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We are CLOSED to all submissions. If you'd like to submit to us in the future, please familiarize yourself with what we are looking for and our submission process. BIPOC authors are welcome and encouraged!

Submission Requirements

Submissions that do not follow submission requirements will not be considered.

Please note that we prefer novels written with upmarket prose. You can familiarize yourself with our preferences by checking out any of our anthologies or our free online literary magazine, The Crow's Quill. We also suggest visiting our What is Gothic Horror? page for more information about the genre.

We accept adult fiction in the following genres (and genre blends):

  • Gothic horror/fiction

  • Southern Gothic horror

  • Dark fiction 

  • Literary horror

  • Historical fiction (w/ dark elements)

  • Historical fantasy (w/ dark elements)

  • Historical horror

  • Gothic romance

  • Speculative fiction 

Things we are looking for: character-driven stories, dark/macabre elements, Gothic themes, paranormal elements, deconstructed tropes, literary themes, romantic subplots, hauntings, interesting characters, alternate history, ghosts, genre blends, and evocative prose. We accept industry standard word counts for your genre.

Things we are not looking for: poetry collections, short story collections, YA/NA, splatterpunk/shock horror, stories without dark elements, high fantasy, slasher horror, erotica, commercial prose, romcoms, urban fantasy, or sci-fi. While we prefer historical fiction, contemporary stories will be considered if they maintain a dark, Gothic feel. 


*We DO NOT want stories that center around sexual assault or child abuse. Please do not submit these titles to us.

Please send us a query letter to the listed email address that includes:

  • Book Title

  • Genre/Subgenre

  • Word Count

  • Any comparison titles

  • A short biography + socials

  • Publication history (if applicable)

Please attach a synopsis and the first 20 pages of your manuscript to your email. Attachments should be in a Microsoft Word Document (.docx file) and follow the standard Shunn format.  

Send to:


Email: Query Letter + Two Attachments: Full Synopsis & First 20 Pages

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