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SUBMISSIONS & GUIDELINES
SUBMISSIONS:

HELL COMES TO HOLLYWOOD II: Submission period is closed for 2013, but if you have been invited to contribute and need more info please CONTACT us for details.

HELL COMES TO HOLLYWOOD III: If you are a movie or TV industry professional with a fictional horror story to tell, CONTACT us for information about the project.

18 WHEELS OF HORROR:  Our Trucking Horror Anthology is in the works, but contributions are by invitation only. We are not accepting general submissions at this time. If you are a member of the HWA, SFWA, or other professional writer's organization and are interested in contributing, please contact us. Other writers, especially this with a trucking background, may CONTACT us for more details. 

OTHER SUBMISSIONS: Please query first for all submisisons.

Stories submitted without querying first will be DELETED UNREAD. Sorry.

Check back later for open submission periods, or sign up for email alerts at Duotrope.com for this and other publishing opportunities.



WRITER'S GUIDELINES:


We appreciate submissions in Standard Manuscript Format.  Writer William Shunn has provided a great guideline to the Standard Manuscript Format here.  And check out some of William's excellent fiction too!

While we will accept potential works in other formats or with slight variations, your chance of being accepted and seen as a professional writer skyrockets if you use the proper Format.

         

STYLE GUIDELINES:

Big Time Books publishes genre fiction.
At this time there are no plans for non-fiction or art/picture books.  Horror and Science Fiction are our main focus though we love Noir and Pulp and other genres too.

For legal reasons, avoid using real people, companies, places, and brand name products as much as possible, especially in a bad light. While we both might think it is cool to have a real celebrity bashing her husband's brains out with a name-brand whiskey bottle in a story, our lawyers don't think it's cool at all. And neither will theirs.

Violence in the context of  a story or characters is acceptable and gleefully encouraged- we do publish horror after all. However, w
e do not publish "torture porn". It's the level of detail basically. You are writing a story, not a dissection manual (hopefully). If in doubt, just ask. 

As with violence, we do not accept gratuitous sex in our stories or detailed sexual descriptions. Sexually deviant acts are okay in context, as is "normal" sex (whatever that is) that comes out of story or character, but again, we can't publish every disgusting detail. 

Gratuitous racism, sexism and associated epithets (you know, the "n" word and similar) are generally off limits.  No casual use of such insults in prose or dialogue or general viewpoint will be accepted. If your story is just an excuse to promote hate against another race, sex, sexual orientation, or religion (or lack thereof), we don't want to see it. 

However, we do recognize there are such people and situations in the world, and they sometimes show up in fiction. As with violence and sex, we will consider these stories on a case by case basis
(Apt Pupil by Stephen King is an example of something we would happily publish), but in general it is best to avoid such situations entirely.

FYI, we love our friends and colleagues who write and film the sickest things you can imagine, and we have made some ourselves. But that type of material is just not what we want for this particular venture at this time, that's all. 


On a lighter note, we personally despise the word "exited" when describing a person leaving a room.  Just sayin'.

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