Submission Guidelines

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.

Carina Adores

Join our new contemporary romance line, launching in 2020, now open for submissions.

Carina Adores, Carina Press’s new trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line, takes you around the world with the glamorous, the charming, the gritty, the tough, the possessive and the mysterious protagonists you adore. From sinful to sweethearts to the superrich, these characters will give you their all. Whether it’s stories of royalty falling in love, secret babies, marriage of convenience, friends to lovers, single parents and more, we want to see lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual spectrum, pansexual, transgender, intersex, aromantic and nonbinary protagonists get their trope-filled happily ever afters.

For details and submission guidelines, please visit the Carina Adores page.

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 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 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


Erotic Romance

Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance


Previously Released Material (Including Self-Published Material)

How to Submit

Submission Tips

Submission FAQs (an extensive list of questions and answers)


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