Submission Call: Holiday 2019 Proposals

| | 15 comments

Happy 2019! Like you, the Carina Press team is only now leaving behind the rush of winter holidays … but publishing works far, far in advance. It’s time to launch our first submission call of the year: Holiday Proposals!

For publication in 2019, we’re looking for contemporary romances set against holidays that fall from October to January. Holidays celebrated by all different faiths, belief systems and cultures are included, and books do not need to be set in the United States.

While we’re still interested in Christmas novels, our aim is to read (and publish) far beyond that.

While this is a call for proposals, completed manuscripts should be planned for a minimum of 50,000 words. While we’re looking for only contemporary romances, we will accept all heat levels. As with all of our submissions calls, we welcome #ownvoices authors and authors writing inclusively, including all LGBTQ+ pairings or poly relationships.

 

General open proposal call submission link: https://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/75265/holiday-proposal-call-2019

Closing date: February 27, 2019 (all submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern on this date)

Requirements for this proposal call:

  • Your book must be a contemporary romance but can be of any heat level.
  • All LGBTQ+ pairings or poly relationships welcome.
  • Your proposed book must be a completely new work and not have been previously available for readers’ consumption in any form, whether self-published, posted (in its entirety; excerpts are fine) on a writing community site (example: Wattpad) or released via digital or traditional publisher. Only new material will be considered during this submission call. If you have a previously published title for consideration, please submit it via our regular submission channels.
  • You cannot submit a project you have submitted to Carina Press before.

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 WIP. If you have more than 7,500 words, you can certainly send more! Please note that due to a great number of questions received re: desired words per chapter, we’ve revised our guidelines as of 2018 to reflect requested word count vs. chapter count.
  • 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.

 Formatting

  • Times New Roman, 12 pt, black font, double spaced.
  • Please put your manuscript title and name in the header information on each page of your proposal and synopsis.

How to submit:

  • If your book meets the guidelines above and all your material is ready and properly formatted, please use this link to submit.
  • Direct your submission to the editor who has advertised an interest in seeing manuscripts like yours! In doubt? Direct your submission to Editorial Director Angela James, Senior Editor Kerri Buckley, or Associate Editor Stephanie Doig.
  • We will consider all proposals that fulfill submission call requirements and are received by midnight EST on February 27, 2019.

For questions about this call for submissions, please email us at submissions@carinapress.com.

For more information about Carina Press, and to read our submission guidelines, please visit bit.ly/write4cp.

 

15 thoughts on “Submission Call: Holiday 2019 Proposals”

  1. Kimberley Bailey says:

    You guys sure make it hard for us to decide. I have an idea for a Halloween one, but it would probably be considered paranormal. So, I guess I’ll do a Christmas one. Would ghost tours and ghost hunting shows’ members be paranormal?

    1. TRACY NEIS says:

      My book is set in a record shop, so I’ve also set it in the late 1980s so that the setting makes sense (a world before streaming services and MP3 files changed the nature of the music industry). Is this considered “contemporary” enough for you?

  2. Angela James says:

    It’s contemporary romance as long as it’s set in a contemporary world, with no vampires, actual ghosts, etc.

    1. Kimberley says:

      Thanks so much!! I’ll see what I can do.

  3. Debora Noone says:

    Hello. I have a completed holiday MS – starts right before Thanksgiving and ends on New Year’s Eve. It is approximately 78 K. I could not find the upper limit on word count. Do I send a partial? Or the entire book if it is completed, with synopsis? Thank you!

  4. Happy 2019!
    I have a Fan Fiction already on Wattpad that runs through Christmas, my question is can we submit a story using the names of ‘real’ life actors, or do their names have to be changed before submittal? The story has a sequel as well, and a complete cast of O.C.’s including the 2 main female protagonists.

    Thanks!

    1. Amber says:

      In the post it says ,”Your proposed book must be a completely new work and not have been previously available for readers’ consumption in any form, whether self-published, posted (in its entirety; excerpts are fine) on a writing community site (example: Wattpad) or released via digital or traditional publisher. Only new material will be considered during this submission call. If you have a previously published title for consideration, please submit it via our regular submission channels.”

      So that would most likely be a no.

  5. Tanya says:

    Will you be opening up your Holiday line to other months in the future since you want to include “holidays celebrated by all different faiths, belief systems and cultures are included, and books do not need to be set in the United States.”

    There are many cultures whose holidays do not fall within these months that are important holidays.

  6. Meghan D says:

    You mention a required 7,500 words of a WIP. Does this 7,500 have to be from the proposed story or can it be from any WIP the author has going currently?

  7. My book is a contemporary fantasy romance, which takes place primarily in the real world and present time. Celebrated holiday? Solstice. No ghosts or vampires as someone else said, but human-appearing fairies and elves. Can I submit?

  8. My book is a contemporary fantasy romance, which takes place primarily in the real world and present time. Celebrated holiday? Solstice. No ghosts or vampires as someone else said, but human-appearing fairies and elves. Can I submit?

    I apologize for repeating a question, but had forgotten to submit my email within the original post.

  9. Sharada says:

    What is a query letter? Please clarify

    1. Sarah says:

      If you aren’t sure about the purpose of a query letter, it’s worth doing some more research before preparing your submission. A query letter is a vital part of any attempt at traditionally publishing your work, there’s lots of information online though!

  10. Dos CARIA PRESS UNLY INTEREST IN ROMANCE BOOKS?

  11. Elissa says:

    I am about to submit book one (contemporary romance) of a series. Book two, which is complete, is set against Christmas. Should I mention that aspect of book two in my query for book one?

Leave a Reply to Vivacia K. Ahwen Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Categories


Wait! Before You Leave…

Subscribe to the Carina Press Newsletter & Save 20% on Your Next Order!


Sign up to receive newsletters, special offers and other promotional emails from Carina Press* to get the inside scoop on all our new books!
Plus, you'll get an exclusive coupon to save 20% on your next purchase.

*Harlequin Enterprises Limited (Carina Press) is located at Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, 22 Adelaide Street West, 41st Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 4E3 and sends informational and promotional emails on behalf of itself and Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time.