We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
―     Kurt Vonnegut


Harlequin E Shivers is looking for your new gothic!
From Monday July 22nd, 2013, to midnight EST on Friday, August 2nd, 2013, anyone who submits to Harlequin E Shivers will be personally reviewed by a Harlequin E Shivers team member, and is guaranteed a fast response with personal feedback. They’re promising to respond to all submissions by September 13.
What is Harlequin E Shivers? Shivers stories are moody, atmospheric, lush gothic-inspired stories with high sensuality. We are updating the pulp gothic as a rich romance with dark, sexy, mysterious heroes and anti-heroes and sensible heroines beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment. The focus is on the building sensual tension and the sumptuously scary surroundings that this chilling type of story elicits in the reader. Shivers are exactly what the reader will feel both from the mystery suspense and the carnal romance. The perfect Shivers story is 30,000-50,000 words, but the editors are open to both shorter and longer stories.

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What’s in it for you? You get to bypass the slush pile and go straight to an acquiring Harlequin team member. We are actively looking for enthusiastic, talented new voices to join our existing roster of Harlequin digital-first authors. For this limited time only, when you submit to Harlequin E Shivers you will receive feedback from a Harlequin team member. Additionally, we will respond to your submission within a six week timeframe of receipt (by September 13).
To be eligible you MUST do the following:

  1. Submit to Submit_HDigital@harlequin.com using the subject line HARLEQUIN SHIVERS (caps are required, please!) title, author name.
  2. One fully completed manuscript per author for this opportunity.
  3. You must follow submission guidelines and include all required components. Incomplete submissions will be deleted. Please review submission guidelines here: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage…1734&chapter=0
  4. We are only accepting manuscripts that have never been submitted to Harlequin Digital First before.
  5. This opportunity applies to Shivers only. While we will be accepting regular submissions during this time, the 6-week feedback guarantee applies to Shivers submissions only.

FAQs: Q: Can I submit more than one manuscript at a time? A : No. At this time we are limiting submissions to one per author.
Q: My book is the first in a series. Can I submit all the books in the series to you? A: For series, please send the first book with synopsis, as well as a description of the vision you have for the series. If we love the first book, we will likely ask for more!
Q: What if I already have a submission pending with you? A: If you have submitted to Harlequin Shivers and you haven’t yet heard back from us, please send an email with the subject line HARLEQUIN SHIVERS EXISTING SUBMISSION and we will find it and provide feedback within 6 weeks. You are still eligible for the special submissions call!
Q: I have a submission for one of the other Harlequin digital-first lines (not Shivers). Do I still get feedback? A: At this time we are offering this opportunity for Harlequin Shivers submissions only. We are still accepting submissions for our other genres, but our 6-week feedback guarantee only applies to Harlequin Shivers.

Peaches Magazine  accepts fiction stories of erotica, lust, sexuality, and self-image for a female readership. Stories should be between 700 and 2K words and can include elements of sci-fi, supernatural, fantasy, or transcendentalism. Payment is $50/story.
Speeding Star is a new imprint of Enslow Publishers that will focus on books for boys 3rd grade to high school. The editors are looking for manuscripts of 5,000 to 12,000 words that will appeal to boys in this age group. They welcome mysteries, adventure tales, fantasy, horror, and sports fiction. The books should have male protagonists, but should also contain female characters, and characters from diverse backgrounds. Find out more here.
Noble Romance, a digital publisher, is seeking manuscripts for its new Young Adult line. Stories should feature characters 18-24 years old. Noble publishes all sub-genres. The editors welcome everything from 3,000 word short stories to novels of 30,000 words and up. Noble pays up to a $1,000 advance, plus royalties. You can request a sample contract to reveiw before you submit to them. Find all the details here.
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