Category Archives: Publishing Opportunity

2022 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Self-published writers are often left out in the cold, struggling to market and promote their books. But every so often, there is an event to help them get noticed. The Published Book Awards via Writer’s Digest is such an event. Here is what is up for grabs:

GRAND PRIZE:

  • $10,000 in cash
  • An interview with writer for the March/April 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
  • Publication of an excerpt from the writer’s winning book on WritersDigest.com

FIRST PRIZE:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Promotion of writer and their winning book the March/April 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest

BOTH WILL RECEIVE:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • One year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • 20% discount off of purchases made at Writer’s Digest University
  • A special graphic recognizing their winning status

Honorable Mention Winners will receive promotion on http://www.writersdigest.com and a special graphic for use in promoting their win. All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. Be sure to check out the categories, guidelines, and submission details. Deadline is April 1, 2022.

As always, good luck.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Sourcebooks: Romance Submissions

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While Sourcebooks only accepts virtually all agented submissions, they’re doors are wide open for romance fiction subs—even from unagented writers! They are acquiring single-title romance fiction for their Casablanca imprint. Some of the subgenres they’ll accept are:

  • paranormal romance
  • romantic suspense
  • contemporary romance
  • erotic romance
  • historical romance (prior to 1900 only)

Please note, this is not an exclusive list as they state they’ll consider all subgenres. The manuscripts they’re looking for should be between 85,000-100,000 words. To get an idea of some things they like, check out a few of their recent authors’ books.

For complete criteria and to learn how to submit, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

So You Think You Can Write: Call for Black Romance Authors

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Harlequin Romance is looking for Black romance writers. Details are often posted on their blog So You Think You Can Write of upcoming opportunities. The latest submission event is an open-ended submission period (no deadline). Harlequin wants to publish more diverse and inclusive voices and stories. If you think you’ve got what it takes and have a polished romance manuscript ready for submission, this might be for you!

Submissions will be uploaded to Submittable and must include #RomanceIncludesYou with the title of your manuscript. But before you send things off to the editors, be sure and read the guidelines for the imprint you want to submit to. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Carina Press: New LGBTQ+ Imprint Submission Call

Carina PressCarina Press, a digital-first imprint of Harlequin, is accepting submissions for a new trope-based LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line called Carina Adores, which will launch in early 2020. This is huge news for the LGBTQ+ writing community, readers, and lovers of all things romance!

For complete details on the specific tropes they are looking for and how to submit, just click the pretty rainbow above! (Note: Carina Press did not rainbow their name, though maybe they should because it’s so pretty! I did this independently for easy access and so the submission link will stand out from the parent companies.)

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will be closing submissions for their Emerging Artist Award on June 7, 2019. The goal is to develop high quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds. So if you haven’t completed your mock up to send, get it done, ASAP! The award includes:

  • American Express® gift cards totaling $1,500
  • Round-trip travel for the winner to New York City
  • A day at LBYR’s offices in New York
  • Lunch with an editor, an art director, and the Artist Mentor.
  • An in-person portfolio review by the Artist Mentor and the LBYR publishing staff.
  • A tour of the office
  • Opportunity for the winning submission to be reviewed by LBYR’s editorial team for possible future publication.

Be sure and visit the link above regarding the award and pay attention to the official rules. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

So You Think You Can Write: Harlequin Presents Blitz

 

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Harlequin Romance is looking for new romance writers to become their next authors. Details are often posted on their blog So You Think You Can Write of upcoming opportunities. The latest submission event is for Harlequin Presents. If you think you’ve got what it takes and have a polished romance manuscript ready for submission, this might be for you! Entries must be sent no later than June 2, 2019. Even cooler, all submissions will receive feedback by the 14th of June! (I know you want to squeal, go ahead. I’ll wait.)

Submissions will be uploaded to Submittable. But before you send things off to the editors, be sure and read the guidelines here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Angry Robots Open Submissions

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Do you write adult science fiction or fantasy? Then, you’ll be excited to learn that Angry Robots is taking open submissions! The window is May 1, 2019 thru May 31, 2019. So, finalize edits on your manuscript for their editors to read! This publishing company pays a professional advance and will allow you to obtain an agent to help finalizing a contract if they are interested in your work. (If you have an agent, submit through regular channels via your agent.)

For all the information and guidelines, go here! And if you don’t write, perhaps you’ll find a good book to read.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Forever Yours Submissions (Hachette Books Romance Imprint)

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Forever Yours is a romance imprint of Hachette Books that not only accepts agented manuscripts, they also accept unagented submissions. (Yep, you heard that right!) The imprint is looking for adult contemporary, diverse reads, romantic suspense, cowboys, historicals, and paranormal romance styles. (Please note that they do not want YA, fantasy, mystery, general fiction, or nonfiction.) And further great news, they also accept novellas!

Be sure to read the complete guidelines for submissions before sending your manuscript. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Picture Book Party To Get An Agent

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Holy-moly! It’s another picture book contest. Things are looking up for the PB writers and illustrators, indeed. On March 19 2019 Michelle Hauck, along with Sharon Chriscoe and Mindy Alyse Weiss, will host a Picture Book Party. Submissions will open at 4pm EST and will remain open for one hour. You need to have a completed and polished PB manuscript and illustrations are encouraged to be submitted (if you’re an illustrator).

Past Participating Agents and Editors

The agent round will be between March 27-29, 2019. Be sure to checkout the complete guidelines on the website. You can also follow helpful hints for all writers on the twitter hashtag #PBParty.

As always, good luck.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Tor/Forge Submissions (Macmillan Imprint)

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Did you know that Tor/Forge takes unagented submissions for science fiction and fantasy manuscripts! But it doesn’t end there. They’ll also take fiction of all other types including but not limited to general fiction, historical fiction, horror, mystery, paranormal, suspense/thriller, urban fantasy, and woman’s fiction. Among the age groups they accept are middle grade, young adult, and adult. But they do it the “old school” way. So, no sending emails with attached documents. This publisher wants paper submissions. Whoa!

If you have a manuscript that fits one of these genres and age categories, then be sure and check out their submission guidelines. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.