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Abaddon Books open submission month now open

To mark the occasion of our tenth anniversary Abaddon Books has once again opened its submission process and is inviting new authors to help them to shape their next shared world with an original new novella.

Since its initial conception in 2005 Abaddon Books has published over 100 books, alongside a robust eBook catalogue, set in 14 original “shared world” settings penned by a diverse collection of new and established talents. Previous contributors to the list include New York Times bestselling authors Una McCormack and James Lovegrove; cult pulp writers Chuck Wendig and Al Ewing; breakthrough talent Rebecca Levene; and best-selling fantasy author Adrian Tchaikovsky.

We are now re-opening our submissions portal, looking for new authors to add to our existing worlds and create an entirely new one…

Existing worlds

We’re particularly interested to hear from you if you have a fantastic idea for The Afterblight Chronicles, Weird Space or Gods & Monsters, where we’re planning to extend our collections with further 30,000 word eNovellas (with the potential for future collection into a print omnibus).

Create an entirely new world.

We’re also looking to expand our shared worlds with something new. What that is down to you. Editor David Moore is looking for an original setting with a 30,000 word novella kicking off the series in 2015.

The new world and author will be revealed via a small teaser sample in Abaddon X, a special anniversary publication of Abaddon Books publishing highlights, which will be distributed at Abaddon Books’ 10 year celebrations in 2015 and feature original flash fiction from some of our favourite worlds by some of the incredible talent we’ve worked with over the last ten years. More details to follow later this week…

The first Abaddon Books celebration will take place in London during summer 2015, but we’ll be bringing the party at some of the fantastic conventions we’re planning to attend next year, so make sure to check back for updates.

How to submit your work and important information:

The open submissions portal runs from January 15th 2015 – February 15th 2015. Work submitted after this date will not be considered.

Please send a 150-word “elevator pitch,” a 1000-word chapter-by-chapter breakdown, and a 2000-word sample, to, along with your name and key contact information.

We are aiming to respond to all enquiries by April 2015, but please keep an eye on the website for further information depending on the response we receive.

Please note Abaddon Books is a Work For Hire imprint. That means that we buy your work and the rights off you outright (which includes all created worlds), rather than a licensing-with-royalties deal. While the money up front for this is better, we understand that this is a model that does not work for everyone. If you have any questions or want to understand more about the Work For Hire model, feel free to get in touch and ask us.