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Early Listing: Open Call for Novelette Submissions!

“๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ: ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 1๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 31๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ-๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ 15,000 ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ 25,000 ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด. ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ-๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.”

Greetings all!

In honour of our one year anniversary, we have another exciting announcement to make today: from the 1st to the 31st of January next year, we will be open for submissions for novelette-length works of around 15,000 to 25,000 words. We are going to be looking for horror fiction of all forms and flavours, all sub-genres and themes, to be published as part of an ongoing series from Night Terror Novels Publishing, titled Nightmarish Novelettes. The series will be kicking off with J. D. Keown‘s Father Knows Best, releasing sometime in 2022, and we will be seeking other authors to join the line-up.

If this has piqued your interest, please scroll down for the full details!


What are We Looking For?

We are looking for original and unpublished fictional stories that run the gamut of the horror genre, all of its assorted sub-genres, and those that combine elements of other genres as wellโ€”send us your stories of science-fiction spookies, of western weirdness, crime chillers, freaky fantasyโ€”we’re open to it all, so long as it has a strong horror twist flowing through its veins. Since the Nightmarish Novelettes series is aiming to offer varied slices of horror, you can really go wild as far as settings, storylines and themes go. The only concrete rules for consideration are that it must fit our guidelines detailed below, and fall within what we classify as a noveletteโ€”i.e. between 15,000 and 25,000 words.

What Does Publishing with Night Terror Novels Get You as an Author?

  • In-House Editing Servicesโ€”We will provide editing services for your story, and collaborate closely with you to ensure that we are mutually happy with any amendments and revisions.
  • In-House Cover Design Servicesโ€”As this is going to be the start of a series, we would be looking to achieve some uniformity in our cover designs across entries, but we would also collaborate with you to achieve a design that fits the theme and narrative of your story, and is satisfactory for both parties.
  • Promotional Servicesโ€”Before, during and after publication, we at Night Terror Novels will promote your work across our websites and various social media accounts. We will also send you a selection of promotional materials prior to publication to use at your own discretion.
  • Advance Paymentโ€”Selected authors will recieve a ยฃ50 advance payment in addition to the royalty rates listed below.
  • Book Royaltiesโ€”Royalties from all sales (both digital and physical, across all purchasing avenues we choose to sell through) will be paid on a quarterly basis for the first year of publication, then annually after that. Please see below for our royalty rates.
  • Contributor Copiesโ€”We will send you three (3) contributor copies of your finished book in paperback gratis, wherever you are in the world. You will also be provided with a digital e-Book copy too.

So what does Night Terror Novels seek in return? We are a fledgling publishing house, and we are, first and foremost, looking to launch our house and our brand before anything else. With that in mind, Night Terror Novels is offering authors 25% of royalties from the sales of each medium (digital and physical) and across all purchasing avenues at which we choose to stock the book.

We are really looking to get the ball rolling with establishing our publishing house, and a crucial stage of that is bringing outside authors into the Night Terror Novels family. We’re hoping to find some awesome new voices in the horror genre and have them join us on this exciting new chapter in our future. From here, we will be looking into the possibility of publishing longer works, but for now, the Nightmarish Novelettes book series is going to offer a manageable route into providing slightly longer standalone publications, and we hope to have you along for the ride.

As with our anthologies, we’d like it to be known that we’re not the squeamish sort, so be as wild and grotesque as you wish. Erotic content is fine too and will be considered, so long as it exists to serve the narrative. More or less anything goes, though if your story is blatantly racist or homophobic it will be instantly rejected. We also encourage submissions from female, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors, as weโ€™re striving to offer a range of experiences and perspectives in this series.

This is an early listing for the open call, as we’d like to allow authors enough time to either sharpen up a story they have banked away, or to start a story from scratch specifically for this call. The window to submit will run from the 1st January (1/1/2022) to the 31st January (31/1/2022). Please do not submit before these dates. The deadline is likely to stay as we have listed it here, though we will consider extending it based upon a variety of factors. Any changes will be posted both here and on our social media accounts. As we are aiming to start a series with this, we may end up selecting multiple stories for publication over an extended period of time.

The first story (or stories) selected for publication will be edited and formatted by J. D. Keown. He can be found on both Instagram and Twitter @JDKAuthor, and we can be found on Instagram @nightterrornovels. All updates and announcements regarding this open call and the story/stories chosen for publication will be posted on those accounts, so give us a follow if you want to get the latest news.

See below for all relevant guidelines and details, and please read them carefully before submitting.

Payment: This is an advance and royalties-based open call. The advance is a flat rate of ยฃ50; royalty shares will be paid on a quarterly basis for the first year of publication, then annually after that. As mentioned earlier, Night Terror Novels is looking to offer authors 25% of royalties for all formats and points of sale.

Guidelines (please read carefully):

  • .doc, .docx or .odt format. No .pdfs please.
  • Single OR Double-spaced, 12pt font, preferably Times New Roman, though provided the text is clearly legible, the font doesn’t matter too much. Please format indentation for paragraphs, don’t just use the spacebar or tab keys. See Shunn’s guidelines for reference on how your manuscript should look.
  • Document should contain the story title, the author’s preferred pen name, and the story’s approx. word count, but should NOT contain any headers or footers.
  • In the body of your email, please include a brief plot synopsis for your novelette.
  • Original work only, please. No reprints, no stories published elsewhere (such as on personal blogs, social medias, or other websites). Simultaneous submissions are more than welcome, but please inform us as soon as possible if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • The rights Night Terror Novels Publishing are seeking is first print rights and exclusivity rights for six (6) months after the original date of publication. After those six months have elapsed, authors are free to reprint the story elsewhere.
  • Authors may submit one (1) work at any one time for consideration. Hit us with your very best shot.

Word Count: Between 15,000 and 25,000 words. We are allowing a slight upper and lower flexibility of around 1,000 words, but that is the limit. Any lower would fall into the realms of short stories, and too much higher would be a novella.

Submissions Open: From the 1st January, 2022 (1/1/2022).

Submissions Close: On the 31st January, 2022 (31/1/2022). Given the longer word count of submissions, our response times may be slightly longer than usual. All authors will be sent an email of acknowledgement of their submission, and we will be aiming to notify everyone of either acceptance or rejection within, at the extreme end of the timescale, four months of this closing date. If you have not heard from us by then, please feel free to chase us up via the email address below.

Anticipated Release Date: We are estimating a mid-2022 release for the first entry into this series, but will work with the selected author on a date that suits everyone.

Please send all submissions in an attached document to our email address, nightterrornovels@gmail.com, with the following subject line:

[your name] โ€“ [story title] โ€“ [approx. word count]

(an example email: Novelette Submission: My Name โ€“ My Story โ€“ 15,000 words)

In the body of the email, please also include a plot synopsis as detailed above, and a brief third-person author bio, ideally three to four sentences long, which may include up to two links to either your social media accounts or personal websites. This is mainly for us to get a little insight into the author and their work. If your story is picked up for publication, we will work together with you on a full author bio to be printed in the book.

And that’s pretty much it. We cannot wait to read your submissions, and best of luck to you all!


By J. D. Keown | Night Terror Novels

Joshua Keown is the owner and founder of Night Terror Novels. He lives on the outskirts of the North York Moors with his feral little hound of hell, Lola. Despite his proximity to Whitby and a lifetime aversion to being out in the sun, he would like it to be known that he is definitely not a vampire. Joshua is an avid enthusiast of the horror genre in all its forms, and has recently turned his attention to writing ghastly, ghoulish stories of his own. He can be found prowling almost every corner of the internet in some capacity.

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