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. 

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