In the summer of 2014, Lyrical Press, originally founded in 2007 by Renee Rocco and acquired by Kensington Publishing Corp. in January of 2014, was merged with Kensington’s digital-first imprint, eKensington. With bestselling titles in multiple genres, Lyrical offers authors an opportunity to break out fresh content to a wide audience with the personalized publishing experience of an independent house.

Submission Guidelines:
Kensington is actively looking for submissions for Lyrical Press! We are looking for fresh stories in a variety of categories including all romance genres (specifically suspense and historicals with unique settings), compelling psychological suspense fiction and thrillers, women’s fiction, YA, new adult and cozy mysteries. Specifically, we’re hoping to find edgy and daring voices. We welcome novellas, serials, and full-length novels as long as they tell a satisfying and well-written story!

Submitting to a specific  Editor: Please address the submission to that editor’s attention.


Editorial Staff—Kensington Publishing Corp.

John Scognamiglio, Editor-in-Chief of Kensington, Fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, women’s contemporary fiction, Amish romances and inspirational romances, historical fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, gay fiction, cozy and historical mysteries, suspense, young adult fiction, New Adult fiction, as well as short contemporaries with Alpha heroes).  Word count for mysteries is 75,000-100,000 words.

Michaela Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief of Citadel, Executive Editor of Kensington (nonfiction including popular culture, narrative nonfiction, true crime, biography, memoir, law enforcement, military; thrillers involving serial killers, espionage, black ops, and high-level intrigue; cozy mysteries; edgy young adult novels; fiction and nonfiction narratives about pets).

Alicia Condon, Editorial Director (60,000-word contemporary romance with Alpha heroes, sports themes or small town settings,  high concept single title contemporary romance, women’s fiction,  romantic suspense, historical romance with unusual settings, new adult or young adult contemporary romance of 80,000 – 100,000 words, paranormal romance)

Gary Goldstein, Executive Editor (suspense, military and political thrillers, horror—supernatural and non-supernatural, comic fiction, and westerns.)

Selena James, Executive Editor, Dafina Books (African-American fiction and nonfiction, including inspirational, young adult, romance, and pop culture).

Esi Sogah, Senior Editor (historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary romance for Zebra, cozy mysteries, suspense thrillers and select women's fiction).  

Peter Senftleben, Associate Editor (mainstream and women’s fiction, Southern fiction, mystery, suspense/thriller, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, male/male romance and LGBT fiction, new adult). 

Martin Biro, Associate Editor: (women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, historical mysteries, romances of all kinds, multicultural fiction, gay fiction, suspense, new adult and young adult).

Mercedes Fernandez, Assistant Editor, (Women’s contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, suspense, cozy mysteries, young adult, and contemporary multicultural fiction and romance).

Freelance Editorial Staff—Kensington Publishing Corp.

Penny Barber, Freelance Editor

Paige Christian, Freelance Editor

Marci Clark, Freelance Editor

Corinne DeMaagd, Freelance Editor

Helen Hardt, Freelance Editor

Jennifer Herrington, Freelance Editor

Amanda Siemen, Freelance Editor

Sign up form

Please enter a valid email address.

Your password must be at least 6 characters.