Nightfire: Temporarily Open to Manuscript Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone

Nightfire, the horror imprint of Tor/Forge, is open to submissions of novellas (20,000-40,000 words) and novels (40,000-200,000 words) for a very brief period this June (2020). It opened on the 15th and will close on the 22nd.

Tor/Forge is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of McMillan and you can learn more about them here.

Nightfire is open to any sub-category of the horror genre “from the cosmic and Lovecraftian; to the beloved undead tropes of zombies, ghosts, and slashers; to the more uncanny and internal terrors of isolation, lost love, and aging.” Work may straddle more than one genre but it must be identifiable as horror.

You can read their full temporary call for submissions here.

They are actively seeking work from underrepresented populations including but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, class, physical or mental ability.

If you haven’t read their work recently it can very much help to listen to their free audio anthology here.

They are not interested in previously published works, including self- published works. They are not interested in works of nonfiction or short story collections.

They will not consider “tie-in fiction”, this includes any work that relies on knowledge established in other works. You cannot submit multiple works at the same time and they prefer you don’t simultaneously submit elsewhere, but that if you do, and your work is accepted elsewhere first, inform them right away.

They offer advances for novels and novellas. The amount of the advance depends on a number of factors, including how commercial the work is.

Their submission manager is here. It’s important to read all of their submission guidelines carefully before submitting. It takes them about nine months to respond to submissions.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.

 

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