Places to Submit/Read Cozy Short Stories and Novels

Writers, don't have an agent? No worries! You can still submit your stories on these sites. Readers, you can read stories for free on some of these sites, too!


Short Stories


Black Cat Mystery Magazine: https://bcmystery.com/Guidelines/

Story Length: 1k-8k, may look at 15k word stories, but only if exceptionally written

Submissions Open? Opens March 1st, 2021

What to Send: Send full story during submission period

Where to Send: submissionsZZZ@crimefictionwriter.com (Editor: Michael Bracken)

Genres: Accepts Cozy Mysteries for their upcoming edition: Black Cat Mystery Presents Cozies!

Payment/Contract type: 3 cents per word ($250 maximum)

*See Publisher Site for more Details: https://wildsidepress.com/submissions/

Readers: See Black Cat Mystery Magazine Editions Here. And Check out their Free Ebooks for their members.


Ellery Queen Magazine: https://www.elleryqueenmysterymagazine.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/

StoryLength: 2,500 - 8k words is preferred, occasionally accepts 12k-20k novellas, minute-mysteries ~250 words

Submissions Open? Continuous - response times vary

What to Send: Your name, email, cover letter, story title and story as a .doc

Where to Send: http://eqmm.magazinesubmissions.com/

Genres: Anything in the mystery genre

Payment/Contract type: 5-8 cents per word

Readers: See Ellery Queen's current issues.


Mysterical-E: https://mystericale.com/submissions/

StoryLength: Anywhere from less than a 100 words (flash fiction) to 40k novels, series, and excerpts. If you're not sure your work applies, you're encouraged to send it in anyway

Submissions Open? Continuous - response times vary

What to Send: Your story as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf, there are specific formatting instructions

Where to Send: mystericalmail@gmail.com

Genres: Anything in the mystery genre

Payment/Contract type: Not a paying market

Readers: See Mysterical-E's FREE issues.


Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine: https://sherlockholmesmystery.tumblr.com

Story Length: 3k-7k

Submissions Open? Possibly

What to Send: Send full story, byline, address (mailing and email), .doc, .docx, .rtf, .wpd

Where to Send: marvinnathankaye@yahoo.com

Genres: Reader-solvable mysteries, crime stories, conte cruelles, old-fashioned ghost stories, and non-fiction

Payment/Contract type: 3 cents per word

*See Publisher Site for more Details: https://wildsidepress.com/submissions/

Readers: See Sherlock Holmes Magazine Issues Here.



Novels


Cozy Cat Press: https://www.cozycatpress.com/submissions

Manuscript Length: 50-70k words

Submissions Open? Not since Jan. 1st 2021, but check back to see when they open submissions again

What to Send: Manuscripts as an attachment & a formal query letter as Microsoft Word doc.

Where to Send: cozycatpress@gmail.com

Genres: Accepts Cozy Mysteries and Magical Realism

*May accept cancelled cozy series authors wish to bring back.

Payment/Contract type: Proceeds split

*Read more details on the publisher's website

Readers: See Cozy Cat Press's books here.


Lyrical Press: https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/pages/lyricalsubmissions/

Manuscript Length: Novellas, Serials, Full-Length Novels are all welcome

Submissions Open? Actively Looking

What to Send: Query via email with synopsis attached

Where to Send: Send to specific editors listed on site

Genres: Women's Fiction, Romance, Psychological Suspense, Thrillers, New Adult, Cozies

Payment/Contract type: Not specified

*Read more details on the publisher's website: https://www.kensingtonbooks.com

Readers: See Kensington's Books Here.


TCK Publishing: https://www.tckpublishing.com/publishing/mystery-publishing/

Manuscript Length: 40k words minimum