General Submission Guidelines

Sirens Call Publications is open to everyone: fledgling writers looking to cut their teeth, indie authors, and authors of note - if you have a tale to tell, and it fits an open call we're running, we want to read it.

We are NOT accepting manuscripts for novels, novellas, or individual author collections at this time.

It is our policy at Sirens Call Publications to not publish material containing sexual content involving minors in any way, stories containing bestiality (Werewolves and other supernatural creatures are excluded from the use of the term bestiality - talking horses, or other natural livestock - no matter how you personify them, are not considered supernatural), or stories containing overtly descriptive/graphic rape scenarios. Sexual content not relevant to the story is discouraged.

General Guidelines:

  • All submissions MUST be emailed to submissions@SirensCallPublications.com
  • Be sure to specify what you are submitting for in the body of your email.
  • Submissions should be sent as attachments along with your introductory email, not copied into the body of the message itself.
  • Attachments should be in *.doc or *.docx format.
  • Font style should be Times New Roman, 12 point with single spacing (no doubles spaces between sentences).
  • Line spacing should be set to 'single' with no extraneous space above or below each line (please set both to 0).
  • First line indent on new paragraphs should be 0.5" (please use the tab key set to 0.5" - do not use the space bar to create your indent).
  • Margins should be 1" top, bottom, left and right with no gutter.
  • No headers or footers, please.
  • Time or POV shifts should be denoted by a triple asterisk (***) centered on a single line with no indent (center from the left margin).
  • Electronic submissions only. Please title your email in the subject line as follows:
          SUBMISSION - [call you are submitting for] - '[your story title]' - [your name]
          Example: SUBMISSION - eZine50 - 'Three Not Blind Mice' - Lee Andrew Forman
  • 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 wish to engender 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; no attribution offered.
  • 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 if one is specified.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed (please see our 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: 500 - 1,000 words
  • Short Flash Fiction: 101 - 499
  • Micro Fiction: up to 99 words
  • Poetry: 50 lines or less
  • Drabbles: 100 words

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