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Open submissions for romance writers

Got a manuscript that you are sitting on? Here is an updated list of all the publishing houses actively looking for books. Romance! Children's books! Recovery and addiction! There is a publishing house for every flavour. Ready? This is a long list so digest it. Check your genre. If submissions are closed but it's your genre then start a list of publishers to target.



List of Publishers open for submissions

Loveswept and Flirt are Random House’s digital only imprints focused on romance and women’s fiction. They are accepting queries for submissions in contemporary romance, erotica, historical romance, paranormal romance, women’s fiction, and new adult.

St Martin’s Press is an imprint of Macmillan. SMP Swerve is the digital first romance publishing imprint of St Martin’s.SMP Swerve is open to all sub-genres of romance. The length of your manuscript must be between 25 thousand and 100 thousand words.

Dial Books For Young Readers publishes hardcover books aimed at children of all ages, including young adults. They are an imprint of Penguin that accepts unsolicited submissions. The catch? They do not respond to unsolicited submissions unless they are interested in the book. That means don’t expect a rejection from Dial, personal or otherwise.

Forever is the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing. Grand Central Publishing is the imprint of the Hachette Book Group. Forever Yours is the digital sister of Forever, they focus on publishing un agented authors, and often publish authors without a publication history. They publish eBooks, but they an option to print on demand any book over 50,000 words in length.

Alibi is Random House’s digital first imprint that focuses on publishing mysteries and thrillers. All Alibi books are initially published as eBooks, but if they do well, a print version will also be published. Alibi books have a marketing team devoted to them.

Currently not accepting 15.3.18

WITNESS Impulse is a digital first imprint of Harper Collins. They publish a wide variety of mystery novels, including digital editions by some of the most famous mystery writers of all time, including my personal favorite Agatha Christie. However, they also publish new and emerging authors. It is important to note they usually publish print editions of their books. However, they always publish the digital version first.

Tor/Forge publishes science fiction and fantasy books. Run by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, Tor/Forge is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big five publishers. Tor is one of the most established science fiction publishers and they have won the Locus Award for best SF publisher 27 years in a row. They offer advances.

Avon Romance is a romance imprint of HarperCollins. Avon Impulse is their digital first imprint and they publish primarily new authors because of this. If your book does well in terms of digital sales and it is over 25,000 words in length, it will receive a print run and receive good distribution. Books that receive a print run are officially published by Avon Romance for the print edition (and not Impulse).

Harlequin is easily the most famous romance only publisher out there. In fact, their name was synonymous with romance novels when I was growing up. They have wide distribution, from grocery stores to bookstores. They are everywhere. A few years ago HarperCollins purchased the company.

Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in digital, and then depending on the numbers releasing audio and print versions as well. Unlike most of Harlequin’s imprints, they don’t just focus on romance, although they are open to all subgenres of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ+, and science fiction. They also publish mysteries of all flavors—from cozies to thrillers, with and without romantic elements. They, like Harlequin, are owned by HarperCollins

DAW is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors without an agent. This is unusual and a great opportunity. DAW is a highly respected publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. DAW has published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny. DAW has published many bestselling books and they have published Hugo award winning books. So they are respected and popular.

Hydra is a digital first Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror imprint of Random House. That means that they publish manuscripts in an e-book format that is available everywhere (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc). If the book does well digitally, a print edition will follow. They are open to queries and will try to respond to all queries within a month.

HarperLegend is a digital first imprint from HarperOne which is itself an imprint of Harper Collins. HarperLegend is looking to publish a very specific kind of book that they describe as visionary fiction.

Riptide is happy to announce that we're accepting new submissions for completed LGBTQ manuscripts between 25,000 and 80,000 words for our Riptide, Anglerfish, and Triton imprints! (Manuscripts up to 115,000 words will be considered on a case-by-case basis in high, epic, or urban fantasy romance; contemporary romance; romantic suspense; and romantic comedy.) You no longer have to be invited or represented by an agent to submit your manuscript, although of course agented submissions are always welcome.

All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please check the "Submission Instruction" tab for more details on how to submit your manuscript.

KICAM PROJECTS seeks memoirs and journalistic-style narratives addressing true stories of addiction and recovery. We’re especially interested in completed, or nearly completed, manuscripts around 50,000 words. Submissions should include a cover letter, 1-paragraph summary, author biography, synopsis, TOC, and sample chapter. Deadline: March 19. E-mail:

THURSTON HOWL PUBLICATIONS is currently open for novel queries. We are interested in animal fiction, horror, fantasy, literary fiction, young adult, and LGBT works. Would love anything that makes us feel, whether that’s terror, awe, arousal, or inspiration. Find query guidelines at

UPPER HAND PRESS will begin reading fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for publication in 2018 and 2019 on April 1. Queries welcome. Please see our submissions page and follow the guidelines:

Soho Press: Now Accepting Manuscript SubmissionsSoho Press is an established and respected literary independent publisher based out of New York. They also have two imprints, Soho Crime and Soho Teen, neither of which are open to un-agented submissions at this time. Soho Press is open to unsolicited submissions of literary fiction. They focus on publishing bold voices and original perspectives. To learn more about what they have published in the past, their catalog is a good place to start.

Cumberland River Review: Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 30, 2018

We nominate work for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and other anthologies and prizes. As always, our hope is to feature work of moral consequence.

The Flexible Persona: Accepting Fiction & Poetry for Print & Online

Deadline: Rolling

The Flexible Persona wants to read your fiction (short and flash) and poetry for consideration for our spring and fall 2018 print issues, as well as for publication on our site. We are a paying market with two ways to submit! For more details on submissions visit

Submit to The Wax Paper

Submissions accepted year-round.

Pieces are selected on their ability to illuminate the humanity and significance of their subjects. Please submit all work using the Submittable button on our submissions page Before sending in your submission, please read our manifesto:

Gemini Magazine

Submissions accepted year-round.

Gemini Magazine welcomes submissions of short stories, poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Any genre, subject, or style. We are also open to short plays, hybrid work, uncategorized writing, artwork, photography, or anything else you think might interest us. No rules, no themes, no reading fees for general, non-contest submissions. If we love it we publish it. Payment is $10 per published piece.

Sonder Review

Deadline: Rolling

We believe in storytelling that is innovative and daring, precise and oddly angled. Writing which shows us the bizarre and profound pulse of human experience; the resounding throb of humanity. But above all, we believe in fresh and ringing voices. Words that must be heard. Please visit our website for submissions guidelines:

Digital Culturist is Seeking Submissions for Seventh Issue

Deadline: Rolling

Digital Culturist, a web magazine that focuses on exploring the social, cultural, and psychological implications of technology and the internet, is currently accepting submissions for its seventh issue. With Issue 7, we would like to shine a spotlight on the digital economy. We are considering fiction, nonfiction, and poetry up to 5,000 words. Send submissions to Please review our submission guidelines before submitting (

Call for Submissions: Creative Nonfiction & Photographs about China

Deadline: Rolling

Brush Talks is a journal of creative nonfiction, photography, and occasional poetry related to China. We are currently seeking submissions in all three areas for our next issue, to be published in the spring of 2018. The nonfiction can take many forms: general essays, travel essays, profiles, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. We seek submissions about places, people, history, culture, the arts, science and technology—anything related to China that is well written, creative, and true (we do not publish fiction). No submission fee. Please visit our website for more information and read the submission guidelines before submitting:


The American Journal of Poetry Volume 5 Call for Submissions

Deadline: Rolling

Now reading for Volume Five. Please visit us to read Volume Four with poems by poets from the world over, from beginners to the most renowned. A unique voice is prized. Be bold and uncensored. Our hallmark is "STRONG Rx MEDICINE." Long poems welcome. Published biannually online. Submissions accepted through our online submission manager Submittable; there is a small reading fee.

Online Literary Journal Seeks Brave, Honest Work

Submissions accepted year-round.

Trampset, an online literary journal of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, is seeking and accepting new submissions on a rolling basis. We want your best brain, your beating heart, your fears and reconciliations. Send that good human stuff our way. We nominate for Best of the Net. Nonfiction submissions are free. We charge a $3 submission fee for fiction and poetry. Visit our submissions page:

Submissions Invited for Anthology on Simone Weil

Deadline: August 1, 2018

Orison Books invites submissions of work that engages the life and writing of Simone Weil, 20th-century French mystic, social activist, and theologian, for a forthcoming anthology. We are interested in literary work in all genres, including poetry, essay, drama, and hybrid-genre work. Authors or publishers may submit previously published or unpublished work. The anthology will be co-edited by George David Clark, Luke Hankins, Susan L. Miller, and Jessie van Eerden. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication. Send submissions as a Word, RTF, or PDF document along with author information to:

The Coachella Review—Call for Play Submissions

Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Coachella Review is looking for short theatrical works to publish online in our Summer 2018 issue. This is a great opportunity for first time writers looking to get their works published or for seasoned playwrights wanting to reach a new audience. Compensation: Author credit. Looking for: 10-minute or one-act plays (10-30 pages). Themes and genres are open, but we are looking for good, polished storytelling. Submit plays in doc., rtf., or pdf. with the subject line your last name, underscore, and title of work. For example: Jackson_Best Play Ever. Submit plays and inquiries to .

Transference Seeks Poetry in English Translation

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Transference invites submissions of poetry translated into English from Arabic, Chinese, French, Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, or Japanese. Along with your translation, please submit a commentary on the translation process, addressing particular challenges posed by the text or specific translation choices. New voices are especially welcome. Transference is published both online and in print. Read previous issues and submit up to four poems at Contact: Published by faculty of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Submissions are read using a double-blind review process.

Backbone Press Chapbook Open Reading Period

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Backbone Press is currently accepting submissions for chapbook-length manuscripts during our Spring 2018 open reading period (February 1st-March 31st). Our mission is to foster and support writers of color and promote equity by means of diversity in literary publishing. To view our catalog and for full submission guidelines please visit us at:

New Lit Magazine Crossways Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 2018

New online literary magazine, Crossways, looking to publish poems and short stories in the English language by emerging and established authors anywhere in the world. Particularly interested in new and emerging writers and work with an Irish interest. Visit the site at for more info.

Temenos: Open Call - Spring 2018

Deadline: April 6, 2018

Temenos announces open call for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, and art and photography! We will accept and publish the very best submissions in our upcoming Spring 2018 edition. Fee for submission is $4. Submission deadline is April 6th. Submission inquiries can be directed to .

MR - Send us Your Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Long Prose!

Deadline: April 30, 2018

MR is currently accepting general submissions of up to six poems, or one piece of fiction or nonfiction until April 30. We are also actively seeking submissions of long prose (fiction or nonfiction, 8,000-25,000 words) for our award-winning e-book series, Working Titles. Submissions are accepted by snail mail or through our online Submissions Manager; please do not send work by email. For details on both, visit

UFP Seeks Book-length Manuscripts

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Urban Farmhouse Press currently seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, novellas, and science fiction. We are an independent small press located in the Windsor, Ontario-Detroit, Michigan area. We are looking for writing that crosses borders and talks about the people and places it comes from. Submissions welcome from US, Canada, UK, and Australia. More details at

West Texas Literary Review: Call for Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

West Texas Literary Review is a print and online literary magazine that seeks poetry, flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), essays (up to 2,000 words), and photographs. We love work that is thoughtful, deliberate, and authentic. To read the guidelines and submit, please visit While you're on the website, check out our amazing latest issue!

Little Pickle Press -

The common denominators. All of the manuscripts that we select involve conveying meaningful messages to children or youth. They catalyze conversations between parents and children, teachers and students, about the topics that matter most to the generation of children we are shaping today. The manuscripts are well written, thought-provoking, progressive, fresh, distinctive, and, if a picture book, lend themselves well to not only illustration but also to extrapolation into other mediums, such as interactive eBooks, book apps, and animated shorts.

Narrative Magazine -

We are always grateful for the opportunity to read your work. You may upload one or more submissions here; and then please fill out the form below to complete your submission. Each submission should be designated to a single submission category. If we accept the piece, but feel it would be better suited in one of the other categories, then we will discuss this with you at time of acceptance. Important: Please make sure that your spam-filter will allow emails from

General Overview

This magazine is open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir. Creative Nonfiction typically accepts submissions via regular mail and online through Submittable. Please read specific calls for submissions carefully.

OMONOMANY PUBLISHING. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Send SASE, 2 copies of sample chapter, and outline to 2095 Exeter Rd., Ste. 80-263, Germantown, TN 38138.

PEN + BRUSH BOOKS, the publishing arm of a 123-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks full-length literary fiction manuscripts by women and non-men-identifying authors. We also accept poetry and short stories. No submission fee! See our website for more information:

THREE MILE HARBOR’S 2nd annual Poetry Book Contest winner receives $500 and publication. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages by July 31. Entry fee: $25. 2017 Winner: Marisol Baca of Fresno, CA for Tremor. For more details, go to

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