The Alchemy Press is about to start a new line, Alchemy Novellas. In the first instance, we aim to publish four novellas a year as eBooks. Then the novellas will be collected together and published as a print book – so readers have the best of both worlds. Our proposed publication schedule for the eBooks is February, May, August and November, with submission dates two month prior to these months (the first of December, March, June and September), although subs may be sent anytime.
We have eclectic tastes. Alchemy Novellas will cover almost all areas of Fantasy – that’s heroic fantasy, alternate world fantasy, urban fantasy, supernatural, dark crime and horror. Comic fantasy will be considered but not if it’s a parade of puns or bad gags. We are not fans of zombies or heroic vampires. We will not publish hard science fiction. Essentially, acceptance will be based on how well the novella works for us.
We are looking for original, unpublished novellas in the 15,000-35,000 word range (preferred length 20,000-30,000 words). We will pay £50 for the initial (ie, first serial) eBook publication and a further £25 on the subsequent print publication, against royalties, plus a copy each of the eBook and the printed book. Copyright returns to the writer six months after print publication; earlier if selected for a Best Of anthology.
Manuscripts should be sent electronically, as attachments, in standard manuscript format to The Alchemy Press/ Peter Coleborn at alchemypress [at] gmail.com with the subject line: Novella/ novella’s title/ your name.
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