NB: All submissions to be sent to ‘submissions@(NOSPAM)foxspirit.co.uk’ from 1st January 2014 unless otherwise stated
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Fox Spirit is a small start up and works on a profit share basis in most cases. We publish ebooks, print on demand and some limited edition print runs.
We regret we are not presently accepting unsolicited manuscripts,however please check below for current calls.
Any open calls will be posted on the blog pages of the website and included in our newsletter.
Current calls for submissions
Respectable Horror edited by K.A. Laity NOW CLOSED
Oh, another bloody slasher. Oh, more extreme horror. Oh, it must be Tuesday. BORED!
Whilst sipping a martini clarity arrives: one hungers for a change of pace, dash it all:
So we would like tales of civilised, gentle(wo)manly horror, cold, calculating and bloodless; spinechillers rather than slashers, enervating instead of eviscerating. Though a wee bit of the red stuff will not make us blanch, focus more on unshakeable dread. Make us afraid to investigate that noise downstairs. Cause us to shudder when we glimpse something move out of the corner of our eyes. Think Ann Radcliffe and the Gothics, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, M.R. James and even those modern folks like Shirley Jackson and Fritz Leiber.
It’s all about the style. Mashups are the Fox Spirit specialty, so mix and match to your little heart’s content (Lovecraftian Wodehouse has been done). Just be sure to keep the theme uppermost.
Humorous attempts at horror are acceptable, but be warned that your editor’s sense of humour like her taste in martinis is most peculiar and exacting. You would be strongly advised to inform yourself of her tastes.
THE PARTICULARS for Respectable Horror
Follow our house style and submit via Word document attachment to katelaity at gmail dot com by December 31st, 2015. Selection of stories will happen in the spring; the publication itself will appear later in 2016. You will be expected to join in the publicity efforts as much as you are capable (social media mostly).
Word count: ~4-8K
Payment: £10 upon publication + digital and print copy of the volume
What ho! Ask any questions you have in advance of the closing date.
Please read the submission guidelines below carefully as submissions not adhering to them will be rejected.
We ask for: First World English (for the print book), First World Electronic (for the eBook), and Anthology rights. We also require rights to special editions, omnibus editions or anthology editions where appropriate.
For anthologies we require one year’s exclusivity from the submission deadline unless otherwise agreed.
Please read with care to ensure your submission is considered!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org unless otherwise stated in the call details
Subject of your email must be ‘submission’ and the relevant call eg ‘novella open call’ or the title of an anthology eg ‘Piracy’. I may be receiving submissions for several projects at once and it needs to be clear what you are submitting for. So an email title should look like ‘submission: piracy’
Document title should have the story name and your name or initials for easy identification.
The story document itself needs your name, email and the name of the call you are responding to at the top, then the title of the story and the name you want it publishing under followed by the text of the story.
The email must contain your real name, your writing name if different and the title and synopsis of your submission (no more than 100 words)
In the case of novellas and short stories please submit a completed document, for novels initially a one page outline and the first chapter.
Documents must be in .doc (word) , .odt (open office) or .rtf (rich text) formats
We are developing a house style, please format your document appropriately
- Fonts for proofing: use something easy on the eye like Palatino, Calibri or Times New Roman, nothing with too much of a flourish.
- Dialogue: ‘Single quote marks’ around speech, “rather than double”, which can be used for quoting within speech.
- Lines & Indents: Single line break for a new paragraph, two for a bigger break in time using the same POV, and one either side of a line with *** in the middle for a shift in scene or POV
- Elipses: Hi… Will do just fine.
- Line spacing at 1.5
Please read our submission guidelines for more information.
No decisions will be made on submissions until after the closing date. We look forward to reading your interpretation of this one.