Untitled Document SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


SUBMIT TO ONE EDITOR ONLY VIA EMAIL. From the list of editors and their areas of interest below, determine which editor would be best suited to or most interested in the type of book you are proposing. Address the submission to that editor’s attention. If an editor passes, it’s a pass for Kensington; do not re-query or re-submit to another editor.


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Please send a QUERY ONLY in the body of the email.


Do not attach manuscripts or proposals to e-mail queries.

An editor will respond if he or she is interested in seeing your material based on your query. Due to the volume of submissions, editors may only respond to projects they wish to further consider.

Requested manuscripts should be Word documents unless otherwise specified, typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, and paginated. Include title and author in file name.

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.



EDITORIAL STAFF—KENSINGTON AND CITADEL

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.  jscognamiglio@kensingtonbooks.com

Michaela Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief of Citadel, Executive Editor of Kensington: Nonfiction (including popular culture, narrative nonfiction, true crime, biography, law enforcement); Fiction (military; thrillers involving serial killers, espionage, black ops, and high-level intrigue; cozy mysteries; fiction and nonfiction narratives about pets), Science Fiction and Fantasy .   mhamilton@kensingtonbooks.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).  acondon@kensingtonbooks.com

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). wmccurdy@kensingtonbooks.com

Selena James, Executive Editor, Dafina Books: African-American fiction and nonfiction (including inspirational, young adult, romance, and pop culture). sjames@kensingtonbooks.com

Tara Gavin, Executive Editor: Fiction (Romance, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, Multi-cultural Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Suspense). TGavin@Kensingtonbooks.com

Denise  Silvestro, Executive Editor, Citadel Press- All genres of nonfiction, including health/wellness, self-help, relationship, parenting, lifestyle, mind/body/spirit, business, pop culture, memoir, and narrative.-dsilvestro@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).   esogah@kensingtonbooks.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. mbiro@kensingtonbooks.com

Elizabeth May, Editorial Assistant: Fiction (Romance, Mysteries, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Sci Fi/Fantasy) emay@kensingtonbooks.com

Norma Perez-Hernandez, Editorial Assistant: Fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, LGBT romance, traditional and cozy mysteries, suspense, and thrillers). nperez-hernandez@kensingtonbooks.com

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. jabbate@kensingtonbooks.com