Submissions are Open
What are we after?
Pulp: There isn't anything specific you need to do to be pulp. It's more about what you don't have to leave out. If sex, violence, rock n roll, drugs, deviancy and/or moustaches are essential to your story, then so be it. If not, that's fine too. Literary, detective, hardboiled, postmodern, send us whatever you've got.
Crime: Transgression, to be precise. It could be legal or social, ethical or moral, but crime in the broadest sense is about crossing boundaries. Sometimes we edge our way toward the line in the sand. Sometimes we don't even notice it's there.
Novellas: 25-40,000 words is sweet. We will consider work outside that, up to short novels. Roughly 18k to 60k. The book should be exactly the right number of words for the story.
If you think your work matches the above, send it in.
If you're not sure, send it anyway.
What to send?
Query letter - Manuscript
The query letter should contain a brief description of and blurb about your book, a short bio, and any writing credits or other particulars you think we should know about. This bit isn't really important, don't sweat too long on it. It's just saying 'Hi', really.
If you have a (very) short synopsis feel free to paste it onto the bottom of the email.
Attach your manuscript as a separate file. This is the important bit. MS Word (.doc or .docx) is great. If we can't read it we'll let you know.
We aim to get back to you within a month, so feel free to follow up if we haven't. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from the pile.
Send the whole lot to Chris Black at submissions[at]numberthirteenpress.com
Why should you submit to #13 press?
As with any genuine publisher, we charge no fees to our authors. Experienced and rigorous editing, very good company, and distinctive and original cover art. Small but stylish, and committed to making your book the best it can be.
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