CRIME SUBMISSIONS OPEN
Limited window: closes June 7, 2021.
Currently open to CRIME & CRIME/THRILLER novellas (up to short novels) and collections of crime (dark general fiction is cool, too) stories. Looking for books to publish late this year and next year.
21,000 words - 60,000 words
Authors must have accessible social media accounts.
Please, no copaganda. No police procedurals. Think Donald Westlake, Gillian Flynn, Lawrence Block, Megan Abbott, Dennis Lehane, Oyinkan Braithwaite, and so on.
Submit complete manuscript in preferred query, or submit story pitch with sample of writing and writing history (first time authors need complete manuscripts).
50/50 profit splits. No advances. 4-year contracts.
Send queries to
Preferred Query Letter Style
Subject line: Title/Name/Word Count
Example: Carrie/Stephen King/67,000 Words
Brief synopsis of pertinent information of story submitted.
Example: Carrie White is a chubby loser with no friends, a religious-obsessive and abusive mother, and the gift of telekinesis—skills which she hones in quiet loneliness. A cool couple feels guilty for a prior transgression and attempt to integrate Carrie into high school society, unaware it will trigger a revenge plot against the girl. Embarrassed and enraged by the plot, Carrie uses her supernatural powers to destroy the society, town, and mother who have kept her down.
Top five writing credits.
Example: The Glass Floor – Startling Mystery Stories (Fall, 1967)
The Reaper’s Image – Startling Mystery Stories (Spring, 1969)
The Blue Air Compressor – Onan (January, 1971)
It Grows on You – Mashroots (Fall, 1973)
Nine short stories – Cavalier Magazine (1970-74)
Bio, maximum of one hundred fifty words.
Example: Stephen King teaches English at Hampden Academy and earned his English degree from University of Maine at Orono. His short stories have appeared in several journals, magazines, and periodicals. He lives in Maine with his wife and their children.
Links to your social media accounts and website (if you have one).
Not on social media? I probably won’t publish you. Selling indie books is a team effort.
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