Open Submission Calls

Riptide is happy to announce that we're accepting new submissions for completed LGBTQ manuscripts between 15,000 and 115,000 words! You no longer have to be invited or represented by an agent to submit your manuscript. 

All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please check the "Submission Instruction" tab for more details on how to submit your manuscript.

We are especially interested in:

  • Contemporary romance
  • Category romance (45K to 60K, low-angst, relationship-centered contemporaries with your favorite tropes: arranged marriage, secret babies, marriage of convenience, reformed rakes, billionaires, etc.). Now that same-sex marriage is legal, we want to see all your drunk-married-in-Vegas fics!
  • Romantic suspense
  • Light-hearted romantic comedy
  • Sweet romance
  • Shifter and were romances
  • Epic, high, and urban fantasy romances
  • Lesbian romance
  • Trans, genderqueer, and ace/aro romances/relationships

We're also actively acquiring Young Adult. For instructions on submitting to our YA imprint, please see

In addition, we have specific, themed calls for submissions, sometimes for standalone pieces, and sometimes for collections or anthologies. Please view the "Open Calls" tab on this page to learn more about those calls.

Have you written a novel-length female/female romance? We want it! Any genre, any setting, any focus. Historical ladies, contemporary ladies, ladies in suspense, romantic comedy ladies, paranormal ladies, futuristic ladies. Any and all female/female romance, send it our way. We're also accepting stories about aromantic ladies in any genre, though for this particular call, such stories should focus on a deep, exceptional friendship between two or more women.

This is an open-ended call; you may submit at any time. Earliest potential closing date for this call is March 1, 2016, though we may elect to run it longer.

Length: 50,000 to 110,000 words
Genres: Any
Heat Levels: Moderately to very explicit, but not erotica. That is, focus of narrative and relationship should not solely be sexual exploration, though at least two scenes with at least moderately explicit sex is preferred unless your character(s) are asexual.
Ending: HEA or strong HFN
Orientation: Lesbian, bisexual (as long as they are currently in an all-female relationship), poly (again, all ladies please!), homo- or biromantic asexual, homo- or bisexual aromantic. Trans, nonbinary, and intersex women are welcome.
Submissions Due: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Acceptance Letters Sent By: 12 to 16 weeks after submission
Anticipated Release Date: Nine months to a year after acceptance

All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please send the following to

  • A 1-page query letter in the body of the email. A query letter should contain the title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of your story; a one- to two-paragraph "sales pitch" (like the blurbs you see on the back cover of a book); a brief history of your publication, if any; and your complete contact information, including email, snail mail, and phone number.
  • A 1 to 3 page synopsis as an attachment to the email. Don't forget to tell us how your story ends!
  • The complete manuscript as an attachment to the email.

All attachments should be .docx or .rtf files. Please format your manuscript as follows:

  • 1” margins all around
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • NO TABS OR SPACES for paragraph indents! Use the paragraph formatting feature to indent your first lines 0.5”
  • 12-point Times New Roman font

Save your files as “Book-title_Author-lastname_SYNOPSIS” and “Book-title_Author-name_MS” respectively. For instance, Pride and Prejudice would be Pride-and-Prejudice_Austen_MS.rtf and Pride-and-Prejudice_Austen_SYNOPSIS.rtf.

On the synopsis, please include a title page with your full name, address, phone number, and email.

Please paste the query letter directly into your email, and attach the synopsis and manuscript as .rtf files.

Please note that any submissions not following the rules above will be deleted unread.

You'll receive an automated email confirming our receipt of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions, we regret to say rejections cannot be personalized, but you will hear from us regardless of our decision; we are not a no-answer-equals-no publisher. If your story is rejected, please do not write the editor asking why; such emails cannot be answered. 

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