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OPEN CALL

GOTHIC FICTION

OPEN JANUARY 1–31, 2022

With its emphasis on a sublime atmosphere of picturesque scenery, extraordinary and exotic locations, mystery, and horror, Gothic Fiction carved an indelible impression in the literary world. Beginning with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764, the Gothic has stalked the literary shadows for centuries, delivering tangled and tortured narratives of family trauma, psychological distress, and terrible secrets.

The terrifying appeal of the Gothic lies within its ability to invoke a pleasing and memorable dread. Nosetouch Press is excited to open a call for a Gothic novel (60,000 words+) or novella (35,000 words+), encouraging writers to delve into the darkness and send us their best work. Previously unpublished work only—no reprints. No YA, poetry, or short story collections. Diverse voices are welcome.

We will not consider stories with excessive gore, splattercore, cosmic horror, exploitation/trauma porn, romance/erotica-centered plots, or child abuse-driven fiction.

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Starting January 1, 2022, please email your complete manuscript as an email attachment in .doc/.docx format to submissions@nosetouchpress.com. Please list GOTHIC FICTION CALL and the author name in your subject line. Please include a cover letter containing the word count, a short description of the work, and an author bio. Submissions sent prior to January 1, 2022, will be discarded. The call ends at MIDNIGHT PST, January 31, 2022, unless an extension to the call is announced via our social media channels.

Please expect a 3-4 month reading period for all submitted works. Nosetouch Press will notify all writers of acceptance or rejection by email. Good fits for Nosetouch Press are carefully read and reviewed. We greatly appreciate your patience and understand that we have great respect for writers, and will let you know as soon as we’ve reached our final decision. Thank you for your interest in Nosetouch Press.

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NOSETOUCH PRESS OFFERS:

  • A professionally designed book—includes cover and interior, to industry standards
  • A professionally edited book
  • 35% royalty on print books/45% royalty on ebooks—paid electronically and quarterly
  • Ebook distribution through KDP, B&N Press, and Apple iBooks
  • Paperback distribution through both KDP and IngramSpark, including extended distribution channels via Ingram
  • Sell sheet for your book
  • Inclusion in the Nosetouch Press Catalog (PDF)
  • Author page on the Nosetouch Press website
  • 10 free trade paperback author copies; discount offered for additional copies
  • Advertising and promotion through all Nosetouch Press social media channels and platforms; Press releases to various media outlets;  Solicitation of early reviews/ARC preparation and distribution
  • Continuous promotion of your book for as long as it is published by Nosetouch Press.

We do not offer advances on royalties.

Nosetouch Press aquires First World English Rights (Digital & Print) for a period of 3 years from the signing of the contract, after which all rights revert back to the author. The author has the option to renew for 2-year periods of time after the expiration of the original contract.

The author always holds the copyright to their works. 

Nosetouch Press requires our authors of novel/novella-length fiction to maintain an active presence on social media and to maintain an author website.

NOVEL SUBMISSIONS

NOSETOUCH PRESS BOOKS REPRESENT A RETURN TO CLASSIC STORYTELLING AND BOOK DESIGN IN A MODERN LITERARY EXPERIENCE. WE CONSIDER MATERIAL FROM ANY WRITER, AND CONSIDER IT ONLY ON THE BASIS OF MERIT. WE ARE ALWAYS EAGER TO WORK WITH NEW AND TALENTED WRITERS.

  • For our science fiction, we consider stories that have science or technology integral to the story, whether it be physical, sociological or psychological. Stories must be strongly-written, evocative, with believable characters, regardless of who (or what) they are, and where.
  • For our horror, we are looking for dark, weird fiction, whether gritty realist work or rampantly paranormal fiction. We favor strong literary style to our horror, and favor stories that do not rely solely on splatter or gore to sell themselves, but on dark, compelling narratives of horror and terror. We particularly love a good ghost story.
  • For our fantasy, we are looking for powerfully-plotted tales with magic integral to the story, with strong characters, whether heroes or heroines. We like sword & sorcery as well as high-fantasy, but favor originality over shopworn narratives.
  • For our mystery stories, we welcome every type of mystery tale, whether classic, paranormal, suspense, espionage, psychological, deductive puzzles—stories that must be about a crime of some sort, and require the reader to sort them out and challenge their minds. Style can run the gamut, from hard-boiled to fanciful and light-hearted, but the mystery must be a good one.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Sword & Sorcery
  • Epic Fantasy
  • Paranormal Mysteries
  • Historical Mysteries
  • Ghost/Haunted House Stories
  • Paranormal Thrillers
  • Paranoid Thrillers
  • Social Science Fiction
  • Philosophical Science Fiction
  • Psychological Horror
  • Gothic Horror

NOSETOUCH PRESS OFFERS:

  • A professionally designed book—includes cover and interior, to industry standards
  • A professionally edited book
  • 35% royalty on print books/45% royalty on ebooks—paid electronically and quarterly
  • Ebook distribution through KDP, B&N Press, and Apple iBooks
  • Paperback distribution through both KDP and IngramSpark, including extended distribution channels via Ingram
  • Sell sheet for your book
  • Inclusion in the Nosetouch Press Catalog (PDF)
  • Author page on the Nosetouch Press website
  • Advertising and promotion through all Nosetouch Press social media channels and platforms; Press releases to various media outlets;  Solicitation of early reviews/ARC preparation and distribution
  • Continuous promotion of your book for as long as it is published by Nosetouch Press.

We do not offer advances on royalties.

Nosetouch Press requires First World English Rights (Digital & Print) for a period of 3 years from the signing of the contract, after which all rights revert back to the author. The author has the option to renew for a 2-year periods of time after the expiration of the original contract.

The author always holds the copyright to their works. 

Nosetouch Press requires our authors of novel/novella-length fiction to maintain an active presence on social media and to maintain an author website.

ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

Electronic Submissions

We accept only electronic submissions. Please email your submissions to submissions @ nosetouchpress.com.and include all submissions as an attachment (.doc or .rtf). Please list the anthology title in your subject line.

Our review process can take 1–3 months, depending on the volume of submissions received and our production schedule. Good fits for Nosetouch Press are carefully read and reviewed. We greatly appreciate your patience and understand that we have great respect for writers, and will let you know as soon as we’ve reached our final decision. Thank you for your interest in Nosetouch Press.

 

Submission Format

Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc or .rtf format and standard manuscript formatting (double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, italics okay).

Author’s name and address (including e-mail and phone number) should be included on the first page of the manuscript (top left), along with word count (top right). Please avoid using unusual or nonstandard typefaces, and do not leave extra spaces between paragraphs, and do not use tabs to indent.

 

Payment

At this time, we currently pay the stated rate with the Anthology call for submissions.

 

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