Submission Guidelines

Dark Silo Press is actively seeking novel and novella length fiction for print and eBook publication.

Submissions should be sent via e-mail as an attachment (.doc, .wpd. or .wps).

The document should include the following components:

  • Cover Letter with credits (if any)
  • A one page synopsis of the novel
  • The first chapter of your story
  • A one page summary of your marketing plan

Dark Silo Press does not accept snail mail submissions.

We publish supernatural horror and other dark fiction. We are less interested in slasher, slipstream, urban fantasy or comedies. Graphic violence and language is okay.

We will consider stories of 20,000 words or more. Writers should consider the following style preferences:

  • Concrete language
  • Active verbs
  • Compelling characters

We think Lovecraft was a genius, but passive language, abstract descriptions and reactive protagonists won’t work for us.

We verify receipt of your submission within a week. We anticipate a turnaround time of 30 days on all submissions that meet the requirements listed above. Please be patient with our process – we’re a small operation.

Your marketing plan should include your audience and how you intend to reach them. Your plan should list publications you intend to secure reviews from, your Web presence, Internet sites that will review or support your novel, any specific platform you can use to promote your book and additional plans you have to guarantee sales.

Please don’t send us anything that doesn’t meet these requirements. The “shotgun” approach to submissions is the publishing industry equivalent to spam. We are confident you will get a better response if you review the requirements of individual publishers and target only those that currently work in your genre.


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