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Our One-Day Only Submission Day Is

June 1st! From 9:00 a.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST, you can submit your young adult, middle grade, Amish romance, children’s book, or historical romance novel without an agent! Make sure you read our submission guidelines first, though!

June 1 Submission

We’re excited about opening up to outside submissions once again and look forward to reading what you’ve been writing!

Submissions Opening Soon!

Get Ready

Once every year, we open to unagented submissions for one day only, usually closer to fall, but this year, we’re opening early! The date hasn’t been set in stone yet so you still have time to get your manuscript ready. Here’s what we want to see!

  • Young adult (with or without romance)
  • Middle grade
  • Amish romance
  • Historical romance (We’re especially looking for the next great tale taking place aboard the Titanic or the Lusitania. We’re also looking for books set outside the United States.)
  • Children’s books

Please refer to our submission guidelines for complete details. We won’t accept any book that does not adhere to these guidelines.

We’ll announce the open date right here so be sure to subscribe!

Answering Your Questions About Our One-Day Only Submission Event

On October 1, 2018, we are once again opening to unagented submissions, and we’re already getting questions. We’re hoping we answer most of them here, but you can always contact us at vrpsubmissions@gmail.com with any others!

October 1st Opening

  • Can I submit more than one book? No. We ask that authors choose their best book to submit.
  • Can I submit if my book is not completed? You may submit the 1st three chapters; however, the book needs to be completed in the event we ask for the full so you may only have less than a month to finish the book.
  • What formats do you accept? We accept doc, docx, and pdf.
  • Why are you asking for a marketing plan? We ask authors to be as committed to marketing and promoting as we are, and we’d like to see what plans you have if your book were to be accepted.
  • Why are you only accepting certain genres this time? We want to include more diversity in our catalog. We are also looking to add historical romances that fit within a certain timeline as they have proven to be popular.
  • What if I get an agent after this book is accepted? Will you work with my agent? Since this is a submission event for unagented authors, the book you submit must remain unagented so at to be equitable for the other authors. You are, however, free to have an agent or lawyer review the contract if an offer of acceptance is made.
  • What if something happens, and I miss the window? Is there still a way for me to submit? Unfortunately, no. To be fair to everyone submitting, once the deadline has passed, we will not accept any additional submissions.
  • How soon will I know if my book has been accepted? We hope to have responses to every submission within three months; however, we may require additional time.
  • If I have more questions, who do I contact? You can send an email to vrpsubmissions@gmail.com.

Celebrating Our Newest Release


The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham is the 3rd and final novel in the Penned in Time series.

Jessica Ross’ scars run much deeper than the wounds of a world at war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a ‘prison’ for displaced Germans and, much to Jessica’s dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of them.

August Reinhold has not only found kinship with Jessica’s grandparents, but as they share their granddaughter’s letters from the Front, he discovers a surprising bond drawing him toward the independent and beautiful woman. Displaced by a war and a painful history, he find Hot Springs and the intriguing, Jessica Ross, a tempting place to start over. Determined to scale the heights of her bitterness and show her the power of love, August faces more than just Jessica’s resistance, but a more devious design to harm the civilian sailors housed in Hot Springs.

 Will August’s tender pursuit show Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a ‘true’ enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart?

The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

The sequel to Pepper Basham’s award-winning inspirational, historical romance, The Thorn Bearer, releases on February 28th! Already available for pre-order, The Thorn Keeper has garnered positive reviews well in advance of its release.

Lila’s Vow by Diane Wylie – An award-winning story

Lila’s Vow is a Civil War set historical romance that tells the story of Jack and Lila Montgomery, two ordinary people who get caught up in an extraordinary time in our nation’s history.

This is what some of the reviewers had to say about Lila’s Vow.

Lila's Vow

Lila’s Vow is an extremely well written novel, but beyond being well written, it is also a story that touches the heart and soul. Ms. Wylie does a wonderful job of weaving the characters’ stories and lives together. I also loved the fact that she brought the love between Jenny and David into this story, which flowed seamlessly from Jenny’s Passion to Lila’s Vow and gave the feeling that this really wasn’t two separate novels, but one incredible account of the lives of real people. The author didn’t leave out Lila’s mother either, and I loved it that she brought romance and marriage to a woman of an age I can really relate to!

Don’t miss this book! And Ms. Wylie, when is the next installment coming? Please tell me there is a third book on the way!

Rie McGaha

Rating: 5 roses

Romance Writers United


Diane Wylie describes an outstanding tale that has the reader feeling compassion for the characters. With the sudden destruction of lives and homes, along with the smell of blood in the air during the devastating war, she depicts an era that breathes life in the pages. One can feel the trepidation and sorrow, even when the soldiers storm into the people’s homes. Lila’s Vow is a story that moved me with its emotions and in-depth sensations. When I read about Jack and the Andersonville Prison, it reminded me of the time I visited and practically could feel those who had been slain there. This is one extraordinary story that comes highly recommended and should not be missed.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More


Winner of a Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend Award.

“This award recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. Your book has received this award because I feel it is above and beyond a 5 Cup Rating.”

“An absolute wonderful book, completely awesome!!!”


Diana Wylie has a gift for taking the harsh realities of life in the Civil War and interweaving her characters into the fabric. The battle of Gettysburg, the horrors of Andersonville, the confederate submarine Hunley all become characters under Wylie’s hands. Lila and Jack’s story is compelling, but for me, as wonderful as the love story is, it almost becomes secondary to the history. The Jack’s capture and incarceration in Andersonville and Lila’s stint with the Pinkerton agency show Wylie’s grasp of the many levels of life and experience in this tumultuous time in our country. I particularly enjoyed this story’s exciting and unexpected climax.

Lila’s Vow is a standalone book that fits perfectly with Wylie’s book Jenny’s Passion. Lila and Jack’s story interweaves with Jenny and David’s, making the two books a perfect gift set. If you’re a fan of historical tales spiced with romance, Lila’s Vow is definitely worth picking up.

5 Books



I hope you’ll take a look at Lila’s Vow, which is available at Amazon, B&N, and from Vinspire Publishing.


~Diane Wylie