Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of seven places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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Harlequin: In conjunction with the So You Think You Can Write online conference, Harlequin is inviting aspiring authors to submit category length books for possible publication. The deadline of November 17th is quickly approaching, so make sure to polish up your story quickly and then click here for full submission guidelines. 

Resplendence Publishing: This digital/print publisher is currently seeking three different types of stories. First up is Shivers, the company's paranormal/horror line of romantic short stories that are 12,000-16,000 words in length. The second call is for law enforcement themed romantic short stories between 12,000-18,000 words. And finally, the publisher is also looking for modern romantic interpretations of favorite fairy tales in any length. If you have a manuscript that includes any of the above types of stories send them here

Carina Press: Harlequin's digital arm is currently looking for Holiday-themed science fiction novellas to be included in a winter themed collection publishing December 2012. Word count of submitted manuscripts should be between 18,000 and 35,000 words and feature sci fi elements. There is no set heat level for these stories, so authors should feel free to send in anything from hard science fiction to sci fi romance. Deadline: March 15, 2012. For more information click here

Loose Id: This erotic romance publisher has a current call for "coming out" stories or tales of LGBT characters revealing their sexuality. The deadline to submit is June 15th, but the publisher suggests sending your work here as soon as possible. 

Total-E-Bound Publishing: This erotic romance publisher is currently looking for all lengths of spicy stories - from "Lust Bites" of 10,000 to 15,000 words to "Sexy Snax" at 15,000-30,000 words and even works of 30,000-100,000+. All erotic subgenres are wanted including action/adventure, fantasy, historical, thriller and more! Just make sure your manuscript heat factor is at 10 and you are all set to submit here

Withersin Magazine: This publication is looking for sci fi, fantasy, and horror fiction, non-fiction, reviews and artwork. The Withersin site gives a little more instruction by pointing out what is not being sought. "No unicorns or fairy princes. No bimbos who fall for vampires." So while clichéd plots are not allowed, experimental works are welcome. The reading period is open until April 15th, so get writing and find out more about the publication here

Avon Impulse: The digital arm of HarperCollins' romance imprint Avon is continuing to accept unsolicited manuscripts from across all romance subgenres. Submissions are easy (just click here) and already we know of at least one author that was found in Avon Impulse's slush pile - talk about a happily ever after!

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. And of course, you can always find author advice, writing tips and more on our Aspiring Authors Page.

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