Fire and Ice Submissions

Fire and Ice, an imprint of Melange Books, LLC, is a royalty-paying company publishing e-books (digital formats) and print books. We pay authors 40% net royalties on digital formats and 20% on print.

Fire and Ice acquires for most genres of UPPER YA (teen) and New Adult novels and novellas.

NOTE: We are not currently accepting submissions for middle grade fiction.


We are currently OPEN for submissions.

 

Short stories (to be included in any of our anthologies listed on submissions page) will be available in both digital and print.

Full length novels 50,000 words and up will be available in print format, as well as digital.

We will consider all submissions, except for EPIC FANTASY, but are specficially looking for the categories listed below.

 

*** Call for Submissions ***

Contemporary Fiction OR Contemporary Romance

Fire and Ice is seeking full length contemporary fiction OR contemporary romance novels, both New Adult category and YA are desired.

Send all submissions to:

submissions-nancy@melange-books.com



Our response time can be 12-20 weeks.

 

Fire and Ice
Young Adult/New Adult
Submission Guidelines

The below guidelines can also be downloaded here

 

Middle Grade (MG) Submission Guidelines

At this time we are not accepting submissions for Middle Grade (audiences younger than 15.)

 

Young Adult (YA) Submission Guidelines

* Please send the synopsis with the first 3 chapters attached to email in one doc or docx file.

We will contact you if we would like to read more or to let you know we are not interested.

We’re looking for well-written stories with strong, complex characters and intriguing storylines that support a healthy balance between the characters’ inner and outer journeys.

What We Require:

  • Main characters should be high school age, 15-18 years old.
  • All genres and sub-genres EXCEPT Epic Fantasy are acceptable (romance, humor, contemporary, historical, fantasy, etc.)
  • Subject matter should be relevant to today's youth. However, controversial issues must be treated with sensitivity and be essential to the character’s inner growth.
  • Point of view — can be in either first or third person.
  • Good characterization — characters must be real and three-dimensional.
  • Stories must have a strong opening hook (no flashbacks, excessive back story or long, elaborate narratives.)
  • Clean writing—no typos, misspelled words, grammar errors (put it through spell check/grammar check before sending it to us. Never submit a first draft.)
  • Manuscripts should be single spaced with one inch margins all around, paragraphs indented .3, in a doc/docx file.
  • Stories must be divided by chapters.
  • Stories should be a minimum of 40,000 words to a maximum of 100,000 words.
  • Can be first in a series or a ‘stand-alone’ book.

What We Won't Accept:

  • Nothing sexually gratuitous — use your best judgment, we want to be relevant to today's youth, but we don't want to promote underage sex.
  • No stories with excessive introspection — characters can’t grow by talking to themselves!
  • Characters can profess to have faith, but NO religious or anti-religious themes.

New Adult (NA) Submission Guidelines

* Please send the synopsis with the first 3 chapters attached to email in one doc or docx file.

We will contact you if we would like to read more or to let you know we are not interested.

We’re looking for well-written stories with strong, complex characters and intriguing storylines that support a healthy balance between the characters’ inner and outer journeys.

What IS New Adult Fiction?

New Adult fiction falls in between Young Adult fiction and Adult fiction. The characters are typically between the ages of 18 and 25 and deal with the transition from being a teenager to being an adult. (Themes include those typical of the young adult genre as well as, but not limited to: College, leaving home for the first time, first job and developing sexuality.)

What we require:

  • Main characters should be new adults, fresh out of high school/college age - typically 18-24.
  • All genres and sub-genres are acceptable (romance, humor, contemporary, historical, fantasy (no high fantasy at this time), etc.).
  • Subject matter should be relevant to today's twenty-somethings. However, controversial issues must be treated with sensitivity and be essential to the character’s inner growth.
  • Point of view — can be in either first or third person.
  • Good characterization — characters must be real and three-dimensional.
  • Stories must have a strong opening hook (no flashbacks, excessive back story or long, elaborate narratives.
  • Clean writing—no typos, misspelled words, grammar errors (put it through spell check/grammar check before sending it to us. Never submit a first draft.)
  • Manuscripts should be single spaced with one inch margins all around, paragraphs indented .3, in HTML or a doc/docx file.
  • Stories must be divided by chapters. For consistency, scene breaks should be divided by 3 asterisks (***).
  • Stories should be a minimum of 40,000 words to a maximum of 100,000 words.
  • Can be part of a series or a ‘stand-alone’ book.

What we won’t accept:

  • Nothing sexually graphic — keep it sweet, tasteful and relevant.
  • No stories with excessive introspection — characters can’t grow by talking to themselves!
  • Characters can profess to have faith, but NO religious or anti-religious themes.

We will consider submissions from both authors and agents.

If you have any questions regarding issues not covered in these guidelines or need further clarification, send them to:

submissions-nancy@melange-books.com