Crush, one of Entangled’s first teen category romance
imprints, is all about engaging, irresistible first-love stories set during the
characters’ teen years. We specialize in heart-stopping feelings and
never-ending drama, ranging from funny to emotional, flirty to dark.
Whether set in the halls of a high school, beach
resort, or studying abroad, and whether it features a girl falling for her
brother’s best friend next door, a forbidden summer camp romance, or a nerd pretending
to date the star quarterback, our teen category romances will leave you
grinning…and in love with your next book crush!
Specifically, we are looking for:
Contemporary, modern romances featuring
characters that are 16-18 years old.
Stories that are 45-60k words in length. We will consider novellas if they are tied to an existing Crush series or are a prequel to another Entangled series.
Trope-driven stories with at least one strong primary trope and two more secondary tropes. Think boy/girl next door, ugly duckling, opposites attract, wrong side of the tracks, best friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, mistaken identity, etc.
Stories must follow the traditional category story arc and be focused on the romance. High conflict and high tension are a must!
Dual point of view. First or third-person points of view are welcome.
M/F, M/M, and F/F are all welcome, and we’d love to see diverse characters.
Sex is allowed in the stories, but nothing graphic. Heat level can range from sweet to suggestive.
Tone can be anything from light and funny to heavy and dark, though we particularly love stories that can be both.
Crush-esque authors we love: Jennifer Echols,
Simone Elkeles, Mandy Hubbard, Katie McGarry, Miranda Kenneally, Elizabeth
Scott, Susane Colasanti
Pop culture teen romances we love: Pacey/Joey (Dawson’s Creek), Kat/Patrick (10 Things I Hate About You), Kurt/Blaine
(Glee), Hannah/Caleb (Pretty Little
Liars), Baby/Johnny (Dirty Dancing),
Lloyd/Diane (Say Anything), Laney/Zack
(She’s All That), Logan/Veronica (Veronica Mars)
We accept both agented and unagented submissions.