Written by Emily Harstone

Luna Press Publishing: Accepting Horror Novels July 1st-3rd

Occasionally we’ll feature a press that isn’t open, but will be soon, for a very limited reading period. This is the case with Luna Press Publishing. They generally have three limited reading periods a year. This is the last for 2022.

Luna Press Publishing is a small Scottish press established in 2015, and you can learn more about their founding here. They were founded by an author who did not appear to have past experience running a publishing house, but they’ve made it this far. It is not clear who their distributor is, or if they have one. You can get a good feel for what they’ve previously published by visiting their shop here.

They also do not disclose royalty rates.

They publish speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, and for this reading period they are only considering horror/gothic/folk horror/dark fantasy novels set in a location that is haunted. According to their guidelines, “by  ‘location’ we mean a dwelling, an institution, a hotel, a factory, a ship/ferry, a train –  in short a building/structure where people have lived, worked, died, grew up, etc.” The story must be geared towards an adult audience.

They will open to submissions at 12:00AM UK time on the 1st, and close at 11:59 PM UK time on the 3rd of July 2022. Please be mindful of the timezone when planning your submission.

​You must submit during those times.

They ask that all submissions be made via email. In the body of the email they ask that you include  a brief author bio, title, and word count (60,000 words and up). In the email itself attach a word document containing the first three chapters, and another word document containing a full synopsis of the book – including the ending.

To learn more about what they are looking for, read their detailed submission guidelines here. They will only consider submissions that follow all of their guidelines.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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