May 2018 Update:
Please note: We are currently acquiring erotic romance novellas for publication via The Dirty Bits from Carina Press in November/December 2018. We’d like to see all your OTT sexy holiday stories! Proposals for holiday-themed submissions only will be accepted through June 15th. For non-holiday-themed submissions, we require a full manuscript.
We are also particularly interested in publishing more #ownvoices books in The Dirty Bits line.
April 2018 Update: Comments on this post are now closed. Please read the post and the existing comments thoroughly, and if you still have questions, contact us at Submissions@CarinaPress.com.
December 2017 Update: We have two new calls for The Dirty Bits posted. See the announcement here.
August 2017 Update: This new line will be called The Dirty Bits from Carina Press. See the announcement here.
Carina Press is pleased to announce a new ongoing call for erotic short romances.
We’re in search of erotic romantic short stories between 10,000 and
17,000 up to 25,000 words, for ongoing publication beginning in Summer 2017.
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!
Update November 2017: We’d like to emphasize that we have two main requirements for the story content of these micro-romances: they need to contain a romance, with a HEA or HFN, and as they are intended to be erotic romances, the sex and sexual tension should be woven into the romance and a key focus of the stories. Stories with minimal sexual tension, and minimal on-page sex will not be considered the right fit for this particular line.
We would also note that we’re seeing a lot of submissions that spend 25%-50% of the short story on setup. As these are meant to be micro-romances (10k to no more than 25k), the pacing must be tight from page 1, so long periods of narrative setup, infodump and waiting until the protagonists meet and interact will not work for this line.
*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 email@example.com 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.
Are same sex pairings permitted? Yes, we’ll absolutely consider same sex pairings or multiples.
What’s the word count for these stories? Updated November 2017, we will now accept up to 25,000 words, but our minimum word count remains 10,000 words. The word count is 10k-
17k 25kwords. It’s okay to cheat a few words longer. If it’s significantly longer than 25k, no problem, we do acquire novellas across genres, so you can submit it as a novella.
If I submit on proposal, when is the full manuscript due if my manuscript is accepted? Since these will be published on an ongoing basis, we can work with you on delivery dates for your full manuscript.
Do I need to have a synopsis? A synopsis is not required for this particular call, but if you have one, please include it! What we do require is a two paragraph description of the story, to be included in your query letter.
If I’m a returning author, should I submit to you or to my editor? Submit either to Angela or via the Submittable link for returning authors (that link can be found in the Carina Press Author Kit!).
For questions about this call for submissions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Carina Press, and to read our submission guidelines, please visit bit.ly/write4cp
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