Submission Guidelines

Thinking of submitting your manuscript? Please read through all of our guidelines and contact us if you have any questions. 


Submissions that fail to meet our guidelines will not be accepted. 


We accept manuscripts intended for the ages 16+ (young adult, new adult and older).

Our minimum word count is 60,000 words, unless you're submitting to one of our anthologies.

We understand that the purpose of horror is to push limits and challenge readers. However, we will not accept any manuscripts which condone or glamorise problematic behaviours/experiences.



We publish exclusively in English. We accept submissions in both American and British English. 



Please email the first three chapters, a detailed synopsis, and covering letter in PDF format to:

Your covering letter should include:

  • A brief synopsis - like an elevator pitch

  • The genre and main themes of the work

  • Targeted age range

  • Titles of any previously published work

  • Authors that have inspired you/your favourite books


Please make sure that any and all work sent to us is:

  • In PDF format

  • Size 12, Times New Roman

  • 1.5 spaced

  • Please note that we do not accept hard copies of submissions. 



We exclusively publish the genres of urban fantasy, fantasy, horror, paranormal romance and Sci-Fi. Sub genres will be considered.


Proofread your work

We appreciate that some authors may struggle with spelling and grammar, but we ask that you proofread your manuscript to the best of your ability before sending it to us. Your submission should be the best reflection of your work!


Beta Readers

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Let's Work Together

We look forward to reading your work! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for considering SmashBear Publishing. We are incredibly busy at the moment. If you don't hear from us within 6 months, don't worry, we probably just haven't gotten to you yet. We reply to everyone who submits to us.