Where To Submit Your Manuscript: December 2012

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 nine 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 & Cosmo: We’ve already given you the details about Harlequin and Cosmo’s new joint digital line, Cosmo Red Hot Reads, but there’s more! The line, which will release two digital first releases per month, is now accepting submissions. If you’ve got a sexy, fun contemporary romance that you think would appeal to both Harlequin and Cosmo readers, check out the line’s submission guidelines. Ready to submit? Send your completed manuscript, synopsis and query letter to Submit_HCosmo@harlequin.com.

Harlequin: Cosmo Red Hot Reads isn’t the only new project coming from Harlequin. The romance publisher also recently launched two other new imprints: Harlequin KISS and Harlequin Shivers — and they’re now accepting submissions for both! KISS books should feature Alpha males, contemporary heroines and can have any heat level. Read more about the KISS submissions guidelines here. Shivers submissions, on the other hand, should be Gothic-inspired romances with a touch of mystery or suspense. They can be historical or contemporary set and can range in length, but should definitely be on the darker side! Read the full Shivers submissions guidelines here

Random House: Random House is expanding their digital reach beyond their romance line, Loveswept, to include three new e-original genre fiction lines: Alibi, Hydra and Flirt. Alibi will feature stories of mystery and suspense, while the Hydra line will focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror and Flirt will include trendy New Adult titles. You can read more about each line and read the full submission guidelines here

Riptide: Riptide is known for publishing some of the best male/male romance in the genre, but in 2013 they’re expanding to introduce lesbian romance to their repertoire. The only problem is they need great stories to publish! If you’ve got a great story about lady lovin’, no matter the genre or heat level, Riptide wants to read it! Their guidelines are fairly loose and as long as your story is f/f, it may be considered. Learn more about Riptide and find out how to submit your story here

Ellora's Cave: It might still be 2012, but Ellora’s Cave editors are currently seeking fresh new stories for various digital lines to be released in 2013 and 2014! EC editors are looking to acquire stories from all sub-genres with plus size heroines to fill their new “Curve Appeal” line, in addition to new tales for their Spectrum line, which is all lusty m/m romance all the time! Finally, we know Christmas 2012 is just around the corner, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2013. EC wants to fill up their Blush line with sweet, traditional regency romances for their special Cotillion Christmas Traditions anthology. You can find out more about each of these special calls and learn how to submit your story here.

Tor.comTor.com is always accepting submissions for short science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, but the Macmillan affiliate site recently updated their submissions guidelines. They pay 25 cents per word and Tor.com editors double as full-time editors for Tor books, so your story is sure to get the professional treatment, but expect to wait at least nine months for a response. You can see the updated guidelines and learn more about Tor.com here

Leap BooksIf your love story stars teenage protagonists, Leap Books is currently on the hunt for unagented YA submissions for their new e-novella line. If you’ve got a great story in mind but have yet to bang out the manuscript, have no fear! Leap is only accepting submissions for their new line during the month of April 2013, so you’ve got plenty of time to polish your tale. Stories should be 35,000 - 40,000 words and you can view the rest of the submissions guidelines here

ACFW Genesis Contest: Ring in the New Year by submitting your inspirational love story to the 2013 American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis writing contest! The contest is open for submissions beginning January 2 and all eligible entries must be received by March 15. From contemporary to romantic suspense to Young Adult, there are a variety of categories writers can submit to, as long as your store meets the requirements of the CBA (the association for Christian retail). Winners will have their work read by editors at Christian publishing houses as well as literary agents. If you’ve got a faith-filled story that would make a perfect contender for the competition, learn how to submit here

Amazon Breakthrough Novel AwardsMaybe you have a story fit for competition that isn’t quite faith filled, but you’re still looking for the perfect 2013 writing competition. Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest will be accepting submissions for the New Year starting on January 15! But don’t wait to submit, submissions are only open until January 27 and may close early after judges have received 10,000 entries. Genres range from general fiction to romance, mystery, YA and sci fi/fantasy. The grand prize winner gets $50,000 and a contact with Amazon Publishing. Learn more about the contest and how to enter 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.