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Markets Seeking Submissions–Young Adult and Sweet Romance

A couple new markets looking for young adult and/or sweet romance.

Scarlet Voyage

Scarlet Voyage is currently seeking YA Fiction manuscripts and queries. We are looking for content intended for young adult readers, grades 6–up. We will accept manuscripts from all subgenres, but we are specifically interested in fantasy/sci-fi, thriller/mystery, contemporary/teen issues, dystopia, and paranormal romance.

Find out how to submit here 

Scarlet Voyage uses an on-line submission form.

Melange Books Seeking YA Horse Stories

The YA imprint of Melange Books, is seeking horse stories. Fire and Ice, Melange Book, YA imprint, is seeking stories from 10,000-20,000 words long to be released in individual e-book format.

Fire and Ice is also seeking Horse novellas and novels, from 40,000 words – 60,000 words in length to be released in ebook and in print in trade paperback format.

Find out how to submit here.

Astraea Press Seeking Young Adult and Sweet Romance

Astraea Press is seeking:

  • Any genre of romance or sub-genre of romance
  • Young Adult
  • Fiction of all shapes and sizes
  • Clean manuscripts with no language and no graphic sex

Submission guidelines can be found here

Astraea Press will also be taking pitches at the RWA Georgia Moonlight and Magnolia Conference in October. Conference details here.



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Targeting Your Picture Book Submission

There are many ways to “target” the picture book market, and increase your odds of publishing a picture book. One way of targeting the market is to see if you have written a picture book which might fit into a specialized market. For example, if you have written a picture book with a Science Fiction/Fantasy theme then you might look at

Shenanigan Books

Another idea, is to consider a story which might fit into the “health and wellness” market. Janet Scully keeps a blog entitled, “Medicine and Health” in Children’s and YA Literature which gives reviews and suggestions about YA and MG books in this topic. Some possible health and wellness markets for children’s books are:

Story Pie Press is looking for health related special interests books.

Magination Press publishes psychology based books covering a broad range of topics of concern to children. These include everyday situations, such as starting school and the growing family, as well as more serious psychological, clinical, or medical problems, such as divorce, depression, anxiety, asthma, attention disorders, bullying, death, and more.

Another possible targeted market for picture books are regional markets. These are markets which specialize in stories about specific regions. For example,

Sasquatch publishes books about the West–primarily the Pacific Northwest, Northern Canada, and Alaska.

Pineapple Press publishes books about Florida.

And there are many more picture book markets which can be found in the Children’s Writer and Illustrator’s Guidebook,published each year. So, before you send your story out, ask if the story might fit best in a  specialized market.