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Neon Hemlock is a Washington, DC-based small press publishing speculative fiction, rad zines and queer chapbooks. We punctuate our titles with oracle decks, occult ephemera and literary candles. Publishers Weekly once called us “the apex of queer speculative fiction publishing” and we’re still beaming.
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Full submissions info is here: https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions Here's an example of our novella submissions guidelines: A submissions link will be posted here when we are open again. We are looking for: Wordcount: 17,500–40,000 words. Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Slipstream, & Weird. Hybrid work or difficult to categorize novellas are also welcome. Standalone works, although they may be connected to other series or work. We are particularly interested in work that explores some element of queer experience, broadly speaking. Guidelines: Please submit complete manuscripts (your entire novella) in .doc or .docx formats, formatted in something approaching Standard Manuscript Format. However, please use italics and bold as necessary. The editor has an aversion to Courier and a fondness for Georgia. Please include a cover/query letter with the title, genre, length, a short pitch/synopsis of the concept, and a brief bio. You may include links to your website/social media, and previous publications if any. Please don’t stress about this cover letter, if we have additional questions about your submission, we’ll ask them. Simultaneous submissions are fine, please withdraw immediately if you take another offer. Novellas should be previously unpublished. Please no multiple submissions. Original submissions only. Short stories that have been adapted to novella length or similar are welcome, but the novella itself may not have been published. Submissions are open to all. Neon Hemlock Press is particularly interested in queer stories and authors. Authors from all underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to submit. Please don’t self-reject. Some of our favorite novellas include A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson, and the Tensorate novellas by Neon Yang. This call is for our 2023 Novella Series. Novellas will be distributed in paperback and ebook formats. Our standard contract will ask authors to choose between an Advance+Royalties option or a Royalties Only option. We ask for exclusive Worldwide English rights. We do not ask for audio rights. Our turnaround time is expected to be around three months. Please query if you haven’t heard from us after 90 days. We’d love if you tracked your submissions on Duotrope or the Submission Grinder.
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