General Submissions: Genre and Formats
What we are looking for: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Romance, Weird West, and, of course, the genres with a little bit of everything or something we’ve never seen before. No Erotica or Young Adult please, though we do accept work that has erotic elements—they just can’t be the focus of the story/narrative itself.
Novels — Falstaff Books prefers novel-length submissions to be in the range of normal word count conventions, though we will definitely consider novels that blow us away no matter how long or short they are. 60,000 to 110,000 words usually hit our sweet spot. Please submit the first three chapters with your query letter for consideration. Please also let us know in your query letter if your work is a standalone novel or part of a larger series.
Novellas — Falstaff Books seeks new and exciting novellas that range from 30,000 to 40,000 words across various genres. We ask that you submit the first 1,000 words of your novella for consideration.
Short Story Collections — Falstaff Books is interested in publishing short story collections by individual authors. We like our short stories to be more than 6,000 words in length but will make considerations based on the quality of the work submitted. Please send the entire collection as one complete manuscript along with your query letter. We do not take flash fiction in our unsolicited submissions.
Anthologies — Please follow our Latest News for information about upcoming Falstaff Book anthologies. Guidelines specific to anthologies presently in-process can be found under the submission menu links.
General Submission Guidelines
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with a query letter and the requested sample, sized by format as indicated above. Should your work be accepted by another publisher during the 45-60 day period of your manuscript’s consideration, we would appreciate you letting us know.
Please format your work in Standard Manuscript Format, which is:
- MSWord documents ONLY (.doc and .docx format)
- 12pt. Times New Roman Font
- 1-inch Margins
- Double-Space between lines
- DO NOT INDENT MANUALLY
- Number your pages in the UPPER-RIGHTHAND CORNER starting on the SECOND PAGE
- Please include your name, email, address, and phone number on the COVER PAGE
- CHAPTERS must start on a NEW PAGE.
Finally, please wait 45-60 days for our response to your submission. We will request more of your work or send a rejection during that time. Due to the large number of submissions we receive we will be unable to send a personal rejection with each submission, though we will do our best to do so when it comes to novels and novellas.