Black Dahlia Publishing was created with the romance reader in mind. With every author that publishes through our company, we stribe to keep that mission alive. 

To encourage submissions from a wide range of potential authors in the romance genre and subgenres, Black Dahlia Publishing has an open submissions policy.

We accept unagented submissions of any projects suited to our mission, from sweet contemporary romance, to dark and twisted erotic romance, and everything in between.

Before sending projects to our acquiring editing team, please read the following guidelines carefully.

General Guidelines

We currently accept submissions by email only, which can be sent to

Please attach the first three chapters of your manuscript in either a word document or PDF file to your email. 

Outside links and downloads may not be opened due to security risks.

Please allow three months for the editors to review your submitted manuscript.

Regardless of the volume of proposals we receive, we do our best to ensure that we will be able to personally respond to each submission in regard to our interest.

Because we currently only accept digital submissions, we are not responsible for any materials that are mailed to our physical location.

Romance Guidelines

Remember, we are a romance publishing house. As such, all submissions must have the following:

The primary relationship in the book should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. This is a staple and requirement for every book being sold as romance.

We currently accept ALL subgenres of romance, including reverse harem, erotica, and LGBTQIA+.

What to Include in Your Email

A one-page cover letter giving a brief description of the story and why you think Black Dahlia Publishing should publish it. If your proposal is a simultaneous submission, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Any available information to give us a clear picture of the written world as a whole; this may include the sub-genre of romance, an outline or planned series or sequel information, or anything you feel is relevant. Please also provide the steam level of your writing. If you don’t know how to explain this, give us an “open-door sex scenes” or “closed-door sex” or “no sex” and include the number of sex scenes (already written or planned) in your manuscript.

An author biography that includes any publishing credits or credentials in the field.