Novel/Novella Submission Guidelines

By Lesley Conner
on December 29, 2017
2 comments

Apex Book Company will be holding open novel and novella submissions from January 1st to January 31st, 2018. Anything sent outside of this time period will be deleted unread.

We will consider novellas in length of 30,000 to 40,000 words and novels in length up to 120,000 words, and are particularly looking for novels that fit within the dark sci-fi category. Dark fantasy and horror submissions are also welcome.

A literary agent is not required for submission. We may take up to three months or more to review your manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are okay. We will only accept one submission per author.

We only accept email submissions to apex.submission@gmail.com.

When submitting, the subject line should read: NOVEL SUBMISSION: <Title> by <Author Name>.

In your submission packet, attach your entire manuscript and a synopsis no more than one page in length.

The body of your email should be a cover letter. 

In the upper right hand corner of the first page of your manuscript there should be your name, address, phone number, and manuscript word count.

Apex publishes 6-10 books a year. We offer an advance and standard royalty terms.

Apex requests First English language trade paperback and eBook rights, as well as audio rights and certain subsidiary rights.

Please direct questions to Jason Sizemore (Jason@apexbookcompany.com). Any submission queries should go to Lesley Conner (Lesley@apexbookcompany.com).

Apex Publications to hold OPEN novella/novel submissions period in January 2018

By Lesley Conner
on November 16, 2017
2 comments

Apex Publications will be accepting unsolicited submissions of novels/novellas January 1st through January 31st.

During our last open submissions period we bought six novellas and novels—Glitch Rain by Alex Livingston, The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler, Rosewater by Tade Thompson, Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka, Entertaining Demons by Daniel I. Russell, and Mars Girls by Mary Turzillo. Both Rosewater and The Kraken Sea received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Erica L. Satifka won Best Newcomer at the British Fantasy Awards for Stay Crazy. Rosewater was a Campbell Award nominee and won the NOMMO award for best sci-fi novel. Basically, our last open submissions period was incredibly successful and we’re ready to do it again!

We will consider novellas in length of 30,000 to 40,000 words and novels in length up to 120,000 words, and are particularly looking for novels that fit within the dark sci-fi category. Dark fantasy and horror submissions are also welcome.

A literary agent is not required for submission. We may take up to three months or more to review your manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are okay. We will only accept one submission per author.

We only accept email submissions to apex.submission@gmail.com. In your submission packet, please send your entire manuscript with a cover letter and a synopsis no more than one page in length. Please include your name, address, phone number, and manuscript word count in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

Apex publishes 6-10 books a year. We offer an advance and standard royalty terms.

Apex requests First English language trade paperback and eBook rights, as well as audio rights and certain subsidiary rights.

Please direct questions to Jason Sizemore (Jason@apexbookcompany.com). Any submission queries should go to Lesley Conner (Lesley@apexbookcompany.com).

Apex has published novels and novellas by Jennifer Pelland, Tom Piccirilli, Sara M. Harvey, Maurice Broaddus, Lavie Tidhar, Erica L. Satifka, Tade Thompson, Brian Keene, Chris Bucholz, and more. If you're familiar with our books (http://www.apexbookcompany.com/collections/all-books) and these authors, you will have a general idea of the type and quality of work we seek to publish.

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