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 eight 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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Kensington: New York’s largest privately owned publishing house, Kensington, is currently searching for new talent! Editors are accepting queries via e-mail for fiction and non-fiction submissions. To learn more about Kensington’s editors and what they’re looking for, as well as to learn how to submit a query, visit their website here.

Ellora's Cave: Good news for multicultural romance fans — and writers! Ellora’s Cave will be expanding their Fusion line, which includes love stories featuring multicultural and interracial couples. The publisher is seeking more than just African American and Caucasian characters — they want variety! If you’ve got a tale that celebrates cultural differences and includes a smoldering romance, consider sending your story to Ellora’s Cave for review. You can read the full call here.

Zondervan: Calling all inspirational authors! Zondervan First, the new digital program by the inspy giant, is looking for spiritual works of romance set in all time periods. Stories should be completed manuscripts of around 70,000 words and be written with a biblical worldview. If you are interested in submitting, authors can fill out this electronic form.

Cerridwyn Publishing: No story is too short for a happily ever after! Cerridwyn Publishing currently has open calls for several of their upcoming anthologies. From post-apocalyptic urban fantasy tales to stories featuring down and dirty cowboys, Cerridwyn is looking to fill their special themed collections with fresh stories. For more information on how to submit and to read the specific calls, click here.

Red Queen Press: The newly launched Red Queen Press debuted last month, and you better believe they’re looking for fiction to fill their e-shelves. They’re currently accepting manuscripts from across the genres, including romance, fantasy, erotica, mature YA and more! To learn more about this new publisher and to find out how to get your story in their hands, check out their FAQ page.

Sugar and Spice Press: From sugary sweet romance to spicy hot erotica, Sugar and Spice Press is looking for manuscripts that will “stimulate mind, body and soul,” according to their submissions guidelines. This royalty-paying publisher is looking to publish books that fall under the mainstream, sensual romance, inspirational, erotica, or interracial romance genres. For more specifics on what Sugar and Spice is looking for and how to submit, visit their website.

Xcite Books: Is your manuscript too scorching for print? Xcite Books, an erotic e-book publisher, might be just the place for your sizzling story. Whether your tale is full of BDSM, same-sex action, or features plenty of heat with a more developed relationship (or maybe all three!), Xcite is willing to give your manuscript a read. Although they’re UK-based, the publisher will accept English-language submissions from writers across the globe. To find out how to submit your steamy read, take a look at their author guidelines.

And finally, if you are looking for an award, and exposure, why not submit your unpublished romance manuscript to the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Awards? Sure, 2012 winners have just been announced, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning your submission for 2013! If you’ve written the perfect love story and are looking to make your mark on the romance industry, you can submit your unpublished manuscript for consideration in the 2013 RWA Golden Heart Awards. Submissions don’t open until November, but in the meantime learn more about the Golden Heart Awards here and check back on the “How to Enter” page here this fall!

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.

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