Call for Submissions: Novella Noir

The editors of Lominy Books are now accepting submissions of novellas for publication in print and e-book format.  We’re interested in noir fiction.

Submission deadline: Rolling. 

Payment: Selected authors will get 20 complimentary copies of the published book.

Submission fee: No submission fee.

Submission Guidelines
• Do not send previously published work.
• Please use our submission manager.
• The novella should be at least 15,000 words and no more than 30,000 words.
• Include a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone, email, the title of your manuscript, and a synopsis of your story. Please do not send your manuscript without a synopsis.
• Manuscripts should be in English and contain no illustrations.
• Manuscripts by multiple authors will not be accepted. Translations will not be accepted.
• Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Lominy Books must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. Email us at 

What is “Noir”?

Here are definitions you might find useful:

“The simplest definition of noir is fiction that focuses on mostly amoral characters, that typically involves crime or misdeeds, and that evinces a bleak or fatalistic view of the universe. However, noir doesn’t have to be overly depressing or serious; in fact, black humor is often a secondary characteristic. And though noir usually features stripped-down, utilitarian prose, it doesn’t have to; a complex, dense and subtle style can also be used to create stories in this genre.” Álvaro Rodríguez

“In [noir fiction], the protagonist is usually not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. He is someone tied directly to the crime, not an outsider called to solve or fix the situation. Other common characteristics of this sub-genre are the emphasis on sexual relationships and the use of sex to advance the plot and the self-destructive qualities of the lead characters. This type of fiction also has the lean, direct writing style and the gritty realism commonly associated with hardboiled fiction.” George Tuttle