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

By Lesley Conner
on November 16, 2017

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.

Open Call for Submissions to Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and More

By Lesley Conner
on December 08, 2015
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Apex Publications seeks submissions for Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and More. Editors Bianca Lynne Spriggs and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer welcome your specters, apparitions, zombies, wraiths, phantoms, thought forms and anything (or anyone) animate but no longer living. Email 1-3 poems to undeadpoetryanthology@gmail.com by April 1st, 2016. Previously published work is eligible, as long as you own the rights.


Open Call for Submissions to Upside Down

By Lesley Conner
on November 13, 2015

Announcing the open call for submissions for the upcoming Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling anthology. This collection is edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates, and will be coming in 2016 from Apex Publications.

There have been quite a few discussions in science fiction and fantasy addressing the idea of tropes and cliches, from whether they’re good or bad to how they change over time. Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is a collection of stories that aims to subvert many of the popular tropes and cliches to show them in a new light. Each story in our collection will be an author’s creative examination of a specific trope that is prevalent in science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Examples of tropes include some well-defined character tropes, but also storytelling tropes that lazily incorporate race, gender, religion, etc.

Writers who have already been accepted to the anthology include Alyssa Wong, Nisi Shawl, Sara M. Harvey, Maurice Broaddus, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Michael Underwood, and many more wonderful authors. Hugo, Chesley, and World Fantasy Award-nominated artist Galen Dara will be providing the art for our cover.

Tropes examined thus far include:

  • Chainmaille Bikini
  • The Magical Negro
  • The Super Soldier
  • Chosen One
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot
  • Love at First Sight
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Heroine Loves a Bad Man
  • Yellow Peril
  • The Black Man Dies First
  • The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood
  • The City Planet
  • Prostitute with a Heart of Gold
  • The Singularity will Cause the Apocalypse

To be considered for Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling we ask that authors

  1. a) identify the trope and b) break, bend, twist, smash it in some creative, literary fashion.

Trope examinations may range from: poetry, short stories (up to 5000 words), flash fiction, interstitial fiction (e.g. fake interviews with public domain characters), song lyrics, and other written forms. Examples of additional tropes may be found in sites like http://tvtropes.org. Depending upon how you choose to address these tropes, we may decide to publish multiple stories based on the same trope, too.


What Monica is looking for: “I enjoy tight, lean, fearless stories from honest writers. If you've thought: "Maybe I shouldn't write that..." I would probably love it. I also read a lot of diverse authors and works with an emphasis on deep characterization, cultural authenticity, dark fantasy, obscure folk tale re-tellings, and alternate history/futurism. I'm hoping to feature more voices and tropes, including envelope-pushing sex-and-gender based cliches, to give readers a collection with stories they might not have considered before. For example, maybe an exorcism that's normally performed by a Catholic priest might incorporate voudon, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Mormonism, or Asatru beliefs. Or, alternatively, the fantasy trope related to virgin purity could be addressed through the eyes of a member of the Metis tribe or a povo de santo from Brazil. Should your story include details relating to characters like these, but fall flat on authenticity, then I'll probably give it a pass.”

What Jaym is looking for: “Solid research, strong voice, and a clear understanding of your plot and setting. Think outside the box. Don’t worry about being the best out there, that’s what editors are for, just write the best you have in you. You’ll get extra points from me if your stories are relevant to current events.”


We plan to fund the cost of the stories, as well as cover art, layout, and production, via an Apex Publications Kickstarter campaign that we will launch early 2016. Our track record with Kickstarter, thus far, has been very successful and includes anthologies such as War Stories and Genius Loci.


Writers will receive $0.06 per word, to be paid out of the Kickstarter. As creators ourselves, we are planning on introducing stretch goals to further raise the word rate.


The submissions period opens now. It will close on December 31, 2015.


Please send all submissions as an attachment to jaymgatespr@gmail.com with a cover letter that clearly identifies the title of your story, its word count, your name and contact information, and the trope you are examining. Your manuscript should be formatting using the standard manuscript guidelines as a *.doc or *.docx file. Please note that we will only accept unpublished works for consideration. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be deleted unread.


Monica Valentinelli

Monica Valentinelli is a full-time writer, developer, and editor of stories, games, essays, and comics for both her original properties and media/tie-in settings such as Firefly and Vampire: the Masquerade. For more about Monica, visit www.mlvwrites.com.

Jaym Gates

Jaym Gates is an editor, author, and communications manager. She’s the editor of the Rigor Amortis, War Stories, Exalted, and Genius Loci anthologies, as well as a published author in fiction, academic nonfiction, and RPGs.


You can get in touch with us at jaymgatespr@gmail.com regarding submissions, or monica@mlvwrites.com if you have any questions about the anthology. You can also find us on Twitter at @JaymGates and @mlvwrites.


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