Open Submission Window
September 1st through September 30th, 2019
We are accepting submissions during the month of September. Please be aware that the goal of this open window is to find up to six new manuscripts to join the titles we already have planned for 2021 and 2022.
You have a story to tell; and somebody, somewhere, is waiting to read it.
Our mission at Kyanite Publishing is to publish speculative fiction that entertains, engages, and awakens readers by authors with diverse voices and backgrounds.
“We believe stories aren’t just good for escaping; they’re powerful and necessary tools in humanity’s quest to define our legacy and build a better world. The themes that carry through our catalog are resistance, strength, hope, tolerance, resilience, and the complexity of the human experience.”
— Sam Hendricks, Founder and Business Director
What Are We Looking For?
We are looking for completed novellas and novels that fall under the umbrella of speculative fiction. We want stories that are exciting, engaging, and fast-paced.
Our genre wish list currently includes high fantasy, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, heroic fantasy, dark fantasy, military science fiction, space opera, cyberpunk, other “punk” genres, supernatural mystery, fantasy noir/hardboiled detectives, supernatural horror, and cosmic horror.
What We Are NOT Looking For
Manuscripts that target an audience other than the adult/trade audience (children’s, middle-grade, young adult, new adult, etc).
Erotica. A steamy paranormal romance might be okay, but we want to avoid anything overly descriptive.
Works that have been previously published, either by another publisher or self-published.
Projects that do not yet have a full manuscript ready for review.
If you think you may have something we’d be interested in, please review the submission guidelines in the next column.
Please read through this section thoroughly before sending your manuscript! Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may not make it through our initial screening process.
What to Include in the Email
- An introduction is always nice. Tell us who you are. Have we met, or did somebody refer you to us? Here is a good place to remind us.
- The elevator pitch. In one to three sentences, what’s the selling point for the story? What’s it about? What makes it stand apart?
- What are the genre(s), main theme(s), and word count?
- The dreaded synopsis. Try to keep this around 300 words or less. We don’t need to know who everybody is or every detail of what happens in the story, just the broad strokes. Give us an idea of what to expect. Think of it like a movie trailer in text!
Please attach a sample of the first chapter of your submission to the email in standard manuscript format as a Word document (.doc or .docx). This should be double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman or Courier (we prefer Courier) with non-spaced, indented paragraphs. Ensure that your legal name, address, email address, and the word count appears at the top of the first page. If you are not familiar with standard manuscript formats, please review this article.
If your submission starts with a prologue, please include the prologue and the first chapter.
What to Expect
We will endeavor to confirm receipt of your email within 3 business days. Initial screening may take up to 30 days, depending upon the volume of submissions. If we feel your submission might be a good match for us, we’ll then request a full manuscript. Full manuscript reviews will ideally be completed within three months, but it might take up to twelve months.
If at any point in the process we feel that your submission is not the best fit for our brand, you will be notified as such via email. Due to the volume of submissions and time required to do them, individual critiques will not be provided.
Please send all submissions to
Legal Mumbo Jumbo: Kyanite Publishing, LLC reserves the right to accept or deny any submission based upon any subjective or objective consideration. Rights to all works remain those of the author until a contract is accepted. If selected, a contract will be offered before any work is published. Terms of advances, royalties, and other considerations will be negotiated on an individual and confidential basis. All cover art, title designs, marketing material, etc are copyright (2019) Kyanite Publishing, LLC.