Five Publishers Accepting NA Submissions

New Adult as a genre tip toed onto the literary scene about six years ago and has slowly gained momentum. Initially, NA was considered “older YA with sex” with publishers and agents generally steering clear. Little by little, authors have convinced the literary world that the NA category has a place and a lot to offer.

Initially predominantly romance, NA texts are expanding in genres. Basically any texts where the central protagonist is between the ages on 18 – 25, having left school and is finding their place in the adult world are considered New Adult. New Adult has appeal to older YA readers and to adult readers.

Despite the growth in the market, it can still be hard to find publishers who are accepting unsolicited NA manuscripts. To help all you budding NA authors out, here are five publishers accepting unsolicited NA manuscripts:

1. Entangled – Embrace

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From their website:

Embrace, Entangled’s new adult imprint, is seeking fresh, strong voices that capture the emotions and complexities of characters straddling the line between high school and the adult world of work and family. Our ideal protagonists are 18-24 years old, and still finding their way to adulthood, separating from their parents, heading off to college, and/or experiencing full-time employment for the first time, all the while searching for love. We are looking for books told from the point of view of the emerging adult, defining a critical period of decision making and growth.

Embrace is looking for engaging voice and bold, fresh stories in the following genres:
Contemporary
Suspense/Thrillers
Near-future science fiction with social undercurrents
Historical
Fantasy
Paranormal

 

2. Carina Press – A Harlequin Enterprises Ltd Imprint

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From their website:

Carina Press is now accepting submissions in the new adult genre. We are looking for submissions with a strong story and fully developed, very definable protagonists, 18 and above (or at an age eligible to enter college), in their early to mid-20s. While at least one protagonist should fall in this age range, it is possible the other protagonist may fall in their upper 20s.

We’re looking for manuscripts of 50,000 words and up and though we are particularly interested in the contemporary genre, we will also consider books in other sub genres as well (such as paranormal, post apocalyptic, dystopian, etc).

 

3. Bloomsbury Spark

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From their website:

Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA and new adult readers.

Launching in Autumn 2013 our outstanding list will feature multiple genres: romance, contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, and more. If you’re an author, Bloomsbury Spark is the premiere place to publish your work

We are acquiring teen, young adult, and new adult fiction across all genres, including but not limited to romance, paranormal, contemporary, dystopian, science fiction, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, and more—from writers all over the world.

 

4. Reuts

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From their website:

REUTS welcomes all full-length novels written for the Young Adult and New Adult audiences. We are interested in diversifying our collection with genres across the spectrum, from authors in every corner of the globe. This includes any age, ethnicity, gender, location, sexual orientation, ability, and class.

We don’t limit ourselves within genres, but we require stories to be fictional and geared towards Young Adult and New Adult audiences. We’re looking for 50,000+ word novels in all YA/NA genres.

 

5.  Soul Mate Publishing

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From their website:

Soul Mate Publishing welcomes you to romance, where two become one. We offer high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world. Our novels, written by only the finest authors, will be available both electronically and in paperback.

Whether you enjoy traditional romance or are searching for stories that push the limits, you’ll find what you’re looking for. We are NOT the same old thing!

If you are a budding author who needs a publisher to seriously look at your work, just follow the instructions under the Submissions link at the top of this page. We WILL look over your materials and provide a personal response.

Remember, blending of genres is allowed and encouraged. Varying levels of sensuality are welcome, however all stories should have an upbeat ending.

 

So what are you waiting for? Dig out that NA manuscript and send it off today. Who knows, maybe one of the publishers listed above will be the perfect home for your NA baby.

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