We publish only young adult mystery novels, 45,000 to 80,000 words in length, in trade paperback and ebooks editions. For our purposes, a young adult book is a book with a protagonist between the ages of 13 and 18.
We are looking for both traditional and cross-genre young adult mysteries (see below for exceptions). We encourage off-beat approaches and narrative choices that reflect the complexity and ambiguity of today’s world. Submissions from teens are very welcome.
What we do not consider:
- Nonfiction, including true crime and autobiography.
- Authors who live outside the USA or Canada (because of the difficulties of marketing and promotion).
- Short stories or collections.
- Middle Grade fiction.
- Authors who have previously published young adult mysteries.
What to avoid:
- Serial killers.
- Excessive gore or horror.
- Vampires or other heavy supernatural, SF, or fantasy content. A minor supernatural or fantasy element is possible, but keep it nuanced.
Miscellaneous but important notes:
- Avoid coincidence in plotting. Avoid having your sleuth leap to conclusions rather than discover and deduce.
- Pay attention to the resonance between character and plot; between plot and theme; between theme and character.
- We are looking for clean style, fluid storytelling, and solid structure. Unrealistic dialog is a real turn-off.
Length: 1,000-5,000 words
Payment: Cash prizes are to the total value of US$3,500: $2,000 for 1st place; $600 for 2nd; $200 for 3rd, and; $100 each for 4th through 10th.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.neoglyphic.com/neoverse-writing-competition
Long-Distance Running. The hours of solitude. The endorphin rush. Other people looking at you as if you were crazy. The pain. The endurance. The more pain. The competition. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
We are looking for Speculative Fiction; We tend toward (soft) Science Fiction and Fantasy, but will also accept well-written Horror or Supernatural or Whatever, as long as it is Speculative Fiction.
The same world in which we live, but with (for example) self-driving cars, big rigs, and garbage trucks, robots working in the car washes and in the farm fields, 3D printing, milk bottles delivered by drone, connectivity everywhere, fledgling AI, and the Internet of Everything.
Please note: We are not seeking apocalyptic or post-apocalypse stories and in general, prefer more upbeat than downer tales.
Length: 2,500-6,000 words
Payment: Authors will share equally fifty percent of royalties received. On contract signing, authors may choose between a $5 advance on royalties or a copy of the finished book.
Submission Guidelines: http://darkhousebooks.com/stories-from-the-near-future/
Nosetouch Press is bringing you Blood, Sweat & Fears: Horror Inspired by the 1970s to capture the essence of the horror of living in the weird 1970s. We welcome any horror, provided that it faithfully represents the oh-so-creepy, grit-under-the-fingernails vibe of the 1970s, and really captures the time period between 1970 through 1979 — we’re not looking for splattercore and excessive gore, so much as rampant paranoia and dread hanging like smog over everything.
Put on your bellbottoms, your clogs and your satin shirts and write the best original 1970s-inspired horror story you can imagine, and send them our way. Beyond the grimy 1970s horror vibe, thematically, the stories can be wide open, but all submissions should radiate that discordant ‘70s vibe that gave us Son of Sam and other infamous serial killers, Three Mile Island, Jonestown, Watergate and CREEP, and many other things.
No reprints, please.
Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words
Payment: $25 plus a contributor’s copy
Release: Late Spring/Early Summer 2016
Submission Guidelines: http://www.nosetouchpress.com/call-for-submissions/
Less Than Three Press invites you to submit tales of zombies, be they the enemy, the ally, or something else entirely.
Length: 10,000-20,000 words
Payment: $200 + 2 print contributor copies and 1 copy in each ebook format released
Submission Guidelines: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/anthology-submissions/
The essence of the uncanny is an unsettled feeling, a sense that something isn’t quite right, often coupled with an inability to articulate exactly why. Our tastes lean more toward the psychological than toward gore, especially for this volume. We’re looking for a wide range of interpretations and a balance of styles and tones (serious, humorous, modern, historical, futuristic, mythological, gothic, etc.). We aim for the same high quality of stories that appeared in Specter Spectacular I and II.
Length: Under 10,000 words
Payment: Payment: $10 + paperback copy of the anthology
Submission Guidelines: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html
Planned release date March 15th, 2016. Will accept previously published stories provided author has rights and most recent publication is prior to March 15, 2015.
The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length.
We accept MS Word .doc and .docx files. Submissions must be in standard manuscript format. Submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org” When submitting, please include “Black Coffee” in the subject line.
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