Submissions Guidelines: Novelettes

Currently CLOSED for unsolicited subs Strange Edge Publications and our 80s in Blood imprint.

Strange Edge Publications is looking for novelettes (7-15k words) that would be best described as new absurdist, popsurreal, atypical bizarro, playfully pomo, or irreverently irreal. We are looking for submissions that would feel comfortable hobnobbing with the works of Franz Kafka, Donald Barthelme, Mark Leyner, Russel Edson, Daniil Kharms, Barry Yourgrau, Eugène Ionesco, David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Guy Maddin, Max Ernst, and Salvador Dali. We are looking for fiction that is more about the experience of reading it than any particularly high concept.

80s in Blood is looking for novelettes (7-15k words) that would be best described as ridiculous novelizations of preposterous 80s b-movies that we wish really existed. We are looking for submissions that would feel at home alongside such 80s films as The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Sleepaway Camp III, Steel Dawn, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Hell Comes to Frogtown, Terror Vision, Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Repo Man, Miami Connection, Howard the Duck, Big Trouble in Little China, Trancers, Spookies, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, in the genres of Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Sword and Sorcery, Barbarian, Post-Apocalyptic, Martial Arts, and Horror. We are looking for stuff that is over-the-top in a fun way. (Note: Submissions do not have to be set in the 80s, but that wouldn’t hurt. We are looking for the aesthetic of the 80s, not necessarily the time period.)

We will be releasing ebook anthologies for each imprint, each containing 4 novelettes by 4 different authors. Authors will receive 20% of all sales (that’s an even split between the four authors and the publisher). We are interested in non-exclusive first digital rights. The first set of Strange Edge novelettes will be released mid-2015, and we plan to do several per year.

Already have a novelette (7-15k words) completed that you think we might want? Attach it as .doc or .rtf and send it to with the heading NOVELETTE SUBMISSION or  80S IN BLOOD NOVELETTE SUBMISSION if submitting to 80s in Blood. Include a brief description of the novelette in the body of your email, as well as a brief bio to let us know a little about you.

Have an idea for a novelette (7-15k words) you think we might be interested in that isn’t written yet? Send us your pitches ( to convince us you are a writer whose ideas are just what The Strange Edge or 80s in Blood is looking for. Pitch us a brief plot/stylistic synopsis (no more than 150 words) that conveys what makes your story and your writing weird and compelling.

Have stories or ideas that might fall outside the 7-15k word range? Query us about them and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

We look forward to your weird.


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