Submissions

Death’s Head Press is not accepting submissions for novels, novellas, or collections at this time. Keep checking back for dates on when we’ll reopen. Look below for anthology calls.

Submissions

Death’s Head Press is dedicated to publishing dark fiction in all its forms. Genres that fall into this category include Horror and all its sub-genres (gothic, splatterpunk, bizarro, etc.), Dark Erotica (think erotica with a supernatural or spooky twist), Dark Science Fiction (such as Alien or Event Horizon), and Dark Fantasy (like the works of Tanith Lee and Clive Barker). Crime and Adventure works may be considered, as long as they have a dark or twisted slant.

We are looking for new and seasoned authors! If you’ve never been published before but you’ve got a damn good tale to tell, then we want to hear from you. If you have published numerous short stories and novels, and are just looking for a different outlet for your work, then we definitely want to hear from you.

Death’s Head Press does not care about–nor will they make any decisions based upon–your race, gender, sexual orientation, or political stance. We care about the stories you write, period! In fact, if you feel the need to mention your race, gender, sexual orientation, political stance, or any other information not pertinent to your story or writing experience, then we’re going to assume you felt your writing alone was not strong enough to be accepted.

With that said, here is what we’re looking for in novels, novellas, and collections:

  • Death’s Head Press is seeking original novellas and novels 20,000 to 120,000 words in length that fit into the categories of dark fiction described above.
  • We want striking, well-crafted manuscripts with original themes. Our readers expect unconventional stories that surprise, entertain, and frighten them in new ways. We are not afraid of topics that are offensive, violent, or horrific.
  • Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are okay. Please, if your work gets accepted by another publisher prior to us accepting, let us know.
  • We also accept short story collections, though, we ask they be at least 40,000 words in length.
  • Let us stress, we want clean manuscripts! We understand that none will be perfect and error-free. However, if we receive a manuscript that has clearly not been proofread by the author and is riddled with grammatical mishaps, then it will be quickly deleted. As Sweet Mama Brown would say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
  • Manuscripts received outside of the indicated dates will not be read, unless we have given the author specific approval otherwise.

How to submit:

  • Email your submission to submissions@deathsheadpress.com with the Subject line reading either NOVEL, NOVELLA, or COLLECTION.
  • Consider the body of your email the cover letter. Give us a brief description of your work (3-6 sentences), list any previous published works, and tell us any relevant information about yourself.
  • Attach your entire manuscript to the email in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.
  • Use 12 pt font in Times New Roman.
  • Your author name, email address, book title, and word count should appear on the first page of your manuscript. All subsequent pages should have your name, title, and page number in the header.
  • Again, get your work as clean of grammatical errors as possible. We don’t expect a perfect manuscript, but if it is riddled with one mistake after another, then we’re unlikely to accept it.

We pay 50% royalties on all novels, novellas, and collections! Advances will be offered in some cases.

SCARE US!

Death’s Head Press will be accepting submissions for Rope Burns, an erotic horror anthology, starting November 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019

Our two favorite things are horror and hot, naughty sex. So, let’s combine the two! Rope Burns will include stories of the sexy supernatural and tales of torturous BDSM dungeons. Often scary and always sexy.

What we’re looking for:

  • Death’s Head Press is seeking short stories between 3,000 to 8,000 words.
  • The short stories MUST BE EROTIC HORROR. We expect stories that will simultaneously give us a chill and turn us on.
  • We will only accept one submission per author for this anthology. So, send us your best! Simultaneous submissions are fine, but let us know if another publisher picks up your story before us.
  • This is a no-holds-barred anthology! Graphic horror and even more graphic sex are just fine. Don’t be timid!

How to submit:

  • Email your submission to submissions@deathsheadpress.com with the Subject line reading ROPE BURNS ANTHOLOGY.
  • Consider the body of your email the cover letter. Give us a brief description of your work (3-6 sentences), list any previous published works, and tell us any relevant information about yourself.
  • Attach your entire manuscript to the email in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.
  • Use 12 pt font in Times New Roman.
  • Your author name, email address, book title, and word count should appear on the first page of your manuscript. All subsequent pages should have your name, title, and page number in the header.
  • Get your work as clean of grammatical errors as possible. We don’t expect a perfect manuscript, but if it is riddled with one mistake after another, then we’re unlikely to accept it.

Payment for this anthology will be $10 and a contributor paperback copy.

Death’s Head Press will be accepting submissions for Breaking Bizarro, an anthology of weirdness, starting December 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019

Have you watched Eraserhead? Have you read The Breast by Philip Roth? These things are WEIRD! Bizarro is a genre that thrives on absurdity and satire and often grotesqueness. It’s surreal and imaginative. Breaking Bizarro will scream weirdness to its readers. We predict an instant cult classic here!

What we’re looking for:

  • Death’s Head Press is seeking short stories between 3,000 to 8,000 words.
  • The short stories MUST BE BIZARRO FICTION. If you’re unsure what that means, look it up. Or read pretty much anything by Carlton Mellick III or Danger Slater.
  • We will only accept one submission per author for this anthology. So, send us your best! Simultaneous submissions are fine, but let us know if another publisher picks up your story before us.
  • We are not scared away by graphic content. Although, this anthology does not necessarily require such content. Whatever it is, make it weird!

How to submit:

  • Email your submission to submissions@deathsheadpress.com with the Subject line reading BREAKING BIZARRO ANTHOLOGY.
  • Consider the body of your email the cover letter. Give us a brief description of your work (3-6 sentences), list any previous published works, and tell us any relevant information about yourself.
  • Attach your entire manuscript to the email in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.
  • Use 12 pt font in Times New Roman.
  • Your author name, email address, book title, and word count should appear on the first page of your manuscript. All subsequent pages should have your name, title, and page number in the header.
  • Get your work as clean of grammatical errors as possible. We don’t expect a perfect manuscript, but if it is riddled with one mistake after another, then we’re unlikely to accept it.

Payment for this anthology will be $10 and a contributor paperback copy.

*Due to the graphic themes of our publications, and possible legalities, we ask that potential authors be 18 years-of-age and older.

*Reprints may be accepted on a limited basis. Basically, if you’re sending us a reprint it needs to be damn good and not under contract anywhere else.

*Be respectful. We’re a new press and still ironing out the wrinkles. Sending us nasty emails instead of politely asking us questions is a good way to never find your way into our books.

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