Now acquiring: 2013 holiday novellas for our four annual special collections

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Update: because I will be on vacation March 1st, and not able to read submissions during this time, I’ve extended the deadline to March 15th, 2013. ~Angela

Every year we do 3-4 holiday collections in December. Usually, these collections are by-invitation-only, with only one collection being open to submissions. For 2013, I’ve changed things up for this one year only and am opening all of our collections up to submissions and doing four collections instead of three (because I liked both themes suggested and couldn’t choose). I’m going back to by-invitation-only in 2014! This is the only open call for collections/anthologies we have planned for 2013. Please read below for information on submitting to each of the individual collections. All authors are welcome to submit to any or all of the collections, if you want to write 4 different manuscripts!

2103 Contemporary Romance collection

Carina is looking for m/f contemporary romance novellas with a winter holiday theme, to be published digitally both individually and as a collection in December 2013. The novellas should be from 18,000 to 35,000 words and feature holiday elements as integral to the contemporary novella. The stories must be m/f romance, but cannot be erotic romance (that’s a separate collection, see below). However, the stories can range from sweet to sexy, as long as they aren’t erotic. Novellas with any theme of a winter holiday (it does not need to be a Christian holiday) will be accepted.

The contemporary romance holiday collection will be edited by Angela James and  supported by a marketing and promotion campaign both online and in print. In addition,  each author chosen to contribute to the anthology will receive a set number of limited-edition print copies for their own use in giveaways and contests (or to decorate their own bookshelves).

To submit, please send your completed manuscript and synopsis, along with query letter to submissions@carinapress.com by March 1st, March, 15th 2013. In the subject line, please put Contemporary Holiday: Manuscript Title and Author

2013 Erotic Romance collection

Carina is looking for erotic romance novellas with a winter holiday theme, to be published digitally both individually and as a collection in December 2013. The novellas should be from 18,000 to 35,000 words and feature holiday elements as integral to the erotic romance novella. The stories can be of any romance subgenre (paranormal, contemporary, historical, science fiction, etc) and can be m/m, m/f or any combinations thereof. They must be erotic (in the “this novella should come with a melting panties warning label” variety).  Novellas with any theme of a winter holiday (it does not need to be a Christian holiday) will be accepted.

The erotic romance holiday collection will be edited by Angela James and  supported by a marketing and promotion campaign both online and in print. In addition,  each author chosen to contribute to the anthology will receive a set number of limited-edition print copies for their own use in giveaways and contests (or to decorate their own bookshelves).

To submit, please send your completed manuscript and synopsis, along with query letter to submissions@carinapress.com by March 1st, March, 15th 2013.. In the subject line, please put Erotic Holiday: Manuscript Title and Author

2013 themed collection: Harleys and Holidays

Carina is looking for romance novellas with a combined winter holiday and motorcycle theme (despite the name I used, it doesn’t have to be Harleys), to be published digitally both individually and as a collection in December 2013. The novellas should be from 18,000 to 35,000 words and feature holiday elements as integral to the romance novella. The stories can be of any romance subgenre though I expect many will be contemporary and none will be historical ;) and can be m/m, m/f or any combinations thereof, and can range from sweet to erotic.  Novellas with any theme of a winter holiday (it does not need to be a Christian holiday) will be accepted. How will motorcycles play a theme in your novella? Your imagination is the only limit. Motorcycle clubs doing Toys for Tots drive and romance ensuing, the town’s bad boy coming home, or a sassy heroine finding freedom on the road.

This romance holiday collection will be edited by Angela James and  supported by a marketing and promotion campaign both online and in print. In addition,  each author chosen to contribute to the anthology will receive a set number of limited-edition print copies for their own use in giveaways and contests (or to decorate their own bookshelves).

To submit, please send your completed manuscript and synopsis, along with query letter to submissions@carinapress.com by March 1st, March, 15th 2013.. In the subject line, please put Harley Holiday: Manuscript Title and Author

2013 themed collection: Military men and women, Home for the Holidays

Carina is looking for romance novellas with a combined winter holiday and military troops returning home for the holidays theme, to be published digitally both individually and as a collection in December 2013. The novellas should be from 18,000 to 35,000 words and feature holiday elements as integral to the romance novella. The stories can be of any romance subgenre (paranormal, contemporary, historical, science fiction, etc) and can be m/m, m/f or any combinations thereof, and can range from sweet to erotic.  Novellas with any theme of a winter holiday (it does not need to be a Christian holiday) will be accepted. We’re looking for holiday novellas that have a military/Navy SEAL/Air Force/etc theme, with deployed soldiers coming home and finding love, rediscovering love, etc. Any time period or military branch is welcome (including those you make up for a futuristic or sci fi!), but all should centered around coming home during the holidays.

This romance holiday collection will be edited by Angela James and  supported by a marketing and promotion campaign both online and in print. In addition,  each author chosen to contribute to the anthology will receive a set number of limited-edition print copies for their own use in giveaways and contests (or to decorate their own bookshelves).

To submit, please send your completed manuscript and synopsis, along with query letter to submissions@carinapress.com by March 1st, March, 15th 2013.. In the subject line, please put Military Holiday: Manuscript Title and Author

Further details

All submissions will be reviewed and final decision made by April 1st, April 15th 2013. Please read the updated submissions guidelines prior to submitting.

For questions about this call for submissions, please email Angela James at submissions@carinapress.com. I will be the editor on all four collections.

Please note: because these are very specific calls for submissions, and we must wait for the submissions deadline to read all submissions and before making a final decision, if you choose to submit these simultaneously somewhere else, we will not be able to give you a decision before the deadline. We prefer that you do not submit these simultaneously to other publishers, but instead wait for a response. However, we know this is not always possible, so should you choose to submit elsewhere, and receive a contract, we ask that you email us and withdraw your submission promptly from consideration, to save us time. Thank you!

*permission to forward granted*

Special thanks to freelance editor Alison Dasho for the idea of the military holiday theme and fab reader Melissa (@Mimmibklvr) for the Harleys and holidays theme!

Comments

  1. These look great!

    Are you looking for Valentine’s Day stories as part of these, or mostly just December/New Year’s holidays?

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. No, not Valentine’s Day. Holidays from Canadian Thanksgiving to New Years!

  3. Angela, for the contemporary romance novella, you say it can be from sweet to sexy, as long as it is not erotic. Does that mean an implied love scene only?

  4. Having love scenes or explicit details doesn’t make a book erotic, so no.

  5. I have 2 questions. Can non-authors (as in someone not published yet) send in submissions too? And also would vampires be acceptable to write about also?

  6. @Wendy: we’re open to all authors, published or unpublished (30% of our authors are debut). And if your vampire wants to ride a Harley, who am I to say no? :P

  7. Evangeline, challenge issued in that case. Go forward with your Edwardian motorcycle man ;)

  8. Hi Mona, we publish a wide age range of characters, so mature adult characters are welcome. Though I do admit, it’s harder to sell characters who are 60+ so that might be a bit more difficult for us.

  9. Hello Angela,

    I just want to know; assuming my book was a movie. How
    exteme should I go with an erotic romance. please let me
    know. “R” / “NC17″ / “X” / “XX” / “XXX”
    In other words how vivid can I get?

  10. Thanks anyway found good example on net. I just was unsure
    how vivid I could get. Sometimes I put the cart before the
    horse. Looking before leaping you could say, but I got it now.

  11. Hi,
    How much, if any, bad language/cursing would be acceptable?
    Thanks.

  12. @Amber we’re fine with cursing. It’s not something we would generally pass on a manuscript for, though if it’s every other word, that may be difficult. And it’s also something that can always be revised in edits.

  13. Hi Angela,

    I was just wondering if it’s okay to submit to more than one of the Christmas collections i.e. a story for the contemporary romance collection and a different story for the erotic romance?

    Thanks,
    Alexa

  14. Hi Angela, do the stories need to be set in North America? And if not, is a Southern Hemisphere (ie. summer Christmas) setting acceptable? Or does “Winter Holiday” read cold/snow as well as festive season? Thanks

  15. Evening,
    I have been reading through the submission guidelines, i saw the requirements for the synopsis letter in two places, but in each place was stated differently. I want to make sure I send in the correct way. One place said 2-4 paragraphs and the other said 2-5 pages.

  16. 2-4 paragraphs is definitely not a synopsis. Can you tell me where you saw that listed so I can correct the typo, please? We’re looking for 2-5 pages.

  17. Thank you.
    I retraced my steps and it was my mistake. I got mixed up with Query letter and submission letter. there is a short sentence in Do’s to write no more then 4-5 short paragraph query letter.

  18. Sorry for the delayed responses, I’ve been out of the country w/no internet access.

    Bam: yes, I’ll consider New Adult, absolutely

    Sandy: March 1st!

  19. Oh no, if only I would have come across this sooner. I’ve been working on a plot for an old WW2 romance set over the Christmas holiday. Will you guys have other submission calls posted anytime soon? Thanks!

  20. Just wanted to make sure my eye sight is not failing me. The new deadline is now March 15th?

  21. That’s correct, Monida.

    Rose, you’re always welcome to send submissions. You don’t have to wait for a specific submissions call, even for holiday subs.

  22. Hi Angela,

    I was just wondering how many stories you plan to accept per each collection? Is there a definite limit?

    Thanks!

  23. Usually 3 per collection, though we have often found submissions that weren’t quite right for the collection, but that we contracted for publication at other times of the year.

  24. Hi Angela

    Under the 2103 Contemporary Romance collection, can it be fantasy? Example, Santas daughter meeting someone and finding love durring the holidays for the first time? Flying reindeer, a sleigh ride complete with romance?

    Thank you

  25. For the Contemporary romance collection, they need to be straight contemporary.

  26. so no fantasy under any of the collections?

  27. I’m open to anything under the other three collections. Only the contemporary collection needs to be straight contemporary.

  28. Hi Angela:

    I sent my novella in last week for consideration for your contemporary holiday romance collection, but I didn’t receive an auto reply from your computer system. It’s called “A Carpenter for Christmas.” Just wanted to make sure you received it. Thanks!

  29. Hi Dana,

    if you send an email to the submissions address, someone will confirm receipt for you.

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