Written by Emily Harstone December 16th, 2021

Severed Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Established in 2008, Severed Press is a eBook and print on demand publisher focused on publishing horror and science fiction. They are established and respected within these genres, and the books they publish have excellent genre-appropriate covers.

Many authors have worked with them for many years, and published many books with them, which is generally a good sign. Although because they are print on demand, their distribution is less than ideal. They are not open about royalty payments, but many Severed Press authors have said they are within industry standards. They do not offer advances.

You can learn more about authors’ personal experience with Severed Press here. The press itself responded on the forum which you can see here, and the thread as a whole covers a number of concerns, and if you are considering submitting to them, I would read all of it.

Currently they are considering work in the following genres.

  • Killer sea creatures or monstrous kaiju fiction: Creature features about monsters that come from the deep, or maybe even somewhere more terrifying. Minimum word count 30k.
  • Dinosaurs : Lost world adventures featuring terrifying creatures from the past. Minimum word count 30k
  • Military horror/sci-fi: Like Predator or Aliens, a military unit faces off against an unknown threat from beyond the stars or from another dimension. Minimum word count 40k
  • Apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic scenarios (including TEOTWAWKI or SHTF): Stories that explore the end of the world or life after it: zombie outbreaks, alien invasions or whatever else may serve as a harbinger of the end times! Minimum word count 60k
  • LitRPG: Stories where characters are transported or trapped within an online game, usually a MMORPG . LitRPG blends traditional science fiction and fantasy with gaming elements and mechanics. Minimum word count 30k.
  • LitFPS: Stories that blend fiction with First Person Shooters. Minimum word count 30k.

All submissions must be made via email. Please review their submission guidelines closely.

To learn more, visit their submission guidelines here.

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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