06 May 2012

Deadline May 13 | Open to Agent-less Genre Fiction/ Queer Manuscripts: Clan Destine Press (Australia)

Post date: 06 May 2012
Deadline: 13 May 2012

Clan Destine Press will open its portals to unsolicited, agent-less manuscripts by Australian authors once a year.

Open Portal: April Fool’s Day to May 13

The CDP submission portals will be open for six weeks only; and only for genre fiction.


Clan Destine Press is seeking crime, mystery, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, urban fantasy, historical, thrillers, adventure, paranormal, steampunk – for Adults and Young Adults. Manuscripts should be at least 60,000 words.

We want inventive, clever and original works of page-turning genre fiction; riveting cross-genre stories; books that are heroic, questy, feral, dark, funny, spine-tingly, fast-paced, serious, silly and sensible. We’re after novels that are straight, gay, queer, ancient, contemporary, gothic, retro, post-apocalyptic, earthbound and/or galactic.

We specialise in genre fiction but – for some strange reason – we also like fictional (& factional) cats, dogs, alpacas, cosmic toucans and saw-toothed bunnies. Apart from this predilection for strange and furry creatures – both real and un – we crave exciting, plot-driven, boundary-pushing fiction with fully-fledged characters and a strong sense of place.


It is the prime objective of Clan Destine Press to uncover, foster and promote brand new Australian genre writers.

We also want to encourage already-published authors to cross-over and dabble in new worlds. So, if your other publisher wants to wedge you in the genre-box where you sell best for them, but you want to try something new, something daring, something right outside your pyramid… then visit our alternate universe. We don’t mind at all that someone else got you first, because we’re the publisher who leap into the unknown with you.


Your email should introduce you, the title of your book, its word count and genre. It should also feature a blurb – you know the few paragraphs on the back of a novel that tell you ‘enough’ of what it’s about, so that you’re tempted to open the cover and read the first line. The blurb that ‘sells’ your book should be no more than 200 words.

Attached to your email should be three documents – all in MS Word (.doc not .docx)

A one-page cover letter that includes your name, contact information (email, phone, snail-mail address); the title and genre of your novel; and a brief bio. Your bio should include any previous publications (short stories or novels) in any paying market, and the publisher; plus any credentials, life skills or qualifications that may be relevant to your novel.

A three to five-page synopsis of the entire book. This should include all important plot elements, including the end of the story, an insight into (main)-character development.

The first three chapters (but no more than 10,000 words) of your book; prepared in standard manuscript format.

Standard manuscript format = margins of 2.5cm (25 mm) all the way around; indented paragraphs, without line breaks between; double-spaced text; 12 point Times New Roman.

Do not justify the text.

Make sure the header – on every page – of your manuscript includes either your name or the title of the book (top left) and the page number (top right).

Read the complete guidelines here >>


For inquiries: lindycameron@own.net.au

For submissions: submissions should be sent to Lindy at lindycameron@own.net.au

Website: http://www.clandestinepress.com.au
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