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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.

See our Writers' Den playlist on the YouTube channel for quick videos on cover letters, pitches, etc. 

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!

Use of “AI” writing tools such as ChatGPT:

We will not consider any submissions written or developed by these tools.​​



Submissions for 2024

Luna Novella: 16 March 2024



Who: All writers, all levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented).  


What to submit: Novellas only, standalone, original and not previously published. Speculative fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy and their sub-genres.

Audience: General Trade (No YA/Teen).

When to submit: On Saturday 16th of March 2024 only.

Times: Submit between 12:00AM and 11:59PM UK time.

Email Title: Please state "Luna Novella + Your Surname" when submitting.

If you are worried about how to structure your cover letter/email, don't be! Take a look at this very short video/example on our YouTube channel on 'How to write a cover letter'. The main thing is to add the info below.

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 Novella.

  • Genre of the Novella

  • Word Count (between 20,000 and 40,000)

  • Pitch (up to 300 words or so). Watch our video 'How to write an elevator pitch' if you are unsure.


What to attach to the email:

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

  • Clear font of your choice.

  • 1.5 or 2 for spacing.

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


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

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