Welcome to our submissions management system!
We are using Submittable for a number of rather different projects, so please see the instructions under each submission category for details on what information we need and the format it should be presented in for that category. Please read the instructions carefully! Failure to follow directions may lead to automatic rejection, depending on the editor.
If you have a story that does not fall under the guidelines in any of the categories below, please do not submit it (for example: stories without anthropomorphic characters, stories between about 20,000 and 60,000 words). We do not have a venue to publish these kinds of stories at this time.
Beyond setting up your account with Submittable, we request only the minimum information from you to communicate with you and to judge your submission. Should your submission be accepted, we will then require additional personal information such as legal name and address for the purposes of writing contracts, sending payment, etc.
Please note that all information submitted to us is confidential and remains your property and copyright. We respect your privacy and your intellectual property. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
New Fables Submissions are closed.
Submissions will resume once the New Fables staff begin planning for the seventh issue.
Novel and Graphic Novel Submissions are closed. Sofawolf Press will be taking some time to focus on our existing pipeline of upcoming novels and graphic novels. Please do not e-mail us to ask when novel submissions will re-open. We will announce any changes on our blog and Twitter account, @sofawolfpress, when we have made that decision.
Sofawolf Press is accepting submissions for a new anthology based in the world of New Tibet. Stories should be between 1,000 and 10,000 words and have a maximum rating equivalent to a cinematic “R”—some violence and mature situations are fine, but no explicit sexual situations. It is strongly recommended that you read one of the three books previously published in the New Tibet universe (Breaking the Ice, Shadows in Snow, and Common and Precious) before submitting, and check the rules for the universe at https://timsusman.wordpress.com/new-tibet/.
Please submit stories in DOCX, DOC, RTF, or TXT format, and use Standard Manuscript Format (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_manuscript_format). You may optionally include a cover letter if you have additional information to tell us, such as expertise in a field relevant to your story.
The primary components of your submission:
- Query Letter: This should be short (2-3 paragraphs) and should introduce you and your work. If you have previous publication credits or previous novels published, mention them here. Spend a couple sentences on what your novel is about and what makes it compelling and different. The query letter should be pasted into the appropriate space in the form, not included as an attachment. It should also include any additional contact information you would like to include other than what you have already submitted into the form here.
- Synopsis: This should be a 2-3 page document (MS Word, RTF, or Text format, please) that walks through the plot of your novel, introducing the main characters, the conflicts, and how the conflicts are resolved. This is a full summary of the novel, not a teaser. Spoil the ending!
- Sample chapters: These should be the first 2-4 chapters of your novel (once again using MS Word, RTF, or Text format), depending on the length of the chapters. If the chapters are long, send fewer of them: if they are short, send more. If you have a prologue, that will count as one of the chapters.
If you're not sure how to write a query letter or synopsis, Google it! Examples and guidance abounds on the Internet. “How do I write a query letter?” or “How do I write a synopsis?” will give you lots of helpful links.
Please be sure to proofread your query letter, synopsis, and sample chapters carefully! Spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, and so on reflect on your ability as a writer and your professionalism, both considerations in Sofawolf's decision to publish or not.
How long is a novel?
Sofawolf is most interested in works between about 60,000 and 150,000 words. The “sweet spot” is 90,000-120,000. These are not set-in-stone boundaries, but we will not consider works too far outside them--for example, both 30,000 and 300,000-word stories will not be considered.
Keep it furry.
We are a publisher of works based on anthropomorphic animals. Not all your characters must be anthropomorphic animals, but at least some of your main characters should be.
The story should be complete.
We are interested in reviewing completed novels, not great ideas for novels. If after reading your submission materials we are interested enough to want to read more, we will contact you for the full manuscript.
Hot Dish is a supplementary anthology to Heat, focusing on longer romantic and/or erotic stories: 10,000 – 20,000 words in length. While Heat is more visually oriented, printed in a magazine format with lots of illustrations and a mix of shorter stories, poetry and comics, Hot Dish focuses on longer, more developed stories, with a greater emphasis on the prose itself.
As with Heat, there is no particular theme for any volume of Hot Dish other than a general focus on romance and erotica.
Because of their greater length, we expect stories in Hot Dish to be more complex and broad, especially when it comes to plot elements not involving sex, than in Heat. In both publications our preference is for tales in which sex or romance play an important role in the overall plot, but are not the sole purpose for the stories' existence. Submissions that are little more than a pretext to an extended sex scene generally do not get far in the review process. We encourage submissions that delve into new areas or treat old themes in new ways.
As with all of Sofawolf's publications, Hot Dish is first and foremost about anthropomorphic animals. Please do not send in submissions in which animals with some level of human traits do not appear as major characters, as they will be rejected.
We will continue to take submissions through May 31, 2018, though we may extend the submission period if we are still looking for stories at the end of this period.
For Hot Dish we are looking for stories in the 10,000 – 20,000 word range.
Number of Submissions:
We will accept multiple submissions, though it is best to submit no more than two. If you are truly having a hard time selecting which stories to submit, it is better to have a trusted friend or editor help you narrow your submissions down, rather than submitting them all for our reviewers to wade through.
Payment is a flat $100 per story. This comes to around 1/2 cent per word at the top of the word count range, and 1 cent per word at the bottom. We decided to pay a flat rate, rather than a per-word rate, to encourage authors to focus on writing a complete story that is as long as it needs to be, rather than making use of the longer format to make more money by padding out their word count.