Submissions

Black Beacon Books will open to short story submissions for our next anthology, The Black Beacon Book of Mystery, on the 1st of August, 2019.

Here are the details:

Submissions open: 01/08/2019

Submissions close: 30/11/2019

Response time: We'll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest

Publication: Planned for late 2020

What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You'll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their "little grey cells", as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend... it's up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game's afoot!

Length: Between 2,500 and 6,000 words is ideal

Rates:
1 penny (GBP) per word for original fiction
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.


GENERAL GUIDELINES AND DETAILS

Languages accepted: 
English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d'édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais.

How we sell:
Each title is released, distributed, and sold differently. Most are released as both print and ebooks but some may be released as one or the other.

Editor contributions:
Our editors and artists reserve the right to have their work included in the anthologies we publish. Some people do not like this practice, and we respect that point of view, but we do not consider it a problem. There are very few Australian publishers releasing mystery, suspense, and psychological horror anthologies, so if we don't publish our own work, it will go unread. Please do not submit a story for a Black Beacon Books anthology if you are not willing to have it included alongside an editor or artist contribution.

What we expect from authors who are selected:
As an independent publisher, we need authors who are motivated and proactive. Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be. Also, help promote the book through word-of-mouth and online networking.

Legal disclaimer (not applicable for charity anthologies):
Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB Exclusive Worldwide English Language rights (this covers both electronic and print) and that you assure that your work has not been previously published and that you will not publish it elsewhere until 12 months after the official release of the anthology. Beyond that, BBB will no longer retain any rights to your work and will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

For submissions in English, the editor requires:

- All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don't know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp
In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I'll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.

- Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.

- Only one space at the end of sentences.

- Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

- The use of italics. Do not replace them with an underline.

Once you've finished your tale and edited it... and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email AND in the file. In the subject of your email, write: "BBB Submission".