General Submission Guidelines

Sirens Call Publications is open to everyone: pre-published works, online serials, Indie authors, authors of note - if you have a tale to tell, we want to read it.

We are an edgy/dark Fiction Publisher interested in stories of Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery and Suspense. If your work falls outside one of those genres and you believe that Sirens Call Publications is a good fit for you, feel free to give us a try. We are a co-operative of writers with many varied tastes and styles, and while your piece may not fall into one of our main categories, it doesn't mean that we won't consider working with you on it.

It is our policy at Sirens Call Publications not to publish any material containing sexual content involving minors in any way, stories containing human bestiality (submissions pertaining to Werewolves and other supernatural creatures are excluded from the use of the term bestiality), or stories containing overtly descriptive/graphic rape scenes; other than that, the only boundaries are your imagination!

  • Sexual content unnecessary to the storyline is discouraged.
  • Gore for the sake of gore or simply included for shock value in a piece is discouraged.

General Guidelines:
  • All submissions MUST be emailed to submissions@SirensCallPublications.com
  • Your email MUST include a 350 word or less synopsis of the manuscript you wish us to consider.
  • Your email MUST include the full word count of the manuscript you wish us to consider.
  • Please do not submit entire manuscripts initially; attach the first chapter only.
  • Submissions should be sent as attachments to your email, not copied into the body of the message.
  • Attachments should be in *.doc or *.docx format.
  • Font details: Times New Roman, 12 point with single spacing; single line breaks with standard formatting.
  • Accentuated lines or time breaks should be denoted by a triple asterisk '***' centered on a single line.
  • Please indent the first line of each new paragraph.
  • Electronic submissions only. Please title your email:
          "SUBMISSION - 'your story title' - 'your name'"
  • Do not be offended if you do not receive an immediate response, we work as quickly and fairly as we can, and will address your submission as soon as possible.
  • We are nice people, please be courteous when corresponding as we are engendering an atmosphere of cooperative publishing, not heavy handed dominance.
Anthology Specific Guidelines:
  • No previously published works will be considered for inclusion.
  • No multiple submissions per individual anthology call.
  • Please refer to the guidelines attributed to each individual anthology.
  • Please submit stories that are relevant to the specific topic of each anthology.
  • Payment for each story selected for an anthology can be found in its specific call details.
  • Ask questions if you are not sure if your story meets the specified guidelines.
  • All of the General Guidelines apply as well unless specifically stated otherwise.
eZine Specific Guidelines:
  • Previously published works will be considered for inclusion.
  • Please refer to the guidelines attributed to each individual eZine.
  • Please submit stories, flash fiction or poetry that is relevant to the topic of each eZine.
  • Simultaneous submisions allowed (please see eZine page for details).
  • Artwork, photography, book ads, and interviews are always welcome, please inquire.
  • The eZine is an 'exposure only' market, we do not pay for eZine submissions.
  • Ask questions if you are not sure if your work meets the specified guidelines.
  • All of the General Guidelines apply as well unless specifically stated otherwise.
Word Count Qualifications:
  • Novel: over 40,000 words
  • Novellas: 20,000 - 40,000 words
  • Short Stories for Select Anthologies: 4,000 - 8,000 words
    (unless otherwise specified)
  • Short Stories for eZine Submission: 1,000 - 2,500 words
  • Flash Fiction: 300 - 1,000 words
  • Poetry: 50 lines or less
  • Drabbles: 100 words

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