Submission Guidelines

As of November 2018, our submissions guidelines have been overhauled and optimized into several different pages for a better browsing experience. In addition, information has been added to each page and the FAQ page has had a significant number of new questions and answers included.

Carina Press is committed to inclusion and representation in our publishing program, and we want to emphasize how interested we are in seeing not just manuscripts that feature characters from a range of backgrounds and experiences, but most especially books by authors from traditionally marginalized or underrepresented groups, including (but not limited to) Black authors, authors of color, disabled authors, and LGBTQIA+ authors. Our editors strive to make our list inclusive, and are working hard to build a catalog that is more representative of the romance reading public. 

**Want to know what each individual editor is looking for? Visit this What the Editors Want post, updated twice a year.

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Limited time submissions calls

Open Proposal Call

We want to see your WIPs while they’re still in progress—no full manuscripts required to submit! This call closes on December 3, 2018 (all submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern on this date).

Requirements for this proposal call:

  • Your book must fall within any of the romance or mystery genres we publish but can be of any heat level. We are open to both same sex and multiple pairings.
  • Your proposed book must be a completely new work and not have been previously published in any form, whether self-published, posted 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.

See this post for further details, including specific submission requirements.


Ongoing calls (open until further notice)

Male/Male Romantic Suspense (Ongoing Miniseries):  We’re looking for male/male romantic suspense titles that are part of ongoing miniseries, where:

  • The same heroes travel from book to book
  • Each book contains a happy-for-now
  • Each book contains an independent suspense arc
  • There is an overarching suspense and romantic arc running through the miniseries

Click here for more details on this call!

Note: though this is a specific call, we are acquiring LGBTQIA+ romance and mystery across all subgenres of our imprint


Looking for information on our first-page and special scene critiques?

We regularly open for submissions of short scenes or first pages, to be critiqued by Carina Press editors on our blog. Watch the blog, our newsletter or our social media for the next opportunity!

Want to read the previous critiques? Check them out here.

 


How to Submit

Submission forms can be found here. Please read through our submission guidelines, as well as our FAQs, before submitting or emailing us with a question as much of the information can be found on this page.


About Us

Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in digital, with releases in audio and print as well. We offer royalty rates competitive with other digital publishers, offer authors consultation on cover art, back cover copy, and titles, and provide incomparable editorial support.

Our mission is to connect readers with authors who write the stories they want to read, and the stories they want to talk about and recommend. Carina Press publishes books from talented authors in all subgenres of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and more. We welcome romances of all heat levels, featuring couples (or multiples) from all walks of life. We also publish mysteries of all flavors—from cozies to thrillers—both with and without romantic elements. We strive to create romance and mystery lists comprised of stories written by, for and about people from diverse backgrounds and of all genders and sexual identities. We want many voices to be reflected in the books we publish, and hope all authors will consider making Carina Press their publisher of choice.

Want to find out more about Carina Press staff, editors and authors? See this page for links to staff on social media.

Our submissions guidelines are below. If you have any questions, please first see our Submissions FAQ. If your question is not answered there, please email us at submissions@carinapress.com. Please allow 72 business hours for a response.

Please see below for links to additional pages of information, including submissions guidelines, FAQs and specific genre information.

Genres (What we do/don’t acquire)

Word Count

What We’re Looking for in a Book

  • Romance
  • Erotic Romance
    • The Dirty Bits from Carina Press
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance
  • Mystery
  • Previously Released Material (Including Self-Published Material)

How to Submit

Submission Tips

Submission FAQs (an extensive list of questions and answers)

Categories


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