Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 26, 2019

Escape Publishing Opportunity

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Escape Publishing Submissions

Submission Guidelines

We’re interested in stories in the following sub-categories.

All submissions must include a central romance or romantic elements focused on lead characters and an uplifting ending.


The characters in our contemporary romances have today’s issues and speak today’s language. They’re us, but at our best and worst. They’re your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, and idols.


Make us laugh. Your comedy can come in any flavour, but its first and last impression is fun.


The Outback, small country towns, or on the coast, rural romance is from all corners of Australia – with love.


Penniless or powerful, breeches or corset, we’d like to be formally introduced to your dukes and duchesses, scullery maids and pirates, convicts and bushrangers, the ladies and gentlemen of yesteryear.


If it’s got bite, we’re interested. Anything with fangs, fur or fae.


If it’s magical or features an alternative reality: high fantasy, urban fantasy dystopian, or new spins on fairy tales, put a spell on us.

Magic Realism:

Not quite paranormal, only elements of fantasy, this genre takes a contemporary romance with the belief that there’s magic in the everyday.


Think intrepid investigators, unusual circumstances, and romance on the run. Romances with more than just love on the line – this is where the mysteries of the world and the mysteries of the heart combine.


Interplanetary life and space pirates from other worlds or our own in a distant age.


A longer read with multiple characters and plotlines over an extended time period. Includes a central romance.

Erotic Romance:

It’s so hot, it scorches. It comes in all genders, shapes, sizes and combinations including M/F, M/M, F/F, and ménage.


Featuring the best in LGBT and queer romance, we take submissions from sweet to scorching.


We accept short, mid-length and long novels.

  • 40,000 – 80,000 (short novel)
  • 81,000 – 100,000 (novel)
  • 100,000+ (long novel)

Why submit to Escape?

We’re a specialist romance publisher. It’s all we do and it’s what we love. What we don’t know about publishing romance probably isn’t worth knowing. We’re a small, innovative publisher working within Harlequin Enterprises, a larger, long established company with a rich tradition as a leader in the industry. We are innovative and quick to respond to changes in the industry, plus we have the backing of the global organisation.

You can expect us to be responsive, professional, knowledgeable, supportive, and forward thinking. We’ll also be honest and tell you how we see things.

Escape Artists have formed a vibrant and engaged community supporting each other as independent authors. If you become an Escape author, you’ll be welcomed in that community.

Submission Process

Before submitting you must:

  1. Have written a full manuscript.
  2. Own the rights to your manuscript, whether it is unpublished or self-published.
  3. Format your manuscript to our specifications.
  4. Extract the first three chapters of the manuscript for submission. Do not submit the entire manuscript.
  5. Have written a compelling synopsis of the story. See tips on synopsis writing.

Formatting specifications

Format your manuscript with the following elements:

  • 12pt Times New Roman font (or similar)
  • Chapter headings centred
  • 1.5cm indents
  • double-spaced
  • .doc .docx .rtf .pdf, and .txt files are accepted
  • Save the first three chapters as a new document under the title: <Title>_MANUSCRIPT.

Synopsis specifications

Your synopsis provides a snapshot of the whole story. That means no surprises. We want all the main plot points on the page. Keep it simple and tell us briefly how the story goes. Focus on the main characters and what happens to them and what they do.


Talk tomorrow,


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