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Submission Guidelines

If your book seems like a Hallmark movie or TV series, it might be right for us! We’re looking for male/female romance novels and cozy mystery novels of around 70,000 – 85,000 words in length. We love romances and mysteries that also celebrate friendship, family, and/or community ties. All stories must have happy endings.

For romance, we’re mostly looking for light contemporary stories set in the United States. We’d especially love to see Christmas, small town, and seasonal themes (winter, Valentine’s Day, spring, June brides, beach reads, fall), and we want to hear about your series ideas.

We’re interested in romantic suspense. We’ll consider historical romance set in North America or the U.K. While we aren’t looking for heavy redemption arcs, religious elements in a story are fine.

We aren’t interested in paranormal romance in general, but we’re open to time travel or a little bit of magic.

For mystery, we’re mostly seeking contemporary stories set in the United States. We’d love to see ideas for series.

We aren’t looking for other fiction genres or nonfiction at this time.

No nudity, sex, profanity, or graphic depictions of sexuality or violence will be accepted. Physical interaction must be limited to hugging and kissing. In murder mysteries, the murder must happen “off the page,” and we tend to avoid other heavy or disturbing content.

We prefer third person, alternating between her and his point of view, but we’ll consider a first-person narrative with an entertaining voice. We’d love to see stories that reflect ethnic diversity.

Please don’t mail physical copies of manuscripts. We accept electronic submissions only. We never read scripts, so please don’t send them.

Thank you so much for your interest in Hallmark Publishing!

We look forward to your submissions!