Author Submission Guidelines

Author Submission Guidelines

Dragon Moon Press thanks everyone who participated in our December 2011 open submissions period. The submissions gates are now closed while our submissions team processes the results and makes some very difficult decisions.

We are accepting requested submissions only – this means that one of our staff has personally invited you to send your query. Please be advised that we reserve the right to discard unrequested queries unread, and the right not to respond to unrequested queries. Please do not query to ask if you may query. The best ways to find out when submissions will open again are: follow us on Twitter or Facebook, and subscribe to our newsletter.

From all of us at Dragon Moon Press, thank you for your support, and best wishes – we really do hope you find the perfect home for your story.

For requested submissions (that is, if we personally invited you to send your submission)

Market: We prefer completed novel-length fiction manuscripts targeted to the adult market or the upper border of YA. No middle grade or children’s literature, please. No short story collections or non-fiction.

Genre: We prefer fresh, original, well-written and captivating stories in the realms of fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, urban fantasy and gentle horror. For an exceptional manuscript those boundaries may exhibit a little flexibility, but they’ll only bend so far. Do keep our genre preference in mind before you submit.

Length: 80,000-110,000 words.

Format: We prefer electronic submissions. Please send a query letter as the body of the message, followed by the first 15 pages of the manuscript (omitting frontmatter such as acknowledgments or dedications please), also in the body of the message.

DO NOT send attachments and do not direct us to go look at your manuscript on your website. Queries with attachments will not be read.

Do not use fancy fonts, formatting, or text colors. Do not include graphics.

Please separate sections with a single character such as # or * on a new line.

Readability is our priority; we will be appreciative if it is yours, too. Bells and whistles (or in this case, fancy formatting and sparkle) will not impress us. Let your story impress us on its own merit.

Query letter: Your query MUST include your name and email address in the body of your email, along with title, genre and word count, a brief one paragraph interesting synopsis of your story (your “elevator pitch”) and any relevant credits you may have. If we have requested a submission from you, please mention the context in which we did so (which conference, etc.).

Long synopses will not be read. Please do not send a lengthy biography, artwork, testimonials from friends, family or teachers, or a marketing plan. Please do not tell us who you would cast in the movie version. Really. We need to see that you’re focused on making a strong book, first.

Email to: DMPSubmissions  @  gmail . com

Subject line: “BOOK SUBMISSION:” followed by your book title

If we request a full manuscript: A requested full manuscript is the only submission that should be an email attachment. Please send the full manuscript in Microsoft Word .doc (not .docx) format. It should be double spaced between lines, with one space after a period. We prefer italics to underlines, minimal formatting (no creative ink colors or header styles, and no fancy characters as section breaks), in Courier New or Times New Roman. The title page should include the title, your name and contact information (including your email address), and an estimated word count. Please include your name, title and page number in a single line on the header on each page. (Name / Title / #)