Young Adult Submissions

PsychoToxin Press welcomes submissions for their YA imprint. 

We are currently accepting novelettes, novellas, novels and short story collections.

Your story must be suitable for readers age 11-15. All writers of any age and experience may submit. No agent is required. While we welcome horror stories, please be aware that the “gore level” cannot be extreme. The stories cannot contain material inappropriate for young readers.

In addition to horror, we also welcome stories in the following genres:

  • Contemporary

  • Fantasy

  • Science fiction

  • Paranormal

  • Mystery

  • Historical

  • Humor

All subgenres are also welcome.

We do not publish fan fiction at this time. 

Absolutely no AI material is allowed.

Absolutely no graphic sex scenes allowed. Intimacy can be hinted at but please keep it clean.

Homophobia in any form will not be tolerated. We also do not want content promoting, glorifying or encouraging xenophobic, queerphobic, transphobic, sexist, misogynistic, fetishist, antisemitic, Islamophobic, ableist, audistic, or any other offensive action to a protected class or minority. No hateful content allowed. No racist material in any form.

No material promoting violence or the commitment of a crime towards the BIPOC, disabled and queer communities. 

No books or stories promoting terrorism, hate groups, or the ideas associated with such groups.

Please do not send us stories glorifying or promoting the abuse and discrimination of women, animals, children and members of a marginalized community. It can be a part of your story but it should not be the main plot of your story and should not encourage these actions against such groups.

No pedophilia, bestiality or anything of a diverse sexual nature allowed as it may be inappropriate for young readers.

Please, don’t send stories of characters butchering children. 

While it is understood that children in the real world grow up in abusive homes, the abuse must be implied and not shown in detail.

Length:

  • Novelette: 15,000-24,999 words

  • Novella: 25,000-49,999 words

  • Novel: 50,000-80,000+ words

  • Short story collection: 25,000-80,000+ words

Please submit your entire manuscript as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file. 

Along with your manuscript, please include a cover letter with your book’s summary as well as your bio. Also include a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. *Please note in the synopsis if your book is a part of a series.

Text should be 12-point Times New Roman, double spaces, with page numbers numbered. 

Please include your full legal name, pseudonym (if using), and your mailing address at the top left of the page.

Please be sure to note both in your cover letter and under the manuscript title any trigger warnings. 

Please ensure that your manuscript has been edited to the best of your ability before submitting.

If you’re not sure if your story is the right fit for PychoToxi Press, please feel free to submit it anyway!

Please note that in the event the editor feels your manuscript would be a better fit at another imprint, it will be forward to that editor.

Submissions are received strictly through email and can be sent to Dawn Wilson at the following email address: psychotoxinya@gmail.com

You will receive a response in 2-3 weeks. In the event you do not hear from us after two weeks, please send a follow-up email.

Thank you for choosing PsychoToxin Press! We look forward to reading your submission.