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Submission Guidelines
Hallmark Publishing is currently closed to unagented submissions. If you have an agent and you would like to submit a proposal or a manuscript, your agent should contact Stacey Donovan via direct message on Twitter (@Donovanesque) for details.

We will be open to submissions of full-length novels from authors without agents throughout the month of September 2019. Follow us on Twitter, @HallmarkPublish, to be the first to learn about any updates to our submission guidelines.

To submit your novel, you’ll need to send us a short query letter as an email and attach the following two Word documents:

*a 2 – 4 page synopsis

*a complete manuscript

The manuscript should be double-spaced in a plain, easy-to-read font of 12- or 14-point size.

Please read our complete submission guidelines below. If your story is a fit, email your submission to hallmarkpublishing@crownmedia.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Complete Submission Guidelines
We’re looking for wholesome or “sweet” romance novels and cozy mystery novels of around 75,000 – 90,000 words in length. We love romances and mysteries that also celebrate friendship, family, and/or community ties. All stories must have happy endings.

We’re looking for contemporary stories set in the United States.

We’d especially love to see seasonal themes for romance (winter, Valentine’s Day, spring, June brides, beach reads, fall, and Christmas). For Christmas and winter romances, we like to see snowy locales.

For Hallmark mysteries, strong seasonal themes are discouraged. We don’t publish Christmas mysteries. We’d especially like to see series ideas with female amateur sleuths.

A sense of humor is always a plus for us. 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 don’t publish romantic suspense. We aren’t interested in paranormal romance in general, but we’re open to time travel or a little bit of magic.

We aren’t looking for children’s books, young adult novels, 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 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 no longer consider previously published works for publication.

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! Please send to: