We publish original works of speculative fiction with an emphasis on non-traditional storytelling and multicultural characters. We want our authors to break the rules, and then rewrite them. As an independent digital press, we only accept works under 50,000 words. We are specifically seeking manuscripts that fall under the umbrella of dystopian speculative fiction (which may include the sub-genres of new adult, contemporary and historical romance, erotica and horror). 

We are not interested in religious fiction, young adult fiction or non-fiction works of any kind. In addition we do not accept works that depict pedophilia, incest, bestiality, snuff or other forms of extreme fetish play.

We encourage diversity, and prefer manuscripts with non-traditional heroines and heroes. Our target audience is mid-twenties and up, so characters and situations should reflect a mature audience.  We work with both fledgling and experienced authors.

Our One Dollar Holler (seasonal) series features stories in the following categories:

  • Steampunk – Romance | Erotica | Horror – m/f, f/f, m/m coupling
  • Historical – Mysticism – Romance | Erotica | Horror  – m/f, f/f, m/m coupling
  • Modern – Horror | Thriller – m/f, f/f, m/m coupling

This year’s showcase themes are as follows:

  • Autumn – Changing | Reflection | Insight
  • Winter – love| longevity | Nesting
  • Spring – Awakenings | Purging
  • Summer – Intense But Brief Encounters

 

Compensation

We offer some of the most competitive royalty rates in the industry. We do not offer advances.

 

Format

Please be sure to edit and refine your work before submitting and ensure that it is complete. Any unfinished manuscripts we receive will be rejected. Sometimes 25,000 words fall short of telling the story you want. In certain cases, we accept serialized fiction, but series cannot extend beyond three individual stories and must follow the overall themes of the seasonal quarterlies.

Length:

Novels: 30,000 – 50,000 words
Novella: 18,000 – 25,000 words
Novelette: 8,000-17,500 words
Flash & Shorts: 1,000 – 7,000 words

 

Manuscript Style:

A manuscript should be double spaced with minimum formatting, no special characters embedded within the paragraphs or used as breaks between paragraphs (exception: *** may be used in place of scene breaks). Font should be Times New Roman. The title page of your manuscript should include the title, author’s name, genre, email address, and exact word count.

File format:

We will only accept electronic submissions. Completed manuscripts should be attached to an email as a .doc, docx or rtf file. We allow simultaneous submissions, but please send only one copy of your work to us, additional manuscripts will not be accepted until your submission process has concluded (ex: you receive an acceptance or rejection letter).

Query Letter:

Query letters should be sent first before you submit a full manuscript. Please include the word submission, your name and the title of your work in the subject line. The body of your letter should contain: your name, email address,  title of manuscript, genre, word count,  a hook line and a five paragraph summary of your story. Here’s an example:

Subject (Example): Submission “Krowbar” by Noel Mahana

(Salutations)

(Introduction)

(Hook Line)

( Five Paragraph Summary)

(Closing salutations)

(Name)

(email)

To proceed, visit our submissions page.