Grinning Skull Press - Dedicated to bringing you the very best in HORROR Fiction!
Novels and Novellas

We are now accepting novel and novella submissions.

For novels, please submit a synopsis and the first three chapters. If we're hooked, we will request the entire manuscript. Novellas (20,000 to 50,000 words) can be submitted in their entirety. While we are open to all horror (adult and YA), our personal preference is for creature features.

Submissions should be sent to grinningskullpress@yahoo.com or submissions@grinningskullpress.com and include the following in the subject line: Novel (Novella) Submission/Title/Author’s last name/Word Count. Include a short bio in the body of the email. 

Submission Guidelines:
Double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt.
Page headers (in the upper right-hand corner of every page except the title page should include: Author name/Title/Page No.
Single space after periods, no extra spacing between paragraphs, and please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word's paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3"
No Simultaneous Submissions

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GRAVE MARKER series

GRAVE MARKERS is a new digital-first series for stories considered too long for anthologies, but not quite long enough to be published as a stand-alone novella. To be considered for this series, submissions MUST  fall between 10,000 and 20,000 words. If accepted, the story will be published as a stand-alone piece digitally, and then compiled in a print collection early the following year. Given the nature of this series, we are not interested in seeing any YA fiction.

Submissions should be sent to Grave_Markers@grinningskullpress.com and include the following in the subject line: Author's Last name/Title/Word Count. Include a short bio in the body of the email. 

Submission Guidelines:
Double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt.
Page headers (in the upper right-hand corner of every page except the title page should include: Author name/Title/Page No.
Single space after periods, no extra spacing between paragraphs, and please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word's paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3"
Payment: Royalties 
No Simultaneous Submissions

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Shadows Over Deathlehem

Submission Guidelines

We have decided to revisit Deathlehem with SHADOWS OVER DEATHLEHEM. Our target for this collection is 25 stories with a tentative release date of November 23rd, 2017. What do we want? As with the previous collections, the subject matter is open, just so long as it takes place on or around Christmas. HOWEVER, we would like to see FEWER Krampus/Santa stories. We encourage you to think outside the box and not rely on the old standbys. No sexual situations involving children or animals. 

DEADLINE: July 31, 2017 (or Until filled)

WORD COUNT: 1,000-10,000 words (query for longer/shorter submissions)

PAYMENT: This is an anthology for charity. Contributors will receive a Digital copy (mobi, epub, or pdf) of the anthology. Print copies will be available to the contributors on request, but given the nature of this project, we hope you would be willing to purchase a print copy. 

REPRINTS: Query first

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: No

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No

FORMAT: Left-justify only

FONT: 12 pt Times New Roman

SPACING: Double spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, single space after periods

TAB INDENT: Please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word's paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3"

PAGE NUMBERING/HEADERS: Page numbers only

First page should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and pseudonym (if writing under one). Send submissions as a word attachment to grinningskullpress@yahoo.com or submissions@grinningskullpress.com. Include SHADOWS OVER DEATHLEHEM and the submission title in the subject line.

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ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Hellacious Hybrids

Submission Guidelines

We've all seen those God-awful SyFy movies. You know the ones we're talking about. Sharktopus, Piranhaconda, Pteracuda. Ever think you could do better? Well, now's your chance. Presenting ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Hellacious Hybrids! Let your imagination run wild, but make them believable

DEADLINE: Until filled

WORD COUNT: 2,500-10,000 words (query for longer/short submissions)

PAYMENT: 1/4 cent/word (subject to an increase). Digital copy + print copy. Discount for additional copies.

REPRINTS: No

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: No

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No

FORMAT: Left-justify only

FONT: 12 pt Times New Roman. If text is meant to be italic, please use italic. Do not use underscore to indicate italic.

SPACING: Double spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, and single space after periods.

TAB INDENT: Please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word's paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3"

PAGE NUMBERING/HEADERS: None

First page should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and pseudonym (if writing under one). Send submissions as a word attachment to grinningskullpress@yahoo.com or submissions@grinningskullpress.com. Include HELLACIOUS HYBRIDS, your last name, and submission title in the subject line.

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CANCELLED--HORROR HIGH: FRESHMAN FEARS

Due to lack of manuscripts, this anthology has been cancelled.

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HOCKOMOCK--Tales from the Bridgewater Triangle
(NOW OPEN TO ALL WHO WISH TO SUBMIT)

According to Paranormal-Encyclopedia.com (http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/b/bridgewater-triangle/), the Bridgewater Triangle is likely one of the world's most concentrated areas of diverse paranormal reports, so the subject matter is wide open so long as it takes place within this 200-mile square area. WE ADVISE YOU TO DO YOUR RESEARCH. If the story does not reference the area, and it is apparent you are not familiar with the location, your story will be rejected.

DEADLINE: UNTIL FILLED 
WORD COUNT: 1,000-7,000 words (query for longer/shorter submissions)
PAYMENT: One cent/word 
REPRINTS: No
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: No
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No
FORMAT: Left-justify only
FONT: 12 pt Times New Roman
SPACING: Double spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, single space after periods
TAB INDENT: Please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word's paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3"
PAGE NUMBERING/HEADERS: Page numbers only

First page should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and word count. Send submissions as a word attachment to grinningskullpress@yahoo.com or submissions@grinningskullpress.com. Include HOCKOMOCK and submission title in the subject line.

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CANCELLED --- Little Monsters – Horror for Kids by Kids
Submission Guidelines
 
Due to lack of manuscripts, this anthology has been cancelled.
 
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CRANIAL LEAKAGE -- TALES FROM THE GRINNING SKULL 

Submission Guidelines

CRANIAL LEAKAGE will be an annual publication from Grinning Skull Press. It is an unthemed horror anthology that will be published in both digital and print formats. Subject matter is open, but please NO sexual content involving children.

DEADLINE: As this is an annual collection, there is no deadline. Once the one volume is filled, we will start compiling for the next volume.

WORD COUNT: 1,000-7,000 words (query for longer/short submissions)

PAYMENT: 1/4 cent/word (subject to an increase). Digital copy + print copy. Discount for additional copies.

REPRINTS: No

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: No

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No

FORMAT: Left-justify only

FONT: 12 pt Times New Roman. If text is meant to be italic, please use italic. Do not use underscore to indicate italic.

SPACING: Double spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, and single space after periods.

TAB INDENT: Please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word's paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3"

PAGE NUMBERING/HEADERS: None

First page should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and pseudonym (if writing under one). Send submissions as a word attachment to grinningskullpress@yahoo.com or cranial_leakage@grinningskullpress.com. Include CRANIAL LEAKAGE, your last name, and submission title in the subject line.

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