Nightfire: Temporarily Accepting Submissions

Nightfire is the horror imprint of Tor/Forge, which is also an imprint of Macmillian. The press is open to novella and novel submissions between June 15 and will close on June 21 at 9:00 PM PST (Vancouver time).

Nightfire is open to any sub-category of the horror genre “from the cosmic and Lovecraftian; to the beloved undead tropes of zombies, ghosts, and slashers; to the more uncanny and internal terrors of isolation, lost love, and aging.”

They are actively seeking work from underrepresented populations including but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, class, physical or mental ability.

How to Submit to Nightfire

Here’s what Nightfire is looking for:

  • Novellas should be 20,000 to 40,000 words in length.
  • Novels should be 40,000 to 200,000 words in length.

They are not interested in previously published works, including self-published, nonfiction, and short story collections. They will not consider “tie-in fiction;” includes any story that relies on knowledge established in other works.

The press does not like simultaneous submissions, so if you get accepted elsewhere, withdraw your story immediately. They only accept submissions through their online submissions manager.

It takes Nightfire up to nine months to get back to an author.

To get a feel for what they want, check out their audio anthology Come Join Us by the Fire.

To check out their full submission guidelines, click here. You may want to check out the guidelines for Tor/Forge as they will apply to Nightfire. The links for this are at the top of the page.

Good luck to all of you who submit.

Please let me know if you get accepted, I’d love to check your work out and pass it along to someone looking for a good story.

Stay safe, everyone!

Until next time.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


2 Responses

  1. Wow. An opportunity to get your work into the hands of a major publisher like that is a big deal!🎉
    Now, if their Fantasy arm would open up (or that of Baen), I might have quite a window of opportunity.

    1. I know! It just sucks that they have such a short time frame to get your work in each year. You’ve got a shot whether it’s with Tor/Forge or not. 🙂 But agreed. It would be nice for them to open their submissions again.

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