Interested in publishing a novel or novella with us? Follow the guidelines here!
Thank you for choosing Lemons & Gold Publishing to publish your story! We are happy and excited to work with you. Being the Voice of the Black Superhero, we are dedicated to getting more Black speculative fiction stories and voices published and out into the world. We are currently requesting the stories of Black writers across the Diaspora due to the lack of access for publishing Black speculative stories in mainstream publishing.
Criteria for Eligibility
Submissions CANNOT be published anywhere else in any way, shape, or form at the time of submission. Submissions will not be published should we find the manuscript content elsewhere. Please double-check before submitting.
Genre: Speculative Fiction including Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary, and Romance.
NOW ACCEPTING: Speculative/Young Adult (YA)
Stories must be written by a writer of Black/African Descent.
LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent, and Disabled writers ARE WELCOME!
No Horror at this time.
Manuscript MUST be COMPLETED and PRE-EDITED at the time of submission.
We will not accept unfinished work.
Novellas: 15,000-35,000 word count
Novels: 40,000-150,000 word count
Languages: Books must be written primarily in English. We do accept works that incorporate AAVE, Caribbean Patwa, and other dialects and accents; however, the bulk of the story must be written in Standard English.
International Submissions Are Welcome!
Novels: The first 3 chapters of your book, only chapters 1-3 (no acknowledgments, prologues, forwards, etc.)
How to Prepare Your Story for Submission
All submissions are required to be written in Times New Roman font, size 12 or 14, all black text (no highlighting, colored text, etc.), double spaced.
Save your document as a Word document or a PDF file (Example: .doc, .docx, or .pdf)
The document MUST be saved as the title of your book and your first name (Example: OhHappyDayJane.pdf)
In the body of your email, make sure to include:
A 100-word author bio (in the 3rd person), along with your most active social media handles so that we can promote you on our website and social media outlets.
Subject line MUST say:
SUBMISSION: TitleOfYourStory (Example: SUBMISSION: Oh Happy Day)
Send your document and other requested material to email@example.com
Allow 7-10 business days for us to respond on whether your work has been accepted or not, if we have decided to move forward with you, we will email you to schedule a Zoom call and discuss an offer.
We will never ask you for money to publish your book, we are not a vanity press. We only make money from our share of the royalties from your book sales, magazine submissions, merch, Patreon, and sponsors.
We are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent, and Disability-friendly, we will not publish anything that is racist, homo- or trans-phobic, misogynistic, or ableist. We are in the business of empowering our readers.
Any further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (any manuscripts sent to this address without approval will be deleted).