“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~Joseph Heller

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This time of year provides a lot of distractions to keep us away from our writing.  Take time to enjoy the season, but keep up the writing habit. I hope these potential markets will inspire you:

Arrow Publications has been in business since 1989. They produce a series of romantic graphic novels, as well as non-graphic novels in ebook form. The editors are looking for fiction with strong romantic elements in the following sub-genres: mystery, crime and supernatural. They will also consider other sub-genres, as long as the story has strong romantic elements. They accept manuscripts between 19,000 and 110,000 words, for short novellas, novellas and full-length novels. Send your query letter, synopsis and first chapter. Find all the guidelines here.

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The Midnight Diner is looking for Christian genre fiction, 3,000 to 6,000 words.  They want to see horror, crime, weird westerns, aliens and paranormal stories with a Christian slant. Think the Twilight zone. Nothing preachy. They pay $60 per story. They will close to submissions at the end of December. Check out their guidelines here.

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The Kids’ Ark, a Christian Magazine for children ages 4-12, wants short stories to 650 words on the theme of “One of a Kind.” They pay $100. The deadline for submissions is January 5, 2014. Find out how to submit here. 

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MacMillan Publishing’s Childrens division has launched Swoon Reads, a new imprint aimed at young adult/new adult readers. Swoon Reads will focus on Teen Romances, and plans to publish their first book, in both digital and print formats, in Spring 2014. Books will be chosen from those submitted to the SwoonReads website, and voted on by visitors to the site. Books chosen for publication receive a $15,000 advance against royalties. Books should be aimed at young adults (ages 14-19) or new adult (19-23.) They accept all sub-genres (there’s an extensive list on the website.) Get all the details here.

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Entangled Publishing is looking for novellas for a collectiong focused on the 1950s to be called “Love Me Tender.” Submit your romance story set between 1950 and 1959, 15,000 to 20,000 words. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. Find all the details here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information here with others. I’m taking off for a couple of weeks to celebrate the holidays — see you all next year!  Cindi Myers

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