New Ongoing Call for Submissions: Erotic Short Romances

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Carina Press is pleased to announce a new ongoing call for erotic short romances.

We’re in search of erotic romantic short stories between 10,000 and 17,000 words, for ongoing publication beginning in Summer 2017.

Description/story focus:

Recognizing that on occasion size does matter, and sometimes we actually just want to read something short that delivers a sexy, quick, fun romance, we’re interested in reading and publishing your stories that deliver a focused romance with explicit sex scenes.

These erotic short stories can be contemporary, paranormal, historical, science fiction or fantasy romances. They should deliver a fast story, one that transports readers from the stresses of everyday life, work and politics for an hour or two. Our two main requirements are that they be erotic or super sexy and they deliver on a romance promise with an HEA or HFN. We won’t demand a major focus on character development, extreme conflict or drawn-out plots for these, because we understand that can be difficult in a limited word count. We’re looking for a focus on escapism, happiness and romance!

Submission link:

To submit:

  • Complete* manuscript in .rtf, .doc or .docx
  • Query letter containing a 2 paragraph description of the story, as well as introducing yourself as a writer.
  • NO synopsis required

*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.


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

What’s the word count for these stories? The word count is 10k-17k words. It’s okay to cheat a few words in either direction. If it’s significantly longer than 17k, no problem, we do acquire novellas across genres, so you can submit it as a novella.

If I submit on proposal, when is the full manuscript due if my manuscript is accepted?  Since these will be published on an ongoing basis, we can work with you on delivery dates for your full manuscript.

Do I need to have a synopsis? A synopsis is not required for this particular call, but if you have one, please include it! What we do require is a two paragraph description of the 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 your editor or via the Submittable link for returning authors (that link can be found in the Carina Press Author Kit!).

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

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14 thoughts on “New Ongoing Call for Submissions: Erotic Short Romances”

  1. R.W. says:

    Excellent! I’m so excited for this call. Quick question though: you say “We’re looking for a focus on escapism, happiness and romance!” Does this mean you’re steering away from darker and/or heavier themes for this particular call? Things like overcoming past trauma, thriller elements, taboo pairings, etc.


    1. Angela James says:

      RW, we’ll still look at taboo themes, but these are meant to be escapist and still romance, which is harder to achieve in 17k if you go too dark!

      That’s correct, it’s an ongoing call so it’s not closing. We’ll keep publishing them as long as we keep getting them!

  2. Savannah sunrise says:

    I would just like to clarify something: When you say ongoing, does that mean there is no official end date for submission acceptance?

  3. Hi. Could you tell me how these short stories will be published? Individually or as a collection based on genres? Thanks!

    1. Angela James says:

      @D.M. published individually. This isn’t an anthology call, it’s an ongoing call for submissions.

  4. Kaushik Karforma says:

    Hi, do you have any restrictions on incest?

    1. Angela James says:

      @kaushik we’re really not down with actual incest. Fine with perceived incest (step/adopted/guardian, etc)

  5. Kaushik Karforma says:

    Is there any special formatting required for the manuscript or will double-spaced Times New Roman 12-pt do?

    1. Angela James says:

      @kaushik no special formatting requirements, just make it readable for us!

  6. Carrie Pulkinen says:

    Will you consider previously published work if I have the rights back?

    1. Angela James says:

      @Carrie we will consider previously pub’d work if you also have ideas for new, unpublished work that you’d be willing to also publish with us. We don’t acquire just/only previously pub’d work from any author.

  7. Hello,

    Just three questions for me: is there a cut off date for submissions and can we submit more than one story or is it only one entry per person?


    1. Angela James says:

      @Amy this is not a limited-time call, it’s something we’ll be acquiring on an ongoing basis so you follow the same guidelines as our regular submissions (we do accept more than one at a time from authors)

  8. Ann Patterson says:

    Is there an issue if it’s a dd/lg (daddy dom-little girl) story?

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