Thursday, December 10, 2009

Markets For Novels & Short Stories -- December 2009

Strangetastic is a new online publication looking for all kinds of supernatural fiction, from dark fantasy to light horror. Stories should be between 1000 and 6000 words. Payment is $25. Find all the details at


Publishes one romance a month, all paranormal. They also publish urban fantasy that is not part of the romance line.

Because Tor is primarily a science fiction and fantasy imprint, they like their romances to have a strong paranormal element. They publish all sub-genres: vampires, werewolves, psychics, witches, fallen angels, futuristics – pretty much anything goes. She loves steampunk. She also loves fantasy romance and space opera type romances. She’d like to see more futuristics set on other planets. She likes everything from humorous to dark. Heather previously worked for Ellora’s Cave, so she’d open to erotic content, though that’s not the focus of Tor’s line.
She’s not a fan of time travel or ghosts. Doesn’t like historical western or Civil War settings. And she doesn’t like Gothics.  Time travel is an iffy genre for paranormal. The paranormal element must be strong in all the time periods – time travel alone is not enough.

They’re okay with stand alone books, series or trilogies.

Melissa is looking “almost exclusively for young adult.” She likes YA urban fantasy and YA romance for older teens, dark and edgier. 65,000 to 85,000 words.

Tor will accept unagented and unsolicited manuscripts. Don’t just query, send the submission. Submission guidelines

Include a brief cover letter, a synopsis that includes the beginning, middle and end of the book and the first three chapters. Write Tor Paranormal Romance on the envelope.

In addition to paranormal romance, she’s interested in urban fantasy. She’s open to YA paranormal romance and YA urban fantasy. You may submit YA to Heather, Melissa or to the Tor YA editor, Susan Chang. If the romance is really strong, send to Heather.

Length 75,000 – 100,000 words for romance. Fantasy is much longer


Shock Totem

Publishes dark fantasy and horror short stories. Payment is 5 cents a word. Editors K. Allen Wood, John Boden and Nick Contor are looking for mystery, fantasy, suspense, supernatural and morbid humor with a clear horror element. They’ll accept unpublished stories no longer than 5000 words. Find the guidelines at


Gumshoe Review

Is interested in short fiction mysteries and nonfiction articles about the mystery field. Maximum 1000 words. They pay five cents a word. Email submissions to Editor Gail Surrette at   Visit their website for more information.


Danielle Perez will be the new executive editor at New American Library beginning January 4, 2010 and will be acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction.


Carina Press

The e-book only publisher expects to release its first titles in the Spring of 2010. Although the parent company is Harlequin, Carina Press is structured as a separate entity with an e-book store only for Carina Press. Contracts are similar to other e-publishing contracts: i.e. no advance but higher royalties. Royalties will be 30% of cover price.

Plans are to publish “a broad range of fiction with an emphasis on romance.” They will look at almost anything except young adult, poetry or nonfiction, including: romance, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure, thrillers, horror, futuristic and erotica. They are interested in complete manuscripts only at this time, but ask that you query first. Send your query to  Fine the complete submission guidelines here.


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