As we hear and see submission opportunities we will post them. Do check the publishers website for the most up to date information and exact submission details. This is just a quick look at what is out there, but further research will be needed on the submission process for each publisher. Feel free to comment if you have any useful information or updates for the NOR community.
Amazon's Montlake (Romance)
Carina Press (Adult Commercial Fiction)
Carina Press will consider most genres of adult commercial fiction (we do not publish inspirational, women’s fiction, family sagas or literary fiction). If your manuscript is 15,000 words or longer and is a commercial adult fiction story (that is not inspirational fiction, women’s fiction, family saga or literary fiction) we will consider it! We will not look at manuscripts under 15,000 words, nor will we consider YA, children’s books or non-fiction.
We publish a majority of romance but are also very interested in and publish science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thrillers, and niches such as steampunk, male/male, time travel, westerns, futuristics and unusual historicals. If you have something new and fresh in a genre we acquire, we would be happy to read your story!
Decadent Publishing Company (Romance and Erotic Romance)
Decadent Publishing is open for general submissions in all sub-genres of romance and erotic romance.
Bono Books, our new imprint showcasing mainstream fiction, YA, "sweet" romance and non-fiction is now open for submissions. Visit www.bonobookstore.com for more details.
Devine Destinies (Variety)
eXtasy accepts un-agented submissions.
Dreamspinner Press (Gay)
Dreamspinner Press seeks gay male romance stories in all genres. While works do not need to be graphic, they must contain a primary or strong secondary romance plotline and focus on the interaction between two or more male characters.
The main characters of the story must end in an M/M or M/M/M relationship. Other relationships (M/F, F/F, M/M/F, F/F/M) are acceptable in secondary pairings or as part of the development of a main character.
We encourage tales that cross genres; for example, a science-fiction mystery or romantic fantasy. Stories can stand alone or be part of a well-developed series.
Ellora’s Cave is always looking for new talent and welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from authors, whether you have an agent or not. We want great storytelling, fresh writing, compelling characters and hot sex that will thrill our readers and capture their imagination.
We are digital publishers and all of our work is done electronically. We do not accept paper submissions.
On the Hunt - Delicious heroes or heroines are on the chase in these stories based on bounty hunters!
Curve Appeal - Dangerous curves ahead! Cuddle up to some Big Beautiful Women in this series featuring hot ’n’ heavy heroines who have a little (or a lot!) extra cushion for the pushin’. ;)
Boys Will Do Boys - Let’s get one thing straight—these heroes are not. Sorry ladies, no heroines allowed in these tales of lust and love between men. Bring on the M/M! (Or M/M/M, or M/M/M/M…)
Cotillion Christmas Traditions - Sweet, Christmas-themed traditional Regencies from our Blush Line of non-erotic romance.
Entangled Publishing (Romance, YA, Romantic Elements)
Entangled Books, Entangled Select, and Entangled Teen – 60k-120k word romance novels or novels with romantic elements.
We are seeking novels in the following subgenres of romantic fiction for our Entangled Books, Entangled Select, and Entangled Teen imprints:
Upper YA (16-21 year old protags) that will appeal to crossover audiences
Younger YA/MG (13-15 year old protags) that will appeal to crossover audiences
Paranormal and Urban Fantasy
Flirts – 10k-15k short romantic novellas featuring a HEA.
We are seeking short novellas for digital publication only priced at $0.99 each in the following subgenres of romantic fiction:
Science Fiction, Dystopian, Steampunk
Paranormal and Urban Fantasy
Ever Afters – 20k-40k romantic novellas featuring a HEA.
We are seeking novellas for digital publication only, to be priced between $0.99-$2.99, in the following subgenres of romantic fiction:
Science Fiction, Dystopian, Steampunk
Paranormal and Urban Fantasy
Indulgence – 45k-60k category romance.
Indulgence is an innovative line of category romance novels, priced at $2.99 and sold digitally only. We’re looking for fresh voices and realistic stories that reflect how women live and love in the new millennium. Whether funny, mysterious, dramatic, snarky, sexy, or heartfelt, these stories are active, fast-paced, and dialogue-heavy. Be bold. Be daring. Get out of the box.
Brazen – 45k-60k sexy category romance.
Brazen, our bestselling sexy contemporary romance line, is the naughty little sister of our popular Indulgence imprint. Priced at $2.99 and sold digitally, these steamy category-style romances blend young, fresh voices with the strong tropes we all know and love, allowing readers to explore the more seductive side of modern relationships. Whether they’re witty and playful, or lush and intense, Brazen books are always fast-paced, dialogue-heavy, and above all, sexy. Unleash your inner vixen. We know you want to.
Bliss – 45k-60k sweet category romance.
Bliss is seeking uplifting, heartwarming stories that will be priced at $2.99 and sold digitally. The editors are looking for fresh, contemporary voices that reflect the trials and tribulations of modern love in America. The focus should be on family, home, a strong sense of community, and ultimately happiness, but the tone can be anything from snarky to emotional to nostalgic and everything in between.
Covet – 60k-70k paranormal category romance.
Contemporary romance with a twist… We’re seeking paranormal stories with fresh voices, between 55k and 70K words in length. Stories need a romantic trope and an alpha hero at their core, with paranormal elements woven into the storyline. For example, a story could have the best friends to lovers trope and the best friend happens to be a vampire. The paranormal element is secondary to the trope and shouldn’t eclipse their growing relationship. The three pillars of Covet are trope, alpha male, and growing relationship between the hero and heroine.
Covet will cater to everything from Greek gods, to witches, to vampires, open door and closed door sex scenes, funny and dark. Voices like Erin McCarthy, Shelly Laurenston, Gena Showalter, and Nalini Singh are good examples of the kind of exciting, fast-paced voices that will appeal most to Covet readers.
Entangled Suspense – The Nina Bruhns Collection – 60k-70k category romantic suspense.
ENTANGLED SUSPENSE: The Nina Bruhns Collection is Entangled Publishing’s dynamic new imprint for romantic suspense/mystery/thriller novels. Our Entangled Suspense editors are looking for bold voices and compelling stories that will pull our readers into a page-turning world of thrills, sizzles, chills, and intrigue. Whether you write sweet or steamy, cops, para-ops, or special ops, cozy village sleuths, or mile-a-minute whirlwind adventures, if your mystery, suspense, or thriller includes a romance with a happy, committed ending, we want to see it!
Make us gasp. Make us cry. Make us think. Make our hearts pound. Make us feel the rush of adrenaline and the sizzle of attraction.
As do all our lines, Entangled Suspense offers authors e-royalties up to 40% of cover price. These books will be priced competitively, and sold digitally-only for now.
Evernight Publishing (Romance, Erotic Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA)
We're looking for new and established authors to join Evernight Publishing.
Everteen (YA Fiction)
We're looking for new and established authors to join Evernight Teen.
eXtasy Books (Romance and Erotic Romance)
eXtasy accepts un-agented submissions.
12/21/2012 -So you want to publish with Harlequin series? Fantastic! We're always looking for creative, talented, prolific authors.
First: check out the Harlequin Writing Guidelines and identify the series that your novel best fits. The only lines accepting manuscripts are the series lines and Harlequin Kimani. For our single title imprints?including MIRA, HQN, TEEN and Non-fiction-we work only with agented authors.
HarperCollins (Wide Variety of Fiction and Nonfiction)
Unfortunately, with the exception of Avon romance, HarperCollins does not accept unsolicited submissions or query letters. Please refer to your local bookstore, the library, or a book entitled LITERARY MARKETPLACE on how to find the appropriate agent for you.
Avon Romance Line - http://www.avonromance.com/avon-romance-submission-guidelines/
We need: The stories you want to read—and write—but can’t always find.
We publish: Digital original and mass market original romance. We want you to be our next star!
Kensington Publishing (Wide Variety of Fiction and Nonfiction)
Note that we do not publish science fiction or fantasy. We do not publish poetry.
Liquid Silver Books (Romance and Erotic Romance)
Currently accepting all erotic romance genres and subgenres.
Loose Id LLC (Erotic Romance)
Loose Id is actively acquiring stories from both aspiring and established authors.
Loose Id is particularly interested in I/R, LGBT (something with an unusual setting or scenario would be nice) or stories with a setting that really adds to the romance. A focus on erotic romance basics -- intense relationship, romantic arc and HEA -- are required.
Lyrical Press (Romance, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Horror)
Lyrical Press is actively acquiring all genres of erotic romance, romance, and works containing strong romantic elements only.
Lyrical Press is actively acquiring erotic romance dystopian works.
Lyrical Press is actively acquiring BDSM erotic romance.
Musa Publishing (Wide Variety of Fiction)
Musa is a digital (ebook), royalty-paying small publisher. Musa does not charge fees for set up, printing, or anything else. Money flows to the author, not the other way around. Musa Publishing has a zero tolerance policy toward plagiarism. This includes fan fiction of any sort--disguised or not.
Musa will consider submissions from 5,000 words to epic novel for all imprints.
We will consider reprints to rights reverted stories. We do not accept multiple submissions. We will publish all books electronically. When we begin our print program, we will take selected Musa titles to small print publication.
Noble Romance (Romance / Erotic Romance / YA)
Romance / Erotic Romance: We're throwing down the gauntlet. We dare you to push the limits, stretch the boundaries, and send us your hottest, boldest stories.
YA: We are always seeking submissions of high-quality young adult fiction in all sub-genres. Keep it honest; keep it real.
Penguin (Wide Variety of Fiction and Nonfiction)
Due to the high volume of manuscripts received, most Penguin Group (USA) Inc. imprints do not normally accept unsolicited manuscripts.
DAW (Science Fiction / Fantasy) http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/daw/submissions.html
DAW Books is currently accepting manuscripts in the science fiction/fantasy genre.
We publish science fiction and fantasy novels. We do not want short stories, short story collections, novellas, poetry, or novels in other genres. The average length of the novels we publish varies but is almost never less than 80,000 words.
Pink Petal Books (Romance and Erotic Romance)
Pink Petal Books, a high-quality boutique publisher, is pleased to announce a new line of erotic short stories from 5000 to 15000 words. Stories will be released as part of Pink Petal Books’ regular line up, and will be marked by specific covers showcasing them as being part of the “Just Shorts” program. Both published and unpublished authors are welcome.
Genre: All romance genres are welcome; however, we are only accepting erotic short stories for the “Just Shorts” program, the hotter the better.
Pyr (Science Fiction + Fantasy)
Pyr® publishes only science fiction and fantasy novels. We are not currently looking for short story collections, anthologies, novellas, or nonfiction. We prefer novels in the 100,000 to 130,000 word range. For science fiction, we do not consider material under 85,000 words in length. For fantasy, we do not consider material under 95,000 words in length. We are also looking for speculative Young Adult fiction in any subgenre. These manuscripts may be shorter.
There are two required methods of submission, depending on whether or not you have agent representation: Unagented submissions / Agented submissions
Rebel Ink Press, LLC (Romance)
We are currently accepting all genres of ROMANCE and prefer stories that feature happily-ever-after endings. We ARE NOT accepting Erotica at this time.
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (Romance, Erotic Romance, Horror)
Horror: Samhain is now accepting submissions for our line of horror novels. We are actively seeking talented writers who can tell an exciting, dramatic and frightening story, and who are eager to promote their work and build their community of readers.
We are looking for novels—either supernatural or non-supernatural, contemporary or historical—that are original and compelling. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. Content can range from subtle and unsettling to gory and shocking. The writing is what counts.
Romance and Erotica: Samhain is now open to general submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, as well as fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romantic elements. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. We will consider previously published manuscripts on a case-by-case basis.
We are looking for romances of all types and styles, and all levels of heat. Let your imagination run free.
For science fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy submissions, we would like strong romantic themes throughout, and while a traditional happy ending is not required, we would like some progression in the romantic arc as well as a satisfying ending for fans of romance.
Yesterday’s Romances for Today’s Reader.
Samhain Publishing® is proud to introduce our newest venture, Retro Romance™.
Classic romances from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s can find new life in the digital age with Samhain Publishing®.
If you are an author with digital rights to your classic romances, we would love to hear from you. Samhain will take on the multiple steps of digital publication – copyediting, formatting, cover treatment and wide digital distribution – while you reap the hassle-free rewards.
We employ a sliding royalty scale, and are offering terms of 30% of list price for the first 2,500 copies sold, 35% of list for the next 2,500 copies sold, and 40% of list thereafter.
If you are an author looking for a digital publishing partner for your older romance novels, look no further than Samhain Publishing®.
Simon and Schuster (Wide Variety of Fiction and Nonfiction)
As a general policy, Simon & Schuster does not review or return unsolicited manuscripts or artwork. We suggest that prospective authors and illustrators submit their materials through a professional literary agent.
We cannot recommend specific agents for your work but a directory of agents is one section of Literary Market Place, a reference work that can be found in most libraries. Literary Market Place also has a website. www.literarymarketplace.com.
Alternatively, should you wish to pursue self-publishing your work, we invite you to explore the services offered by Archway Publishing, from Simon & Schuster. Visit www.archwaypublishing.com for more information.
Sourcebooks (Wide Variety of Fiction and Nonfiction)
Sourcebooks has strong distribution into the retail market–bookstores, gift stores and specialty shops whose primary product is something other than books–and provides tremendous editorial, sales, marketing and publicity support for our authors.
We follow a somewhat out-of-date model for book publishing that makes our passion for books central. In short, we believe in authorship. We work with our authors to develop great books that find and inspire a wide audience. We believe in helping develop our authors' careers, and recognize that a well-published, successful book is often a cornerstone. We seek authors who are as committed to success as we are.
Our fiction imprint, Sourcebooks Landmark, publishes a wide variety of authors and titles. We are interested first and foremost in books that have a story to tell. However, we are currently only reviewing agented fiction manuscripts, with the exception of romance fiction.
Children's and Young Adult
Our children's imprint, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, publishes books across all age ranges of children's books. Our young adult imprint, Sourcebooks Fire, publishes the best new voices for the next generation of book lovers.
We are interested in books that will establish a unique standard in their subject area. We look for books with a well-defined, strong target market. Our list includes most nonfiction categories, including memoir, history, college reference and study aids, entertainment, general self-help/psychology, business, parenting and special needs parenting, health and beauty, reference, education, biography, love and relationships, gift books and women's issues.
St. Martin's Press (Variety)
We do not accept any unsolicited material.
Titan Books (Science Fiction - Nonfiction: Film, TV, Art, Comic Reference / Fiction: Novels, Short Stories, Comics, Graphic Novels)
NON-FICTION FILM & TV - We are looking for strong proposals for popular, cult, science fiction, horror and fantasy film and TV reference and tie-in titles.
NON-FICTION ART & COMICS REFERENCE - We are looking for strong proposals for these titles, preferably creator or character-led.
FICTION (NOVELS/SHORT STORIES) - The majority of our fiction titles are licensed from overseas publishers or acquired through agents. At present, we are not looking for any general fiction submissions, (ie novels or short stories) and, in particular, we do not require ideas or manuscripts for children's books.
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS - The majority of our graphic novel titles are licensed from overseas publishers or acquired through agents. We do however publish a growing number of originated graphic novels.
Torquere Press Inc. (LGBT Romance)
Torquere Press, the first GLBT Romance epublisher, is open to GLBT romance submissions in all categories.
Torquere Press focuses on GLBT romance, exclusively. We publish all the sub-genres of romance -- paranormal, contemporary, western, suspense, etc.. We do require a happy ending, whether that ending is happily ever after or happy for now.
We publish lengths from 3000 words and up. Our pricing structure is based solely on word count.
Total-E-Bound Publishing (Erotic Romance)
We are currently accepting manuscripts between 10,000 and 100,000+ words in the following genres:
Action/Adventure, Angels and Demons, Bondage/BDSM, Crime/Mystery, Comedy/Humour, Contemporary, Cowboy/Western, Fantasy/Fairytales, Futuristic/Sci-fi, Gods/Goddesses, Historical, Horror, Men in Uniform, Rubenesque, Ménage-à-trois, Multicultural, Older Woman/Younger Man, Paranormal, Timetravel, Thriller, Suspense, Shapeshifters, Morphers, Vampires, Werewolves, GLBT.
The Wild Rose Press / Wilder Roses / White Rose (Romance, Erotic Romance, Inspirational Romance)