“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”  ~E.L. Doctorow

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The editors at Carina Press recently shared their preferences, and the types of manuscripts they’d like to see on their desks, through their blog. Some highlights:

Rhonda Helms is really interested in stories with strong multi-cultural elements, really funny romance, steampunk, westerns, historical novels featuring real historical figures, stories with mythological elements and futuristic stories, to name a few of the many subjects she’d like to see.

Melissa Johnson would love to see romances that cross class or cultural lines.

Alissa Davis likes geeky beta heroes, runaway brides, m/m fantasy romance, erotic historical romance and medical romance, to name a few of the subjects that capture her attention.

Mallory Braus would love to see your zombie hunter romance, your 19th or 20th century historical mystery, a story with a psychic FBI agent, and stories with quirky characters.

Alison Dasho would love a funny fantasy adventure, dark  mystery and crime (maybe the aftermath of a kidnapping) and “complicated” contemporary romance.

Denise Nielsen would love a dark, edgy Edwardian or Victorian novel or a jazz age historical. On the contemporary side, she likes unlikely heros and heroines, and modern reinterpretations of myths and legends.

Jeff Seymour likes stories that don’t fit neatly into a genre, as well as short, fast-paced adventures with series potential.

Deborah Nemeth looks for interesting sleuths around which to build a mystery series, m/m romance, epic fantasy, strong contemporary romance, unusual historicals and steampunk.

Angela James is taking on very few new clients, but she would love to find a 70,000 word erotic contemporary, a space opera, sports-themed contemporary romances and contemporary romance trilogies.

For more details, read the complete blog post here.  And you’ll find Carina Press’s writers’ guidelines here.

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Do you know an aspiring young writer (ages 14-19)? One Teen Story is a new digital magazine aimed at this age group. They’re sponsoring a contest for young writers but the deadline is May 31, 2012 — tomorrow. (Sorry, I just found out about this. ) There’s no fee to enter. Stories may be any genre and can be between 1,500 and 4,000 words. Find all the details here.

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Ellora’s Cave is searching for sweet Regency romances, 12,000 to 25,000 words for a Cotillion Christmas Surprise collection. Stories must be set at Christmas and center around a surprise. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2012. Find more details here.

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Today I’m the guest over at The Readiacs. Stop in and say hello and you could win a copy of Always a Bridesmaid.

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