GUIDELINES

MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS: CLOSED/HIATUS

NOVEL/NOVELLA SUBMISSIONS: OPEN

To submit or check the status of a previous submission, click here.

In addition to the guidelines below, please read the submission requirements on our Submittable page prior to uploading your submission.

WHAT WE WANT:

We consider original, unpublished novels and novellas within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc.

Please note that novellas must be at least 17,500 words in length. Anything less will be deleted.

WHAT WE DO NOT WANT:

We’re not interested in hard science fiction, epic fantasy (swords and sorcery), splatterporn (blood and guts and little more), or clichéd plots. Clichéd themes are okay. We won’t turn our noses up at the sight of zombies or serial killers or vampires, but there needs to be something that sets it apart from the norm for us to seriously consider it.

No fan fiction.

WHAT WE WILL CONSIDER:

Reprints. Unpublished work will always get first consideration. Any submitted reprint must be out of print and the author must retain all applicable rights. All previous publication information (for the submitted work only) must be disclosed.

FORMAT:

All submissions must be sent via our Submissions Manager (see link at the top and bottom of this page). Please use 12pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced lines, and indented paragraphs. Use italics (do not underline for italicized words). Please include your full name, contact info, and word count in the document.

No simultaneous/multiple submissions.

READING PERIOD:

We’re open from February through May, and August through November.

RESPONSE TIME:

90 days or less.*

PAYMENT:

Payment for novel/novella submissions is an even 50/50 split of the net income on all copies sold.

RIGHTS:

For previously unpublished work we claim First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic World Rights (not to include Internet use) for a period of five years. After which all rights revert to the author.

For previously published work we claim Reprint Rights and Exclusive Electronic World Reprint Rights (not to include Internet use) for a period of three years. After which all rights revert to the author.

Full payment/rights details will be provided if we make an offer.

Send any questions and queries to: general@shocktotem.com. To submit or check the status of a previous submission, click here.

* Response time is estimated, not guaranteed.

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