Taking Submissions: The Black Beacon Book of Mystery

Deadline: November 30th, 2019
Payment: 1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories, 100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate, 10 pounds for reprints / flat rate, and a contributor’s copy

Submissions close: 30/11/2019

Response time: We’ll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest

Publication: Planned for late 2020

What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You’ll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their “little grey cells”, as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend… it’s up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game’s afoot!

Length: 
Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words
Novellas up to 25,000 words

Rates:
1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories
100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.

GENERAL GUIDELINES AND DETAILS

Please only submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction.

Languages accepted: 
English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d’édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais.

What we expect from authors:
1) We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of a previous anthology to be sure you want to be part of our team. We’re choosing stories for our anthology, but you’re also choosing a home for your work. We want you to feel you’ve made the right choice.
2) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
3) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.

Legal disclaimer:
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.

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.

For submissions in English, the editor requires:

– 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.

– Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.

– Only one space at the end of sentences.

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

– The use of italics. Do not replace them with an underline. 

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. In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Submission”.

Via: Black Beacon Books.

Taking Submissions: Midnight Echo – Things are not as they seem

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) $20, Short stories (1k to 5k words) $50, Novelettes (5k to 15k words) $100, Novellas (15k to 25k words max.) $150
Note: Only accept unsolicited submissions from writers in (or originally from) Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands.

Midnight Echo 14 is upon us and the AHWA is proud to announce that Deb Sheldon is onboard to guest edit this representative of all things good about Australasian horror writing. Deb’s themed issued of Things are not as they seem will open to submissions from July 30 to August 31 and she is seeking only the best for this edition of Midnight Echo. To know more about the editor, we have a brief bio to introduce her and prepare you to make the most of the submissions window.

Deborah Sheldon is an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. She writes short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum. Her titles include the noir-horror novel Contrition, the bio-horror novella Thylacines, the collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories (Australian Shadows “Best Collected Work 2017”), and the creature-horror novel Devil Dragon. She has a novel, a collection, and a novella forthcoming in 2019. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous Aurealis Awards and Australian Shadows Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker, and included in “best of” anthologies. Other credits include TV scripts, feature articles, non-fiction books, and award-winning medical writing.

Thank you for considering ME14 for your submission and thank you to all who download the edition when it becomes available at the end of the year.

Submission Guidelines
Midnight Echo is the magazine of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. We seek original, previously unpublished horror fiction and non-fiction on horror-related subjects. As the AHWA’s goal is to support the genre in Australasia, we only accept unsolicited submissions from writers in (or originally from) Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands.

Fiction: We accept all types of horror. Your story should unnerve, disturb, or inspire fear. We encourage you to be courageous with your subject matter, but above all else, tell an entertaining story that will linger with our readers. Local stories with distinctly Aussie, Kiwi, or Pacific settings, characters, dilemmas, monsters, or themes are especially welcome. Please read past issues of the magazine to get a feel for what we like to publish. One (1) submission per author (no multiple submissions).

We offer the following pay rates based on the length of your story:

Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) $20
Short stories (1k to 5k words) $50
Novelettes (5k to 15k words) $100
Novellas (15k to 25k words max.) $150

Non-Fiction: We welcome articles, creative non-fiction, and interviews on horror-related subjects. Non-fiction that has an Australasian focus (such as an interview with a local author or article about a local book or film) is preferred, but we welcome a broad range of horror-related submissions. Please read past issues of the magazine to get a feel for what we like to publish. We offer the following pay rates based on the length of your article: Interview or short article (up to 1,000 words): $20 Article or essay (1k to 5k words): $50. One (1) submission per author (no multiple submissions).

Note about pay rates: While AHWA would like to pay writers more for their work, the organization is run by volunteers and has limited funds. Our goal is to develop emerging Australasian writers and give them experience working with editors, which we hope is a value above and beyond what we’re able to pay for their work. However, through more writers becoming AHWA members and more readers purchasing copies of Midnight Echo or the Dead of Night anthology, AHWA can strengthen its financial position and increase its rates.

Poetry: Authors may submit up to three (3) pieces for consideration but only the author’s best piece will be selected, if successful.  Payment for the accepted piece will be $20.

Cover Art: Evocative cover art has been a hallmark of Midnight Echo. We are always looking for art that is dark, sinister, or scary (but suitable for a general audience). We only use two covers per year, so our selection process is competitive. Artists from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit. We pay $100 for cover art.

Submissions should conform to standard manuscript formatting and be sent to: [email protected]. Please include the title of the work and a short author bio in your cover letter.

Submissions for Issue 14 will open on July 30 and close on August 31 2019. Acceptances and rejections will be sent by 30 September, 2018.

Rights: We pay for exclusive electronic rights for six months and non-exclusive print and electronic rights for a Midnight Echo anthology.

Via: Midnight Echo.

Taking Submissions: Interstellar Flight Press Novellas

Deadline: September 15th, 2019
Payment: 40% of all Publisher’s Net Receipts to the author as royalties.
Note: They’re willing to send sample contracts in advance so you can look them over before deciding.

Call for Novellas
Interstellar Flight Press will be open for submissions of speculative novellas from May 15-September 15. We are looking for:

  • Fiction Novellas 17,500–40,000 words.
  • Speculative genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Weird, Mystery/Thrillers or any combination of the above. Hybrids or difficult to categorize novellas are welcome.
  • Young Adult novellas are okay as long as they are speculative in some way.
  • We will consider both standalone novellas and series (Please submit the first book in a series only).

Guidelines:

  • Please send complete manuscripts (your entire novella) in .doc or .docx formats, formatted in Standard Manuscript Format.
  • Please include a synopsis on the first page of your manuscript, max 500 words.
  • We require a cover letter with bio. Be sure to include links to your website and social media so we can get to know you.
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine, just let us know if you need to withdraw. Novellas should be previously unpublished.
  • Agented submissions are welcome. If you’re an agent, please send us an email or submit via the submission form.


We are keen to publish new authors as well as to hear from more established authors. As always, we love hearing from authors from underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities.

All of our books receive a full marketing plan and are printed in hardcover and paperback formats, as well as distribution as eBook and audiobook. We consider publishing a collaboration and pay 40% of all Publisher’s Net Receipts to the author as royalties. Depending on the project, we may also offer an advance. We ask for exclusive world English rights, audio rights, and some subsidiary rights. We believe in transparency. If you would like to see a sample of our contract, please email us at contact (at) interstellarflightpress (dot) com.

Our turnaround time around three months. Please query if you haven’t heard from us after 90 days.

Via: Interstellar Flight 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.

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

JournalStone Is Currently Open To Novels, Novellas, And Fiction Collections

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We are currently OPEN to fiction collection, novella and novel submissions. (9-14-2016)

Guidelines for all submissions:

  • JournalStone is currently accepting manuscripts with the following genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal in the Young Adult and Adult markets. We reserve the right to consider the subject matter and how best to utilize it. JournalStone does not practice censorship of any author’s work.
  • In your cover letter, tell us the word count, genre, and a brief synopsis of the plot. Submissions without this information cannot be reviewed.
  • Please attach your manuscript in your email as a .doc,. docx or .rtf file. Do not paste your text in the body of the email.
  • The title of your email subject line and file name should read: “Submission [type] – [title] – [genre] – [last name]”. For example: Submission Novel – Carrie – Horror – King.
  • For proper formatting of your manuscript, please follow the Shunn way.
  • We consider the quality of the editing in our review process. Please fully proof read and edit manuscripts prior to submission.
  • Do not submit a work-in-progress. We only accept completed works.
  • Allow two to three months for a response to your submission. We may respond more quickly, but we cannot guarantee timing.
  • Please do not send follow up e-mails. We will notify you when we place your work in the queue, and will contact you when we have completed our review.
  • Inform us if this is a previously published work. If you have self-published the same work, we would like to know the details about your effort. You may include website links in your email, to direct us.
  • Email your cover letter and completed manuscript to jess [at] journalstone.com

 

What happens when you submit to JournalStone?

JournalStone will review your submission and decide whether we can publish it. Often, authors receive comments about their text, prior to any approval, with suggestions for improvements, or clarifications in the story. While this does not guarantee a firm acceptance, it can certainly help, and can ease the next few steps.

If your work is approved for publication, our president, Christopher C. Payne, will contact you with a contract for your review. Upon acceptance of that agreement, we will begin to move your manuscript through the editing and development channels. This part of the process can take a few, to several months. You will be involved the entire way.

Once editing and development is complete, your new book will be printed in proof form, and it will be reviewed again for any additional work. You will get a chance to see it, too! When approved in that first printed form – your book is ready for the release! JournalStone will begin to distribute and promote your book, to make the world aware of it.

*These are general guidelines to the publishing benefits provided; the contract serves as the final agreement, between JournalStone (publisher) and all authors, for work undertaken.

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