-5 paragraph book description, plus a short introduction of your writing credentials and publishing history.
- A minimum of the first 7,500 words of a work in progress. If you have more than 7,500 words, you can certainly (and definitely should) send more!
- A thorough, well-thought-out synopsis that is at least 5 pages or 1,600 words 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.
- If you are proposing a series, a brief series outline can also be uploaded. This is not required. Series outlines usually consist of a 2-3 paragraph overview of the series arc, plus a 1-2 paragraph description of each proposed book. Please upload this as a separate document.
- You may submit more than one project! However, please submit only one proposal per series.
- Times New Roman, 12 pt, black font, double spaced.
- Please put your manuscript title and your name in the header information on each page of your proposal and synopsis.