Submissions

General Submission Guidelines

PUBLISHING FAQs

Undertaker Books is a royalty-paying, full-service publisher. This means we do not charge fees to the author at any time. We pay a royalty rate of 50% of distribution payouts. This can mean you will earn different rates for books sold through different outlets. Our contracts are for digital and print worldwide English rights. At this stage, we do not provide advance payments unless specified for anthology calls.

  • Modern Shunn Format is preferred. Please review this website if you are unsure how to proceed.
  • Submit the first 20 pages of your manuscript as a single .doc(x) file attachment.
  • If submitting for general consideration, please include a one page synopsis of the plot (including the ending) with working title, category or subgenre, and word count.
  • In the body of your email, please include a cover letter containing: a short author bio,your legal name, pen name (if applicable), social media links, and website.
  • No AI-generated content. If an author’s work is discovered to be generated by AI, the work will be rejected (or unpublished). View our AI Use Policy.
  • No depictions of sexual assault against children.
  • No animal abuse.
  • No reprints or previously published works.
  • No unfinished stories or rough drafts.

Theme: Stories to Take To Your Grave: Wandering Souls Edition
Word Count: 2,000-5,000
Call Open: June 1-July 15, 2024
Publication: One story included in each edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, July thru December 2024. In January, all stories will be published in a special hardcover anthology.
Call: We’re looking for horror stories of all subgenres about souls wandering the earth after being separated from their bodies, but before arriving at their final destinations (though part of the story may take place pre-death or post-arrival).

Theme: Horrors from the Execution Chamber (Charity Anthology benefiting Witness to Innocence)
Word Count: 2,000-5,000
Call Open: June 1-July 15, 2024
Publication: September 2024
Call: We’re looking for horror stories of all subgenres about executions, public or private, ancient or modern. The execution does not have to be completed, nor does it have to be government sanctioned. An execution for our purposes is a willful decision to end a life as a consequence for the condemned’s actions.

COMING SOON

Theme: Winter Horrorland
Word Count: 1,500-3,000
Call Open: September 1-October 15, 2024
Publication: December 2024
Call: We’re looking for horror stories of all subgenres that take place in winter. Please note that we are not looking for holiday-themed horror stories.

Theme: Stories to Take To Your Grave: High Seas Edition
Word Count: 2,000-5,000
Call Open: November 1-30, 2024
Publication: One story included in each edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, January thru June 2025. In July, all stories will be published in a special hardcover anthology.Call: We’re looking for horror stories of all subgenres that take place on the high seas. Ports, ships, deserted islands–all are fair game!


  • “Stories To Take To Your Grave” Mortuary Edition
  • General Novel and Novella Submissions
  • Western & Historical Horror (March 2024)