Written by Emily Harstone

Sourcebooks Horror: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

We’ve reviewed Sourcebooks before here, and their Romance imprint here. However recently they’ve have started a horror imprint that is consistently open to submissions. Because so many small horror presses open and close in a matter of years, this new imprint stood out, because of the overall stability of Sourcebooks. I checked on the page of editors, and currently there are no editors listed specifically for horror, so they are still clearly sorting the details out.

Their book covers for this imprint are really well done. But the imprint is so new that as far as I can tell only five books have been published in it. If you go here, you can scroll to the bottom and see them. All are notably by the same author, Darcy Coates, a USA Today Bestseller. But there is no formal Horror category on the site otherwise, currently, and using the search bar is not helpful – unearthing the YA horror they’ve published, instead of Darcy Coates books.

They are actively seeking agented and unagented submissions of horror fiction between 80,000 and 100,000 words in length. They are looking for “strong writers of all ethnicities, races, sexualities, gender identities, abilities and ages, whose stories have something fresh to offer in the Horror genre.​”

All submissions must be made via email with word attachments. Include a 1-3 page synopsis which discloses the ending, a short query letter in the email itself, and if you have a track record include your sales history. You should also attach the full manuscript. They try to respond to all submissions within 8-12 weeks.

To learn more and to see their full submission guidelines, go 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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