Category: Novel

Novel

Forest Path Books are open to Novel Submissions

Deadline: November 20th, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Previous works are primarily fantasy

We are opening a submission window for novel manuscripts (over 60k). The limited reading period will run from 20 September through 20 November 2020. We are looking for books to release for our 2021-2022 calendar. Anything submitted before 20 September or after 20 November will be deleted unread.

BEFORE you submit, please read ALL of our guidelines. Submissions that plainly ignore the guidelines will be deleted unread.

Kindly send your English language manuscript to [email protected] as follows:

  • Query letter, with novel synopsis and first three chapters pasted into the email, in standard manuscript format. No attachments, please. (For a good example of standard manuscript format, both classic and modern, kindly go here.)

  • Kindly place in the subject line: Title: Author Name, Genre

  • Full manuscripts ONLY UPON REQUEST

  • BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and international authors are particularly welcome to submit.

PLEASE BE AWARE: We are a very small press and, as such, cannot pay advances at this time. Royalties are paid on a quarterly basis for books sold.

Before you submit, bear in mind our mission statement:

Forest Path Books has been formed as a specialty publisher of divergent speculative fiction, with an especial focus upon literary, diverse, and expressive prose. We publish the books we want to read; ones that aren’t merely ‘consumed’ then forgotten, but ones that give a lingering, provocative, and extraordinary reading experience. The work published by Forest Path Books is written, not to ever-narrowing specifications controlled by a status quo of marketers, but to readers like ourselves, who often find themselves dissatisfied with the boundaries that genre fiction can set.

FPB welcomes authors from varied walks of life, many of whom have voices and viewpoints sorely underserved in much of the mainstream publishing industry. Our especial focus includes not only well-written and -told stories, but complex worlds featuring a wide and realistic scope of individuals, orientations, and cultures. (And yes, while it seems strange to have to request such things in a genre where the entire point is to push boundaries and demand thoughtful discourse… still. There it is.)

We are particularly looking for:

  • Speculative fiction that pushes the status quo.

  • Complex stories that engage and involve readers.

  • Authors who understand the importance of craft and language.

  • Stories told by and/or from the point of view of: BIPOC, LGBTQ+ peoples, as well as cultures underserved in the mass market, will be give especial consideration.

Things that are not a good fit for us at this time:
Romance, Thriller, YA, Middle Grade, children’s books, Erotica, Poetry, Non-fiction.

We are not seeking reprints at this time.

If you have any questions about whether we want to see your synopsis, please ask. We don’t bite.
(Well, not hard, anyway. 😉  )

A sample contract is available upon request.

Via: Forest Path Books.

Perpetual Motion Machine Is Open To Novel And Novella Submissions From POC Authors

Deadline: January 1st, 2021
Payment: Small advance + royalties
Theme: Horror and Crime fiction

Hi, folks! Max Booth here, co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine. I’ve decided to reopen novel & novella submissions for our 2021/2022 lineup. Long-time fans of our press might notice we haven’t opened to full-length manuscript submissions in quite a while. Seems like a pretty good time to change that, right?

And also, full transparency, while in recent years we have managed to publish more diverse authors in our horror magazine, Dark Moon Digest, I fully recognize we haven’t been the best at diversity on the book side of things. If you take a look at our novel roster, the pure whiteness might blind you. Please use caution.

Obviously this wasn’t intentional, but I do take total blame in my laziness to seek out non-white voices. I screwed up there and I would like to do better. I love this press. I love the books we’ve published. I’ve dedicated the last eight years of my life to PMMP. But it’s never going to really evolve without making a significant step forward.

Which is why, beginning immediately, Perpetual Motion Machine is reading novel & novella submissions from POC writers only. Sorry, white folks, but you gotta sit this open call out.

Some general guidelines:

Word count: 20k-150k

Genres: Horror & Crime

Deadline: January 01, 2021

Payment: Small advance + royalties

Send all stories to [email protected] with “NOVEL/NOVELLA SUBMISSION_TITLE_LAST NAME_WORD COUNT” in the subject line. Please include a brief author bio in the cover letter.

Via: Perpetual Motion Machine.

Black Beacon Books Is Open To: Mystery and suspense novels

Payment: £50 (GBP), 3 contributors copies, and royalties paid every January for the previous year

NOVEL AND COLLECTION GUIDELINES

As a small publisher, we only publish one or two novels/collections each year. It’s important that you are familiar with us to ensure your style suits. The best way to do this is to read one of our titles.

We’re interested in mystery and suspense novels and mystery, suspense, and horror collections between 50,000 and 80,000. We don’t publish supernatural horror novels, but we’re open to suspense novels leaning towards psychological horror or dystopian themes. Simultaneous submissions are fine but tell us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Novels must be previously unpublished. On the other hand, for collections, we ask that at least 75% of the stories be previously published in magazines or anthologies. This demonstrates your experience as a short story writer and proves you have already established a readership. That said, you must guarantee that you have the right to have each story republished prior to signing with us.

Payment: We publish ebooks and paperbacks via Amazon and enroll ebooks in Kindle Unlimited. Payment is made exclusively via PayPal. We pay £50 (GBP) on publication and provide three author copies. After that, we offer 50% royalties on net sales paid in January for the previous year. A minimum payment of £10 is made every January, so even if your book makes no sales over a one-year period, you receive a token payment. After two years, either party may choose to remove the title from our range. Of course, our aim is to make as many sales as possible to ensure success for everyone involved, but authors should be aware that titles published by indie publishers often don’t reach a thousand sales. That’s the reality of the business. We want to work with authors who have a solid (or at least growing) presence on social media and who are willing to participate in marketing and communications.

Rights: We require exclusive international English-language digital and print rights to your book for a period of two years. For collections, this means individual stories are not reprinted elsewhere during this time without our agreement. After that, you are free to have the book published elsewhere. However, bear in mind that most publishers will not subsequently accept your book as it will no longer be previously unpublished.

Cover design: We’ll provide a cover design for your book, with your input, unless you have made or wish to purchase a cover of your own. If you choose the latter, it will be at your expense. A book usually is judged by its cover, so we all need to be happy with it and work collaboratively.

Submitting: Read the general submission guidelines below. Please attach the entire manuscript as a .doc or .rtf file. Include a brief synopsis in the body of our email.

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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

– All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don’t know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp
In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.

– It is highly unlikely that we will accept a story written as a narrative in the present. Please use the traditional first or third person past.

– Quotation marks to be single and curly/smart for general dialogue. Double curly quotation marks for emphasised words if really needed, eg. They entered the mound of rubble, making sure the splintered door didn’t fall off its hinges. This was Stan’s “castle”.

– Only one space at the end of sentences.

– Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

– Scene breaks should be identified with a hash # preceded and followed by one line space. In a short story, there will generally be between zero and five of these. The hash is useful for signalling the beginning of a story within a story, or a change in narrative style, such as when the narrator is first introduced alongside his audience in a bar or living room before the text changes to his first-person recounting of events.

– The use of italics. Do not replace them with an underlineItalics should be used for titles (books, films etc) in the story, or for foreign words or phrases not commonly used in English (eg not for “spaghetti”, “samurai” or “rendez-vous” but definitely for Ich liebe dich, buongiorno, or Éirinn go Brách. Thoughts should also be in italics and quotation marks kept for speech. For the names of places, restuarants, shops and so forth, just use capital letters, eg. Haunted Lighthouse Inn.

Honestly, the best way to find out what we want is to buy one of our titles.

Once you’ve finished your tale and edited it… and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email and in the file. A short biography and links to your blog and social media pages are encouraged.

In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Anthology Submission”, “BBB Novel Submission”, or “BBB Collection Submission”. The file name should be: “Story Title” by “Author Name” (pen name if applicable).

Via: Black Beacon Books.

Goal Publications Wants Your Furry Novelettes, Novellas, Short Story Collections, And Novels!

Payment: Royalties with guaranteed royalty minimums
Theme: “Furry” Fiction

Goal Publications is looking for standalone works of a “furry” nature, meaning that your main character(s) must be anthropomorphic animals, or animals with a human-level of intelligence. (Think Redwall, Watership Down, or even general sci-fi/fantasy books with alien/mythical creatures that while still possessing a human-level of intelligence, are some sort of animal/creature.) We are looking specifically for works that truly utilize the species and characteristics of the anthropomorphic animals portrayed. The fur and claws on your characters should not just be for aesthetic purposes. Have further questions about what this all means? Please send in a query.
The Goal Publications imprint is only accepting work that, can be enjoyed by both a young-adult audience and an adult audience (think ages 13/14+). Any work that you would not feel comfortable marketing to someone under the age of 16 will not be accepted by this imprint.

Fanged Fiction is looking for standalone works with the same stipulations as listed above, with the difference that this imprint is specifically looking for works of a 16+ nature. While erotic-focused stories/18+ only stories are entirely fine for this imprint, please make sure the erotic scenes have some sort of importance to the plot.

We are open to Pocket Shots (novelettes) from 10,000-20,000 (both imprints).
What are Pocket Shots? These titles give a home to those short stories that needed more room, or those novellas that just didn’t need more padding. While there are no specific theme to these stories, they must follow the same content guidelines as our other submission calls. This is our most competitive market. Due to the size and pricing of these books, there is a very small profit margin, and thus we will be far more selective with these than we would be novels/novellas.

We are open to novels/novellas from 20,000-140,000 words (both imprints) until mid/late fall 2020. While we do accept up to 140,000 words, we would prefer novels to be under 120,000 words. Over 120,000 words may hurt your chances of being accepted, while over 140,000 words will result in an immediate rejection.

We are also open to single-author collections within the above word-count standards (both imprints) until mid/late fall 2020. Please note that single-author collections containing a large quantity of previously-published stories, or collections with no unifying theme, will have a lesser chance of being accepted for publication. We recommend at least 50% of your works be unpublished, preferably more.

For open short story markets, please click here.

We are closed to visual novel projects for the foreseeable future.

We are asking for First Rights on all submissions when possible. While we may consider previously-published standalone works, we will only do so if:
• All other contracts the work is involved with have fully expired (you may be asked for proof of this)
• Work that’s been posted online is taken down in its entirety upon acceptance
• It’s the start of a series in which you plan to submit an unpublished work to accompany
or
• It’s a single-author collection that also contains unreleased work (we are asking that at least 50% of the collection be previously unreleased works)

Please note that it’s likely that we will not offer royalty minimums to previously-published work, though they will receive our usual royalty rates.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions.


Payments:

Along with a competitive royalty rate, Goal Publications offers royalty minimums, meaning that we guarantee your work will accrue a certain amount in royalties within a year of publication, or we will pay you the difference as an advance. Royalty minimums are not offered on collections, whether single-author or multi-author, or on previously-published works, and will not be offered on sequels on which previous books have not made back their advance.

Royalty payments will occur quarterly during the calendar year (so long as the payment is at least $5.00 USD, otherwise payment may be held until the next quarter). Payments will be made by cheque (USA authors only), PayPal, or Square Cash, based upon the author’s preference.

At the close of each quarter, whether authors are due a payment or not, we will provide a statement of exactly how many books were sold each quarter, and through what means. This statement will be sent via email. Our promise is that this information and any owed payments will be sent within one month of the close of each quarter.


How to Submit or Query:

Please use the form located on our Submissions and Inquires page. Please do not send unsolicited emails with queries or submissions.

While we have no problem with being queried, we will not begin the judging process until after we’ve received the full manuscript. Please note that our estimated turnaround times for judging and responding to submissions is one to three months. This timeframe may change on here without warning, and can potentially take longer.

All submissions should be formatted as followed:
• .doc, .docx, or .rtf format (we will not open submissions in any other file format)
• Arial, Calibri, or Garamond font (12pt)
• Single-spaced
• Your legal name, address, and email should be in the upper-right corner of the first page
• Indented paragraphs—do not separate paragraphs with line-breaks
• No headers or footers

Not following these guidelines will heavily hurt your chances of being accepted, so we advise that they are followed as close as feasibly possible.

Have a question? Feel free to contact us.

Via: Goal Publications.

Bad Dream Entertainment Is Open To Novels And Novellas

Payment: Pro Market, Royalties
Theme: Science Fiction Horror

We are now accepting novel and novella-length sci-fi horror manuscripts. If you have something that you think would fit, read the guidelines below and send it in. However, keep in mind that if you don’t actually read and follow the guidelines you’re just wasting time for both yourself and us, so please, please pay attention to what we’re looking for and how we want to get it. It’s not hard at all, we promise.

We are looking for SCI-FI HORROR, that means the story should have elements of both. The science fiction can be hard, near-future, or weird, but the horror elements have to be strong regardless (this is BAD Dream Entertainment, after all, not Mild Dream Entertainment). Generic creature-feature or zombie virus stories will be a VERY hard sell; we are looking for originality and weirder stories, including bizarro, probably stand a better chance. Cosmic horror is welcome, as long as it is not Lovecraft related (and yes, that can actually be a thing) and includes sci-fi elements.

Remember, sci-fi horror, not just sci-fi, and not just horror. Sci-fi horror. If you’re wondering why we’re stressing this so much, you’ve never read a slush pile.

  • Manuscripts should be at least novella-length (24k words), there’s no ceiling on word count, but don’t send something long enough to be a multi-book series. If sending chapters, include at least three.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you let us know to pull your manuscript out of the queue as soon as you place it elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions aren’t allowed; only one at a time.
  • Send your story in standard manuscript form. We’re not sticklers for exact formatting, but have your contact info and word-count on the top corner of the first page, along with author name and title.
  • Manuscripts should be sent as DOCs, RTFs, or ODTs (not PDFs) to: submissions [at] baddreamentertainment [dot] com. You should receive an automated response acknowledging that we got it, if you don’t you can ask to confirm through our regular contact email address. Keep in mind, if you send a PDF it will likely be auto-deleted and we’re not going to take the time to ask you for a different format.
  • Response time are going to start at 2-4 weeks; that may change based on volume and if it does we’ll update that info here.
  • Bad Dream Entertainment is a pro-rate paying market (min $0.06/word). Rights purchased will be world-wide exclusive (rights-reversion optional after a negotiated period) but for English language only. Royalties will be based on gross sales since we operate on a POD distribution model.

Handy tips for submitting to us (or any other publisher)

  • Read and follow the guidelines. It seems simple enough, but any editor or slush reader will tell you that getting most people to do it is like squeezing water from a rock. A very, very dry rock. You probably noticed there are a few repeated bits in our guidelines; the simple fact is that we’re still likely to end up with a quarter of all submissions not even fitting the genre we asked for. Start ahead of the pack in any publisher’s submission window by paying attention to what they’re looking for and following the simplest of rules they give you.
  • Be patient; most submission call-outs for any publisher result in a pretty large slush pile for readers and editors to dig their way through. Sometimes things get lost or fall through the cracks, so if you haven’t heard back within the response time then by all means reach out to us, but not before then. You’re not doing yourself any favors by bugging the editor when your submission is still within the window.
  • Don’t respond to rejections. Really, even it it’s something nice like a ‘thank you for the consideration anyway’, it’s just adding to a likely already full inbox (editors do appreciate the sentiment, just not the time). And if it’s something negative, instead reevaluate whether you should even be trying to participate in the world of publishing, because you likely don’t have a future in it if you’re that kind of person. Fix your life.

Via: Bad Dream Entertainment.

Ongoing Submissions: Tartarus Press – Short story collections and novels

Payment: Negotiated
Theme: Literary strange/supernatural fiction, details below

Word count: We are looking for short story collections and novels of between 75,000 and 120,000 words

 

Subject matter and style: We would like to receive literary strange/supernatural fiction. We are not interested in high fantasy, violent horror or young adult fiction. If you write within a traditional genre such as vampire or ghost fiction then please make sure that the more clichéd trappings of your genre are, at best, a very marginal part of your work. Please note: we do not publish teen, children’s or young adult fiction.

 

Payment: to be negotiated.

 

Submissions: Electronic submissions should be sent to [email protected] and we would prefer your work as a Word or rtf attachment. Mail submissions can be sent to us at the address at the top left of this page, but please remember that if we are to mail a reply we will need a stamped, self-addressed envelope or return postage. (No IRCs or non-UK stamps please!) Please send a synopsis or first two or three chapters/stories when first getting in contact.

Via: Tartarus Press.

Open Novel Submissions: Mobius Books

$1,000 advances on royalties for original full-length manuscripts. We do accept un-agented and simultaneous submissions.

WHAT WE ARE INTERESTED IN

Möbius Books is searching for novel-length fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, crime/mystery) and non-fiction of no specific word count. Our submission acceptance window will remain open until we fill the 2019-2021 catalogs. 

We offer non-negotiable $1,000 advances on royalties for original full-length manuscripts. We do accept un-agented and simultaneous submissions. 

We offer $0.05 per word for original articles and essays between 1,000 and 3,000 words relating to fiction of any media platform in the genres we publish, and we’re very interested in furthering  the discussion on what it means to tell a great story, so articles and essays about the craft of writing are especially welcome.

Möbius will contact you after we’ve reviewed your manuscript. Please resist the urge to send follow-up emails beyond your original submission, as they clog up our inbox and make us pissy. We’ll try to respond within a few weeks.  

If this sounds good and you have a project you’re sure will pique our interest, please follow these guidelines and send your materials to [email protected]

FICTION AND NON-FICITON

Subject heading should include the genre of your project, followed by the title and your name.

Example:

Subject: Sci-fi – Title – Name
Subject: Non-fiction – Title – Name

Send a brief description of your story along with the first ten pages in the body of the email. We will contact you for additional materials.
 
ARTICLES AND ESSAYS

Subject heading should include the topic, followed by the title and your name.

Example:     
  
Subject: Game of Thrones – Title – Name
Subject: How to write characters in fantasy – Title – Name

Paste the complete article or essay in the body of the email with no attachments.

All other inquiries not related to submissions can be sent to [email protected]

Many thanks for your interest in working with Möbius, and good luck. 

Via: Mobius Books.

Ongoing Submissions: 18thWall Productions Novels

18thWall Productions is always open to novel submissions.

Please send us your first 20,000 words, a full outline, and a cover letter (i.e. your email) where you tell us something about yourself (including previous credits) and what led you to write your novel. Don’t stress it. A mangled cover letter won’t kill your chances with us. Like with any first date, the best advice is this: just be yourself.

We prefer that your novel submission follow the William Shun format outline, except that you use Times New Roman. It’s easier on our poor, editorial eyes.

Your email header should be Novel Submission: Title, Author’s Name, Wordcount.

Email your submission packet to [email protected].

Please do not submit a manuscript with hyperlinks. If a link is required, we will discuss that upon acceptance.

We are not open to simultaneous submissions.

Via: 18th Wall Productions.