Category: Royalties

Taking Submissions: Nightfire Unagented Submission Guidelines (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 15, 2021 (9AM EST) to June 22, 2021 (9AM EST)
Payment: Novels are an advance on royalties, Novellas are the same or pure royalties
Theme: Novels and novellas for adults across the breadth of the horror genre—from the cosmic and Lovecraftian to the beloved undead tropes of zombies, ghosts, and slashers and the more uncanny and internal terrors of isolation, lost love, and aging.

The following guidelines outline how to submit novels and novellas to Nightfire. Please be sure to read them carefully so that your submission does not get disqualified.

Note: Tor/Forge Books’ submission information is here, and’s submission information is here. To learn more about the Tor/Forge,, and Nightfire editorial teams, check here.

Nightfire will be open to novel and novella submissions from June 15, 2021 (9AM EST) to June 22, 2021 (9AM EST).

To submit your work, visit us on Moksha.

When submitting, please upload your full manuscript. Our submission portal will also ask for a cover letter, where you should include a pitch and a short author bio.

Taking Submissions: The Needle Drops

Deadline: May 1st, 2021
Payment: Poetry: £15 per poem upfront payment upon publication + 0.5% revenue share scheme., Flash Fiction: £50 upfront payment upon publication + 1% revenue share scheme., Short Fiction: £100 upfront payment upon publication + 2% revenue share scheme.
Theme: Elevate us, and share thrilling stories of horror and romance, betrayal and bloodlust. Wherever you go regarding genre or form, we yearn to read what great works have yet to be read.

Currently, we’re in the process of establishing our first publication – The Needle Drops… Whilst we welcome all submissions, currently we are only moving forward with those within the horror genre, to be featured in Volume One releasing in the Summer / Fall of 2021. The preliminary end date for submissions is the 1st of May 2021. However, we especially encourage submissions at any time from BIPOC and those from LGBTQI+ community, as it is important to prioritise underrepresented voices and experiences, especially within the publishing industry – something which has been dominated by the white cis experience.


The Needle Drops… features an illustrated comic strip, original soundtrack, curated design by our in-house team and more. Dive into our blog for more information. One contributor will have the opportunity to work with our composer on an original soundtrack piece that will feature in the OST, available physically in the Limited Edition of The Needle Drops… as well as digitally via our Urhi Supporter scheme.


Taking Submissions: US/THEM

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: $15.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties for stories.
Theme: Stories that revolve around the process of creating an US / THEM situation and what happens to both sides because of it.

Propaganda. Dehumanizing those that you disagree with. Using labels to identify people as being evil. Only broadcasting the fringe and extremist activities—but saying everyone who supports something on that side of the divide is the same as the extremists.

These tactics are very common in warfare and becoming more and more common in politics. They divide people, they can tear families, friends and countries apart.

What we’re looking for are stories that revolve around the process of creating an US / THEM situation and what happens to both sides because of it. Stories can have a happy ending where both sides are to see past the differences that have been magnified to find the similarities that can join them. They can have tragic endings where one or both sides are destroyed by the hate mongering. (Think: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield from ST:TOS). Or, they can be somewhere in between

Give me stories that present all sides and show the similarities even as those sides are demonizing the other sides and ignoring the extremists on their own (remember no one is ever perfect—especially in their hatred of others)

Grey Matter Press Is Currently Seeking Novels And Novellas

Deadline: May 1st, 2021
Payment: Advance and royalties
Theme: Suspense/Thriller, Dark Fantasy and Crime/Noir Genres

Grey Matter Press has been publishing exceptional dark psychological fiction for nearly a decade. Established in 2012 with a focus on producing only the highest quality volumes, work from our Chicago-based independent press has been embraced by readers and lauded by critics worldwide. Our submission windows are limited and do not open that frequently, but we’re thrilled to announce a few of our publishing needs for the remainder of the year.

This submission window closes on May 1, 2021.


Seeking Fiction in the Suspense/Thriller, Dark Fantasy and Crime/Noir Genres

In an effort to complete our publishing schedule for the remainder of 2021 and throughout of 2022, we are currently looking for submissions of exceptional long-format fiction in the novel and novella categories that comfortably fit within the suspense/thriller, dark fantasy and crime/noir genres. As a publisher that has established itself as a leader in the dark fiction category, we are not specifically looking for work in the horror genre, although your fiction may (but it’s absolutely not required) feature supernatural themes.

We are only looking for work that has not been previously published anywhere via any venue whatsoever. We are unable to accept queries for reprints of any kind. Word count for novellas should ideally be within the 20,000-40,000 range, while word count for novels should be within the 60,000-90,000 range.

We are not accepting short stories at this time. (more…)

Taking Submissions: The Rebel Diaries

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: Royalty Split
Theme: What happens when the villain wins?

What happens when the villain wins?

Sick of dashing debonairs? Fed up of being blinded by shining armor?

Sometimes, all a girl wants is a villain for a hero. The Rebel Diaries is looking for stories starring characters with a dubious shade of morals. We want characters who aren’t afraid of getting what they want, causing a bit of chaos, dabbling in mischief and mayhem, and slathering on the sarcasm.

We want stories that slip into the grey areas, that are bulging with villains, deviants and rebels. We’re after sassy tales littered with questionable morals and happy endings—for the villains anyway.  

We are not looking for horror or gratuitous violence, but dark stories that are fun, light hearted explorations of the characters usually hidden in obscurity. 

Interstellar Flight Press Is Open To BIPOC Novellas

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: Royalties, potentially an advance
Theme: Speculative genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Weird, Mystery/Thrillers or any combination of the above. Hybrids or difficult to categorize novellas are welcome.
Note: Authors must be BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color)

​Interstellar Flight Press will open to novella submissions from BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) authors starting 2/15/21 through 6/30/21.

Our Guest Editor for this call is Premee Mohamed. Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a Social Media Manager and Associate Editor for the short audio science fiction venue Escape Pod, and was a Capital City Press Featured Writer for 2019/2020 with the Edmonton Public Library. Her short fiction has appeared in both print and audio in a variety of venues, including Analog, Escape Pod, Augur, Nightmare Magazine, Shoreline of Infinity, and PodCastle. Solicited anthology and other project appearances include Drabblecast, A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods, Jo Walton’s New Decameron, and others. In 2017 she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her story “Willing” (Third Flatiron Press). Her debut novel, Beneath the Rising, is out now from Solaris Books, with the sequel A Broken Darkness due out in 2021. Her novellas being published in 2021 include These Lifeless Things (Solaris Books), And What Can We Offer You Tonight (Neon Hemlock), and The Annual Migration of Clouds (ECW Press). In her spare time, she also paints and occasionally does pen and ink illustration. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @premeesaurus and on her website at


Taking Submissions: Not Meant for Each Other

Deadline: April 1st, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: A story about the ending of a romantic relationship, any genre.

LBP is pleased to announce that we will be accepting short story submissions for the months of February/March 2021!

We will choose 8-12 submissions to be published in our 2021 summer anthology, “Not Meant for Each Other”!


The topic for submissions: a story about the ending of a romantic relationship.

Important note: The goal for writers here to give us characters that we care enough about within a short space to be upset or elated over their relationship ending.

Accepted stories will be published in ‘Not Meant for Each Other’ summer anthology! E-book and print!


Every genre qualifies.
Works must be previously unpublished.
Must be at least 3k but no more than 9k.
Submissions must be in Times New Roman 12pt.
No headers or footers, please. Name and title on top/left of first page.
Submissions deadline is April 1st, 2021.
All submissions must be submitted to [email protected] Add ‘Not Meant for Each Other Submission’ in the subject line.


Selected Stories:

Will be notified by email no later than April 15th, 2021. Winners will receive full publishing credit in the anthology w/competitive royalty.

Via: Lost Boys Press.

Timber Ghost Press Is Open For Novella And Novel Submissions

Payment: 50% net royalties on all eBooks and 30% net royalties on paperback books with a $35 advance on novellas and a $50 advance on novels
Theme: Cosmic horror, weird horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi/horror, gothic, and contemporary. We especially love Old West mixed with horror.

Timber Ghost Press is looking to publish high-quality ​horror fiction to include cosmic horror, weird horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi/horror, gothic, and contemporary. We especially love Old West mixed with horror.

We are looking for both new and seasoned authors. If you have never published before, we want to hear from you. If you’re a seasoned spinner of dark tales, we want to hear from you. Basically, we want to hear from you.

We are currently looking for novels and novellas that fall into the following horror categories:

  • Hauntings
  • Possession
  • Cosmic Horror
  • Weird Horror
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi/Horror
  • Old West/Horror
  • Gothic Horror
  • Psychological Horror

Timber Ghost Press is NOT looking for or interested in stories that contain:

    • Child abuse/pedophilia
    • Gore/extreme violence just for the shock factor

Novels must be between 60-90k words. Novellas must be between 20-40k words. If your manuscript falls a little outside of these limits, that is okay; just let us know in your submission email.

We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions. Please allow us up to 30 days to respond to your submission. If you haven’t heard back after 30 days, feel free to reach out and ask about the status of the submission. Depending on the number of submissions we receive, we may or may not give personalized feedback.

Submit your stories using Shunn formatting guidelines. It is in your best interest to submit a clean manuscript that you’ve taken the time to revise and edit. I can almost guarantee you that we will reject it if we receive a manuscript full of errors and typos.  Please include the following information in your cover letter:

  • Name
  • Pen Name (if applicable)
  • Email
  • First three chapters or the first 5000 words of your manuscript
  • Synopsis
  • Let us know if it is part of a series (we’re open to series)
  • Previous publishing history (if applicable)

Timber Ghost Press does not discriminate in any manner and is open to submissions from authors of any race, religion, or sexual preference.

Timber Ghost Press pays 50% net royalties on all eBooks and 30% net royalties on paperback books. If accepted, we will pay a $35 advance on novellas and a $50 advance on novels.

Please use the form below to submit your novel/novella to Timber Ghost Press!

[Click the link below to access the form.]

Via: Timber Ghost Press.