Monday, 21 February 2011

Macmillan Heroes and Heartbreakers submission guidelines welcomes submissions of original short romance stories in all subgenres (contemporary, paranormal/urban fantasy, women’s fiction/chick lit, historical, romantic suspense, etc).
We are not interested in “true confessions” or other non-fiction material. We are particularly interested in stories between 6,000 and 15,000 words, although exceptions may be made. Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

Original short stories acquired for this program are edited by both in-house editors and freelance editors who are experts in the romance genre.

We pay $1,000 against a 25% royalty. (The royalty enters the picture with respect to downloadable versions of the work.) Although we will consider edge cases, “original” means original—not previously published.

In your cover letter, please include the following:
  • The subgenre of your story
  • Confirmation that the story has not been previously published
  • If you are a published author, and if so, for whom you write
  • If your story is connected to a larger universe in which you already write
This is not required, but please feel free to include your Twitter and Facebook URLs in the cover letter.

Stories should use standard manuscript format (Our preference is 12 point, Times New Roman, double-spaced) and be emailed as Word or RTF. Please send it with a cover letter including the elements described above.

Submissions and questions about the acquisitions process should be emailed to


  1. Sounds interesting, but I can't seem to stretch a short story any longer than about 2000 words!

  2. Me either Karen! But at least if we have inspiration, we'll know where to send it! :o)