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We’re looking for the most swoonworthy, irresistible and unforgettable young adult and new adult love stories. These must be original teen novels that have never been published before. If you aren’t sure if your work fits our requirements, you can learn more about what makes a teen novel on our blog.

If the Swoon Reads community and our editors love your manuscript, you could be offered a publishing contract with Macmillan.

Check out our submission tips
  1. Finish writing your novel!

    Make sure it’s edited and ready to read. Remember, we only swoon for young adult and new adult romance.

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    Format your novel

    We only accept Microsoft Word or Google Docs saved out in a .docx format. To see all of our formatting requirements, please visit our submission tips page prior to submitting your manuscript.

  3. Create a separate cover image for your masterpiece!

    Prepare a 600 x 900 pixel cover or use our stock cover to help capture a reader’s attention.

  4. Upload your novel

    Fill out some brief information about your work to help readers find it, and submit!

  5. Ratings are just the beginning

    One of the best things about being part of the Swoon Reads community is having the opportunity to hear from readers and receive genuine, constructive feedback on your work. But don’t stop there. You can also browse other manuscripts and swap tips with fellow writers!

Related FAQs See all

  • Can I just email my manuscript to you?

    Sorry, but no. Reader ratings and comments are a key part of our decision making process, so all submissions must go through the site. For specific instructions, head over to our Submission Tips page.

  • How do you want me to format my novel?

    Manuscripts must be book length (that means over 45,000 words!) in a .docx or google doc file format. For the best viewing experience, you will need to add styles to your manuscript to mark your chapter breaks. All text should be in 12 point font, double spaced, with one-inch margins. For more information, check out our Submission Tips page.

  • Is this only for novels or can I submit my short stories and novellas as well?

    Currently, we are only accepting completed, full-length novels, preferably between 50,000 and 70,000 words. We will not accept short stories or queries.

  • Do I have to submit a manuscript to join?

    No! Readers are the heart of the Swoon Reads community. We need readers to rate and review the submissions and let us know which books are Swoonworthy!

  • My manuscript is already posted on another site. Can I still submit it to Swoon Reads?

    That depends. Our Terms and Conditions require that submissions "MUST NEVER HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR SALE." The key word here is “SALE.” If you have ever made money from your manuscript—whether through a traditional publisher, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, or any other self-publishing method—then, sadly, it is not eligible for Swoon Reads.

    However, sites like Wattpad, Figment, and, among others—where you share your work, but don’t make any money from it—are completely eligible. And, we DO NOT require you to remove your work from these sites. So, if you have a finished young adult or new adult romance, we’d love for you to submit it. And maybe even tell your readers there to come over and rate it on Swoon Reads!

    Oh, and we do require that it remain an exclusive submission to our site and that you do not attempt to sell it either by yourself or through a third party (agent, publisher, bookstore, etc.) for the six months it is on Swoon Reads.

  • Can I still submit if I don’t live in the U.S.?

    Yes! As long as it’s in English, we accept manuscripts internationally.

  • Do I have to have an agent to submit to Swoon Reads?

    Nope! Taking down some of the barriers to traditional publishing is one of the goals of Swoon Reads. You do not need to have an agent to join or submit. 

  • I already have an agent. Can I still submit?

    Yes! We also accept agented submissions. However, we do prefer that submissions be exclusive to us and not be for sale for the length of their time on our site; also, the Swoon Read contract terms are standard and key terms like the advance amount, royalties and world rights are not up for negotiation.

  • Can I edit my manuscript once it has been posted?

    Not at this time. Once a submission has been posted to the site, it will no longer be available for editing. Making significant changes or edits to a manuscript could interfere with the rating and commenting process. Please make sure that you have a finished draft that you are comfortable with before you submit it to the Swoon Reads Community.

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