Flame Tree Press | Ongoing Submissions

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Genres:  Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Crime
Novels: 60,000 to 120,000 words


We are happy to receive submissions for our Flame Tree Press imprint. It’s the new author-led, trade imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. The Press list focuses on speculative fiction, art and music.

Non-fiction: Music and Art
Word Count: 
60,000 to 120,000 words

We are interested in biographies and non-fiction subjects in all fields of art and music.

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Thirteen Literary Journals that Publish Novel Excerpts

“Thirteen Literary Journals that Publish Novel Excerpts” by Emily Harstone | 11th July, 2016 | Authors Publish.

“Literary journals are one of the best ways to build a publication history. They give agents and publishing houses a reason to take your manuscript submission seriously. However, most literary journals publish short stories, poems, non-fiction, and flash fiction, not novel excerpts.

That is fine as many novelists also write other work. Some do not. This is why it is great to find literary journals that publish novel excerpts. This is also helpful if you are looking to promote your novel. If a reader stumbles across your novel excerpt in a literary journal, they may go ahead and buy your novel.

Joyland: An online literary journal that has published a number of great and established writers…

The Collagist: A respected online literary journal published by a respected literary publisher…

The Iowa Review: A respected print journal that publishes novel excerpts.

Cosmonaut Avenue: A Canadian publication interested in publishing a wider variety of writing, including novel excerpts.

Azure: A literary journal that publishes novel excerpts as well as screenplay excerpts and a wide variety of other writing.

The Capra Review: A literary journal that publishes short stories, novel excerpts, and a variety of non-fiction (including memoir).

Boston Accent Lit: A literary journal that not only publishes excerpts from unpublished novels, they accept and encourage submissions of excerpts from already published novels.

Compose: A great online literary journal focused on publishing work by emerging authors.

Filling Station: A Canadian literary journal that publishes a variety of work, including stand alone novel excerpts.

Copperfield Review: They bill themselves as a journal for readers and writers of historical fiction.

Fifth Wednesday Journal: A respected journal that publishes poetry, fiction including novel excerpts, creative nonfiction and photography.

Litbreak: They publish a wide variety of written work, including novel excerpts online.

Word Riot: A very respected online literary journal…”

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Dark Park Publishing | Novellas & Novels

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Novellas & Novels
Genre: Horror, Dark Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Western, or Dark Comedy in any genre
Deadline: Not Stated
Length:  Novellas – 25,000+ words; Novellas – 50,000+ words
Payment: $150 advance, plus royalties to be paid every 6 months, plus 10 free print copies

“What we are looking for, besides an entertaining read, is unique storytelling. Whether it’s a strikingly original premise, a mash-up of genres never done before, or a tale told in an unconventional (but effective) style, if your work presents fresh ideas and a distinctive voice, we’re interested!”

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Submit manuscripts to Sydney School of Arts & Humanities

New at SSOA: Submit manuscripts

“Writers are now encouraged to submit manuscripts to be considered for publication by Sydney School of Arts & Humanities. We welcome many different genres and forms of literary output, from novels and poetry to non-fiction and memoir.”

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Black & White Publishing | Ongoing Submissions

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Ongoing Submissions

Black & White Publishing are happy to read material from potential new authors and accept unsolicited manuscripts for both fiction and non-fiction from the UK, Ireland and further afield. All manuscripts will be considered, but at the moment we are particularly looking for:


  • commercial women’s fiction, especially chick lit, saga and romance
  • crime and psychological thrillers
  • contemporary YA and New Adult crossover books
  • children’s fiction


  • memoirs
  • sport (UK and Ireland in particular)
  • humour
  • food and drink
  • activity books

We do not accept:

  • poetry
  • short stories
  • work written in languages other than English

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The Dos and Don’ts of Novel Endings

dos-and-donts“The Dos and Don’ts of Novel Endings” by James V. Smith Jr. 27th March, 2012. Writer’s Digest.

In learning how to end your novel with a punch, it’s important to know what you can and can’t do to write success novel endings that attract agents, publishers and, most important, readers. Here are the dos and don’ts of writing a strong closer.

Don’t introduce any new characters or subplots. Any appearances within the last 50 pages should have been foreshadowed earlier, even if mysteriously.

Don’t describe, muse, explain or philosophize. Keep description to a minimum, but maximize action and conflict. You have placed all your charges. Now, light the fuse and run.

Do create that sense of Oh, wow! Your best novelties and biggest surprises should go here. Readers love it when some early, trivial detail plays a part in the finale. One or more of those things need to show up here as decisive elements.

Do enmesh your reader deeply in the outcome. Get her so involved that she cannot put down your novel to go to bed, to work or even to the bathroom until she sees how it turns out.

DO Resolve the central conflict. You don’t have to provide a happily-ever-after ending, but do try to uplift. Readers want to be uplifted, and editors try to give readers what they want.

Do Afford redemption to your heroic character. No matter how many mistakes she has made along the way, allow the reader—and the character—to realize that, in the end, she has done the right thing.

Do Tie up loose ends of significance. Every question you planted in a reader’s mind should be addressed, even if the answer is to say that a character will address that issue later, after the book ends.

Do Mirror your final words to events in your opener. When you begin a journey of writing a novel, already having established a destination, it’s much easier to make calculated detours, twists and turns in your storytelling tactics. When you reach the ending, go back to ensure some element in each of your complications will point to it. It’s the tie-back tactic. You don’t have to telegraph the finish. Merely create a feeling that the final words hearken to an earlier moment in the story.

Don’t change voice, tone or attitude. An ending will feel tacked on if the voice of the narrator suddenly sounds alien to the voice that’s been consistent for the previous 80,000 words.

Don’t resort to gimmicks. No quirky twists or trick endings. You’re at the end of your story, and if your reader has stuck with you the whole time, it’s because you’ve engaged her, because she has participated. The final impression you want to create is a positive one. Don’t leave your reader feeling tricked or cheated.

Source: The Dos and Don’ts of Novel Endings

How to Write a Novel: Some instructive facts about fiction

“How to Write a Novel: Some instructive facts about fiction” by Emma Straub. 9 September, 2014. Rookie.

Of the six novels I’ve written in my life, two have been published. I’ve heard writers say that you have to relearn how to write a novel every time you do it, which I think is true in some ways, but there are some basic guidelines that can help you find your way—and novice-type pitfalls that you can avoid. The advice I’m about to give you won’t work for everyone, or for every book, because fiction is art and art cannot hew strictly to rules and guidelines, but if you need a little help getting started, here is my Very Serious Guide to Writing a Novel.

1. Know what’s important to you.
2. Make an outline.
3. Set attainable goals.
4. Write.
5. Find readers.
6. Revise that sucker for as long as it takes.
7. Give yourself a gigantic pat on the back.

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