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Kensington is actively looking for submissions for Lyrical Press!
We are looking for fresh stories in a variety of categories including all romance genres (specifically suspense and historicals with unique settings), compelling psychological suspense fiction, thrillers, women’s fiction, new adult, and cozy mysteries. We’re hoping to find edgy and daring voices that readers will love. We welcome novellas, serials, and full-length novels as long as they tell a satisfying and well-written story.
There are multiple ways to query the Lyrical team. You may submit via Submittable, or you may query one of Kensington’s editors directly. Queries may be considered for both our print and digital imprints.
FOR DIRECT EDITOR SUBMISSIONS, PLEASE QUERY US BY EMAIL AND INCLUDE YOUR SYNOPSIS AS A WORD ATTACHMENT.
SUBMIT TO ONE EDITOR ONLY. From the list of each editor’s areas of interest below, determine which one would be best suited for your submission, or the most interested in the type of book you are proposing. Address the submission to that editor’s attention.
ALLOW AT LEAST THREE MONTHS FOR RESPONSE. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE KENSINGTON OFFICES.
IF YOU DO NOT HEAR BACK ON YOUR QUERY, IT MEANS THAT YOUR PROJECT DOESN’T FIT OUR CURRENT EDITORIAL NEEDS.
We are currently not accepting Children’s, Middle Grade, Young Adult or Poetry submissions.
John Scognamiglio, Editor-in-Chief of Kensington: Fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, women’s contemporary fiction, Amish romances and inspirational romances, historical fiction, gay fiction, cozy and historical mysteries, dark suspense and thrillers). Word count for mysteries is 75,000-100,000 words. firstname.lastname@example.org
Michaela Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief of Citadel, Executive Editor of Kensington: Fiction (traditional and cozy mysteries; thrillers involving serial killers, espionage, black ops, and high-level intrigue; mainstream women’s fiction; fiction and nonfiction narratives about pets); nonfiction by authors with significant media platforms (including popular culture, narrative nonfiction, true crime, biography, law enforcement). email@example.com
Alicia Condon, Editorial Director: Fiction (80,000-word contemporary romance—either sexy or sweet, Amish and inspirational romance, women’s fiction, romantic suspense, historical romance with unusual settings, cozy mystery). firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy McCurdy, Editorial Director: Fiction (mainstream women’s fiction including southern fiction, beach reads, sagas, commercial literary fiction, etc.; romance of all varieties, including contemporary, historical, inspirational, erotic, suspense & intrigue, and paranormal; historical fiction; contemporary and historical mysteries; suspense). email@example.com
Selena James, Executive Editor, Dafina Books: African-American fiction (street lit, romance, women’s fiction, and historical fiction) and nonfiction. Fiction (contemporary romance, historical romance, erotic romance, mainstream fiction, multicultural fiction, and women’s fiction). firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Gavin, Executive Editor: Fiction, (Romance, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, Cozy Mysteries, Multi-cultural Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Suspense). TGavin@Kensingtonbooks.com
Esi Sogah, Senior Editor: Fiction--Romance: historical (esp. American historical), contemporary, cozy mysteries, historical mysteries, suspense/thrillers, upmarket fiction. Non-fiction--narrative non-fiction (with a focus on arts and culture) and personal memoir (with a focus on identity). email@example.com
Martin Biro, Editor, Fiction (cozy mysteries with unusual themes, historical fiction and mysteries, suspense, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, soft sci-fi and dark fantasy. Multicultural and unique settings welcome for all of these genres.). No young adult or inspirational, erotic or paranormal romance. firstname.lastname@example.org
James Abbate, Editorial Assistant: Science fiction (soft sci-fi, space travel, alternate history, cyberpunk, apocalyptic fiction) and fantasy (high fantasy, low fantasy, sword and planet, sword and sorcery, science fantasy, dark fantasy). No hard sci-fi, YA or paranormal romance. email@example.com
Norma Perez-Hernandez, Editorial Assistant: Fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, LGBT romance, traditional and cozy mysteries, suspense, and thrillers). firstname.lastname@example.org