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WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR:

Fiction submissions:

 

(For non-fiction submissions please see the Academia Lunare page.)

We only publish Speculative FictionScience Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy (and their sub-genres).

For our purposes, speculative fiction deals with elements that are nonexistent in reality, covering various themes in the context of science fictionfantasyhorroralternate historyutopian and dystopian fiction, and supernatural fiction, as well as combinations thereof (e.g. science fantasy).

For a little insight into how we choose our MS, you can watch this mini video on our YouTube channel: The Success of a Submission.

Please remember that rejection by us does not mean your work is not publishable - there are many factors that influence the choice of what we consider. Perseverance is the key!

Below are the Open Submission Windows scheduled for 2023:

  • Open Window for Novels and Collections: 16-17-18 June 2023

See below for exact details.

More 2023 dates may be added later.

The dates for 2024 will be posted here in November 2023.

 

 

Submissions for 2023

Novels & Collections:

SFF & Their Sub-genres

16-17-18 June 2023

Read these guidelines if you are submitting a novel:

 

Who: All writers, all levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented).  

 

What to submit: Novels, original and not previously published anywhere. Must be standalone and not part of a series/trilogy. If you are considering a series/trilogy, etc., then this submission is not for you.

Genre: If you are submitting to Luna, you know what type of books we publish, right? SFF only, no gardening books please! On a more serious note, we are not looking for humour, or erotica.​

Audience: General Trade (No Children/YA/Teen). 

When to submit: On the 16th, 17th, and 18th of June 2023 only.

Times: Submit between 12:00AM of the 16 June to 11:59PM of the 18th of June, UK time.

Email Title: Please state Novel Submission - "Your Surname" when submitting.

What to include in the main body of the email:​​

  • A brief author bio, with particular focus on your writing - and don't panic if it's your first submission! 

  • Title of the Novel.

  • Genre of the Novel 

  • Word Count (from 50,000 and up)

  • Elevator Pitch (see blogs such as these for some help, if it's the first time: Masterclass, Gareth Powell)

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What to attach to the email:

  • One Word document with the first three chapters - your best, final version only, no drafts. This is super important. 

If we request the rest of the manuscript, you will also need to send in:

  • A full synopsis of the book (No cliff hangers - this isn't a cover blurb and we need to know how the story ends). 

Email to lunasubmissions [at] outlook [dot] com during the submission days only.

Submissions which ignore the guidelines will not be considered and may not receive a reply.

We always reply to acknowledge receipt of a submission, also stating when you will be hearing from us with an answer - if you haven't received an acknowledgment email within 24 hours from the submission, please get in touch.

Read these guidelines if you are submitting a collection:

Who: All writers, all levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented).  

 

What to submit: You can submit either of the following:

  • fully original collection of short stories, previously unpublished

OR

  • a collection for The Harvester Series. This series contains about 35-40% of original, unpublished stories, while the rest are stories which have appeared in established outlets. This series also includes a bonus material end-section - be creative!

Genre: Please take a look at the books already published in the Harvester Series

Audience: General Trade (No Children/YA/Teen). 

When to submit: On the 16th, 17th, and 18th of June 2023 only.

Times: 12:00AM of the 16 June to 11:59PM of the 18th of June, UK time.

Email Title: Please state Collection Submission - "Your Surname" when submitting.

What to include in the main body of the email:​​

  • A brief author bio, with particular focus on your writing - and don't panic if it's your first submission! 

  • Title of the Collection

  • Genre of the Collection

  • Theme of the collection

  • Word Count (from 50,000 to 85,000 is ideal). 

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What to attach to the email:

 

1. If you are submitting an original collection, attach one Word document containing

  • 4 stories - your best, final version only, no drafts. This is super important. 

  • A list of the titles of the remaining stories.

2. If you are submitting for the Harvester Series, attach one Word document containing

  • 4 stories, at least one of which should be original - your best, final version only, no drafts. This is super important. 

  • A list of the titles of the remaining stories, specifying if they are original to collection, or if not where they have appeared and when.

Email to lunasubmissions [at] outlook [dot] com during the submission days only.

Submissions which ignore the guidelines will not be considered and may not receive a reply.

We always reply to acknowledge receipt of a submission, also stating when you will be hearing from us with an answer - if you haven't received an acknowledgment email within 24 hours, please get in touch.

 

 

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