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Interstellar Flight Magazine Will Be Open For Horror Novellas!

December 1, 2022

Submission Window: October 1st, 2022 – December 1st, 2022
Payment: Royalties, the possibility of an advance
Theme: Horror
Note: The amazingly talented Lee Murray is the guest editor for this call!

Interstellar Flight Press is seeking submissions of Horror Novellas in the speculative genres. For this call, we are also open to translations. Books from this call will be slotted for 2023–2026 publication dates. This call will be open 10/1/22–12/1/22.

Our guest editor for this call is Lee Murray. From Aotearoa- New Zealand, USA Today bestselling author, Lee Murray, is a writer, editor, poet, and screenwriter, and winner of the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, Australian Shadows, and Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Her fiction titles include the Taine McKenna adventure trilogy, The Path of Ra (with Dan Rabarts), and debut collection Grotesque: Monster Stories. Lit Reactor’s Editor of the Year for 2021, Lee has edited 18 volumes of speculative fiction, including the acclaimed Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (with Geneve Flynn). She’s a Grimshaw-Sargeson and NZSA literary fellow, and a former HWA Mentor of the Year. Her first poetry collection, Tortured Willows, a collaboration with Angela Yuriko Smith, Christina Sng and Geneve Flynn, released in October 2021. Read more at https://www.leemurray.info/.

We are looking for:

  • Novellas 17,500–40,000. (This is a hard word count limit. We will accept manuscripts within 5,000 words of this, but note that authors may be asked to revise to within these word counts.)
  • Horror genre including but not limited to: Science Fiction Horror, Fantasy Horror, Supernatural, Weird Horror, Mystery/thrillers with horror elements. Hybrids or difficult to categorize works are welcome. Give us your slashers, zombies, witches, vampires, monsters, demons, devils, horror comedies, psychological thrillers, body horror, crime noir, creature features, aliens, ghosts, haunted houses, creepy carnivals, serial killers, possessed children, shapeshifters, disasters, and viruses.
  • Translations: We accept translations from authors or translators working on behalf of authors. In the case of collaborative projects, royalties are split based upon agreement between the parties involved.


  • Please send complete manuscripts (your entire book) in .doc or .docx formats, formatted in Standard Manuscript Format with no identifying information in the document. This means:
  • 12-point font.
  • Times New Roman, Courier, or similar font.
  • Double spaced.
  • Numbered pages.
  • Your name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript or in the title of the document. If your name appears in the manuscript, we will remove it before sending it to our readers.
  • NEW: Please include content warnings on the first page of the manuscript. For more on this, please read our guide to content warnings.
  • Please include a synopsis/summary on the first page of your manuscript, max 500 words.
  • We require a cover letter with bio in our submission form. Be sure to include links to your website and social media so we can get to know you.
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine, but if you receive an offer from another publisher, please let us know so we can withdraw your manuscript.
  • We do not accept previously published manuscripts, including self-published or partially published manuscripts.
  • Agented submissions are welcome. If you’re an agent, please send us an email (contact (at) interstellarflightpress (dot) com) or submit via the form.

Hard Sells:
While we will read all manuscripts submitted, we do have a list of things which will likely be hard sells:

  • Explicit sexual content
  • Rape and graphic sexual assault
  • Animal cruelty and/or death of an animal
  • Homophobia, Transphobia, graphic violence toward LGBTQ people
  • Violence toward people with disabilities
  • Violence toward women, spousal abuse, mariticide
  • Violence toward children or infanticide
  • Violence toward any marginalized group or community
  • Stories that promote hatred, prejudice, or violence toward any group of people included but not limited to age, race, nationality, sex, gender, religion, political affiliation, economic status, disability, or neurodiversity.

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.

Please refer to our website for our full submission guidelines. As a reminder, this call will be open 10/1/22–12/1/22.

Via: Interstallar Flight Press.


December 1, 2022