We’re looking for fresh voices to introduce to the literary world,
and we want to hear from you. We’re currently accepting manuscripts in the following genres:

  • Young Adult*
  • Fantasy*
  • Mystery
  • Literary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

*We’re particularly excited about these genres!

See our submissions FAQs for a full list of guidelines.

Send your materials to manuscripts@pagehabit.com
with your name and genre in the subject line.

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Share your work with book lovers just like yourself!
Each month, we’re choosing a flash fiction story from one of our very own subscribers to feature in our boxes,
which reach people worldwide.

June's theme: Second Chances

Life doesn’t often provide do-overs. From time travel to Groundhog Day loops, we’re fascinated by the idea of undoing the past.
For this month’s contest, we invite you to imagine a second chance scenario of any genre, whether realistic or fantastical.

Genres are open. Stories should be 1,300 words or fewer and sent as a PDF or word document.

See our flash fiction FAQs for a full list of guidelines.

Send your stories to flashfiction@pagehabit.com with your name and genre in the subject line.


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What do I need to include in my submission?

Your submission should consist of a query letter and a completed manuscript (no partial manuscripts, please!). Alongside a compelling synopsis of your book, your query letter should include your name and email address, a brief description of your writing background, and links to any relevant online presence. Submit your manuscript as a Word or PDF document. Include your name and genre in the subject line of your email.

How should I format my manuscript?

Please use the following formatting guidelines:

    • Standard font (Times New Roman or Helvetica, for example) in 12-point type
    • Double spaced
    • 1” margins
    • Include a title page
    • Number your pages (not including the title page) and include a header with your name and book title
    • Begin each chapter on a new page and include chapter numbers
    • Submit as a Word or PDF document

How long should my book be?

Word count differs by genre. Use the numbers below as a guideline (we will consider manuscripts outside of these ranges as long as they don’t differ wildly).

    • Young Adult: 50,000-80,000
    • Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Mystery: 80,000-100,000
    • Fantasy: 100,000-150,000

Do I need an agent to submit my manuscript?

No! We are happy to consider authors who are not represented by an agent.

Will I get paid for publishing with PageHabit? How much?

Every book deal is unique, so we can't give you exact numbers, but we can say that all authors who publish with PageHabit will earn an advance and/or royalties for their work. In general, authors can expect to earn 10-15% royalties depending on the book format.

Do I need to have my novel professionally edited before I submit?

While you don’t need to pay for professional editing before submitting your manuscript, it should be polished and free of errors. No rough drafts, please!

When will I hear back?

We know how much time you spent perfecting your manuscript, so we do our best to respond to all queries within 30-60 days.

Does it cost money to have my book published with PageHabit?

There’s absolutely no cost involved. PageHabit does not require a reading fee or any other type of charge to consider your submission.

Can I submit work that’s already been published?

If the work you'd like to submit has already been published with another company, it is ineligible for representation with PageHabit. However, we will consider self-published work.

Do you accept poetry?

While we're focusing on fiction, we do accept poetry submissions, especially if you have a complete collection. If you would like to submit individual poems, please send them to flashfiction@pagehabit.com, otherwise send your collection to manuscripts@pagehabit.com along with a query letter.

What languages do you publish?

We currently only accept submissions in English.

Can I submit a manuscript that doesn’t fit the genres listed?

Yes, but keep in mind that we will give preference to submissions in our genres of focus.

Can I submit multiple manuscripts?

You may submit up to three manuscripts at a time in separate submission emails. If you have more than three manuscripts you would like us to consider, please wait for a response before submitting the additional books.


Will I win money if my story is chosen?

Unfortunately there's no cash prize for the flash fiction contest. The reward is to have your story featured in every PageHabit box for a month, as well as exposure on our social channels!

Can I submit to the flash fiction contest if I’m not a subscriber?

Yes. There is no subscription purchase necessary to enter your flash fiction.


If I am a subscriber, will my entry get preference?

Nope! We’re simply looking for the best stories, no matter where they come from.

How do you choose the best submission?

First and foremost, we’re looking for a complete story. Despite the word count restriction, there should be an identifiable beginning, middle, and end. Other ways to make your submission stand out include snappy dialogue, a unique writing style or point of view, and diverse characters. These are just suggestions, of course, not hard and fast rules. There’s no formula for great writing!

Can I submit a story that’s been published elsewhere?

If your story has been published in another publication (like a lit mag or anthology), it's not eligible for the PageHabit flash fiction contest. However, we will accept stories you've self-published or posted online.

More questions? Send them to manuscripts@pagehabit.com.