Per Bastet Publications is currently closed to submissions.

We expect to open to submissions sometime in 2016, and will announce it on our blog and via Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, here are what our submission requirements will be, once we’re ready to start reading.

What We Want And What We Don’t (Probably)

We’re interested in stories, novellas, and novels of all genres, though our main interests are speculative fiction and mysteries. Our editorial manager is squeamish, so graphic sex and violence is better submitted elsewhere. If you absolutely insist on sending us something gritty, make sure it’s better than you think it needs to be.

We’re open to previously published manuscripts as long as the submitting author now controls all electronic and print publishing rights.

If you’re interested in submitting your manuscript to us, please send an email to with the Subject line: QUERY – Title Of Your Book – Yourlastname

If you’re invited to submit your manuscript, send an email with the Subject line: SUBMISSION – Title Of Your Book – Yourlastname

Send the manuscript as a single file (do not break it into separate chapter files).

In that submission, we will want your name, email address*, postal mailing address, and telephone number on both your cover letter and the first page of the manuscript. *[If you have an alternate permanent email address, please include it, in case your primary account goes out of service.] Include a plot outline if possible.

Below are our formatting guidelines. Not following the guidelines will show us that you aren’t really willing to work with us, and the submission will be deleted and ignored.

Before You Submit

Run spell-check on your manuscript. Read it over carefully. Have someone else read it over carefully. Everybody makes mistakes, but your ideal should be perfection. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar do count.

Title (14pt Bold)
by (12pt)
Your Name (12pt)

The title, by line and author’s name are all centered. The title is on the first line of the first page.

The font we use is Times New Roman; the size is 12pt. Justify the left margin. Single space.

Do not put an extra space (blank line) between paragraphs, unless you’re indicating a scene break. In the case of a scene break, please center a hashmark (#) in the blank line indicating the break.

Use ONE space after periods and colons, not two.

Center text you want centered using your word processing program’s “center” command, not by spacing over.

Indent paragraphs by using your word processing program’s indent function (preferred) or your keyboard “tab” key. Do NOT indent by spacing over with the spacebar.

Let your word processor decide where a line should end (we’re talking prose here, of course, not poetry); you don’t have to hit the “enter” or “return” key at the end of a line, only at the end of a paragraph.

Use italics where you want italics, rather than underlining to indicate italics. Italicize foreign words and phrases that have not become part of the English language. Do not italicize those that have. When in doubt, consult your dictionary or a contemporary book on American usage.

Use double quote marks (“) for speech. Don’t worry about curly (smart) quotes or straight quotes; our formatter can handle either.

Do not use headers or footers.

Save your story in RTF (Rich Text Format), DOC (MicroSoft Document) or ODT (Open Office Format). These are usually found as a selection in the Save As option under File in your program’s command bar across the top.