Stumar Press

an independent publisher of horror and fantasy fiction

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed as .doc or .rtf attachment in standard manuscript format. The file name should contain the story title and author name only with underscores between words – e.g. “The_Ledge_Stephen_King”

Dialogue – please use double quotes, not single.

Italics – please use italics, not underline.

Ellipsis – please ensure your word processor does not squash the three dots together.

Em and En dashes – please ensure your word processor formats these correctly.

Ampersand – please use “and” not “&” in your text. Ampersands should only be used where they are part of an acceptable abbreviation – e.g. “B&B”

Please separate your sentences with one space only.

Please do not indent the first paragraph of your story or the first paragraph after a section break. Subsequent paragraphs should be indented five spaces.

Send your submissions by email to stumarpress [at] gmail [dot] com

What are we looking for?

Stumar Press are looking to publish the following: -

Ten Terrors (anthology series)

We are looking for previously unpublished horror short stories for our ongoing anthology series.

Please follow the submission guidelines above and submit short stories for our consideration by emailing stumarpress [at] gmail [dot] com with a subject header of: "Ten Terrors submission".

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Single Author Collections

Authors who have written enough horror short stories to warrant a collection are invited to submit a proposal for our consideration by emailing stumarpress [at] gmail [dot] com with a subject header of: "Collection Proposal".

The proposal should include: -

  • Author biography
  • Details of each story to be considered for inclusion in the collection – title, word length, complete publishing history
  • One story only following the submission guidelines above (send in your best story only )

We will also consider previously published print collections that are not available as an eBook edition.

Novellas and Novels

We are looking for horror novellas and novels of 15,000-100,000 words.

For novellas please follow the submission guidelines above and submit a short synopsis plus the first 3,000 words of your novella - by emailing stumarpress [at] gmail [dot] com with a subject header of: "Novella Proposal".

For novels please follow the submission guidelines above and submit a short synopsis and the first three chapters of your novel - by emailing stumarpress [at] gmail [dot] com with a subject header of: "Novella Proposal".

Top Tips

As with anything else, the best way to find out what we are looking for and the type of stories we publish is to research Stumar Press.

We strongly advise you to check out our catalogue and have a look at the stories we have published previously before submitting.

Response Times

We acknowledge receipt of a submission within a few days. If you haven't received an acknowledgement within a week please feel free to query if we've received it.

We do not state a service level agreement on response times as it depends on the type of submission. Although we are open to submissions all year round, we are a small independent publisher and have variable internal open and closed reading times (i.e. we read submissions in batches when we are not busy publishing a book).

If you have received an acknowledgement then we would ask you to be patient and bear with us. We will respond when we have had an opportunity to read your submission and consider it for publication.

Payment

Stumar Press are a small independent publisher with the primary aim of publishing quality eBooks. We will also publish a print-on-demand edition for some of our books.

There is no payment to authors up front. Our authors receive a 50% cut of the profits of any book - where there are more than one author (e.g. our Book of Horror anthology series) then each author receives an equal share of the 50% cut.