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Haunt Publishing Is Open To Novels

June 30, 2022

Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: £200 and 15% royalty rate on print sales, 50% on audiobook and ebook sales.
Theme: Gothic, horror, and dark fiction genres (read below for more details.)

Closing date: Friday 1st July @ noon BST

The below guidance is in place for transparency about our submissions process.

Information About the Publishing Process.

We are a book publisher and welcome submissions from both agented authors and those without agents. Please see these guidelines for an idea of what we are looking for.

Our aim

Haunt is a small press dedicated to Gothic, horror and dark fiction. Our aim is to shine a flickering candle on Gothic and horror in new areas. Think Frankenstein in Baghdad and the film Under the Shadow. We also love traditional Gothic!

If this sounds like it fits with your writing, we want to hear from you!

Learn more about us here.

Genres we publish in

We are looking for books in the Gothic, horror and dark fiction genres. We particularly look for work that is engaged in some way with Gothic preoccupations, such as doubling, decay, occultism, supernatural monsters or beings, hauntings, the blurring between reality and the supernatural, or death.

To give an idea of our book tastes, here are some books we love:

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • The Girls by Emma Cline

  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang

  • Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica

  • Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt

  • Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

  • Things We Say In The Dark by Kirsty Logan

What we are looking for

We want books with the curse of unputdownability, that keep a reader up all night. Books that provoke unease, terror and dread. Basically, we want books that haunt readers long after consuming them. If this sounds like your book, send it our way!

All books should be completed, or near completion, as we don’t currently consider pitches.

We are currently looking for:

  • novels

We are not currently looking for:

  • short story collections

  • novellas

  • poetry collections

  • anthology pitches

  • nonfiction

  • children’s books.

How to submit

Email Rebecca at [email protected] and attach (as word docs or PDF files):

  • A one-page covering letter that includes an author biography, a short pitch about the book (100-ish words), and the word count.

  • A 1,000-ish word synopsis that details the complete plot of your book, including twists and ending (don’t leave us hanging!).

  • Either the first three chapters or 10,000 words of your typescript (title page too, please!).

  • Please format your email subject line as: SUBMISSION: Title (Novel)

Contract Terms

  • Each signed author will receive a £200 fee in recognition of the work they have put into the book so far (we realise this is merely a token amount, but we hope to set a precedent where the authors earn more). This means authors will earn royalties on their book sales straight away.

  • Novels: exclusive right to produce, distribute, promote, publish and sell the work in the English language worldwide in volume, ebook and audio formats.

  • Story story collections/poetry collections/anthologies: non-exclusive right to produce, distribute, promote, publish and sell the work in the English language worldwide in volume, ebook and audio formats (so you can continue to publish and make money from your short stories elsewhere, from 12 months after publication).

  • 15% royalty rate on print sales, 50% on audiobook and ebook sales.

Extra Notes

  • There is no set word count but between 60-120,000 words would be ideal.

  • We particularly welcome submissions from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities as well as from people with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds.

  • We are looking to commission 1–2 new titles for 2023.

  • We will publish in paperback, ebook and potentially audiobook.

  • If we want to read more, we will request the full manuscript from you. This doesn’t guarantee publication, but shows we think your work might be suitable for us.

  • We aim to get back to everyone within six weeks after the submission deadline.

  • Find out more about the Haunt publishing process.

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Via: Haunt Publishing.


June 30, 2022