Submissions

We are open for short story submissions

Send your science fiction and fantasy stories of up to 7,500 words as an email attachment to contact@wyldblood.com in doc, docx or RTF format

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.

  • we want speculative fiction only (SFF) for publication online in our Wyld Flash series (300-1,200 words) and in print/digital (1,200 – 7,500 words) in Wyldblood Magazine.
  • For short fiction 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). Novels and novellas are royalties only.
  • 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, contact details and a short third-person bio. We like to keep things informal – first names are great.
  • Send your story as an email attachment (doc, docx or RTF – definitely not PDF).
  • simultaneous submissions are fine but no multiples (ie only one story at a time). Reprints only by invitation.
  • we always acknowledge submissions within a day or so of receiving them – if you don’t get an email from us, please query.
  • On format, so long as you use a reasonable font and put your name on the manuscript we’ll be happy, though we like Standard Manuscript Format, (Shunn – modern or classic), You don’t need to send us your full mailing address, though. Standard Manuscript Format looks like this (with page numbers from the second page onwards):

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: we suggest using standard manuscript format and please 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.
  • don’t send us things we haven’t asked for – and definitely no poetry.
  • elves, goblins, dwarfs, pixies, fairies and all the other usual fantasy tropes are currently a hard sell for us. But despite what Duotrope says on our listing, we’re fine with vampires and zombies (for now).
  • 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 and be sparing with swearing – 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.
  • 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.

If we shortlist your story we’ll convert it into the format we prefer reading (and receiving stories) in (Palatino Linotype font and single spacing), and if we buy it we’ll need to ask you for a Paypal email address unless you send it in your submission. We’ll always edit out the words ‘whilst’ and whom’, which may be grammatically correct but carry a layer of formality we don’t like (being addressed ‘to whom it may concern’ is a particular (non) delight. Really. 21st Century.)

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.

From the Depths anthology acceptances will probably go out late November.

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