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Submission Guidelines

Hi there! Hallmark Publishing is open to unagented submissions of completed full-length novels through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3), 2018. Follow us on Twitter, @HallmarkPublish, to be the first to learn about future calls for submissions.

To submit your novel, you’ll need to fill in all the required fields on this form and paste in a short query letter. You’ll also need to upload a 3 -4 page synopsis and your complete manuscript, both as Word docs. The text of your manuscript should be double-spaced in a plain, easy-to-read font of 12- or 14-point size.

Here are our complete submission guidelines:

We’re looking for wholesome or “sweet” romance novels and cozy mystery novels of around 65,000 – 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 looking for light contemporary stories set in the United States. We’d especially love to see Christmas and seasonal themes (winter, Valentine’s Day, spring, June brides, beach reads, fall), and we want to hear about your series ideas. We tend to avoid stories with very sad or distressing elements, including but not limited to terminal illness, abuse, addiction, early stages of grief, and children or animals in peril.

We aren’t looking for stories with strong religious themes, but faith may be depicted as a part of characters’ lives.

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 female amateur sleuths and ideas for series.

We aren’t looking for young adult, 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. We tend to avoid backstories about infidelity or promiscuity. In murder mysteries, the murder must happen “off the page,” and we tend to avoid other heavy or disturbing content.

For romance, we prefer third person, alternating between points of view, but we’ll consider a first-person narrative with an entertaining voice. For mystery, either first person or third person is fine.

We’d love to see diverse stories from diverse authors.

We accept self-published work, and previously published work in the case where the rights have reverted to the author, as long as the story meets our taste guidelines in its original published form.

Please don’t mail physical copies of manuscripts. We accept electronic submissions only. Hallmark Publishing isn’t involved in acquiring the movie or TV rights of books published by other publishers. 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!