Stelliform Press Is Open For Novella Submissions

Payment: 2¢ CAD per word advance, plus royalties

Currently Seeking

Stelliform Press is open to original novella submissions beginning January 1, 2020. We are also looking for cover artists.

What is a Stelliform story?

We are seeking to publish science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary novellas with speculative elements (17,500–39,999 words), novels (70,000–100,000 words), and short story collections (40,000–60,000 words) which build narratives around climate change and its resultant ecological destruction, and acknowledges the work necessary to live within the problems Western lifestyles have created. All manuscripts submitted must have a science fictional or fantastic element; non-fiction must be speculative. Narratives should be interrelational, demonstrating some ways in which the environment changes us (and others) just as we change it. Please see our About the Press page and our blog for more information.

How much do we pay?

Currently, we pay a 2¢ CAD per word advance, plus royalties. We acknowledge that this is a low rate of pay. As a new press, we are working on securing grants and planning fundraising campaigns in order to pay authors more in the future.

What rights are we buying?

Currently we are buying first world English electronic and print rights. As we grow, we will also consider audiobook rights. Our contract includes clauses for rights reversion in different situations should the author and/or publisher wish to terminate their relationship.

Manuscript Wish List

The following are some approaches we would love to see in our Inbox:

Fiction MSWL

  • Stories written by Indigenous authors which bring Indigenous and Western science into conversation (even if the conversation is difficult and unresolved).
  • Stories written by BIPOC authors which fuse specific cultures and/or ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
  • Stories written by trans and queer authors which fuse specific ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
  • Stories that embrace the incorporation of far-flung technologies as part of an ecologically relational life; technology CAN be bad, but it can’t be ONLY bad.
  • Stories of uneasy allies which get into the complexities of that difficult relation.
  • Stories which explore nonviolence while acknowledging the privilege inherent in the nonviolent position; stories which explore unusual ways to mitigate violence.
  • Stories set in space that are connected to Earth through myths or legends that tangibly affect the lives of the interstellar characters.
  • Stories depicting humans learning to relate to the nonhuman in different ways.
  • Stories taking place in non-Western settings.

Fiction Do Not Submits

  • Epic/Sword and Sorcery Fantasy
  • Stories in which the solutions presented are uncritical green consumerism
  • Stories depicting monarchies, imperialism, or colonization in an uncritical way
  • Gratuitous violence, especially against any marginalized group
  • Gore in general is not something we’re excited about, but small doses that are integral to plot/character might be okay
  • Porn or erotica; though eroticism in service to the story is definitely okay

Non-Fiction MSWL

  • Speculative non-fictions about the future of tech, the environment, global relationships, or social worlds (either collections of linked short pieces or extended meditations).
  • Literary journalism on emerging tech, global health issues, climate change and migration, food politics, human-hybrid environments, global and space travel—journalism that hangs on a narrative arc, focusing on limited centered characters.
  • Essay collections (single authored) or themed anthologies (editor(s) + multiple authors) approaching questions about technological and environmental futurity, urban life, the non-human, community, and other themes of the press, addressed from primarily personal lenses.
  • Creative memoirs or autobiographies drawing from long-term experiential relationships with the natural world, space, tech and agricultural industries, and the non-human, that offer new/unique ways of reflecting on the problems of climate change and/or the future of life—especially by BIPOC, women, trans and queer, and disabled or otherwise underrepresented authors.
  • Narrative ‘biographies’ of plants, animals, places/niches/communities, and natural phenomena that connect the past, the rapidly changing present, and the future—particularly works that de-centre humans or think about the human in specifically collaborative ways.
  • Human biographies and histories reimagined through non-human protagonists.
  • Imaginary, alternative, or potential histories.

Non-fiction Do Not Submits

  • Adventure biographies that frame the environment uncritically as a “wilderness” to be “tamed” or “discovered”
  • Literary journalism of technology, food, or space industries uncritically structured around the idea of progress

How to Submit

For Novellas

Please send a short cover letter which includes:

  • not more than 250 words
  • information about your manuscript length and genre
  • a brief statement about your story’s main conflict, how your story fits Stelliform’s vision, and any MSWL elements included (if applicable)
  • a brief bio including your top three publications (if you have them)

As an attachment, please include the first 15-20 pages of your manuscript. The document should include your name, contact information, and byline. Send query and sample pages to [email protected]. The subject of your email should read: SUBMISSION: [Your manuscript title].

For Novels and Short Story Collections

Please do not submit at this time.

For Non-Fiction Manuscripts

Please do not submit at this time.

For Cover Art

Please submit a link to your online portfolio and a brief introductory letter including information about yourself, your published artworks, your expected rate of compensation for a book cover, and two references (preferably former clients). Letters can be submitted to [email protected] with the email subject: ART SUBMISSION: [Your name].

We are particularly interested in art submissions from Canadians or immigrants to Canada from any marginalized community, or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit residing in territories currently occupied by the Canadian state.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are allowed; but only send one submission at a time. Please let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Via: Stelliform Press.

Taking Submissions: The Abominable Book Club – Novels And Novellas

Deadline: April 1st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Body Horror, Creature Features, Gothic, Haunted Houses, Psychological Horror, Slasher Horror, Weird Fiction, Bizarro, and Folk Horror.
Note: UK authors only

Here at The Abominable Book Club we have been wracking our big, beefy brains to come up with a way to support the UK horror scene and its authors more directly. So, starting in 2020, we will be offering an opportunity for authors to become a part of our team and introduce their work to an already ravenous horror audience.

The Accursed Library is dusting off its ancient, cobweb-covered printing press!

We are now taking submissions for original novels/ novellas (25,000 words or more) / or short story collections by UK -based authors, to be produced under our own publication house ‘The Accursed Library’. First printings of these books will be hand-numbered, contain exclusive content and artwork, and will be only available through our box on a specific release month. After that, they will be gone forever! Further printings and e-book versions will be available through the usual channels such as Amazon, and via our own shop.

We will be looking for horror in all its forms, including:

– Body Horror (The Thing, The Fly)

– Creature Features (Jaws, Snakes on a Plane)

– Gothic (Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera)

– Haunted Houses (Haunting of Hill House, The Amityville Horror)

– Psychological Horror (Jacobs Ladder, Se7en)

– Slasher Horror (Friday 13th, Halloween)

– Weird Fiction (i.e HP Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce)

– Bizarro (i.e Jeff O Brien, Carlton Mellick III)

– Folk Horror (The Wicker Man, Midsommar)

If your work is horror but doesn’t fit in any of the above categories, send it anyway! We want to build a roster of diverse and incredible writing talent, full of familiar and new names, in an attempt to champion the frankly staggering array of talent the UK has to offer.

Here’s how you can submit:

Submission Format:

  • File must be in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • 12 point 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] using the subject line ‘Submission – [your story title] by [your name]

— Include in the body of your email a brief (3-5 sentence) description of your submission and a briefer (1-2 sentence) description of yourself.

Do’s and Dont’s:

— Only UK based authors currently!

— Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if they are.

— No incomplete manuscripts

— No paranormal romance or fan fiction.

— No reprints.

— No Queries

Submissions will remain open until April 1st 2020.

Please Note: This is a paid publishing call. You will receive an initial payment when your first printing is made (depending on the volume of copies needed) and subsequent royalties on copies sold via our shop.

We look forward to reading your work!

Please feel free to get in touch on social media or via e-mail if you have any questions!

Via: The Abominable Book Club.

Taking Submissions: Deep Magic – Short Stories, Novelettes, And Novellas

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: $.08 per word for the first 7,499 words, with payment capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 words. For re-printed stories that are not currently available elsewhere on the internet for free, we pay $.02 per word for the first 10,000 words, with payment capped at $200 for stories longer than 10,000 words
Theme: Slean fantasy and sci-fi stories.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Deep Magic. What you first need to understand is that we aim to be the dominant magazine for clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. It’s our tag-line. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence—you’ve come to the right place. If not, there are plenty of other magazines and venues out there. Move along. Move along (Jedi hand wave). Please consider reading Deep Magic to get an idea of the type of stories we publish. You can read our inaugural issue for only $.99. We are keeping the June 2016 issue at this special price so authors can check out our style without breaking the bank.

Deep Magic is a quarterly electronic magazine that publishes clean short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Our issues are also filled with author interviews, art features, book reviews and tips for writers. Most of our non-fiction pieces are invitation only to industry professionals and Deep Magic staff, but if you have a fantastic piece, please send it our way. Not all the authors we feature write exclusively clean fiction. We don’t judge. But everything you find inside Deep Magic will be.

– The Deep Magic Team

It may be helpful to read the following articles before submitting to help you understand what types of stories we’re looking for:

*An interview with Brendon Taylor, Deep Magic Board Member, on what we look for in a short story

*Three mistakes to avoid when writing a short story

“Without publications like Deep Magic, there would be no venues for such stories, and the world would be a more barren place.” –T.E. Bradford

We currently pay for short fiction work only and do so at the following rates:

Payment Terms

For first world-wide rights, we pay $.08 per word for the first 7,499 words, with payment capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 words. For re-printed stories that are not currently available elsewhere on the internet for free, we pay $.02 per word for the first 10,000 words, with payment capped at $200 for stories longer than 10,000 words. We use Paypal for our authors.

Additional Guidelines

Word Count Limits: 1,000 to 40,000; but note that we cap payment at 7,499 for new fiction and at 10,000 words for reprints. Format: We accept submissions in standard manuscript format, saved as .docx, .doc, or .rtf files. Information to Include: At the top of your submission, state your name (and pseudonym if you wish to be published under one), email address, mailing address, the story title, and word count. Response Time: We strive to respond to submissions within ten to twelve weeks, but our times may fluctuate. Please do not inquire within the first six months. Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions: No and No. Please only submit one story to us at a time; and we do not accept simultaneous submissions. We Do Not Publish the Following

  • Stories with graphic violence
  • Stories with mature sexual themes
  • Stories with profanity or vulgarity. We want a broad, family-friendly audience; think original Lord of the Rings trilogy or Star Wars.
  • Stories featuring or glorifying illegal drug use
  • Stories with graphic child abuse or glorifying child abuse in any way
  • Stories not within the Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres. It’s got to have some magic or cool technology in it!
  • Poorly written stories

Via: Deep Magic.

Taking Submissions: Red Line: Fast Reads. Insane Content – Novellas

Deadline: March 31st 2020
Payment: 50% Royalties
Theme: Hardcore horror

We crave hardcore horror stories that keep readers glued to the page. Fast-paced, edgy tales based on creative concepts and well-developed characters. Our goal is to engage our audience with a mix of extreme horror and vivid narratives that haunt readers long after finishing our books.

We’re a professional market publishing high-quality writing in the bizarro, erotica, splatterpunk, body and extreme horror genres. We accept dark fantasy and sci-fi, supernatural thrillers, neo-noir and other sub-genre mashups as well, but all manuscripts should contain strong elements of the taboo. After all, this is Red Line!

We want stories that are frightening, unsettling, shocking, well-written, and imaginative. Some of the writers we like include Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, KJ Moore, John Skipp, Edward Lee, Wrath James White, Poppy Z. Brite, Clive Barker, and Kristopher Triana.

An easy way to tell if your manuscript is right for Red Line, is to familiarize yourself with our publications. Before you submit, please review issues 1, 2, & 3 & the D.O.A. series, so you are comfortable with the content we’re expecting.

In addition to the details below, editor John McGuiggan is  holding a special “rural exploration” call for Red Line. Click here for more details.

Formatting & Guidelines

● Novellas under 50K words

● Previously unpublished in any medium

● Bizarro, Erotica, Neo-Noir, Body, Extreme, Rural Exploration, & all dark sub-genres that push the boundaries of traditional horror

● We will also consider short stories (500 – 3,000 words) for website-only publication

● Open from Dec. 1st – March 31st 2020

● Times New Roman, 12 pt. font double spaced

● Attached as a .doc or .docx – saved as “Title_Author Last Name”

● Please alert us if it is a simultaneous submission

● 50% Royalties

Acquisition Editors

When emailing, please include a two-sentence description of your work, previous publishing experience (if you have any) and a short bio. Attach the manuscript as .doc or .docx file, saved as “Title_Author Last Name”.

Please direct your emails accordingly:

John McGuiggan

[email protected] is reading for Rural Exploration Red Line submissions – listed below

Hernan Salvarezza

[email protected] is reading for general Red Line submissions

Follow him on Twitter @Hsalvarezza

“Rural Exploration”- Submission Call

Urban exploration has had its time to shine in the past few years, but horror doesn’t only dwell in abandoned mental hospitals and condemned factory buildings.

For our next Red Line novella, we’re looking to explore those areas where cell phone signals don’t reach, where the nearest neighbor may be a few miles away, and where that scarecrow in the field just doesn’t seem to stay put.

We’re looking for rural exploration, and the horrors that lurk in the natural world around us. Be it Big Sky Country, the Green Mountains, or the otherworldly hoodoos of the desert, we want to hear about the terror that lives where the population numbers are low. Where the main mode of transportation is the tractor. Where there’s plenty of room to breathe, but nowhere to run.

What Will Thrive on Our Land

Original ideas and/or unique takes on existing tropes. Pagan rituals, creatures from folklore, your fellow man—let your imagination run wild through the mountains of madness. A good example of a tale we love is Clive Barker’s “In the Hills, the Cities”.

What We’ll Put Out to Pasture

Retreads of The Hills Have Eyes, Off Season, Kin, etc. Anything goes with Red Line, and we want your extreme tales. Just steer clear of the backwoods cannibals stories we’ve seen and heard before unless you’re certain that you’ve got something new to add.

● Email Subject: Rural Exploration_Story Title by Author Name

● Multiple Submissions: No

● Simultaneous Submissions: No

● Rest of the guidelines are the same as the general Red Line call

● Email: [email protected]

Via: Blood Bound Books.

Taking Submissions: “Deep Underground” Novellas

Collection : This will be a collection of single author publications

Series : DEEP UNDERGROUND

Title : Author’s Own

Theme : Horror and underground locations.

Ideas: Something sinisters dwells in the sewers. What lives in the subway and comes out at night? You live in the tunnels to escape the zombies/aliens/etc. Secret society that works in underground labs. Virus in the flowerbeds. The graves aren’t quiet. An ancient/alien/mythical being/mechanism is unearthed in the mines/caves.

This could be a prequel to a current or forthcoming novel, but no cliffhangers please. Must be able to stand alone.

Word count : Roughly 20,000 to 40,000 words

Author eligibility : Open to all authors

Reprints : Not allowed

Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed

Multiple Submissions : No

Publication : During 2020, dates to be confirmed with successful authors

Author compensation : Royalty split. One author per publication.

How to submit :

See our submission guidelines for formatting.

Send your manuscript as an attachment in Word doc/docx format to [email protected]. Make sure your document name includes your author name and story title. We will not accept formats other than doc/docx. We will not click links to download documents. Ensure the end of your manuscript has the word END in a new paragraph.

Please include a synopsis, an author bio, and your social media links.

Your email title should be Collection Name – Your Story Name – Author Name.
For example; “UNDERGROUND – My Story – A N Author”

Please allow 6 weeks for a response before querying.

Via: Black Hare Press.

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.

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