Nightfire Unagented Submission Guidelines

The following guidelines outline how to submit novels and novellas to Nightfire. Please be sure to read them carefully so that your submission does not get disqualified.

Note: Tor/Forge Books’ submission information is here, and Tor.com’s submission information is here. To learn more about the Tor/Forge, Tor.com, and Nightfire editorial teams, check here.

Nightfire will be open to novel and novella submissions from July 15th (9:00am EST) to July 22nd, 2020 (9:00am EST).

Please note: this July open period will be specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) authors only.

To submit your work, visit us on Moksha.

When submitting, please upload your full manuscript. Our submission portal will also ask for a cover letter, where you should include a pitch and a short author bio.

Once you have registered on Moksha, you can use that portal to check the status of your submission. If you have trouble with our submission portal, please email nightfiresubmissions@tor.com.


What We’re Looking For:

The Nightfire team is looking for novels and novellas for adults across the breadth of the horror genre—from the cosmic and Lovecraftian to the beloved undead tropes of zombies, ghosts, and slashers and the more uncanny and internal terrors of isolation, lost love, and aging.

We are actively looking for submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental ability. We believe that good stories reflect the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and want our catalog to show that.

We encourage you to scroll through our book announcements and to listen to our free audio anthology, Come Join Us By the Fire, to get a sense of our vision and tastes.

Good luck—we look forward to reading your work!

What We’re Not Looking For:

Nightfire is an adult fiction imprint. As such, we are not accepting Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Children’s books.

Nightfire does not accept works that have been previously published elsewhere, in any venue. This includes all forms of digital self-publishing.

We are currently not looking for unagented nonfiction projects, short story collections, or novella collections.

We do not accept works that are not identifiable as horror. We are, of course, open to works that straddle genres (e.g. dark fantasy, psychological thrillers), but your work must fit into the horror realm.

We are not currently interested in tie-in fiction. This includes fiction that exists within worlds established in previously published novels, or that relies upon a knowledge of previously published novels.

We do not accept multiple submissions. If you have more than one novel or novella, you may only submit one at a time.

We prefer that you not simultaneously submit your work to Nightfire and other venues. If you do, however, and your work is accepted by a different venue, please immediately withdraw your submission from Nightfire. You can do so through Moksha or by emailing nightfiresubmissions@tor.com with your story title, date submitted, and byline. Please make sure “Withdrawal” is in your subject line.

Additional FAQs:

What we pay:

  • For novels: We offer an advance against royalties, the size of which will depend on a number of factors, including the length of your work and how commercial we think it is.
  • For novellas: We, as above, offer an advance against royalties. For novellas, however, we also offer a royalty-only option. If we decide to make you an offer, you will be free to choose between the two.

What rights does that give you?

  • For novels: Our contract covers the right to publish the work in print, audio, and ebook formats, worldwide, in all languages. Additional rights will be discussed if we decide to make you an offer.
  • For novellas: Our contract covers the right to publish the work in print, audio and ebook formats, worldwide, in English.

Response Timeline:

Due to the volume of submissions we receive during our open periods, we will respond within 9 months. If you’ve received a confirmation email, your work has been received and there is no need to contact us to check. Please do not send your work until you feel it is ready to be read. We will not be accepting “updated” versions of the same work once submitted. Do not be concerned if your submission doesn’t seem to be moving up the queue, as we don’t read in order of submission.