We are excited to open to public fiction submissions for the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction! If you wish to submit please read the guidelines below completely before sending us your manuscript. Thank you!
We will only accept fiction for one of the three new lines if the fiction is 100% original. That means never published anywhere else, including other publishers, self-publishing, websites or blogs. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but no multiple submissions please.
Each book that is accepted for publication in Dark Regions Horror, Dark Regions Fantasy and Dark Regions Sci-Fi will have a Kickstarter/crowdfunding campaign associated with it. The campaigns will be created as a means for readers to preorder the book and to fully fund each project. Authors, artists, editors and everyone else involved in each book project will be asked to contribute to the campaign with videos, promotional efforts etc.
Crowdfunding campaigns aren't always favored by authors, so it's important to know before thinking about submitting that if your manuscript is accepted for publication in Dark Regions Horror, Dark Regions Fantasy or Dark Regions Sci-Fi a crowdfunding campaign will be associated with it.
Manuscripts of 100% original fiction, that means never before published on any blog, website, ebook platform or any other form of publication. Horror, fantasy, science fiction or any cross genres between will be considered for the three new lines.
Original ideas will be the most strongly considered. You can submit a zombie novel, but please give it an inventive twist or a very creative story arc. Remember that this book will have a crowdfunding campaign associated with it, so if the idea behind the book is "zombies take over the world" there's a good chance it won't be accepted.
Real characters and creative vision are sought. If there's at least one character (preferably the protagonist) that we can grow attached to and the journey you take us on is a creative one, that will increase your publication chances significantly!
Double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12pt Times New Roman font, but use italics, not underline. Word Docs only! (prefer .DOC over .DOCX or RTF)
Please refer to William Shunn’s Proper Manuscript Format for detailed instructions at: http://www.shunn.net/format/novel.html
We require the following information included in the body of your e-mail with the manuscript attached for your work to be considered:
Synopsis – please write a brief description of your manuscript in 200 words or less and include it in your e-mail.
Genre/sub genre/cross genre
Is it a novel, novella, collection or anthology?
How do you feel about a crowdfunding campaign attached to your project? Would you be willing to appear in the video, promote it etc.?
Your publishing credits (debut authors are welcome!)
Relevant organizations/groups that you are a member of.
Full name, e-mail, phone number and shipping address.
Ideally we want to respond to every submission within 90 days, but we may take longer due to submission volume or to give your manuscript proper consideration. Please feel free to query after 90 days, but know that if it takes longer it's because wee want to give proper consideration to your manuscript! We will do our best to respond to all submissions within 6 months.
Author will receive a base payment (or advance) in the amount of $500 and starting rates of 35% NET royalties (profit sharing) for trade paperback editions and 45% NET royalties (profit sharing) for ebook editions which can increase to 40% and 50%, respectively, based on sales thresholds being reached.
Authors will also receive 10% of the total funds raised by the crowdfunding campaign associated with their book (base payment included). If the crowdfunding campaign succeeds, authors will be paid with a flat payment (not advance) and royalties will begin on book sale #1. If the crowdfunding campaign fails, authors will be paid a flat advance of $500 ($250 pre-pub $250 post-pub) and royalties will start after NET royalties earned surpass $500.
First worldwide print, electronic and audio English Language rights exclusive for three years from official publication date. Movie/film, television, merchandising and video rights exclusive for five years from official publication date. Note: if any movie/film, television or video interest generates the author of that story will be notified, directly involved and will be ensured to receive payments/royalties/proper recognition from any such project. No ventures like this will move forward without the author's consent. Year's Best rights remain with the author.
Ebooks and trade paperbacks will be produced of each book in all three lines, while signed limited edition hardcovers will be reserved for books with successful crowdfunding campaigns/strong ebook and trade paperback sales. Audiobooks may be produced depending on success of the title.
Editor: R.J. Cavender
Original novels, novellas, short story collections and anthologies of horror are welcome for consideration! 18,000 to 80,000 words, must belong in the horror genre (not all dark fiction is horror!). No reprints, no mulitple submissions.
We want scary/disturbing stories (this is horror, after all!). We do not want erotica or paranormal romance. Your story can have sub genres; thriller, crime, adventure, but the primary genre must be horror. Original ideas have the highest chance of publication. Classic monsters/rehashed plotlines/story arcs will be a tough sell if they don't have something original going on.
Send us horror that is scary, disturbing, original, well written with believable characters!
Have you read the submission guidelines in their entirety and have a manuscript of original horror fiction of at least 18,000 words you would like to send us? Please send your manuscript via e-mail with a subject line of "DRP Horror Sub: book title" to the following e-mail address: darkregionshorror AT gmail DOT com
Editor: Emily Gable
Original novels, novellas, short story collections and anthologies of fantasy are welcome for consideration! 18,000 to 80,000 words, must belong in the fantasy genre (that means any fantasy, not just sword and sorcery). No reprints, no mulitple submissions.
We're looking for imaginative and original fantasy stories. While sword and sorcery/high fantasy are welcome, any stories with fantastical elements and creative ideas will be considered.
Send us fantasy that is creative, original, well written with believable characters!
Have you read the submission guidelines in their entirety and have a manuscript of original fantasy fiction of at least 18,000 words you would like to send us? Please send your manuscript via e-mail with a subject line of "DRP Fantasy Sub: book title" to the following e-mail address: darkregionsfantasy AT gmail DOT com
Editor: Michael Bailey
Original novels, novellas, short story collections and anthologies of science fiction are welcome for consideration! 18,000 to 80,000 words, must belong in the science fiction genre, but sub genres are welcome. Science fiction horror is welcome, but make sure that science fiction is the primary genre. No reprints, no mulitple submissions.
We're looking for imaginative and original science fiction stories. Technically many stories can fall within science fiction, but in general we are seeking stories/manuscripts that have interesting science fiction elements. From Isaac Asimov to Philip K. Dick, we love our science fiction. Science fiction horror? We love that too! John Carpenter's The Thing, Event Horizon... if your science fiction has scares that will be celebrated.
Send us science fiction that is creative, original, well written with believable characters!
Have you read the submission guidelines in their entirety and have a manuscript of original science fiction of at least 18,000 words you would like to send us? Please send your manuscript via e-mail with a subject line of "DRP Sci-Fi Sub: book title" to the following e-mail address: darkregionsscifi AT gmail DOT com
We are happy to announce that Dark Regions Press is open to public fiction submissions for the first time in a very long time for our new upcoming anthology I AM THE ABYSS. This very special project will consist of ten original adventure stories of horror and/or dark fantasy each illustrated with an original two-page color spread by award-winning artist Les Edwards. The book is planned to be published in Q4 of 2015.
Find the submission guidelines below, and please read them from start to finish before sending us your manuscript.
Thank you and we look forward to reading your fiction!
When each of us reaches the end of our life in this world our consciousness enters a new perpetual reality during the seconds before the brain loses activity. This world is based on the subconscious and experiences we had during our mortal lives. The structures, landscapes, creatures and cities are amalgams of what we perceived during our short journeys on earth, and there our consciousness will stay (unless we find a means of escape).
These are ten stories of tortured souls and dark minds whose difficult mortal lives have come to an end. Their consciousnesses have been transported into underworlds of their own making. It is here that they rediscover forgotten corners of their minds, creatures that they never thought their imaginations could conjure, cities grander or more bizarre than anything they had experienced in their mortal lives.
In these underworlds the characters will truly discover themselves; their darkest fears and deepest desires will manifest. But within these realms they will also find peril and adventure. They will unlock secrets inconceivable during their mortal paths. Some will conquer their underworlds while others will submit. These are ten formations of the abyss on what makes us who we are: our own consciousness.
I AM THE ABYSS will consist of ten novelettes/novellas in the realm of horror and/or dark fantasy by ten different authors each accompanied by an original two-page color illustration by award-winning artist Les Edwards. The book will be offered in ebook, trade paperback and two signed collectible hardcover formats.
What We Want:
Adventure stories in the realm of horror and/or dark fantasy. Expansive and unique underworlds full of landscapes, cities, creatures, culture, history and more. It is essential that your version of the underworld feels like a fully realized place that has depth and connections to your central character. We want a strange and unique place to get lost in with a fascinating character to take us along for the ride. Your version of the underworld must have its own name which must also be the title of your story.
Although we seek uniqueness and creativity, you are welcome to base your version of the underworld on an established version from cultures/religions: Ancient Egypt, Greek, Christianity, Buddhism… but if you use an established mythos please explain it with your character/story. Remember: these underworlds are based on the subconscious and life experience of your main character/narrator.
We want the authors to have fun. Experiment; create sprawling cities, romances, wars! While the core idea behind the anthology is important, let this underworld be a playground for your creativity. The most exciting, interesting and creative stories will win us over in the end.
You can begin your story before your character dies in their mortal life, during their death or after death: that is up to your discretion. At least 60% of your story must take place in their version of the underworld. Please avoid overly long introductions based in the character’s mortal life or prolonged scenes in the mortal world.
We seek adventure stories. Don’t spend too much time lingering. The idea is: the reader will pick up I AM THE ABYSS and dive into one of the ten unique underworlds and experience a captivating and truly creative setting with a character that they can grow attached to taking them along for the ride. Whether the central character "lives," "dies," triumphs, fails… that’s all up to you. They must be human, and believably human at that.
Something to note: if you are half-finished with your story but October 1st of this year is coming up fast, you can submit the story in partial form. While we much prefer the finished version we understand busy schedules and if the idea is exciting enough and the portion we read well realized enough we just might accept it based on those strengths alone.
Please read over the details below before submitting. Thank you for your interest in our anthology!
Genre: Horror and/or Dark Fantasy
Submission Window: January 28th – October 1st 2014
Length: 10,000 – 18,000 words
Book Editions: ebook, trade paperback, Your Heart is Black (signed limited edition hardcover), I Am Gateway (ultra-deluxe signed traycased hardcover) and audiobook.
Payment: $0.05/word + contributor copy + royalties + a signed and personalized high quality digital print of the full color spread that artist Les Edwards creates based on your version of the underworld. 1% NET royalties per author on all ebook, trade paperback and audiobook sales. Payments will be made via PayPal. Royalty payments will be made monthly. Royalty rates will increase based on sales thresholds being reached.
Kickstarter campaign: a campaign will be created for I AM THE ABYSS later this year, most likely in late November. Authors will be asked to record a short video describing their story, character and version of the underworld. If the author is unable to record a video we will describe their story on their behalf. They will also be asked to help promote the campaign and help us connect to anyone they know in the media, well-recognized names in the industry and others that could help in promoting the campaign. The campaign itself will be designed as a preorder with perks, giving backers the chance to reserve their copy of the book at planned retail price for each edition with free U.S. shipping and additional incentives exclusive to the campaign.
If you are uncomfortable partaking in a Kickstarter campaign please do not submit a story for consideration. For the success of the project it is crucial that all authors and contributors involved believe in the effort and are willing to help promote it. This is an ambitious project and demands a healthy budget. Something to note: the more successful the campaign is the more we can expand the project itself from additional stories to additional artworks from artist Les Edwards.
If the Kickstarter campaign does not succeed (we are very confident it will succeed) authors will be compensated in the exact same amount but will be paid in 4 payments (1 payment a month).
Format: RTF or DOC in Standard Manuscript Format. Courier New font.
Response time: 60-90 days
Edited by: Chris Morey with help from manuscript readers
Policies: No reprints. The work must be 100% original and never published anywhere else in the past, including blogs, websites, self-publishing or any form of publication. The words of your story must have only been read by yourself and your inner circle!
No multiple or simultaneous submissions. If your first story is rejected, you may submit one more story for consideration, but only after the first story has been rejected. Two story limit per author.
Rights sought: First worldwide print, electronic and audio English Language rights exclusive for three years from official publication date. Movie/film, television and video rights exclusive for five years from official publication date. Non-exclusive rights to keep anthology available across all platforms thereafter. Note: if any movie/film, television or video interest generates from any particular story in the anthology the author of that story will be notified, directly involved and will be ensured to receive payments/royalties/proper recognition from any such project. No ventures like this will move forward without the author's consent.
When Sending Us Your Manuscript Please Make Sure to Include the Following in the Body of Your E-mail (in order):
Location: City, State/Province and Country
Story title, genre, word count and POV (point of view)
Story synopsis (500 words or less)
Publishing credits (debut authors are welcome!)
Website address (blog or social media is fine here too)
Send your manuscript to: iamtheabyssdrp AT gmail DOT com
Thank you and we look forward to exploring your imagining of the underworld!
Dark Regions Press will be opening for submissions to the public in 2014 for the realms of horror, fantasy and science fiction! We will be considering manuscripts of only original fiction that has not been published anywhere else, including self-publishing, websites, blogs or other publishers. Because of this, most of the manuscripts we are likely to consider will be novellas/novels, but short story collections that include only original stories will also be considered.
To writers of horror, fantasy and science fiction: check back on this page in Q1 of 2014 for more information/news of when the submission guidelines will be released.