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Submit Your Work to Carnation Books!

FANFICTION WRITERS: Send us your stories!

We’re so glad you’re interested in submitting your writing for consideration with Carnation Books! Currently, we are accepting fanfiction and original manuscripts from fanfiction authors. You do not need an agent to work with us, although we are happy to speak with your agent if you have one.

Our ebook royalty rate is 50%. Additionally, after you have published several titles with us, we may offer advances for future work. At the current time, we publish our stories exclusively on Amazon Kindle, with inclusion in the Kindle Unlimited program. If we feel your book has the potential for print sales, we will arrange for print books to be sold through Amazon as well. 

We are a traditional publisher. We do not charge authors any fees or require payment of any sort. As such, we do have guidelines for submissions, and we are selective in what we publish. Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your query!

If you are a fanfiction writer, and you're interested in publishing with us, but you're not sure where to start, contact us directly. We'll be happy to talk to you. Fanfiction is our passion and our specialty! If you're ready to send us your fanfiction in its original, unscrubbed form, please use the Submit button at the bottom of this page, and fill out the form on the next page. You do not need to scrub your fic before we evaluate it.

General Submission Guidelines

At the current time, we are seeking work (fanfiction and original fiction) that falls into the following categories:

  • Standalone works of 30,000 words or more
    • For a standalone romance novel, an ideal word count is between 40,000 and 75,000 words.
  • Series (groups of stories with the same characters) totaling at least 30,000 words
  • Collections of stories that match a theme (for example, a collection of all science fiction stories) totaling at least 30,000 words

At the current time, we are not seeking standalone work below 8,000 words. Standalone work and story series/collections between 8,000 and 30,000 words will be considered, but please expect to hear that we want you to write additional material. Additionally, we strongly recommend that any work below 30,000 words contain a significant proportion of erotic content.

We are interested primarily in genre fiction containing queer romance, including but not limited to fantasy, science fiction, mystery, romance, thriller, western, horror, military, and historical fiction. We also welcome literary fiction and erotica (including kink erotica).

All submissions must contain at least one LGBTQIA+/MOGAI (not cisgender and/or not heterosexual) primary (main) character.

We welcome and celebrate romance across the spectrum of genders and sexualities! If your manuscript contains a romance for a major character, it must be LGBTQIA+ romance. 

We are looking for stories that have endings intended to be happy or hopeful. While this does not mean that nothing bad can happen to your characters, our ultimate goal as a company is to publish stories that uplift and celebrate queer lives. Please do not send manuscripts with a focus on suicide or terminal illness.  

Our focus is on fiction for adults, but young adult/YA and new adult/NA fiction will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If it meets our other requirements, we're interested.

Stories featuring only cisgender heterosexual romance (male/female romance, wherein neither character is trans*, intersex, or gender-nonconforming) do not meet our requirements for consideration. (However, stories about polyamorous relationships may include cishet romance as part of a larger network of relationships, one or more of which must be queer.)

Carnation Books affirms the identities of asexual and aromantic people. We are actively soliciting submissions with asexual and/or aromantic main characters. The ace/aro orientation of a character must be made explicitly clear in the story--a lack of romantic plot is not a substitute for an asexual character. We believe that visibility is important for asexual and aromantic people.

We would love to receive manuscripts featuring intersex characters. Romantic plots in these manuscripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you would like guidance on including an intersex character in your story, please reach out to us.

Carnation Books is committed to supporting writers of color, writers with disabilities, and writers of other diverse experience. If you are a writer of diverse experience, please submit your work through our form, and also send us an email letting us know that you've submitted, so that we can mark your story for priority review.

Submission Guidelines for Fanfiction

At Carnation Books, fanfiction is our passion and fandom is the reason for everything we do. If you've written a finished fic or story series for any fandom, past or present, and it meets our general submission guidelines, we'd love to talk to you. You don't need to scrub it before talking to us--we're here to help you with that process. We look forward to reading your fic!

Submission Guidelines for Public Domain Fanworks

We are accepting original fiction inspired by works in the public domain, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jane Austen. Fan works must be based on the original texts, and not on later interpretations, such as television or film. For more information, please contact us directly. (Yes, we want to publish your ACD-canon Holmes/Watson fanfiction!)

Submission Instructions

Please click the button below to be taken to our submission form.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to reading your work!