Writing a novel is hard work and, like any form of dedication and passion, it's always nice to see your work reach new heights. To help the aspiring authors out there looking to be published, we've collected a handful of open calls for submissions as well as a couple of literary agencies to help you launch your career as an author. So read up on these publishers, agencies and submission guidelines and submit away!
Tor.com: The Imprint - Tor.com offers a wide variety of compelling short fiction titles for free, but with their newly announced plans to formally enter the ebook publishing world, readers will be able to discover new authors and even more exciting stories! The new venture will focus on publishing novellas, shorter novels and other short fiction pieces that exceed traditional constraints. To learn more about the new imprint, their plans and their submission guidelines, click here.
Carina Press - Rhonda Helms, an acquiring freelance editor for Carina, recently reminded writers she is still on the hunt for delicious new stories to take on and is actively looking for LGTBQ romance, New Adult (contemporary and other genres), multicultural characters and gothic romances. Read her full wishlist and the Carina submission guidelines here.
Riptide Publishing - While Riptide Publishing is an invitation-only press, they do still have a few open calls for submissions that anyone can submit to. We’ve previously mentioned Sports Romance, *punk and Sweet Romance calls, but you can also submit to their Shifters and Weres, Lesbian Novels and Rainbow Families calls. For more information, visit their website.
Entangled Publishing - Entangled Publishing’s Bliss imprint is looking for new voices to add to their roster. They want small town romances starring quirky characters, diverse heroes and heroines, closed door sex scenes and humorous situations. Submissions should be between 50,000 and 60,000 words long. To learn more, click here.
Entangled is also looking for 20,000-60,000 word stories starring dirty talking heroes for their Brazen line. In addition to heroes who have a way with words, high heat levels, solid category tropes and high physicality are musts. Learn more about this on-going call here.
Crimson Romance - Crimson Romance is currently seeking stories featuring gender role reversals, bad girl/good boy couples, witty banter and high heat levels. Along with those specific wants, they're also accepting submissions for their holiday and sports short story collections. So whether you write novels or short stories, Crimson Romance may be your manuscript's new home! For more information, click here.
The Seymour Agency - If you’re looking to sign with an agent before taking the plunge into publishing, you might want to take a look at The Seymour Agency. Currently open to submissions from new and established authors, The Seymour Agency has a proven track record with an impressive list of authors, including Jamie Rush, Kait Ballenger and Kate SeRine. To read their submission guidelines, visit their site.
Andrea Brown Literary Agency - With an impressive YA client list that includes Maggie Stiefvater, Kimberly Derting and Ellen Hopkins, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is one of the go-to places for YA representation. If you think your manuscript has what it takes to enthrall YA lovers everywhere, be sure to check out the agency’s submission guidelines and tips 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 you can check out our Agents List or our Publishers List.