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As a publisher in the best of genre fiction, we are looking for novels that blend genres and styles to deliver stories as surprising and shocking as they are relevant. 

WHAT WE WANT -- Novels and short stories heavily grounded in science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, or thriller, or some blend of genres. Novels and short stories that speak to pulp and/or literary conventions. Well-written stories, strong characters, interesting voices. 

WHAT WE DON'T WANT -- Novels or short stories that promote hate speech, first drafts, stories and novels submitted outside our submissions window or fan fiction. (Any submissions submitted outside our window will be deleted unread). 


PODCAST SHORT -- We are looking for a single short story to be featured on our Podcast, Sley House Publishing Presents Lit Bits. This will be featured as a dramatic reading with full production and will also be featured in Tales of Sley House 2022 later this year. The ideal story will fit our genres of interest and meet as near as possible our word limit of 6000 words without going over. Payment will be $100 via PayPal upon signing the contract, audio production, and print publication in our anthology. As per our Short Story guidelines, the chosen story's author will also receive an eBook and print copy of the anthology as well as a discount on future print copies. Submissions for this story will begin February 1st, 2022, and go until we find the strongest submission. Please do not submit until  our start date, as all submissions outside our window will be deleted unread. SUBMISSIONS CLOSED.

SHORT STORIES -- for our annual anthology, Tales of Sley House, 2022 -- Open 7/1/2022 - 7/15/2022 for college students only. Graduate or undergraduate, you must send in your submission from your school email address to be considered. Beginning 7/16/2022, we will open submissions for everyone (students and non students) and go until we fill the anthology. We are looking for well-written genre fiction, around 6,000 words. Please attach your short story as a word document (.doc or docx). DO NOT share in a google drive. 


In the subject line, write "SUBMISSION -- story genre + Story title -- word count". In the body of your email, tell us a little about yourself and a little about the story.  If you've been published elsewhere, tell us about that also. We will pay $25 via PayPal upon contract signing + 1 eBook copy & 1 print copy. We also offer a discount on any future print copies.


NOVEL SUBMISSIONS -- agented and un-agented, submit all month long, February 2022. We offer standard or higher royalty rates on net sales. Send submission materials in the body of the email and not as attachments. 


Include: 1) your query letter to include why you queried us, relevant background and publication history, and a short synopsis of your novel, 2) the first chapter of your novel or the first 10 pages, 3) a 1-3 page synopsis that tells the story including plot twists, the climax, and your ending (don't leave us hanging). Please note, attachments will not be opened and such emails will be deleted. SUBMISSIONS CLOSED.

GRIMOIRE SUBMISSIONS -- Scholars and Translators agented and un-agented. We are interested in publishing your annotated, originally-translated texts. We'll open for submissions for the month of October 2022. Please send a brief synopsis complete with your professional qualifications and a sample chapter all in the body of your email. We are especially interested in rarer works or those that aren't currently in circulation. You must show that you own the copyright for the translation. Compensation will mirror the compensation for novels. 


When ready, click the submissions button below. We look forward to reading your work. 

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