Black Spot Books is an established author-centric, traditional small press publisher of bestselling and award-winning dark fantasy and horror. We are an imprint of Vesuvian Media Group.

With the exception of the opportunities below, Black Spot Books does not accept unagented submissions.


NOTE: Black Spot Books is currently accepting ONLY solicited queries from current HWA members. Unsolicited submissions will not be read.

We are only interested in dark fantasy and horror projects with strong cinematic appeal. We consider YA and adult, and are interested in novellas (35k+) and novels. We are not interested in crime-based horror.

We are specifically looking for seasonal horror (think Black Christmas or Krampus) for a December 2022 pub date.

Please include in your submission:

  • Real Name and Pen Name (if applicable)
  • Title
  • Story genre
  • Approximate word count 
  • A brief, engaging summary of your book
  • Publishing experience
  • A brief biographical statement 
  • Website and contact information

We are actively looking for projects from diverse and marginalized authors. Tell us about yourself!

Please submit a two-page synopsis of your project and the first three chapters of your completed, edited manuscript.
Manuscript Formatting:

  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • 1.5 spacing
  • 1-inch margins
  • NO headers, footers or page numbers
  • Word doc or docs format only
  • Author name and title on first page only

Please be sure that your manuscript has been thoroughly edited and is free of spelling and grammatical errors. 

Deep in the dark forest, in a cottage that moves through the forest on birds’ legs behind a fence topped with human skulls, lives the baba yaga. A guardian of the water of life, she lives with her sisters and takes to the skies in a giant mortar and pestle, creating tempests as she goes. Those who come across the baba yaga may find help, or hinderance, or horror. She is wild, she is woman, she is witch—and these are her tales.

We are looking for stories inspired by and featuring the BABA YAGA. 

INTO THE FOREST: Tales of the Baba Yaga is a women-in-horror anthology. All writers who identify as women are welcome to submit.


Payment: 6 cents a word (USD)

Length: 1000 to 5000 words
Submission Period: September 28, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Expected Release Date: November 2022 (traditional trade)

No reprints, multiple subs or simultaneous subs

Use classic Shunn formatting


Full list of invited contributors:

- Gwendolyn Kiste
- Stephanie M. Wytovich
- Donna Lynch
- R. J. Joseph
- Lindy Ryan
- Mercedes M. Yardley
- Monique Snyman
- Lisa Quigley

Black Spot Books