Eight Places You Should Consider Submitting Your Manuscript

One of the hardest parts about being a writer is figuring out where to send your manuscript once it's ready for the world to read. Each month we round up a list of publishers open to submissions, and this month we have eight exciting open calls to share! Take a look, and be sure to read the publishers’ guidelines before submitting. Good luck and happy writing!

Pelican Book Group: Inspirational writers will want to take note of Pelican Book Group’s current call for their Pure Amore romances line. For this line, Pelican wants sweet and light stories that emphasize “the beauty of chastity” and contain Christian elements without being too preachy. If you think your manuscript is a perfect fit for the Pure Amore line, read the full guidelines here.

Bloomsbury Spark: Don’t forget about Bloomsbury’s YA/NA imprint, Bloomsbury Spark! They’re still open to general submissions for works between 25,000 and 60,000 words, and are looking to fill multiple genres including: contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi and mystery/thriller. Visit their site to learn more about their titles and what they’re looking for!

Pulse Romance: If you like your romance with an action edge, Pulse Romance may be your book’s new home! Dedicated to bringing readers great romances with high stakes, Pulse is on the hunt for new books. They’re currently open to both novella and novel-length submissions that can stand on their own. Some of their desired categories include: medical dramas, war romances, sci-fi and family-oriented tales. To view their full guidelines, click here.

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly: This online quarterly journal is looking for new and exciting short stories to publish in their next issue, in particular sci-fi romances with strong heroines and “upbeat” endings. The selected authors will be paid $25 upon publication. The deadline is May 1, so you better hurry! For more information on their submission process, including the full guidelines, visit their site here.

Carina Press: Carina Press recently updated their submission guidelines, so be sure to read up on the changes before submitting. The major change is that they are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions for novellas under 35,000 words. Additionally, the word count requirements for some of their desired genres have increased. To check out the changes, click here.

Lyrical Press: Last month, we told you about Lyrical Press’s special calls, but don’t forget that they’re open to general submissions, too, including self-published/previously published works that have been out of print for at least six months. Completed manuscripts preferred, though, partial submissions will be considered based on completed pieces. For more information, click here!

Cleis Press: Cleis Press is currently accepting submissions for their upcoming anthology, Pillow Talk: Best Erotic Romance for Women, edited by Kristina Wright. The deadline for submissions is June 15, so you have some time to whip your short stories into shape! They’re looking for sexy, playful and edgy stories that feature couples in bed and the romance that can bloom behind closed doors. For more information, visit their site.

Witness Impulse: HarperCollins’s Witness Impulse digital imprint is still seeking new and exciting thrillers and mysteries to add to their growing list. They’d love to see police procedurals, atmospheric thrillers and psychological suspense. To view their full guidelines and to access their submission form, click here!

Did we miss one of your favorite places to submit work? Let us know in the comments below. For more suggestions of establishments that may be a good fit for your manuscript, check out our Agents List or our Publishers List. And of course, you can always find author advice, writing tips and more on our Aspiring Authors Page!