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Taking Submissions: Game Over Books Submission Period V.7 (Novels, Novellas, Collections)

March 22, 2023

Deadline: March 22nd, 2023
Payment: 30% royalties and 25 author copies.
Theme: Work that is entertaining and thought-provoking, cheery, dark, or otherwise.

Game Over Books Submission Period V.7

Please read carefully because our guidelines have changed… again.

For this reading period, we ask that you send us the full manuscript.

This reading period will be split into two sections. The prose reading period (novels, novellas, short story collections, etc) will be from 3/1/23 to 3/22/23. The poetry reading period (full-length, chapbooks, etc) will be from 5/1/23 to 5/31/23. If your collection is hybrid, send it during the poetry reading period.

Game Over Books generally offers 30% royalties and 25 author copies. Sample contracts can be found here. If you have questions, notes, or concerns about our contract, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


  • Manuscripts should be in Times New Roman, size 12 font.

  • Please include a title page and a table of contents.

  • On the title page, please include your name, genre, and page count.

  • Please include an acknowledgements page, if applicable.

  • GoB no longer does “blind readings.” Your name is important and part of who you are so no need to remove it from the manuscript. Keep it in!

  • Individual poems/stories may be previously published, but the manuscript as a whole should not be previously published.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If chosen, you will be asked to remove your work from simultaneous review upon notification. If your work is chosen at another publication, please notify us immediately.

What We’re Looking For!!

Game Over Books is looking to publish work that is entertaining and thought-provoking, cheery, dark, or otherwise. The type of work that makes you say “oh shit!” and you have to pause and look around to make sure no one actually heard you say that out loud.

We like manuscripts that tell a story and have an overall arc to them.

Be honest. Be weird. But most of all, be you!

Please Note!!

Game Over Books does not believe in a reader’s fee so submissions are entirely free. However, we are a small operation with limited funds so if you want and are able, there is an option to donate. Or check out our Patreon for store discounts, Discord access, and other exclusive content.

Either way, thank you for submitting your work to Game Over Books. We appreciate you!


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March 22, 2023


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