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.

Castrum Press Is Open To Novel And Novella Submissions

Deadline: October 8th, 2018

Novels

Castrum Press is open to unsolicited NOVEL submissions!

Starting August 7th, 2018, our team will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by authors here: http://www.castrumpress.com/submissions/form/
You can find full guidelines here (we highly recommend you read them before submitting). We will be open for eight weeks beginning on August 7 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) and ending on October 8 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00). This open period is intended for authors who have completed works ready or close to ready for submission.

We will reopen a second time in October 2018 for authors who are actively working on (or beginning) something that would fit our list. In other words, don’t panic if you’re not ready to submit in August! We would rather see a polished novel in October than a rushed one in August.

Until the end of this open period, Castrum Press will be considering novels of between 75,000 and 110,000 words in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. If it’s speculative and fits the bill, we want to take a look at it.

Novellas

Castrum Press is open to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting August 7th, 2018, our team will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by authors here: http://www.castrumpress.com/submissions/form/
You can find full guidelines here (we highly recommend you read them before submitting). We will be open for eight weeks beginning on August 7 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) and ending on October 8 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00).
This open period is intended for authors who have completed works ready or close to ready for submission. We will reopen for a second time in October 2018 for authors who are actively working on (or beginning) something that would fit our list. In other words, don’t panic if you’re not ready to submit in August! We would rather see a polished novella in October than a rushed one in August.
Until the end of this open period, Castrum Press will be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 74,999 words in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. If it’s speculative and fits the bill, we want to take a look at it.

Via: Novel Call and Novella Call.

Advance Notice: Taking Submissions: Twelfth Planet Press Novella Series

Submissions Period: September 1st, 2018 – September 30th, 2018
Payment: US$300 advance and royalties of 40% of all monies received by the publisher, paid twice yearly.

Advance notice that we will be open for novella submissions in September 2018

Why so much notice? We want new work written for us. And we want this call to to reach far and wide.

We are looking to build a kickass series of novellas that defines and redefines the Twelfth Planet Press brand. We want gritty pieces that challenge the system and punch the patriarchy in the face. We want stories that resist and rebel… and maybe also books that comfort & inspire. For when things are bad out there in the world. We are looking for books that feed the angry soul.

We’re interested in hearing from marginalised writers more generally: for example, people under the QUILTBAG umbrella, including intersex people; people of colour, including Indigenous and Native writers from around the world; and disabled people. That said, we also welcome stories from authors who aren’t marginalised. Please don’t self-reject – we want your stories! If you feel your intersections are relevant to your story, you may mention them in your cover letter, but this is not required. We respect your privacy.

We’re looking for a diverse range of authors, story settings, time periods, cultural backgrounds and protagonists. Magic, history, fantasy, steampunk and science fiction are all welcome. We are also looking for fun, light crime novellas that fit within our Deadlines imprint.

Your novella should be between 17 000 and 40 000 words.
It should be considered fantasy, science fiction, horror, or crime and not published previously in any medium, including limited audience media such as Patreon. Publication is by ebook in the first instance. Payment is by way of an advance of US$300 and royalties of 40% of all monies received by the publisher, paid twice yearly.

Submissions will open on 1 September 2018 and close on 30 November 2018

No multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions. We aim to respond to all submissions by the end of January 2019.

Via: Twelfth Planet Press.

Taking Submissions: Futures: A Science Fiction Chapbook Series

Deadline: September 1st, 2018
Payment: $0.06 per word

Radix Media is proud to present the next project in our publishing program: Futures, a series of short stories that will explore critical contemporary issues and their human ramifications in a science fiction setting.

What would climate change look like in the future? What about policing? Labor issues? Immigration? The human cost of technology?

By using science fiction as a means through which to unpack these issues, we hope that the stories will allow for a better understanding of our world and give us more tools in our struggle to make it better.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are looking for unpublished short stories that could be described as “literary science fiction.” The work should be about more than just rayguns and spaceships. (But there’s nothing wrong with those things!) They should explore the human element of science fiction, ask tough questions, and examine what it would mean to be alive in a future that is yet unwritten. We believe that good science fiction reflects the dreams and nightmares of the present day.

Pieces should adhere to the following guidelines:

Cover Letter

Please submit a cover letter with your submission to [email protected], listing:

  • Your contact information
  • The title, word count, and a summary of the submission
  • If you have been published in any major publications or won any awards
  • Any association or relationship with a worker at Radix Media or a guest editor

Manuscript Guidelines

  • Between 5,000 and 10,000 words
  • Typed, double-spaced pages
  • Numbered pages
  • Attach your submission as a .DOCX file. No .DOC or PDF files. Deadline is September 1, 2018.

CONTRIBUTORS & PAYMENT

Contributors to Futures will be paid at the rate of $0.06 per word. Payment for finished pieces will be issued within 30 days of publication.

If you are a person of color, queer, trans, disabled, or any combination of these, we would especially love to hear from you.

Please submit your story to [email protected] by September 1, 2018.

PRODUCTION

Radix Media is no ordinary publisher; we print all of our titles ourselves at our commercial print shop in Brooklyn, New York. Our intimate knowledge of the printing process means that we make choices based on what’s right for the project, not what’s cheapest. This ensures that the aesthetic is perfectly aligned with the content. We often combine offset lithography, letterpress printing, and foil stamping in our books, making each copy an object of art that has passed through our fingers at every stage of its life.

The stories featured in the Futures chapbook series will be treated in the exact same manner, and will be wonderful sights to behold as well as to read. Additionally, we will collect the first five stories into a beautiful boxed set volume with the same care and attention given to each individual chapbook.

ABOUT US

We are New York City’s only worker-owned, union print shop and publisher. The first title in our publishing program, AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief, was published in April 2018 and received five stars from Foreword Reviews.

Our name comes from the Latin root of the word radical, meaning to get to the root. We stay true to this concept by publishing stories that get to the root of the human experience.

Radix Media publishes stories that reflect our varied experiences. We build a platform for voices that often go unheard, and share work that explores the nuances of life and asks readers to step outside of their own perspective. Because of our commitment to building a more just world, we prioritize the voices of marginalized communities.

Via: Radix Media.

Parvus Is Open To Novel And Novella Submissions

Deadline: July 15, 2018
Payment: Advances of up to $1,000. Digital royalties start at 25% of sales and escalate up to 50%.

We’re entering our third year of operations here at Parvus and growing steadily. We released one title in 2016, two in 2017, and have five on deck for 2018. Right now, we’re buying for our 2019 and 2020 catalogs.

If you want to really get to know what we’re about, you may want to check out our publisher’s guest appearance on the Hybrid Author Podcast (Episode 19), where Colin talks about Parvus’ founding and some of our publishing philosophy.

But if you just want a quick overview, here it is:

Digital First

We are a digital first publisher. This means that our growth strategy is built around starting as a digital press and transitioning, when the time is right, into a traditional distribution model.

We give our books the same level of care and attention as any other publisher in the genre, and your books are available to readers through all of their favorite retailers. We market our books to the same industry blogs and reviewers. We advertise in the same trade magazines. We’re just smaller, faster, and you’re going to love working with us.

Author Driven

Our background is in building winning teams, and that’s the approach that governs us in the publishing process. You bring your talent as a storyteller and we bring together all of the designers, artists, editors, marketing, and production needed to help your book find the biggest audience it can.

And we never lose sight of the fact that this is your book. We will communicate and consult with you every step of the way.

Fair Pay

Our contracts are written in the plainest language our lawyer would allow. Which is pretty close to English.

We pay advances of up to $1,000. Digital royalties start at 25% of sales and escalate up to 50%. We pay on time, if not faster, and royalties are paid quarterly.

You write great books, we provide the capital, the sales team, and the resources to make them successful in the market. Plain and simple.

We’ve Got Your Back

We’re your team. We’re working for you every single day. Our editors are some of the best in the business and their one goal is to help you make your book the best possible version of itself.

Our sales and marketing team is promoting Parvus and Parvus titles every day, building relationships throughout the trade to help drive sales. And they’re here to help you with your own efforts, by advising on your own direct marketing strategies and blog posts or by providing support with graphic design.

We work for you and your book, and we’re thankful for the trust our authors give us every day.

How to Submit

Our general submission guidelines are below. Please read them carefully, because they spell out exactly what we’re looking for. We’re pretty careful about following the “say what you mean” adage, so if your book doesn’t match our criteria, it will not be accepted. This doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t personally love your psychological thriller novel the next time we’re on an airplane, but it means that we aren’t the right publisher for it. So please don’t submit them.

Also, we handle submissions differently than some other folks, so please pay extra special double secret attention to our guidelines. Thank you!

Submission Guidelines

General:

  • We’re a publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
  • We’re accepting only completed novellas (Minimum 17,500 words) and novels (Minimum 60,000 words). Do not query manuscripts on spec.
  • We’re accepting only works that have not been previously published in any form (including self-published).
  • We are not accepting translations of foreign language works.
  • Manuscripts may take up to 90 days for a response. If you haven’t heard back in 90 days, please feel free to ask for an update. Really, we’re very approachable.
  • Submissions are only accepted electronically through our submission management system; Word Document or PDF attachments only, please.
  • We welcome submissions from authors without representation.
  • We have an impartial reading system in place. Please be sure to strip all personally identifying information (name, address, etc.) from your manuscript. (See “Policies” tab for more information.)

Policies:

Impartial Reading

On first read, our submission team does not have access to any of your personally identifying information (Name, email, address, etc.) They have only your manuscript. This is to limit the impact of unconscious bias on our evaluation process.

Be CERTAIN to remove ALL personally identifying information from your manuscript before uploading it into our system. You will enter this data into our submission manager, and it will remain associated with your manuscript.

Failure to adhere by this requirement will result in your submission being rejected unread.

Focused Calls

All authors are welcomed to submit their manuscripts for our open submission calls. We may, however, have focused calls periodically that are targeted at certain authors, genres, sub-genres, etc.

Please do not submit your manuscript in response to a focused call for which you do not meet the requirements. It’s not a great way to establish a relationship with us.

Fantasy:

We are currently interested in the following:

Novels and Novellas.

Epic, Dark, Contemporary, and Urban Fantasy and Modern Myth.

Both YA and General Trade.

Books with compelling characters, new settings, and depth.

Stand-alone books.

First books of series.

We are currently not interested in:

Completed, unpublished, multi-book series.

Erotica.

Sexual content masquerading as character development.

Hard Sells:

Fantasy works where the hero is the hero because of who they are instead of what they do (unless you subvert the trope).

Re-treads of Western European high fantasy epics without true innovation or depth.

Scifi:

We are currently interested in the following:

Novels and Novellas.

Military SF and Space Opera, Near Future, Dark Future, and Post-Apocalyptic.

Both YA and General Trade.

Stand-alone books.

First books of series.

Humor. (Please, oh please, send us some amazing SF humor)

We are currently not interested in:

Multiple books (If you have books 1-4 written of a series, we’re only going to evaluate book 1 and we encourage you not to highlight that there are other completed books.)

Re-treads of The Walking Dead.

Erotica.

Sexual content masquerading as character development.

Abstract, absurd, or non-conventional narrative styles.

Verse.

Hard Sells:

Hard SF (unless it contains some amazing characterization and a compelling story)

Zombie apocalypse.

Submit:

Our open call can be found here: https://parvuspress.com/2018-open-call/

Thank you!

Via: Parvus Press.

Taking Submissions: Unnerving Novelettes, Novellas, Novels, and Collections

Payment: 50% of net profits for eBooks and paperbacks and unlimited discounted paperback copies available
Note: Make sure you read full submission guidelines on the link at the bottom before sending anything in!

Open now to Novelettes (10,000-17,000 words), novella (17,001-45,000 words), novels (45,001-250,000 words, open to series so long as first book is completed), and collections of short stories (15,000-45,000 words).

Please submit only: Commercial horror, suspense, thriller, and crime, at this time. For I’m nothing too abstract or bizarre, weird is fine as long as there is suspense and a story arc.

Monsters, bad people, ghosts, witches, ominous everyday items, slashers, original zombie situations, haunted houses, kidnappings, heists, murders, plots to murder, etc.

No cop dramas. No war stories). No adventure horror.

Collections must be at least 50% externally published anthology/magazine/chapbook reprints.

Reprints welcome for novellas and novels, through preferably those a few years removed from print (or those that didn’t see print for very long). Previously self-published books are an extremely difficult sell.

Short releases will be digital only, with a window for further submissions past closure for omnibus paperback possibilities or joint releases of similar stories (minimum for physical publication is 21,000 words).

Pay rate is 50% of net profits for eBooks and paperbacks and unlimited discounted paperback copies available (rate determined with each title, and potentially fluctuate based on printer prices). No advances.

Writers must agree to assist in marketing efforts (blog appearances, interviews, etc.). Don’t submit if you don’t want to help.

Edits range from minimal to heavy, don’t submit if you are unwilling to consider changes.

Submit no more than twice to this category per open period (periods might last as long as three months).

Cover letter, explain story in no more than three sentences. Give two sentence bio. List top three credits, blog address, Facebook or Twitter address (I will look before I offer contract).

If you’re not on social media, there’s no way you can get the word out sufficiently after releases, and your work will not be considered (unless you own a bookstore).

Also, I am not interested in stories from authors who cannot tell hate speech from free speech. If you’re harmful in story or in real life to people based on religion, sexuality, sex, race, or place of birth, don’t bother submitting. I look into people prior to working with them.

Response time will vary, but I will respond within six months, usually within one month.

If you need to withdraw or change file, do so on Submittable (to change, withdraw and re-submit, but no more than once because it eats submission window space – 300/month).

NEVER SUBMIT MORE THAN ONCE PER CATEGORY AT ANY GIVEN TIME. FOR REAL.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, notify me if another editor beats me to acceptance when you withdraw the submission.

Send any questions or queries about reprint interest to me, Eddie Generous, at [email protected]

Will close once enough stories are found.

http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/submissions

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