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Submission Guidelines

Please note: This is copied from the Curiosity Quills website. Please check there for the latest submission guidelines!

About us:

Curiosity Quills Press is the publishing arm of Curiosity Quills, a publisher of hard-hitting dark sci-fi, speculative fiction, and paranormal works aimed at adults, young adults, and new adults. We are also a purveyor of anthologies thereof.

We provide our authors with a flexible array of quality premium services, marketing support, and technical know-how, while ensuring that these literary marauders are truly the cream of the crop through a highly selective acquisition process.

Note: In addition to published works, we are also interested in blogger contributions to our literary portal.

Favored Genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Speculative Fiction / Dark Sci-Fi / Traditional Sci-Fi
  • Paranormal and Urban Fantasy
  • Steampunk / NeoVictorian
  • Mystery / Crime Thrillers
  • New Adult / Upper YA (protags in late teens, early 20′s)
  • Young Adult (protags in mid-to-late teens)
  • Quirky/Humorous Fiction (in any of the above genres)

We also accept Graphic Novels in the above genres.

What we’re looking for:

  • Thought-provoking, mind-twisting rollercoasters – challenge our mind, turn our world upside down, and make us question. Those are the makings of a true literary marauder.
  • Serialization Potential – If your work was made with serialization in mind, we want to hear from you. If not – that’s okay! We still want to hear from you.
  • Agented submission are not required, but will receive precedence over unagented ones.
  • Length Guidelines: Keep in mind, these are just guidelines – we DO make exceptions.
    • Novellas: 15k-45k words
    • Young Adult: 45k to 75k words
    • New Adult / Upper YA Novels: 60k-100k words
    • Adult Novels: 70k-120k words

Submission Instructions:

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please send an email to one of the addresses below with the following information:

  • one-page query letter containing your genre, title, wordcount, and a brief blurb about the book.
  • The first five (5) double-spaced pages
  • For serialized works, please include information about update frequency, update length, and projected series duration.
  • Established authors are welcome to query with a standard proposal package of three chapters, a synopsis, and a query.
  • PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY PERSONAL WRITING CREDENTIALS, AWARDS, REVIEWS, OR PROMOTIONAL LINKS
Not sure which to use?
editor@curiosityquills.com

Manuscript Format Requirements:

If your manuscript is requested, please make sure to format it according to the following:

  • RTF, DOC, or TXT files only
  • 12 pt Times New Roman font (if applicable)
  • double-spaced (if applicable)
  • .5″ indents (if applicable)

Note: Unless we request a revise and resubmit, full manuscript rejections are final. 

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