Libram Mysterium Submission Guidelines


What I am Looking For:
The second volume of the Libram Mysterium anthology series will have a horror theme.  'Horror' is used here in the loosest possible sense, and any story with a strong element of the macabre will be considered.  We are open to dark fantasy, science fiction, sword & planet, Lovecraftian horror, contemporary horror, or just about anything else so long as it maintains a pulp aesthetic.

What I Don’t Want:
No high fantasy
No game report stories
No supernatural romances
No fan fiction

What I'm Wary Of:
Zombie apocalypse stories
Vampire stories
These types of stories aren't strictly off-limits, but because the genre is overborne with them, yours will need to offer something fresh and original in order to be accepted.

Sex, Violence, Gore, Profanity
Is fine so long as it is relevant to the story and not included simply for shock value.

Stories should be 8000 words or less.

Electronic comp copies

Non-exclusive One Time Rights and one year exclusive electronic rights; non-exclusive electronic rights in perpetuity.

I am open to reprints, just let me know that the story has been previously published.

Submission Format:
Manuscripts should be in Standard Manuscript Format.  I prefer manuscripts to be double-spaced in 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman, with indented paragraphs.  Send your completed manuscript as an attached file using MS Word or Open Office. No PDF files.

How to Improve Your Chance of Acceptance:
Finishing your story is just the first step in the process; then comes the long haul of revision to polish it into a publishable story.  Follow this checklist during the revision process:

1. Run it through the spell-checker.  This will catch most of the typos that have crept in.
2. Print out a hard copy and proof-read.  You'd be amazed at how many mistakes you miss when reading your story on the screen.  They will jump out at you on the printed page.
3. Read it out loud.  When you're reading a story that you wrote your brain tends to translate it into what you meant to write, instead of seeing what you actually wrote.  When you read out loud your mouth will catch mistakes that your brain missed.  Also, awkward phrases that looked okay on paper become glaringly and painfully obvious when you read them out loud.  Don't skip this step.
4. Send your story out for critique.  I can't stress strongly enough the importance of having your story critiqued by someone else.  When you are as emotionally attached to your story as most writers are, it is difficult to recognize its flaws.  The objectivity of third-party-perspective is invaluable.  There might be passages of your story that you are in love with, but just aren't working and are, in fact, detracting from the story.  Few of us have the strength to voluntarily kill our darlings, but sometimes we must ruthlessly eviscerate them, usually by popular demand of your critics.  Heed them.

Where to Submit:

Time Period for Submissions
I’ll be accepting submissions from March 5, 2014, to June 30, 2014

Notifying Writers
Submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.  I strive to notify authors of their story's status within one month.  There are three categories that stories will fall into: accepted, rejected, and returned for revision.  In the latter case, I might feel that the story is not yet suitable for publication in Libram Mysterium, but could become so with a revision.  In this case I will provide detailed notes about what needs to be changed.  Authors are under no obligation to make these revisions, and should they decide not to, I ask that they inform me of their intent to withdraw their submission.

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