Lanternfish Press 2024 open call for Fiction & Memoir with extended deadline for writers of color

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Lanternfish Press

Call For Submissions

Lanternfish Press is open for unsolicited manuscripts for 2024. We are seeking original fiction and memoir in both the full-length (60 to 100,000 words) and novella-length (20 to 40,000 words) ranges.

During the month of April, the window will remain open only for writers identifying as Black, Indigenous, and people of color, in order to acknowledge and address historical and systemic inequities in book publishing.

Categories for submissions are as follows. You will have to select one in Submittable in order to have your manuscript considered. Gothics often fall somewhere in between literary-speculative and historical/regional; please choose the category that you think suits your work best.

  • Novel, literary-speculative (60-100K words)
  • Novella, literary-speculative (20-40K words)
  • Novel, historical/regional (60-100K words)
  • Novella, historical/regional (20-40K words)
  • Memoir, full-length (60-100K words)
  • Memoir, short (20-40K words)

All submissions must be made through our Submittable portal. Our full guidelines, including formatting guidelines, are available on our Submissions page:

Please note that submissions made that do not meet our guidelines, or submissions in categories we don’t publish, will be archived without response.

Submission Period
March 1, 2024 - April 30, 2024

Submissions Guidelines URL

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