Samhain announced a week or so ago that it was closed for submissions. When it re-opens, it will be accepting only romance oriented submissions. I would dearly love to see more urban fantasy romance. The full text of the new announcement follows:
When we re-open for submissions, we will be refocusing the company's efforts. To that end, we will re-open to focus only on Romance and all the various subgenres such as romance/erotic romance/erotica as well as the following with romantic elements: fantasy/urban fantasy/science fiction/paranormal/etc…
We have learned a lot in the past year, as well as our two years of operation, and one of the things we've come to realize is that we don't have the resources to do it all, as much as we'd like to. We've discovered that most of the mainstream, non-romance genres don't do as well with us, and we've decided to refocus our efforts on romance. We're still a fairly new company, still discovering who we are, so to speak. We've realized that it's unfair to the authors to continue to contract non-romance genres when the sales aren't there for you at this time.
This is not forever. Once we are more firmly established in the Romance market and have grown it to a certain point, Samhain will begin create additional "lines" for one new genre at a time, after we've done our due diligence and know how to market and expand effectively.
To be clear, we will honor any contracts currently in place for non-romance books or books without romantic elements, though we will understand if any author wishes to be released from their contract and given the chance to take their books/series to another company. However, if you choose to stay with us, please know that we will continue to put our best effort and energy into your book as we would any other book. Again, I know this is going to be a shock to some of you, and we apologize for that. We hope you will all realize this decision was not made lightly or without regret. If you have any concerns or questions about how this will affect you, please let us know.