Call for Submissions: 2017 Holiday Anthology


Update: While we’re thrilled to announce we’ll be publishing a number of standalone holiday novellas this coming season, Carina Press will not be releasing a holiday anthology as planned. Please stay tuned for more information on those titles, and we hope to revisit the idea of an anthology in 2018! Many thanks to all who submitted.




Carina Press is pleased to announce a call for fall/winter-based holiday novellas publishing both individually as novellas and as an anthology in Fall 2017. Please see below for specific information on what we’re seeking, closing dates and submission guidelines.

The novellas should be from 25,000 to 40,000 words each and will be digitally published both individually and as collections. We’re accepting submissions of new material only; nothing that has been previously published (including self-published) for this particular call, please!

Description/story focus:

We’d love to publish a diverse mix of holiday stories this 2017 holiday season. Novella storylines should utilize a fall or winter holiday (holidays from October to January) as key to the story, conflict or character development. Stories should stand alone, though they can be part of existing series, and should contain a satisfying romance as part of the central plot and storyline, and should conclude with a 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, give us good feelings this holiday season!

Submission link:

Closing date: March 5, 2017 (all submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern on this date)

Decision made by: April 14th, 2017

To submit:

  • Complete* manuscript in .doc or .docx
  • Query letter containing a 2 paragraph description of the novella story, as well as introducing yourself as a writer.

*While Carina Press generally only accepts submissions of full, completed manuscripts, if you have previously published with Carina or another digital/traditional publisher, or if you have independently published multiple books with a solid positive rating history, please query us at about submitting a proposal. If we agree to look at a proposal in place of a full manuscript, the editorial team reserves the right to request a full manuscript prior to making a final decision, and all full manuscripts for accepted novellas would be due to editor 6 weeks after the close of anthology call.


Can I submit different genres of romance? Yes, we’re open to any of the romance subgenres we normally publish: contemporary, LGBTQ, romantic suspense, historical, paranormal and urban fantasy, and science fiction and fantasy romance.

Are same sex pairings permitted? Yes, we’ll absolutely consider same sex pairings or multiples in this anthology.

What’s the word count for these calls? The word count is 25k-40k words.

What if I write more than 40k words or less than 25k? We’ll consider novellas that are within a few thousand words on either side (I know, we’re so strict) but if you write a lot longer, never fear, we’re acquiring longer books in these same genres outside the anthology calls! If you write shorter, we hope you can add more plot, story, characterization to bring it up to 25k!

If I submit on proposal, when is the full manuscript due if my manuscript is accepted? Approximately 6 weeks after the anthology close date for each individual anthology.

Do I need to have a synopsis? 

A synopsis is not required for this particular call, but if you have one, please include it! In the event that we acquire your novella, we will ask for one at that point. What we do require is a two paragraph description of the novella story, to be included in your query letter.

If I’m a returning author, should I submit to you or to my editor? Submit via the unique Submittable link for this anthology, please.

How do royalties work? These will publish individually as novellas, in which case you’ll get the full, individual royalties for your novella sales. They also publish as anthologies, for which you split the same royalty structure with the other authors–for the sale of the full anthology eBook only.

For questions about this call for submissions, please email us at

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