Places to Submit Your Manuscript: July 2015

Writing is a time-consuming job, so why not let us give you a helping hand? We’ve rounded up another batch of publishers currently seeking new and exciting voices to add to their rosters. Most of the publishers this month are looking for genre fiction submissions, but there’s a little something for everyone. Take a look:

Donald Maass Literary Agency: Agent Jennifer Udden, who’s worked for Donald Maass since 2010, is accepting queries for a wide range of genre fiction, with a focus on diversity “including (but not limited to) gender, sexuality, ability, background and race.” She especially likes it when you pay attention to her submission guidelines, which you can find here.

Harlequin’s So You Think You Can WriteHarlequin’s once again sponsoring a contest with reader platform Wattpad. Both judges from the publisher and readers will select the winning entries over the course of four rounds. The grand prize is a two-book publishing contract from one of Harlequin’s imprints. You have until September 21 to upload your entire manuscript, further details are here (you must log into Wattpad). 

Circlet Press: Got a short story starring a wizard and featuring some hot sex? Then Circlet Press’s latest anthology call is for you! Editor Jennifer Levine is looking for stereotype-busting short stories (between 2,000 and 8,000 words) with a magic-using protagonist and explicit sex that moves the story forward. Deadline: August 15. More details here

Library Journal’s Self-Published AwardsAre you a self-published author in romance, mystery, science fiction or fantasy? Do you like awards? (Who doesn’t?!) Then Library Journal’s self-published awards may well be for you. Genre winners will receive $1000, a review in the respected periodical and more. Please be aware of the legalese before submitting, as the submission language is quite broad and could affect your publication options. Details here

Crimson Romance Holiday AnthologyThe digital publisher is always looking for a fresh take on romance, this month they’re also specifically looking for short stories for their Christmas collection. The details? Between 10,000 and 20,000 words, and due August 1. More here

LampLight Magazine Submission CallDo you write literary dark fiction? Then perhaps LampLight is for you! The magazine is looking for short stories and flash fiction, in the vein of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. There are restrictions: “no vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex” so plot accordingly. More here

Good luck and happy writing! Remember us when you hit it big! Check out past Places to Submit columns here

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