PHP Shorts Imprint

The Future of Short Fiction Is Looking Good

With the proliferation of Kindles, eReaders and eReading apps for phones, iPads, tablets and computers, Pixel Hall Press predicts that the market for short stories and novellas is about to experience a renaissance. The length of a story is going to become irrelevant. All that now matters is whether it’s a great story that captures the readers’ interest and imagination.

As Cynthia Dadson, our Director of Communications said, "People are reading more, and have a growing appetite for an ongoing supply of short, good fiction to read on whatever device they happen to have with them."

In addition to publishing its more traditional full-length books in both print and eBook formats, Pixel Hall Press has launched a new imprint: PHP Shorts. PHP Shorts is publishing stand-alone short stories and novellas as eBooks. (Some PHP Shorts may also be collected into print anthologies.)

PHP Shorts welcomes queries from authors of short stories and novellas. Specifically, we're looking for highly polished, well crafted stories, of about 4,000 to 15,000 words in length. As with our full length books, more than genre, PHP editors consider how compelling the story is, how memorable the characters are, and how the narrative develops while avoiding clichés.


Before you submit a manuscript to Pixel Hall Press, we ask that you send us a query email first. Wow us with a summary or synopsis, then tell us a bit about yourself. We will respond to all queries, but please, be patient, since it may take us a few weeks. And please understand that, as a small boutique publishing house, we cannot say "yes!" to every query, regardless of how good it is.


PLEASE DO NOT SEND A MANUSCRIPT UNLESS WE REQUEST IT. If we tell you to send us your story, please be sure to follow these Manuscript Guidelines:

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