Submissions

We are OPEN for flash fiction (up to 1,000 words)

We are OPEN for submissions for our next anthology, From the Depths, until the end of August. For details on how to submit, head over to this page.

We are CLOSED for other fiction at the moment (short stories, novellas and novels).

Our next unthemed short story submission round will open November 1st for one month.

Our next submissions window for novels and novellas will be January 2023

Query us for non-fiction and artwork at contact@wyldblood.com We need reviews, interviews and articles, covers and interior art. Put ‘QUERY‘ in your email’s subject line, please, otherwise we may miss it.

We are a speculative fiction publisher. Interpret that as you will when deciding what to submit, but bear in mind that we are unlikely to publish fiction without a speculative element (science fiction, fantasy or horror). We pay for fiction.

The best way to find out what we like is to buy an issue or read some of our Wyld Flash – or you can download a free sampler PDF.

For all submissions:

  • submit to contact@wyldblood.com and please follow our guidelines. Subject line: SUBMISSION – category (one of novel, novella, short, flash, non-fic, or art) – story name – your surname. Always add a cover note in your email which includes a word count (we’ll probably just send you a polite rejection without reading your story if you don’t). We like to keep things informal and chatty – first names are great.
  • simultaneous submissions are fine but only one story at a time in each category and reprints only by invitation.

For flash fiction and short stories:

  • we want speculative fiction only (SFF) of 250 -7,000 words (firm) for publication online in our Wyld Flash series and/or Wyldblood Magazine.(print and digital). We pay £0.01 per word for print and digital rights (to a maximum of £75) with a 180 day exclusivity period (half rate for reprints and no exclusivity).
  • Send your story as an email attachment (doc, docx or RTF – definitely not PDF) and not in the body of the email, and add a short cover note which includes a wordcount and lets us know which country/state you’re from. If we publish you we’ll ask for a three line (approx) bio, so you might consider sending us one up-front.
  • We’ll only consider stories submitted in Standard Manuscript Format, (Shunn – modern or classic), because we need your contact details on the document (emails and stories get separated during processing). At the submissions stage we only actually need your name and email address if that helps, but we’ll need full details if we offer you a contract. Standard Manuscript Format looks like this (with page numbers from the second page onwards):

For novels and novellas:

  • we publish science fiction and fantasy. We only want original work from 20,000 to 110,000 words (firm). We publish novels (over 50,000 words) in print and digitally. Shorter work digital only. Payment for novels and novellas is royalty only, but our rates are competitive.
  • please send us a cover note in the body of your email with some information about yourself (including your full contact details and the full length of your story), and attach a one to two page synopsis (single spaced) and the first three chapters (or approx 10,000 words). We’ll ask if we want to see the full manuscript. Send your story/synopsis as an email attachment (doc, docx or RTF – definitely not PDF)

For Artwork:

We need covers for Wyldblood Magazine and interior illustations (one per story). We pay £70 for original covers and £12 per illustration. Query us with samples at contact@wyldblood.com

Preferences

If you’re going to be submitting work to us, here are a few things you may want to bear in mind:

  • if you’re not British, American English is fine (though we’ll usually edit out the US-specific word ‘gotten’) but if you’re from the UK only British English will do.
  • Try to avoid jarringly American or jarringly British language – we’ve an international readership and we like to aim for common ground. We’re amused by the idea of fanny packs but we don’t want to see them in your stories.
  • format like a pro: use standard manuscript format and indent your paragraphs (using the indent function – not tab stops, which mess up our reformatting, or random spaces, which mess up everything). Assume we’ll change the font and text size so make your formatting robust enough to cope with that, so no fancy whizziness please.
  • Put your address details in the main body of the text and not the header bar, and put you header details (like page numbers) in the header and not the main body. A surprising number of people do this the wrong way round, which is perplexing and causes extra work. (we use quick file previewing software to gather key information, and headers don’t show up on that. And if you manually type a header at the top of the main text on each page, as soon as we change the line length or font (which we always do) the headers are going to start appearing in the middle of pages).
  • don’t send us things we haven’t asked for – and definitely no poetry.
  • witches, wizards, werewolves, elves, goblins, dwarfs, pixies, fairies and all the other usual fantasy tropes are currently a hard sell for us.
  • we’ve seen many things many times so be original.
  • we can tell if you know your craft – don’t send us your first draft and make sure you’ve covered the basics. It doesn’t have to be perfect – but it does have to be professional.
  • look at our published stories to get a feel for what we buy.
  • no gratuitous gore or erotica – don’t send us anything you wouldn’t want kids to see.
  • No overtly Christian or pro-religion pieces, please. We mean it. Stop sending them.
  • be sparing with the swearing.
  • thoughtful, character based stories are our thing.
  • anything racist or deliberately offensive will get you canned. And don’t be preachy.
  • no fan-fic – we’ve no desire to get sued.
  • enthusiasm, perseverance and an obvious willingness to take feedback and respond positively go a long way with us.

Response times

We aim to respond to short submissions within a few weeks and novels within three months (longer if we ask for a full manuscript). We’re currently running late with our novel submissions so please bear with us.

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