The guidelines below for the July to September reading period will remain here temporarily for submitters’ reference while manuscripts from that reading period are still being evaulated: 


Eye of FireBrimstone – dark fiction for adults.

Horror, thrillers, and all sub-genres – including psychological, supernatural, apocalyptic, and Lovecraftian. The primary intent of your novel is to inspire fear or suspense in the reader.

Length: 60,000 to 120,000 words.



BloodstoneBloodstone – dark romance.

Gothic and paranormal (no blatant porn). The primary intent of your novel is to explore tragic, taboo, and/or ill-fated relationships.

Length: 60,000 to 120,000 words.



MoonstoneMoonstone – dark fiction for young adults.

Same as the above lines (Brimstone & Bloodstone) but aimed at a younger (teen) audience.

Length: 40,000 to 80,000 words.




General notes

While Brimstone Press is dedicated to publishing high quality novels from Australians and New Zealanders, we welcome submissions (in English) from anywhere in the world.

Agented submissions are welcome, but Brimstone Press does not pay advances.

We are only open to novel submissions – send us your absolute best!


Do not submit:

  • Submissions outside the reading period (they will be automatically deleted).
  • Reprints.
  • Multiple or simultaneous submissions.
  • Unfinished manuscripts.
  • Anthologies, single author collections, or short stories.
  • Non-fiction, children’s fiction, poetry, or scripts.
  • Any other genre (unless it is intrinsically horror or dark romance).
  • Queries on any of the above.
  • Emails that do not have the subject line formatting requested below (they will be automatically deleted).


How to submit

  • In the body of your email, include a cover letter and a brief list of your pro and semi-pro publications (if applicable).
  • Attach a brief synopsis (3 pages max.) and the first three chapters (50 pages max.) as DOC, DOCX, or RTF files.
  • Send to Angela Challis at
  • Please format your email subject line in this manner: [novel line] submission: [your novel title] by [your name].
    • For example: Bloodstone submission: Sexy Vampire Magicians by Stephanie Rowling.
  • Any emails that do not have the subject line formatting requested above will be automatically deleted and unseen.
  • Submit your novel in standard manuscript format.
  • Ensure your manuscript includes your contact details, including your email address and phone number.


Receipt of your submission

Please allow up to ten days for your submission to be acknowledged.

We will only contact you if we need more information or we are interested in publishing your novel.

If you do not hear from us by 14 October 2013, we will not be publishing your novel and you will be free to submit the manuscript elsewhere.


If your novel is published by Brimstone Press …

Brimstone Press books will be published as print books and e-books. These will be sold through all major online retailers. See our Distribution page for more information.


Thank you for considering Brimstone Press as your potential publisher. We look forward to reading your work.