Submission Guidelines


We are currently closed to submissions.

Please check back to see if we are accepting short fiction, novel, or art submissions.

You can also sign up for our e-newsletter, which will keep you up-to-date on our open calls for submissions.

In the meantime, please browse our selection of books and consider ordering a copy. It’s always good to know the market to which you wish to submit, and the press that you support today will be around to publish your fiction tomorrow. Help us keep the genre alive and well!

We also encourage you to browse our selection of recommended books on how to hone your craft. Then be sure to look over our style guide before you submit your work.

Artists wishing to send us a handful of JPGs or direct us towards their online portfolio should send an e-mail to

Reading great works on the art of writing can help you hone your craft and save you years of trial and error. The books below have been read by the FE editorial staff, and are highly recommended. They are listed in three categories: 1) Theory and Criticism 2) Style 3) Marketing and Promotions.

Theory and Criticism

These books deal with the higher concepts in writing fiction: the reason for writing, creativity, and how to go about telling a compelling story.



Style

To help you with the nitty-gritty, nuts-and-bolts of the craft, we recommend the following titles.



Marketing and Promotions

It is very important for the modern author to also be marketing savvy. You are the best-equipped salesperson to draw attention to your works. But how do you do so? These books will help you answer that question.


By way of disclosure, if you purchase a book from the above links within a certain amount of time of clicking on it, we will earn a small portion of the sale. That does not affect our recommendations, though. We only recommend titles that we feel will be of use.

Initial Submissions:

Please use standard manuscript format. A lot of places require slightly different formatting, but here are the basics.

1. Double-space lines

2. 1-inch margins on top, bottom, and sides

3. Courier or Courier New, 12 pt. font

4. Place your last name, one or two keywords from the title, and the page number in the upper right corner of the page (Horner / Manuscript Preparation / 1)

Accepted Submissions:

As a small press, we’re all overworked and always short on time. The following guidelines will assist us a great deal in preparing your manuscript for publication. They are not mandatory, but we certainly appreciate the help if you follow them.

1. Do not use two spaces between sentences. That practice is a holdover from the days of typewriters. Modern word processing programs are smart enough to know to make spaces between sentences a bit larger than the spaces between words. If you put in two spaces, then you have double the necessary amount, and that wreaks havoc with layout programs.

There is an easy way to fix the problem. Use your word processor’s “find and replace” feature and put two spaces in the “find” box and only one in the “replace” box. They will look empty, but it should work! Hit “replace all” as many times as it takes to eliminate all instances of double spaces.

2. Use the first line indentation feature instead of inserting tabs—or even worse, multiple spaces—to indent the first line of each paragraph. In Word, the option is under “format paragraph.” If you could set the indent to .1875 inches, that would be fabulous.

3. Do not use the ellipsis symbol for ellipses. We go by the Chicago Manual of Style: use single periods with a space between each one. The rules for ellipses are quite complicated, so let’s break them down.

Mid-sentence ellipses indicate that something has been removed from the text or a character is pausing. The text that follows the periods is still part of the first sentence.

If the ellipsis includes material in more than one sentence, or the text after the periods begins a new sentence, then use four periods.

At the end of a line of dialogue, use three periods if the dialogue is not a complete thought. Use four periods if the dialogue is a complete thought, but the character is just trailing off.

For example:

“I guess I . . .”
“I guess I never knew you. . . .”

4. Use actual em-dashes, instead of double hyphens.

5. Switch your font to Times New Roman, or some other serif font, so that the formatting is easier to see. We actually use Sabon, but since it is not a common font TNR will do for now.