The Dirty Bits from Carina Press

Quick and dirty, just the way we like it…

The Dirty Bits from Carina Press are “micro-romances,” designed to be read in an hour or two. . These sex-filled stories are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily ever. Although these romances are shorter in length, we are definitely not compromising on that high heat level we’re known for.

For those times when size does matter, The Dirty Bits from Carina Press gives you what you want, when you want it.

We’re looking for three specific things for The Dirty Bits: LGBTQIA+ inclusivity and representation, tropes galore, and lots of on-page sex.

These micro-romances are superhot erotic shorts (10,000-25,000 words) featuring characters from all backgrounds. Ménage and polyamorous romances are welcome, as are orgy scenarios, but there must be an HEA or HFN for the main characters. Remember, while these are meant to be hot, hot, hot, they’re also meant to be romances, so don’t leave out the romantic arc!

Our editors are seeking erotic content that centers specifically on one of the tropes below:

  • Forced Proximity
  • Mature main characters
  • Virgin main character(s)
  • Voyeurism
  • Sex with a stranger
  • Best friend’s younger sibling
  • Fated mates (bring on the paranormal sexy times!)
  • May/December romance
  • Holidays (think sweet and cute, perhaps with a lot of baking…but also very dirty)
  • Boss/employee
  • Mistaken identity
  • Forced seduction
  • Exotic locations (the more luxurious, the better!)
  • Suspense/ hero(es) or heroine(s) in peril
  • Friends to lovers
  • Enemies to lovers
  • Betting or gambling; a wager between love interests
  • Alaska-set
  • Rags to riches
  • Love interests from different sides of the tracks
  • Single dad (DILF)
  • Small town


The details:

The Dirty Bits from Carina Press can be contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, 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.

We’d like to emphasize that we have three main requirements for the story content of these micro-romances:

  • They need to contain a strong romance, with a HEA or HFN. These are not erotica, we want to see a well-defined romance arc on page.
  • 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, with use of graphic language, a very high heat level and on-page frequency.
  • The pacing must be tight from page one. Stories with minimal sexual tension, minimal on-page sex, long periods of narrative setup, infodumps, and extraneous secondary character interaction or subplots are not the right fit for this particular line.

To submit:

We are temporarily closed to submissions in this category.

  • Complete* manuscript in .rtf, .doc or .docx format
  • Query letter containing a 2-3 paragraph description of the story, including identifying the central trope, if applicable, as well as an introduction of yourself as a writer.
  • NO synopsis required
  • Manuscript must be unpublished material only. No previously pubbed (including self-published) submissions for this particular line, please!

*While Carina Press generally only accepts submissions of full, completed manuscripts, we love working with established authors (self-published or otherwise). The Dirty Bits from Carina Press is a great opportunity for us to try each other on for size! 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

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. If accepted, full manuscripts must deliver within 8 weeks of your contract’s execution.


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