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We are OPEN to unsolicited submissions. If you'd like to submit to us, 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.

We are currently seeking NOVELS ONLY (45k - 100k words). Please note that we prefer novels written with voicy 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. Please do not pitch your genre as "Gothic" unless it is, indeed, Gothic fiction.

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

  • Gothic horror/fiction

  • Southern Gothic fiction/horror

  • Dark fiction 

  • Literary horror

  • Historical fiction (w/ dark elements)

  • Historical horror

  • Gothic romance

  • Speculative fiction (w/ dark elements)

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 (please see our imprint Black Rose), commercial prose, romcoms, urban fantasy, or hard sci-fi. While we prefer historical fiction, contemporary stories will be considered if they maintain a dark, time-ambiguous feel. 


IMPORTANT: We DO NOT want stories that center around sexual assault or child abuse. Please do not submit these titles to us. Please include trigger warnings in your submission if SA or CA is mentioned or "off-screen."

Please use the email address below to submit your query. Please include the following information in the body of your email:

  • Book Title

  • Genre/Subgenre

  • Word Count

  • Any comparison titles

  • A short biography + socials

  • Publication history (if applicable)

Please attach the first three chapters of your manuscript and a full, one-page synopsis to the email. Attachments should be in a Microsoft Word Document (.docx file) and follow the standard Shunn format.  In the subject line, please put TITLE / GENRE / WORD COUNT. 

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Email: Query Letter + Trigger Warnings + Two Attachments: Synopsis & First 3 chapters

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