Call for Submissions: 2017 Holiday Anthology

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Carina Press is pleased to announce a call for fall/winter-based holiday novellas publishing both individually as novellas and as an anthology in Fall 2017. Please see below for specific information on what we’re seeking, closing dates and submission guidelines.

The novellas should be from 25,000 to 40,000 words each and will be digitally published both individually and as collections. We’re accepting submissions of new material only; nothing that has been previously published (including self-published) for this particular call, please!

Description/story focus:

We’d love to publish a diverse mix of holiday stories this 2017 holiday season. Novella storylines should utilize a fall or winter holiday (holidays from October to January) as key to the story, conflict or character development. Stories should stand alone, though they can be part of existing series, and should contain a satisfying romance as part of the central plot and storyline, and should conclude with a HEA or HFN. Heat level can be from sweet to the erotic, as long as the focus is on the romance. Make us sigh, make us swoon, give us good feelings this holiday season!

Submission link:

Closing date: March 5, 2017 (all submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern on this date)

Decision made by: April 14th, 2017

To submit:

  • Complete* manuscript in .doc or .docx
  • Query letter containing a 2 paragraph description of the novella story, as well as introducing yourself as a writer.

*While Carina Press generally only accepts submissions of full, completed manuscripts, if you have previously published with Carina or another digital/traditional publisher, or if you have independently published multiple books with a solid positive rating history, please query us at about submitting a proposal. If we agree to look at a proposal in place of a full manuscript, the editorial team reserves the right to request a full manuscript prior to making a final decision, and all full manuscripts for accepted novellas would be due to editor 6 weeks after the close of anthology call.


Can I submit different genres of romance? Yes, we’re open to any of the romance subgenres we normally publish: contemporary, LGBTQ, romantic suspense, historical, paranormal and urban fantasy, and science fiction and fantasy romance.

Are same sex pairings permitted? Yes, we’ll absolutely consider same sex pairings or multiples in this anthology.

What’s the word count for these calls? The word count is 25k-40k words.

What if I write more than 40k words or less than 25k? We’ll consider novellas that are within a few thousand words on either side (I know, we’re so strict) but if you write a lot longer, never fear, we’re acquiring longer books in these same genres outside the anthology calls! If you write shorter, we hope you can add more plot, story, characterization to bring it up to 25k!

If I submit on proposal, when is the full manuscript due if my manuscript is accepted? Approximately 6 weeks after the anthology close date for each individual anthology.

Do I need to have a synopsis? 

A synopsis is not required for this particular call, but if you have one, please include it! In the event that we acquire your novella, we will ask for one at that point. What we do require is a two paragraph description of the novella story, to be included in your query letter.

If I’m a returning author, should I submit to you or to my editor? Submit via the unique Submittable link for this anthology, please.

How do royalties work? These will publish individually as novellas, in which case you’ll get the full, individual royalties for your novella sales. They also publish as anthologies, for which you split the same royalty structure with the other authors–for the sale of the full anthology eBook only.

For questions about this call for submissions, please email us at

For more information about Carina Press, and to read our submission guidelines, please visit

*permission to forward granted*


Weekend Playlist

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Every book I write gets a playlist, and the OUT OF UNIFORM books are no different. For OFF BASE, I thought I’d share the top songs from my Spotify and YouTube playlists. This was a fun playlist to put together because my heroes are so different. Zack, my SEAL, is a country boy who kept trying to sneak more Tim McGraw into my playlist, while Pike loves club music, video game themes and movie soundtracks, and doesn’t get what Zack sees in all that drawl. Watching the two collide was a true writing—and listening—pleasure. Do you and your significant other share musical tastes? Have your tastes changed over time due to friends or other influences?


Humble and Kind, Tim McGraw. This is the Zack theme song. He’s struggling as a new SEAL team member, still figuring out who he is, but at base, he’s a humble and incredibly kind man, one whose heart of gold deserves protecting.


Wasn’t that Drunk, Josh Abbott Band with Carly Pearce. This song really spoke to me in the book’s opening chapters as Pike and Zack find themselves unexpectedly alone on a night out on the town.


I Won’t Tell a Soul, Charlie Puth. This song found me in the middle of the book as Pike and Zack dance closer and closer to a secret relationship. It’s my favorite song on a great album.


Handsome Man, Matt Alber. This really became the anthem of the second half of the book where Pike is deeply in love with Zack, yet can’t share that love with the world, can’t do anything couples usually do, and his pain is so real palpable as he sends his “handsome man” out in the world. This whole album from Matt Alber is just amazing, and I had it on repeat throughout drafting the book.


The Heart Wants What It Wants, Selena Gomez. Pike needs the lyrics of this song tattooed on his wrist. His heart wants Zack, logic be damned.


Just A Little Bit of Your Heart, Ariana Grande. That’s all Pike wants really, just a little piece of Zack’s heart. Everything else can sort itself out if he has Zack’s heart.

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

Djinn Resolutions

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Kam (her full name is top secret, since that and a clean vessel are all you need to capture a djinn) has left behind all her friends in the Monster Haven series and now has her own spinoff series, Djinn Haven. New year, new series!

Like a lot of us, Kam’s made some poor life choices in the past (allowing her true name to get out and getting stuck in a box, enslaved to a maniac for most of a century, for example) and she’s ready to move forward with a new appreciation for life and her freedom.

So in honor of the fresh start of a new series and a new year, Kam has some resolutions to share.

1. Never turn down the chance to see or experience something amazing. On her way to her destination in To Catch a Stolen Soul, Kam stops to see the world’s biggest ball of twine in Caulker City, Kansas. It was spectacular. Crazy-awesome stuff like this is everywhere, so in the future she intends to see every funky roadside attraction she can. Apparently there’s a Truckhenge waiting in Topeka and The Center of the Universe in Tulsa.

2. Quit wasting magic on trivial things like changing clothes or zapping up a pizza from another dimension. While the ability to do a shopping montage from the middle of her motel room is convenient, it’s not convenient to have no magic left when the truck breaks down or somebody jumps out from behind an ice machine and tries to slam her head into the pavement.

3. Learn some sweet self-defense moves. Djinn are stronger than humans, so that helps, but maybe flailing around while thinking she knows how to fight isn’t the best way to stay alive. And obviously, she can’t count on having magic to defend herself. Sometimes a girl needs a chunky heel instead of the flats she put on this morning. (See #2.)


4. Eat less pizza and get more exercise. (See #2 again.)

5. Stop being attracted to inappropriate men. For Kam, all men are inappropriate at the moment, though she doesn’t like to think about why. Until her past catches up with her, she can still look, as long as she doesn’t act, right? Well, maybe she can act on it a little.

Which resolution do you think she’ll break first?



Rachel writes stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor.

 She believes in pixie dust, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks and putting things off until the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas. Rachel has one husband, two grown kids, and a crazy-cat lady starter kit.

How Well Do You Know the Geeky Lexi Carmichael Series?

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 The Lexi Carmichael Mystery series is back, with No Living Soul!

New to the series? Start with No One Lives Twice.

Spotlight on Alexa Riley

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Looking for a new contemporary romance read? You’ll definitely want to add Alexa Riley to your TBR list! Her hero, Oz, is so hot your thermometer will definitely go up several notches.

New from Alexa Riley

Everything for Her

lgcover-9781488022661USA TODAY bestselling author Alexa Riley’s first full-length novel shows just what happens when a strong, possessive man finds the woman of his dreams 

I’ll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance. She wasn’t ready for me yet. I didn’t approach her and I didn’t disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.

Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she’s landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of growing up in foster care.

From the start, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me.  

She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.

And then you realize it wasn’t fate at all…

I’ve wanted to care for and protect her since the first moment I saw her. I’ve constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her, could give her the life she deserves. 

The time has come. 


Coming Soon…

His Alone

lgcover-9781488022678Ryan Justice may be her boss, but nothing will stop him from making her his. USA TODAY and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley entices with a brand-new, full-length novel. 

She thinks I’m perfect. A good boss, a good man. She thinks that I play by the rules. 

She has no idea who I truly am. Why I’m really here. 

Paige Turner is trying to outrun her past, but there it is, tossed back in her face anytime she manages to get two steps ahead.

She has no idea what a man like me will do to get what he wants. 

Her need for Ryan got in the way of revenge, took her off course. Redirected her focus. Before she knew it, he’d made his way into her life. Into her heart.

I’m dirtier than she knows. She thinks I’m good to the core, but she doesn’t know the things I’ve done. The things I would do for her. 

True love doesn’t let secrets as big as these stay buried. And when the truth about Paige’s father is finally exposed, Ryan will do anything to fix everything. Paige has always been his—and his alone.