top of page

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.

Please direct any novel submissions related questions to Stephen Black at:

Submission Requirements

Please note that we prefer novels written with upmarket/literary style 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

  • Dark fiction 

  • Literary horror

  • Dark fantasy

  • Historical fiction (w/ dark elements)

  • Historical fantasy

  • Historical horror

  • High fantasy (w/ dark elements)

Things we are looking for: dark/macabre elements, Gothic themes, paranormal elements, deconstructed tropes, romantic subplots, interesting characters, unique spins on fairy tales/folk stories/mythology, alternate history, genre blends, evocative prose. We accept industry standard word counts for your genre.

Things we are not looking for: poetry collections, YA/NA, splatterpunk/shock horror, stories without dark elements, commercial prose, romcoms, thrillers, urban fantasy, or sci-fi. While we love 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 Note: Submissions that do not follow submission requirements will not be considered.

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

  • Publication history

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

Send to:


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

Learn More About Quill & Crow


Our Publications

Discover dark fantasy, Gothic horror, and poetry titles of Quill & Crow.


Our Family

We are a collective of writers, poets, & professionals.


Our Magazine

Learn more about us by reading our free online literary magazine.


Proud Member

We are proud members of the Independent Book Publisher Association.

bottom of page