#MSWLMonday January 2021

It’s 2021, and we’re officially re-open to unsolicited submissions. To kick things off, Anaiah Press Editorial Director, Kara Leigh Miller, is on the blog today to tell us all about what she’s looking for in 2021.

The Anaiah Press staff has been busy gearing up for what we pray will be another successful year of book publishing, but we can’t do it without you…

Starting today, and continuing the first Monday of each month throughout 2021, we will be sharing a #MSWLMonday blog post where I and our other editors share what types of books we’re looking for. Let’s jump in because I’m super excited to see what you have to send me. 😊


This is our imprint reserved for our Christmas novellas less than 40,000 words. In Seasonal, I’d love to find the following types of stories:

  • Small town settings with a strong sense of community
  • Forced proximity due to unavoidable circumstances, such as bad weather
  • Humorous stories (think Giving Grace by Jennifer Pierce)
  • Christmas cowboys (think The Christmas Ranch by Melinda Dozier)


This is our imprint for contemporary young adult and new adult books, full length books ranging between 50,000 and 90,000 words. For Surge, I’d love to find the following types of stories: 

  • A story set at camp—Bible camp, summer camp, sports camp, a family camping trip… I’m not picky on what type of camp 
  • College set romances that deal with the struggles of being away from home for the first time, adjusting to a new environment, etc.
  • High school stories that tackle situations real-life teens have to face: bullying, first love, difficult friendships, balancing expectations with work / home / school life
  • Humorous stories that will make me laugh-out-loud (think The Truth About Romantic Comedies by Sean McMurray)


This is our imprint for all other young adult and new adult books ranging between 50,000 and 90,000 words—dystopian, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, etc. For Epic, I’d love to find the following stories:

  • Unique dystopian fiction that puts a new spin on The Chosen One trope (think Fortune’s Fall by Katherine Barger)
  • Books with an emphasis on spiritual warfare
  • Any type of thriller, especially ones within a contained setting like a deserted island, locked in a building, etc. (think Murder Board by Rosie Somers)
  • Series are highly encouraged and welcomed


This is our imprint for adult romantic suspense books ranging between 50,000 and 90,000 words. For Edge, I’d love to find the following stories:

  • Military heroes and strong, feisty heroines
  • Some of my favorite tropes that will always pique my interest are forced proximity, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, and second chances
  • Unique but vivid settings (think Heroes of the Tundra Series by Laurie Wood and the Flight to Freedom Series by Laura Thomas)
  • Cowboys and/or Texas Rangers
  • Series are highly encouraged and welcomed


This is our imprint for Middle Grade books less than 50,000 words. For Adventures, I’d love to find the following stories:

  • Contemporary set stories that tackle issues specific to this age group including but not limited to bullying, friendships, family relationships, etc.
  • Stories that include actual adventures and maybe even a bit of danger (think St. Michael the Archangel Academy Series by Andrea Jo Rodgers)
  • Anything involving clubs, sports, or other activities that result in kids coming together for a common interest
  • Mysteries
  • Series are highly encouraged and welcomed

This list is by no means all-encompassing, and most of the time I end up getting things I didn’t know I wanted until they landed in my inbox, so if you have something you feel I’d like—that’s within the above imprints—please don’t hesitate to send it my way. 

Now, a few query tips to help ensure your book gets seen by our editors…

  1. Only send submissions that fit within the above imprints. Please note that at this time we are not looking for any contemporary romance, memoirs, non-fiction, picture books, or chapter books. Should you send us these, we will respond with a form rejection.
  2. Send a query letter and the first 10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of an email. We do not open unsolicited attachments, and this is the quickest way to receive a rejection from us. Submissions should be sent to: submissions@Anaiahpress.com, and you can address them to Kara Leigh Miller.
  3. Remember: Anaiah Press is a Christian fiction publisher and as such, all of our books are required to contain positive faith elements. 
  4. Don’t send us books that contain nudity, sexual situations, profanity, gratuitous violence, religious and/or social intolerance, and/or non-Christian elements such as werewolves, vampires, etc. 

So, polish up those manuscripts and send them my way. I can’t wait to read them!

Questions about our guidelines or acceptable content? Drop them in the comments and I’ll swing on by to answer them.

One thought on “#MSWLMonday January 2021

  1. Hi Kara,

    I’m glad to hear Anaiah is back open for submissions! Thank you for the update. I have a clean romance of a little over 60k words for which I am seeking agency representation. But I also saw the note above that you’re not seeking contemporary romance at this time. Do you know whether Anaiah plans to do so any time soon? Thank you for the information.


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