Submissions are currently closed for short stories. Novels (around 60,000 words) will be considered.
What we’re looking for:
Heroic fantasy adventure fiction of the sword-and-sorcery subgenre. Rather than give a detailed explanation of what that means, I’ll just say that if you’re familiar with the books we’ve published, as well as the titles on the following list, you’ll have a good idea of what we want.
Fritz Leiber – Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
Michael Moorcock – Eternal Champion series (Elric, Hawkmoon, Corum, von Bek, etc.)
Poul Anderson – The Broken Sword
What we’re not looking for:
Urban fantasy or anything with a modern-day setting.
Tolkien-style epic/high fantasy.
Stories that read like a D&D session. No LitRPG, either.
Anything with orcs in it. If your story has orcs, it will automatically be rejected.
Badly written amazon warrior women. I won’t dismiss stories with a fighting woman out of hand, as long as a) there’s some kind of explanation for her superior strength and combat abilities and b) she still has some feminine qualities. If neither of those are present, the character might as well be male.
Profanity. If a word would get censored on network TV, I’m probably not going to print it.
Explicit sex. Keep it R-rated. I’m not a pornographer!
Young adult/children’s stories. Keep it R-rated.
Modern prose and dialogue. You don’t have to go all out with archaisms like William Hope Hodgson did in The Night Land (although if you can pull it off, go for it) as long as you don’t ruin the mood of what’s supposed to be a tale of antiquity. See Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay “From Elfland to Poughkeepsie” regarding prose style and dialogue (ignore her criticisms of Leiber and Zelazny, though; she’s way off the mark).
Reprints. Unpublished material only, please.
Anything from short stories (4,000 words) up to novel length (60,000-90,000 words, give or take, but closer to 60,000 is better).
To be determined, but no less than half a cent per word. Payment for novels will probably be royalty based.
If you’ve read all that and think your story fits our criteria, email it to DMR at DMRBooks dot com with “SUBMISSION” and the title of your story in the subject of the email. Simultaneous submissions are OK with us, as long as you let us know as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere. Only submit one story at a time. Cover letters are optional. If you choose to include one, it doesn’t need to be more than one or two paragraphs. Attach your story as a .doc or .rtf file, and be sure to include your name and email address in the file.