JournalStone Submissions

  • Submissions will be open from September 1, 2021, to October 31st, 2021. Please do not submit outside this period.
  • No PDFs and no multiple submissions. We cannot stress this enough.

Guidelines for all submissions:

  • We want horror in all its forms—from literary to weird, Gothic to psychological, and (almost) everything in between. We’re looking for amazing stories from amazing authors, regardless of race, gender, religion—if you’ve got something good, we want it. (Please do not submit YA, romance, erotica, or religious fiction; we do not deal in those genres.)
  • Need a firm idea of what we’re looking for? Check out the JournalStone website.
  • The title of your email subject line and file name should read: “[Last name]-[title]-[submission type]”. For example: King – Carrie – Novel. This should also be the title of your manuscript document.
  • In the body of your email, please give us the word count, genre, and a brief synopsis (300-500 words) of the plot. Submissions without this information will be automatically deleted. Please do not include your synopsis as an attachment.
  • Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. Attach the full manuscript as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file (no PDFs). Do not paste your manuscript in the body of the email. For proper formatting of your manuscript, please follow the Shunn way
  • Minimum word count for novels and fiction collections: 50,000. We don’t have a maximum word count, but anything over about 120,000 words will be a hard sell.
  • Minimum word count for novellas: 20,000.
  • We consider the quality of the editing in our review process. Please fully proofread and edit manuscripts prior to submission. Do not submit sample chapters or a work in progress. We accept only completed works.
  • Allow six to eight months for a response to your submission. We may respond more quickly, but we cannot guarantee timing.
  • Please do not send follow up e-mails. We will notify you when we place your work in the queue, and will contact you when we have completed our review.
  • Submissions are free. We do not charge any fees to authors. If we approve your submission for publication, we will make the investment in you and your product.
  • Please, no multiple submissions, and no previously-published novels. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but let us know that your work has been sent out to other markets, and if it gets accepted elsewhere.
  • If you choose to self-publish, or market your manuscript elsewhere, please send an email withdrawing your submission. This is only common courtesy.
  • This goes without saying (or so we thought) but: if you’ve submitted to us before and we declined your manuscript, do not submit it again.
  • We offer standard royalty terms.
  • We will be reading for both JournalStone and its imprint, Trepidatio Publishing. We are not currently reading for Bizarro Pulp Press.