Excession Press Is Open To Novella And Novel Manuscripts

Deadline: September 30th, 2018
Payment: $300 advance on royalties, with 40% royalties on net revenue from print sales and 30% royalties on net revenue from digital sales thereafter.

Excession Press is now open to submissions!

Our reading period runs July 23rd 2018 – Sept. 30th 2018.

What We Want:

  • Excession Press is looking for original manuscripts 30,000 – 60,000 words in length that can be described as horror, science fiction, weird western, or dark fantasy. Our word count limit is firm, +/- a few hundred words.
  • We want quality, character-driven narratives with imaginative settings and creative conflicts that will engage readers.
  • We want strong, memorable prose – every bit as important as the story itself.
  • We prefer our fiction to be surreal, Grotesque, and thoughtful, but more than anything, we want it well-written and well-paced.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we ask that you let us know at time of submission, and we ask that you give us notice if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Here’s a list, in no particular order, of authors we admire with books and stories we’d like to see more of in the world:
    • Iain Banks
    • Katherine Dunn
    • Stephen Graham Jones
    • China Miéville
    • William Gibson
    • Jeremy Robert Johnson
    • Flannery O’Connor
    • Mieko Kanai
    • Chuck Palahniuk
    • Octavia Butler
    • Joe Hill
    • Brian Evenson
    • K. J. Bishop
    • Philip K. Dick

What We *DON’T* Want:

  • No reprints or incomplete manuscripts.
  • No books that are part of a series – your submission should function as a standalone narrative.
  • No short story collections, poetry, or non-fiction.
  • No YA or children’s stories.
  • No stories that function primarily as erotica.
  • No experimental formats or images – submissions should be text only.
  • No queries. Please have something submission-ready.

Submission Format:

  • File must be in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Double-spaced with .25″ indents and 1″ margins.
  • The first page should have author name, an email address, title of your submission, and total word count. Every page should have author name, title, and page number.

How to Submit:

  • Email submissions as an attached file to [email protected]
  • Include in the body of your email a brief (3-5 sentence) description of your submission and an even briefer (1-2 sentence) description of yourself.

Response Times:

  • We’re a small team. If we like your manuscript, expect a response 3-6 months from date of submission. We’re unlikely to send rejections but will do so in noteworthy cases.

Payment and Rights:

  • Excession Press offers a $300 advance on royalties, with 40% royalties on net revenue from print sales and 30% royalties on net revenue from digital sales thereafter.
  • Authors will have the ability to purchase their titles at cost.
  • Excession Press will be granted the right to publish and distribute your work worldwide in paperback and ebook formats. All other rights will be retained by the author.

Via: Excession Press.

Taking Submissions: Heroes of the Apocalypse

Deadline: October 31st, 2018
Payment: Royalties and a contributor’s copy

Off the Beaten Path Press is proud to announce a call for submissions for a brand new anthology titled “HEROES OF THE APOCALYPSE”. We’re looking for submissions in the 5,000 – 15,000 word limits with stories of the end of the world. You pick the way. Whether it be natural disaster, zombies, pandemic, alien invasion, space asteroids, killer AI, supernatural demons or ghosts, giant monsters, nuclear war, or however you envision the end of everything coming for civilization. The only thing that these stories need to share are the heroes who fight against all odds to prevent the end (either in success or failure). This is what the stories need to be all about. The human response to the end. So even if you have a 1000 foot Lovercraftian demon stomping on major cities, we need to see the courage on the ground before the boot goes to ant.

Please send your story copied into an email with your contact info to [email protected] We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve got. Payment will include royalties paid for sales and a copy of the print version of the anthology. Close Date: Oct 31. Thanks!

Taking Submissions: The Eagle Has Landed

Deadline: September 15th, 2018.
Payment: 1 cent/word against a pro-rata share of royalties

I’m currently working on THE EAGLE HAS LANDED, a reprint anthology that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s moon landing with the best moon-related SF published since then.

Publisher: Night Shade Books
Formats: Ebook, Print, and Audio
Publication Date: 2019
Payment: 1 cent/word against a pro-rata share of royalties
Submissions Window: Submissions will be open today through September 15th, 2018.


  • Science fiction reprints (no original stories) published within the last 50 years
  • 3000-22000 words in length
  • English language (translations are welcome)
  • Stories must take place on the moon or feature the moon in a significant way


If you are an editor or fan and would like to recommend a story for consideration, please leave a comment on this post or send email to [email protected]

If you’re an author and have a story you would like considered for this anthology, please submit a copy in .doc or .rtf format at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/anthology/

Multiple submissions permitted.

Via: Neil Clarke.

Taking Submissions: Quoth the Raven

Deadline: August 30th, 2018
Payment: Royalty Split And Contributor’s Copy

With the recent closing of Black Mirror Press, their planned anthology celebrating the works of Poe sits orphaned. After giving this situation a great deal of thought, and discussing it with our partners and staff, we at Camden Park Press have decided that the efforts of the authors who have been working on stories for the past several months should not be wasted, and Black Mirror Press’ efforts in inspiring the project and motivating the authors to create their own, re-imagined versions of Poe’s work need not be in vain. To that end, we are now opening submissions for Quoth the Raven, a contemporary re-imagining of the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Quoth the Raven

~ Call for Submissions ~

The works of Poe were dark and often disturbing. From dismembered corpses, rivals bricked behind cellar walls, murders in back alleys, and detectives on the trail of devious villains, his stories have had a profound impact on both the horror and mystery genres to this day.

In Quoth the Raven, we invite you to revisit Poe’s work, all of which is now in the public domain, and re-imagine it for the twenty-first century. We’re not looking for a simple retelling of the classic tales, though we’d love to see what you can do with them. Consider also the more obscure but equally compelling work. Or, if you’re so inspired, write your own, original, story in the style of a modern-day Poe. No matter what approach you choose, we’re looking for stories with a unique 21st century perspective, that incorporate twists that reflect present-day technological and societal changes and life in today’s world, married to Poe’s distinct form of storytelling.

These should be contemporary tales, set in the real world. While it’s fine to incorporate some element of magic realism or the supernatural, we’d prefer to see psychological horror rather than gratuitous violence or gore. Stories incorporating the current political landscape (particularly in the U.S.) will also be a hard-sell, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate political elements if you don’t go overboard with them. Strong suspenseful elements are key. We’re looking for a good mix of both horror and mystery, and will also consider your wonderfully re-imagined versions of Poe’s poetry.

Short stories: 3000 – 7000 words; only one per author
Poetry: 1-3 pages (double-spaced); only one per author
Note: You may submit both a story and a poem; but please send each item separately.
SEND TO: editor AT camdenparkpress DOT com
In your cover letter, please indicate which Poe story/poem your story is based on.
Our goal is to release this collection of updated tales on October 7th, 2018, the 169th anniversary of Poe’s mysterious death. It’s going to be a fast turnaround, but we know you can do it!
PAY RATE: Royalty Share + one contributor copy of each format (print and electronic)
FORMAT: Please use Standard Manuscript Format, i.e.: Microsoft Word .doc/.docx file, 1″ margins, 12-14pt Times (or other serif font), double-spaced, contact info and word count on first page, running header w/name, title, page #, etc. The usual stuff.
Please include both your name and the story title in the filename, like this:AndyAuthor_SiriTheRaven.docx

Via: Camden Park Press.

Taking Submissions – Millhaven Action/Adventure/Western Edition 2018

Deadline: November 1st, 2018
Payment: Royalties, 80% Split evenly among the fiction writers.


  1. You keep copyright and all rights associated with the story.  You give Millhaven Press first North American print rights, and permission to use the story in any anthology stemming from the original printing (such as a “best of” type anthology).

  2. Stories should be between 2,000-8,000 words (we may accept something shorter than 2,000 words or something longer than 8,000 but it has to be phenomenal).

  3. Do not submit a story for reprint.  We are only interested in previously unpublished material (a story published on a personal blog is ok).

  4. No simultaneous submissions.  Please do not submit the story to another outlet while waiting for a response from us.

  5. Multiple submissions are ok, but we will only print one story per author, per issue.  If you aren’t sure which is your best, send more than one and we’ll decide.

  6. Use an easily readable font, double-space as .doc or .docx.  Send as an e-mail attachment to [email protected]

  7. Send a cover letter with contact information.  Use story title, genre and approximate word count in the subject header of the e-mail.

  8. This is a quarterly print publication and the deadlines for the genre themes are as follows.

  • Spring: Science Fiction/Fantasy (Submission Deadline 2/1/19)

  • Summer: Mystery/Crime/Espionage (Submission Deadline 5/1/19)

  • Autumn: Horror/Dark Fantasy (Submission Deadline 8/1/18)

  • Winter: Action/Adventure/Western (Submission Deadline 11/1/18)

            We realize a lot of stories cross genres (the best usually do).

            Submit your story with all possible genres in the subject and we’ll sort it out.

    Not all submitted stories will be published.  Stories are chosen solely by the publishers.  We will read all submissions and respond with an acceptance or rejection letter via e-mail (Generally, within 2 weeks).  If accepted, a standard royalty contract will be sent shortly after the closing submission deadline for that issue.

    Each contributor will receive one free reader copy delivered to the address listed in the contact information.


    This is a royalty based publication (split among contributors after cost).

    80% Split evenly among the fiction writers.

    10% For cover artist (plus a $50 fee paid upon delivery of accepted design).


    Payment will be made via PayPal (no exceptions).  Royalty payments will be made at the end of each of initial three sales months and then quarterly thereafter.

    Cover Art:

    Let us know of your interest by sending an e-mail to with some examples of your work.

    Cover art must be previously unpublished.  Final work must be electronically sent to Millhaven with 300 dpi.

    You maintain copyright and all rights associated with the work.  You will give Millhaven Press first print rights and rights to use the work in any “best of” type anthology.  You also allow Millhaven to use the work in any non-profit promotional campaigns for the issue.  Millhaven will NOT use the work in any for-profit material (posters, stickers…etc) without negotiating with the artist beforehand.

    Deadlines for cover art ideas:

  1. Spring: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (1/1/19)

  2. Summer: Crime/Mystery/Espionage (4/1/19)

  3. Autumn: Horror/Dark Fantasy (7/1/18)

  4.  Winter: Action/Adventure/Western (10/1/18)

Via: Books of the Broken.

Taking Submissions: Bubble Off Plumb

Deadline: September 30th, 2018
Payment: $0.03/word, royalties, contributor’s copy

Theme: “Bubble Off Plumb” (BOP) is a colloquial expression for things being not quite right. We’re looking for original fiction short stories of such a nature; odd, unsettling, full of twists, etc. All genres are welcome, if you have a story which doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere else, we might be the home for it! If you’re not sure a story is odd enough: submit it. We know BOP when we see it. If you submit a love story about a dreamy vampire meeting up with a young person, it had better be damn good!

Rules: Story can range from 1,000 to 5,000 words. Multiple submittals will be accepted for consideration, but please do not overwhelm us with unpolished drafts. First world rights are preferred. Reprint rights will be accepted if the story is good enough.

Deadline: Submission deadline is September 30, 2018.

Editor: Our Lead Editor is author Kathy Finfrock who, along with Sarah Fields from Dreamlined LLC, will shepherd the work to a polished end product.

Submission Process: All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Email to submissions @ feralcatpublishers.com. Subject line to read: “BOP-[Author Name],[Story Title], [Reprint or First]”. Please attach all submissions in .doc, .docx, or rtf formatted electronic files—No submissions embedded within the body of an email will be considered. Include personal bio and relevant copyright information for story in your cover letter.

Compensation: Selected authors will receive an advance of $0.03/word of final, edited version of their story, plus a pro rata share of downstream royalties less up-front expenses, plus one paperback proof copy, and wholesale unit rates when purchasing extra paperbacks. The authors of the three highest-ranked stories will be listed on the front cover; the remaining authors will be listed on the back cover.

Terms and Conditions: Standard contract terms example available here.

Questions: Direct other questions to mmcnulty @ feralcatpublishers.com

Via: Feral Cat Publishers.

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