Submissions

Submissions are currently closed.

Gurt Dog Press is seeking novels in the Speculative Fiction range that feature LGBTQ+ identities, including Polyamory and other forms of non-Monogamy.

We are looking for books that fit into at least one of the following genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Mystery | Thriller | Supernatural

We are particularly interested in all forms of Horror as the main genre, from Gothic Horror and Cosmic Horror, to Dark Fantasy and gruesome Fairy Tales.

The main character must identify within the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Books with romance as part of the story plot must not be centred solely around the Romance genre but instead be primarily speculative fiction. Scenes of a graphic nature, such as violence and gore, are more than welcome, as well as sexual scenes, but these must be integral to the plot and not used for shock value or as erotica.

‘Happy endings’ are essential, but can be relative to the pursuits of the main character, for example, in the movie ‘Gladiator’, where the main character dies but is reunited with his family.

We are not seeking any of the following:

~ Contemporary Romance or YA, Children’s Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoirs or Erotica
~ Love triangles (please read for clarification on how love triangles are not the same as polyamory)
~ M-Preg (alien races are acceptable, as are well-written human trans men)
~ Stories that are set in schools, universities, or any kind of educational institute
~ Stories that appear to ‘fix’ any sexuality, gender identity or mental health condition

We will not accept stories that feature bestiality, or paedophilia. For clarification, sentient shape-shifters such as werewolves do not fall under bestiality and are acceptable. Characters engaged in sexual scenes must be adults.

If you have any questions about book content, please contact for more information. We are always open to enquiries even if submissions are closed.

We currently accept books with a word count between 30,000 and 120,000, including previously published works provided that rights have been returned to the author. Please ensure your manuscript has been edited to the best of your ability and is free from spelling and grammar errors.

Email submissions to: submissions@gurtdogpress.com

~ In the email title, write SUBMISSION – Book Title – Author
~ In the body of the email, include the title, word count, genre(s), identities of the main characters, blurb and a synopsis of up to 300 words of the submitted manuscript.
~ Please state whether the manuscript has been previously published and if rights have been returned.
~ Include the first chapter or the first 3000 words (whichever is longer) of the manuscript in an attachment, in either .doc or .docx format.
~ Use Times New Roman, 12 point with single spaces and single line breaks with standard formatting. Ensure that paragraphs are indented.

Digital submissions only. We do not accept hard copy manuscripts.
For now we will only be publishing e-books, but later will expand into hard copy press.

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