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Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Manta Press! We know your manuscript is dying to be unleashed upon the world, but there are a few things you need to know

before sending it our way…

To start, we are looking for original and previously unpublished horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery thrillers targeting adult readers. (See the Olive Ridley page for middle-grade and young adult submissions)

Secondly, we are looking for fully-edited manuscripts with a word count between 40k and 80k words. While we certainly proofread and perform minor editing, we do not perform nor fund content or comprehensive line editing.

As for marketing and promotion, we utilize social media and reviewers to promote our company, authors, and their books, and look to our authors to participate in helping to get the word out. So, if you’re going to submit to Manta Press, you should be prepared to take an active part in the marketing and promotion of your book.

We look at the publishing of one's book as a partnership.

(So yes, mentioning what plans you have to promote your book

will most certainly earn you bonus points.)

Now that you know what to expect from a publishing relationship

with Manta Press, please email us at


with your query, a brief synopsis, and the first few thousand words of your manuscript in the body of your email. Please include the title, genre, and word count in the subject line. If we read your sample and find ourselves unable to sleep until we’ve read the whole story, we will follow up with a request for the entire manuscript. Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for a response one way or another.

Thanks again for your interest in Manta Press.

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