SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.
We regret that new submissions to Grey Gecko are closed at this time. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT SUBMISSIONS AND PROPOSALS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT. As a small press, we have limited resources, and we’ve received several hundred submissions so far this year alone. In order to maintain our quick turnaround for submissions, we cannot accept any new submissions until our backlog has been reviewed. We look forward to re-opening submissions soon.
You Can Help!
Grey Gecko Press has crowd-sourced our slushpile. We call it the Slushpile Reader Program. After applying for membership in the program, you’re invited to join other members in helping us review the hundreds of submissions currently in our slushpile. You’ll get to read unedited manuscripts, comment, and vote on them, helping us choose which to publish and which need more work. Find more information on this program here.
When submissions are open, Grey Gecko Press accepts submissions from authors for previously unpublished work or work that is not currently licensed or under contract by another publisher. Grey Gecko accepts submissions ranging from short story length (1,500 words minimum) to extended-length novels (150,000+ words) and everything in between. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about our submission policies and procedures. Submit and get published!
What You Should Know Before Submitting
1. We have submission requirements and procedures for a reason. Follow them.
Our submission requirements aren’t onerous, especially when compared to many other agents and/or more traditional publishers. We have these requirements because we receive many submissions, and processing them all is much less time-consuming when they’re formatted correctly and include all the information that we need. Submissions that aren’t formatted correctly or are missing required info will be deleted unread with no notification. And really, following the rules is just being professional.
2. We don’t publish some genres.
There are three genres of fiction we’re not interested in publishing. This is not intended as a judgement of those genres, merely a company choice not to publish them. If your work falls into one of these categories, please seek another publisher. Don’t try to sneak it by, hoping we won’t notice. We will, and not only will your submission be deleted unread (or mostly unread), we’ll remember you. And not in a good way. Be honest with yourself and us, and you won’t waste anyone’s time.
The genres we don’t publish are:
· Extreme horror
Think Saw and Hostel. Violence for the sake of violence, gore just for kicks. There may be a market for this, but we’re not it.
If the book has sex in it, that’s fine. If it’s only sex, or 90% sex, then that’s erotica, and we’re just not interested.
· Religious Fiction
If it includes religion, that’s okay, but if it’s about religion, that’s not. An example of this genre and a book we would not publish would be the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
3. No line-jumpers.
No one gets a free pass to the head of the line. Don’t send your submission to another Grey Gecko email account, hoping to get noticed. Don’t call us, asking if you can submit your work directly to one of our editors. Submit your work like everyone else. We will get to it, and if it’s good, we’ll talk. Trying to circumvent the process only guarantees that we’ll never read your work.
1. Choose the correct type of submission.
We have five types of works that we publish: Non-fiction, Short Story, Novella, Novel, and Novel (Extended Length). This categorization of incoming submissions is important and allows us to more quickly process your work. Plus, if you pick the wrong one, we’ll wonder if you bothered reading the requirements to begin with. Take your time and do it right. It’s worth it.
2. No full manuscripts.
Send us a query letter, including a brief summary of the work submitted, a full outline of the work, detailing the entire plot point-by-point, and a sample of the work. For novellas, one chapter; for novels, 3 chapters. Short stories may be submitted in their entirety.
3. Electronic submission is REQUIRED.
You must submit your work using Microsoft Word or Word-compatible file formats, including .doc or .docx. You may also submit initial queries in PDF form, but please note: If accepted for further review/publication, you will be required to provide a .doc/.docx file at that time. Manuscripts and/or queries that are mailed to us will be returned without being read if a stamped envelope of sufficient size is provided. Otherwise, they will be recycled.
4. Submissions must be formatted appropriately.
The work submitted must be formatted in the current industry standard. Click here for more information. NOTE: Submissions that are not formatted appropriately may be deleted without being read. So follow the instructions, please.
5. Be patient.
We may not be able to respond to you quickly. We are still a small shop, with a limited number of personnel. We’re not ignoring you, we’re just busy. Please be patient.
So that’s it! If you’re interested in submitting, click the appropriate button below.
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