Written by Emily Harstone

Carina Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated February 15th, 2019

Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in digital, and then depending on the numbers releasing audio and print versions as well. Unlike most of Harlequin’s imprints they don’t just focus on romance, although they are open to all subgenres of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ+, and science fiction. They also publish mysteries of all flavors—from cozies to thrillers, with and without romantic elements.

The same authors often write for them over and over again, which is generally a good sign. They are also open to publishing series. They are open to various levels of commitment too as they regularly have anthology submission calls, where authors can just submit a short story, usually to match a theme.  At the top of their submission guidelines page there is even an option to sign up for emailed updates on their anthology calls.

Their submission guidelines are very detailed and you should read them carefully before proceeding. They also have a very helpful page called what the editors want, which was updated in the spring of 2017.  You can learn more about the individual editors here. All submissions are made through the submission manager Submittable.

They say they respond to all submissions in around two months but based on feedback in this thread (which I did not read all 54 pages of), a longer wait period is to be expected. Carina Press is also very active on social media, and you can learn about all the places you can follow them here.

They are currently seeking submissions for a brand new imprint, Carina Adores. Adores is Carina Press’s new trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line.  The first book will be published in 2020 and they are seeking submissions now. You can learn more about Carina Adores specific submission guidelines and royalties (they offer advances), here.




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