2023 Pitch Submissions Guidelines

Submissions for 2022 Are Now Closed
We will reopen submissions for 2023 March 1st 2022

We want to see your pitches. We want to see the stories you hope to see come to light. As opposed to asking for manuscripts or queries, we are opening up the flood gates for your grandest ideas. This is a completely open process, so anyone can submit and no one is given preferential treatment. When we accept a pitch we’ll move it to a spot on our 2023 publishing calendar.

Your pitch could be for a manuscript you’ve been sitting on, or for one you’ve been wanting to write. That said, we want to hear pitches for books that will exist in 2023. We want to fill a publishing schedule with amazing things. When we accept a pitch, that’s just the first step in the process. Once your pitch is accepted we’ll work with you and talk with you about your schedule and vision, but there won’t be a contract offered until we have seen and approved a final manuscript.

What Are We Looking For?

Madness Heart Press has found its presence in the indie horror scene through our diverse and open-mindedness towards horror literature. That said, going into 2023, we have decided to focus on four main subgenres of horror:

  • Splatterpunk
  • Bizarro
  • Folk-Horror
  • Experimental Horror

You can read more about each of these categories on our main submission page.

Guidelines for Your Pitches

Your pitch should have 4 parts.

  • Subject: Your subject should be “PITCH – (the type of work [novella, novel, play, poetry collection, etc.] – [The category, splatterpunk, bizarro, folk-horror or Experimental] – YOURNAME
  • Your pitch should be ONE paragraph long, an overarching concept, and key story arc that will drive the work.
  • YOU MAY Include ONE paragraph detailing past work, awards, distinctions or anything relevant.
  • INCLUDE LINKS to any social platforms or websites.


Ignoring any of the guidelines will result in your pitch being deleted unread. Further, we will only reach out to those pitches we feel would find a good home at Madness Heart Press.

Where Do I Send My Pitch?

[When pitches are open we will put the correct email address for submission here.]