Send us your Submissions

Dark Alley Press wants to read your best, grittiest, scariest, and/or darkest fiction.

We are open to submissions from both previously published and first-time authors of :

  • novella length fiction (25,000 word minimum) for stand-alone publication in digital formats and
  • novels for digital and print formats.
  • short stories (3,000-20,000) for the Ink Stains anthology.

Please visit the Dark Alley Press page before submitting your work to be sure it fits with our philosophy. Any submissions that do not fall under dark fiction, Gothic, supernatural or horror fiction will be rejected.

By submitting your work, you guarantee that:

  • it is your own original work,
  • you hold the copyright,
  • it does not infringe on existing copyright material,
  • you have written permission for any copyrighted material included in the work,
  • it is not libelous and
  • it has not been previously published in ANY form.

To submit your manuscript, please upload it IN ITS ENTIRETY through  SUBMITTABLE. We do NOT accept emailed or snail mailed queries or manuscripts. Manuscripts must be in a Word document (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Files (.rtf).

Submissions MUST include:

  • a brief synopsis (including the ending),
  • the word count,
  • the genre,
  • author biography,
  • author contact info.

Any submission that does not comply with our submission guidelines will be automatically rejected.

Due to the sheer volume of submissions received, the review process may take 6 to 9 months. It is our policy to respond to all queries, so if you haven’t heard from us in 6 months, please feel free to inquire.

We accept simultaneous submissions but please withdrawal your piece by signing into the submissions manager and removing it from the queue as soon as possible upon its acquisition elsewhere.

Rights and Royalties

Dark Alley Press is an imprint of Vagabondage Press, LLC., a royalty-paying digital and print publisher. We offer a generous royalty package that includes 50 percent of net profits after print, distribution costs, and discount incentives.

Vagabondage Press, LLC. maintains the right to place author’s work in libraries or other non-paying venues for the purpose of promoting the author and publisher.

We require exclusive world-wide English digital and print rights, negotiable at the end of two years and annually thereafter.
Royalty payments will be issued semi-annually.

Promotion and Distribution

Vagabondage Press will edit, format and provide cover art for all accepted manuscripts. The work will be distributed through major print and eBook retailers, such as Amazon, B&N and Apple iBookstore, as well as smaller, independent sellers and library aggregate distributors.

We promote and advertise Vagabondage Books in general, and will work with each of our authors to promote their work in a collaborative fashion so that each book has an individual promotion plan in place before release. Although we advertise and promote Vagabondage Books, we do expect our authors to work with us to help promote their books in a cooperative fashion.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or

Vagabondage Press is a proud member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses