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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
Thank you for your interest in our anthology project I AM THE ABYSS. Open submissions are now closed and we are working through existing submissions. If you submitted a story, expect to hear back within two months.
I AM THE ABYSS is slated for a 2015 publication with a Kickstarter campaign tentatively launching in April. Visit IAmTheAbyss.com for more information on the book.
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.