We all know that every story has its own length, a set number of words needed to tell the story it needs to tell. Some are very clearly short stories — under 10,000 words — while others that require more (20,000 words or more) are novellas or novels. But what about those in-between stories, the stories that fall awkwardly between the 10,000 and 20,000 words.

Recently we’ve been receiving stories that fall into that category and we were at a loss as to what to do with them. Too long for an anthology, but not quite long enough to stand on its own as a short novel (novella), these novelettes often fall through the cracks and it’s a shame because often they are quite good but publishers just don’t know what to do with them. That’s why we decided to launch a new line: GRAVE MARKERS.

What’s a GRAVE MARKER and how will they differ? Those stories accepted to the GRAVE MARKER line will be published as stand-alone offerings in digital format only. Early the following year all of the GRAVE MARKERS published the previous year will be compiled into a print collection of novelettes. We expect the competition for this line to be fierce, as we will only be accepting 4 to 6 novelettes during the course of the year, so send us your very best.

Interested? Send your submission to [email protected]

Via: Grinning Skull Press.

Ongoing Submissions: ‘Silver Screen is B Movies from the 50’s and onward’ Novelettes

Payment: 7,500-8,000 words: $20.00 – 8,001-10,000 words: $25.00 – Contributor’s Copy

Silver Screen is looking to publish 2-4 novelettes each month, in kindle and paperback. The theme of Silver Screen is B Movies from the 50’s and onward. We are looking for zany, fun adventures in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Action-Adventure. Think dime store pulp mixed with B Movie plots.

Silver Screen Imprint will be paying the following for submissions:

· 7,500-8,000 words: $20.00
· 8,001-10,000 words: $25.00


· 1 Electronic Copy Kindle or PDF
· 1 Paperback Copy

· Contract for 2 more Novelettes to be published within the year.

Payments will be paid via PayPal USD, or USD Amazon Gift Card.

Manuscript Requirements:

· 12 pt Roman, Georgian, Arial or Book Antigua (Nothing else will be read)
· Double Spaced
· No headers, footers or page number needed
· Proper paragraph formatting
· Included your Name, Mailing Address, Email, and other contact info in the upper left hand corner of the 1st page.
· Do not include artwork with your submission unless you own the copyright
QUERY or Email your Submission to: [email protected]

Submissions will only be accepted in the following formats:

Any other formats will be not be read, and deleted.

Via: Silver Screen Books.

Ongoing Submissions: Heroes and Heartbreakers

Payment: $1,000 against a 25% royalty
Note: This one takes paranormal and I know a few of the writers that read our listings write in a style that fits here so I’m posting it for you

Welcome, authors! The Short Story Program is seeking short original romance fiction for publication on both the H&H site and in e-book. Keep reading to learn how you can submit your work for consideration.

What are the submission guidelines?

We are looking for original short stories (15k-30k words) as well as novellas (30k-50k words) and category-length works (up to 60k). Novellas and category-length romances would most likely be considered for publication as serial stories. We welcome submissions of original romance stories in all subgenres, including:

  • Contemporary
  • Paranormal/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
  • Erotica
  • Historical
  • Romantic suspense
  • Women’s Fiction
  • New Adult

What are you not looking for?

Please note that we are not looking for “true confessions” or other non-fiction material. We are also not looking for stories that have already been published; although we will consider edge cases, “original” means original—not previously published.

Who would edit my story?

Original stories acquired for this program are edited by both in-house editors and freelance editors who are experts in the romance genre.

How much do you pay?

We pay $1,000 per story against a 25% royalty. (The royalty enters the picture with respect to downloadable versions of the work.)

Okay, I am ready to submit! What should I know?

Please do not query first. Due to the volume of submissions, we regret that we are unable to send responses for queries or for submissions that fall outside our guidelines. Please allow 8-12 weeks for review of your manuscript.

In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • The subgenre of your story
  • A brief summary of your story
  • Confirmation that the story has not been previously published
  • Whether or not you are a published author, and—if so—for whom you write
  • Whether or not your story is connected to a larger universe in which you already write

This is not required, but please feel free to include your Twitter and Facebook URLs in the cover letter.

Stories should use standard manuscript format (Our preference is 12 point, Times New Roman, double-spaced.) and be emailed as Word files.  Please send it with a cover letter including the elements described above to submissions[at]heroesandheartbreakers[dot]com.

Are simultaneous submissions allowed?

Yes, but please let us know you are submitting to other houses in your cover letter, and let us know as soon as possible if you’d like to withdraw your submission at any time during the review process.

Anything else?

If you have any other questions, please contact us at [email protected]. Otherwise, that’s it! We look forward to reading your story.


[via: Heroes and Heartbreakers.]

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