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Escape Publishing - Submissions Guidelines


Q: Is there a particular genre Escape Publishing is looking to publish?

We are looking for exciting new authors and fresh new stories in all sub-categories of romance, including (but definitely not limited to):
• Romantic Thrillers
• Romantic Fantasy
• Urban Fantasy (with romantic elements)
• Science Fiction Romance
• Dystopian
• Steampunk
• Paranormal Romance
• Contemporary Romance
• Historical Romance
• Saga (with romantic elements)
• Erotic Romance
• M/M romance
• F/F romance

Q: Can I submit to Escape Publishing if I have submitted my manuscript to other publishers?

Yes, however you cannot submit to Escape Publishing and any other subsidiary of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. simultaneously (i.e. Harlequin, Silhouette, Mira, Carina etc). You are welcome to submit a manuscript that is also under consideration by other publishers, however please let us know at the time of your submission.
 N.B. Escape Publishing does not accept resubmissions unless explicitly requested.

Q: What word length do the stories need to be?

Stories can be any word length from:
•5,000 – 10,000 (short story)
•11,000 – 50,000 (novella)
•50,000 – 80,000 (short novel)
•81,000 – 100,000 (novel)
•100,000+ (long novel) 






Q: What we need from you?

•All submissions must have strong romantic elements
•All manuscripts must be fully-developed and completed, regardless of word count
•Manuscripts must be unpublished or self-published
•Normal genre conventions are fluid, but we definitely want that emotionally uplifted ending

Q: What you can expect from Escape Publishing?

•innovation: we’re excited about your ideas and we can’t wait to see the twists you bring
•community: one that is supportive of your story, your ideas, and your rights as an author
•timeliness: all submissions will receive editorial communication within two weeks of submission

Q: More hints for submissions



•Focus on main characters, main plot points and themes
•Don’t relate your work to the latest hot thing; let your work speak for itself!
•Make sure your synopsis answers all the questions raised in your plot —if we read your synopsis will we understand why the murderer committed the crime?
•Keep it simple


• First 3 chapters of manuscript in the following conventions
• 12 pt Times New Roman font
• 1.5cm indents
• double-spaced
• .doc .docx .rtf .pdf .txt files are accepted, saved in this way: TITLE_MANUSCRIPT (where your book’s title is in place of TITLE)