neon hemlock
speculative fiction and queer chapbooks



Submissions are currently closed.


Neon Hemlock Press will be open to submissions of speculative novellas from October 1st to October 31st. 

A link to a submission portal will be displayed during our open period.

We are looking for:

  • Wordcount: 17,500–40,000 words.

  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Slipstream, & Weird.   Hybrid work or difficult to categorize novellas are also welcome.

  • Standalone works, although they may be connected to other series or work.


  • Please submit complete manuscripts (your entire novella) in .doc or .docx formats, formatted in something approaching Standard Manuscript Format.  The editor has a slight aversion to Courier and a fondness for Georgia.

  • Please include a cover/query letter with the title, genre, length, a short pitch/synopsis of the concept, and a brief bio.  You may include links to your website/social media, and previous publications if any. Please don’t stress about this cover letter, if we have additional questions about your submission, we’ll ask them.

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, please withdraw immediately if you take another offer. Novellas should be previously unpublished.

  • Please no multiple submissions.  If you receive a rejection within the submission window, you may submit another novella.  

Submissions are open to all.  Neon Hemlock Press is particularly interested in queer stories and authors.  Authors from all underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to submit.  Please don’t self-reject.

Some of our favorite recent novellas include A Ruin of Shadows by L. D. Lewis, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson, and the Tensorate novellas by JY Yang.

Novellas will be distributed in paperback formats and likely ebook formats as well. We do not offer advances.  Our standard contract will pay 40% of all Publisher’s Net Receipts to the author as royalties on a biannual basis.  We will ask for exclusive North American English rights.

All titles we select will be released in 2020.

Our turnaround time is expected to be around three months. Please query if you haven’t heard from us after 90 days.  We’d love if you tracked your submissions on Duotrope or the Submission Grinder.