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Umbral Press is now open to submissions.

We are a digital publisher, and all submissions are done electronically. No snail mail submissions will be read, or returned. Please do not send us query letters without the manuscript attached. If we're interested in the story, we want to dive into it right away!

We accept simultaneous submissions, but request that this information is provided to us up front. If another publishing house contracts the work under review, we require immediate notification of such.

We do not accept multiple submissions. One work at a time, please.

We seek new, previously unpublished works. Your submission must have electronic, print, and audio book rights available. If any of these rights are not available, please don't submit. Once you are established as an Umbral Press author, we may consider reprint works, only if the author can provide proof that they hold exclusive right to the work. We are working toward adding audio books to our repertoire, and will inform our authors once that is available.

Umbral Press will only consider works of fiction intended for an adult audience. All submissions must contain elements of one or more of the following: paranormal, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, mystery, or action-adventure. We do not publish non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks, contemporary (unless it contains one or more of the aforementioned required elements) or poetry. Stories may include romantic elements, but that is not required.

We will not consider works containing: sexual situations with underage characters (this includes historicals where underage sex was acceptable), rape as titillation, and hate speech meant to defame a particular sect. This list may not be all-inclusive.

We expect submissions to be well-written, using active voice, and error-free. We prefer third-person point of view, but may consider well-written works in first-person, too.

All submissions must be prepared according to the following guidelines:

In the upper left corner of the first page, please include, in this order:

Author's real name
Author's pen name (if any)
Author's snail mail address
Author's phone number
Author's email address
Word count

A title page is not necessary. The title should be centered on the first page.

In the body of the email, please list:

Our current read time is 60 days. If you do not have a response after that time period, please email us for a status update.

Please submit works here: In the subject line, write: Submission: Title by Author (or pen name), i.e. Submission: Quintana Roo, Yucatan by Scott Harper.

Umbral Press is a royalty-paying publisher. We do not charge authors for their work. We provide editing and cover art. We do not use cover art provided by the author.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us at and ask. We look forward to seeing your work!