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Eerie River Is Open To Dark Fantasy Novels And Novellas!

July 31, 2020

Submissions Window: June 15th to July 31st, 2020
Payment: A royalty percentage of ebook, print, audio, and merchandise profits. The exact numbers will be available when the call opens on the 15th.
Theme: Dark Fantasy
Note: I would usually wait to schedule until all payment details are available but ER has a good track record and if anyone was close to finishing a novella or novel in this style I wanted to give you extra time to prepare.

Open Submission Window
June 15 – July 31, 2020
What are we looking for?

We are seeking high-quality stand alone novels and a potential novella series in the dark fantasy genre. At this time we are not interested in short story collections, full erotica, strictly religious fiction, or poetry.

We want unique, well-crafted worlds with compelling plots, exciting adventures, entertaining characters, and new dark fantasy concepts.

We are drawn to the fantasy worlds with a grim heartwrenching twist. The perfect story would balance the light and the dark storyline with humour alongside the emotional twists and turns. In essence, if you can envoke a gambit of emotion throughout the story we will be hard-pressed to say no.

Manuscripts should be written in good taste and be aimed for a mature audience that enjoys the darker side of fantasy. As this is dark fantasy, we encourage a step toward some of the darker and horror tones within the storyline, and we won’t shy away from some use of violence and gore. However, we will not be accepting any manuscripts with detailed rape scenes, pedophilia, or untoward behaviours to animals of any kind. (you know what I mean)

Submissions of novels should be between 60,000 and 120,000 words.

Submissions of novellas should be approximately 25,000 – 50,000 words with a series potential of at least three stories in total. We will not be accepting stand-alone novellas at this time.

Please ensure you are sending us the best version of your story to be reviewed. For novels your manuscript should be completed in full, have already undergone beta readings, editing and revisions. For novella series, the first of the series should be completed in full, have already undergone beta readings, editing and revisions, and an outline of the next books should be in place and ready to discuss.

What to submit in the query email:
Tell us who you are! Where you are published if you are, and let us get to know you a bit. This doesn’t have to be a standard bio, and shouldn’t name every publication and writing you have done.

A brief summary of what to expect. Think of it as an elevator pitch. Please include the word count in this section.

In a word document please send a synopsis of the story outline. Preferably just one or two pages, but don’t leave major plot details out. We are looking to confirm the complete arc of the story. Title your document as “Synopsis – Title – author name” for clarity. Please send only doc, .docx, or .rtf format. We will not be reading any other format.

Sending the Sample:
Please only send the first THREE chapters of your story as a doc/x file for consideration.

Manuscripts must be completed in the Shunn style format. Please review the hyperlink for details on acceptable formatting.

We will only be reading and considering unpublished and original works. Please note, this does include works published on websites, author pages, reddit, and any other form or site found on the internet.

How to submit: Email your queries to [email protected]
For clarity please title your email as “Novel (Novella) – Title – Author Name”

How long will it take for a response?
Our goal is to respond to every query within 60 days of the initial submission.
Should we request a full manuscript for review, please note this will take between 3 – 6 months after the submission window has closed.
Let me know if you need any other information.
Have a great day and stay safe out there!


July 31, 2020