Before you submit your manuscript, we strongly encourage you to go over the guidelines below. It will save us both time, and will also let you know if we are a good fit for your manuscript. Remember that every manuscript—of whatever length—will go through a careful review by several readers before it is accepted. You will have a much better experience if you keep the following guidelines in mind.
Manuscripts that interest us
Fantasy fiction is such a diverse field that it is nearly impossible to fit a book into a particular category, but it is at least possible to talk about them in broad terms, and to give some indication as to the kinds of manuscripts that we are interested in. We are interested in the following broad categories:
- Epic fantasy
- High fantasy
- Low fantasy
- Urban/Contemporary fantasy
- Alernative History
- Dark fantasy
- Young adult fantasy
- Dystopian Science Fiction
- Near future Science Fiction
- Epic Science Fiction
If your manuscript doesn't fit neatly into one of these categories, don't despair; hardly any do. This is intended as a general guideline, and to give you some indication as to what kinds of manuscripts are likely to capture our attention.
Manuscripts that do not interest us
We are not interested in titles which might be characterized as any of the following:
- Paranormal romances
- Superhero fantasy
- Fan fiction
Given that it is remarkably difficult to pigeonhole many books into a particular category, if you think you have a strong manuscript, feel free to submit it. We will give it careful consideration and let you know if it is a good fit.
We prefer to accept submissions in either Microsoft Word (any version) or Apple's Pages (from the iWork suite). This is for the simple reason that it will make the editing process much simpler for everyone involved—both Pages and Word support tracking changes, and this greatly simplifies the editing process. If you don't happen to have either of these packages, don't despair—if your story is good enough, we'll find a way to work with you.
Proofread. Then proofread again.
We fully expect to find grammatical, stylistic, and typographical errors in submissions, but the fewer of these there are, the better your manuscript will look to our reviewers. Please take the time to make your document as clean as you can before submitting it.