Nyx Publishing is currently open for submissions.

Our current calls are:

  • Holiday stories (ongoing)

Nyx Publishing is closed to all other submissions at the moment, unless requested by us. We are still happy to be contacted for agented inquiries.

Upcoming calls:

  • Open submission call July 1st – July 31st (see details below)

Current call for submissions: holiday stories

What we’re looking for

Nyx Publishing is looking to acquire adult fiction novellas and novels in which a holiday plays a significant role. This includes religious holidays (for example Passover, Diwali, Eid, Vesak, or Christmas) or secular holidays (New Year’s, national holidays).

For this call we are looking for stories between 20,000 and 120,000 words, contemporary or speculative, that end on a positive note. While the story can include grief, loss, or other difficult topics, we seek stories that are ultimately uplifting.

We are particularly keen to publish stories surrounding non-Christian holidays, and/or featuring protagonists that are traditionally excluded from ‘holiday’ reads. Stories can be romantic, family-focussed, or include found-family or close friendships. We are also very keen to read stories featuring wonderful pets.

Submissions will be open until we reach capacity, and will be considered on a rolling basis. If you haven’t received a decision within two months, do give us a prod. Full disclosure: our general editor is currently finishing her PhD, and might be somewhat slow to respond. Please bear with us πŸ™‚

The fine print

  • Nyx Publishing is pursuing world-wide publishing rights in English for a limited time, for print, digital, and audiobook.
  • The contract is negotiable. We offer a 50% net sale royalty rate for ebooks and audiobooks and a competitive rate for print rights.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable.
  • Your country of residence does not matter to us – as long as we can find a way to pay you.
  • Let us know if you are submitting elsewhere, and if you have been offered a contract.
  • We also welcome reprints and translations for this call.
  • We reserve the right to close this call for submissions at any point in time.

How to submit

To submit your story for consideration, please send your manuscript in .doc or .docx format to submissions[at]nyxpublishing.com, with the subject line HOLIDAY SUBMISSION and the title of your manuscript. You can address the email to Celine (no need to be formal). Add your manuscript in .doc or .docx format as an attachment. We prefer a clean 12pt font like Times New Roman or Arial. If you want to save us some time, please only include the title of your story in the document (and no other personal information like your name and address), and use proper indenting (no tabs).

Please include a short summary of your story in the body of your email. You don’t have to overthink it, as we assess stories by themselves. A cover letter is unnecessary. You should receive a confirmation that we have received your manuscript within a week – if not, please do send it again or give us a nudge.

If you have any questions about submitting a story, please direct those questions to submissions[at]nyxpublishing.com as well.


Upcoming call for submissions: open call (July)

What we’re looking for

Nyx Publishing will open for general submissions for the first time in July. If you have a manuscript that you want us to read that, that hasn’t been included in a previous call for submissions, this is your opportunity!

Nyx Publishing is seeking exciting completed manuscripts for the adult and new adult market of over 10,000 words (there is no maximum word limit). We are currently not seeking children’s books or young adult stories.

We are a speculative fiction publisher. Genres we are happy to read include, but are not limited to:

  • Fantasy (high, low, epic, grimdark, etc.)
  • Science-fiction
  • Paranormal romance
  • Fantasy romance
  • Any romance with speculative elements
  • Magic realism
  • Steampunk
  • Fantasy horror
  • Gothic fiction

Before submitting, please look at the books that Nyx Publishing has published in the past. We seek stories from underrepresented perspectives in publishing. We never, however, require our authors to disclose personal information like their gender or sexuality, disabilities, or diagnoses. We merely ask that authors consider carefully whether the story they are telling is theirs to tell; whether it features queerness, race, neurodivergence, disability, trauma, or other immensely personal narratives.

Nyx Publishing is an explicitly trans-inclusive publisher.

The fine print

  • Nyx Publishing is pursuing world-wide publishing rights in English for a limited time, for print, digital, and audiobook.
  • The contract is negotiable. We offer a 50% net sale royalty rate for ebooks and audiobooks and a competitive rate for print rights.
  • Only send us one manuscript at a time, please.
  • Your country of residence does not matter to us – as long as we can find a way to pay you.
  • Let us know if you are submitting elsewhere, and if you have been offered a contract.
  • We welcome reprints and translations for this call.
  • We are happy to work with both unagented and agented authors.

How to submit

Wait until July! Please do not send us any submissions before the 1st of July 2021. They will be deleted unread. Check back later for more information on how to submit.


Closed call for submissions: queer Gothic short stories (closed February 20th, 2021)

All who have submitted a story to this call should have received an email confirming that we received your submission. If not, do get in touch.

We aim to be in touch with the results of your submission(s) by June 5th.

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