Submission Guidelines

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We are especially interested in works which:

  • Are fictional

  • Are already complete

  • Are 1,000-70,000 words in length or can be split into two or more novellas of 20,000+ words

  • Engage the reader within the first two pages

  • Qualify as romantic, paranormal, historical, fantasy, adventure, or suspense (horror and sci-fi sometimes considered)

  • Include characters of varying skin-colors and body types

We are not interested in works which:

  • Promote or imply prejudice against people based on ethnic background, physical appearance, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, etc.

  • Have religious themes

  • Are politically-motivated or themed, or remark on real-life political events

  • Have a plot heavily-related to violent crimes, abuse, or addiction

  • Have depressive themes such as those deeply-rooted in destruction or self-harm  

  • Are non-fiction or truth-based (with the exception of titles already in our queue)

  • Are written for children (a separate imprint will soon be available for children’s books)

  • Refer to brand-name products or real-life people or events

  • Are unofficial sequels to or heavily-influenced by another artist's copyright-protected work (e.g. books, movies, etc.)

  • Require more-than-usual editing time due to excessive errors in punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure

Your submission must include all of the following (pitch not required):

  1. The complete first chapter of your manuscript in PDF format

  2. A brief description of the story and how it ends

  3. The genre in your own words (not all stories fit into one category, feel free to be creative)

  4. Tell us a little about yourself: A one-paragraph bio all about you (you may include your interests and a web address, if you have one)

  5. A sentence or two indicating why you are specifically interested in Nocturna Press or if you were referred by someone else who was interested

  6. Proudly, the characters in our publications are of multiple ethnic origins and body shapes and sizes. We are interested in      considering material which is not purposefully limited in these areas.   

Regrettably, we cannot answer all inquiries and submissions, but we will make every effort to respond even if we cannot publish your title at this time. Please only submit once per title, but if you feel we may not have seen your submission, please feel free to send it once more. Email submissions to: Submissions not accepted will be deleted from our servers for your protection.