Owned by Bre Stephens, BSC Publishing Group is a small press publisher that strives to uplift and celebrate authors of diverse backgrounds. We started as a literary magazine publisher in March 2019, with the release of The Dark Sire (2019-Present), and branched into full-length book publishing in September 2021. With the limited opportunities available for shorter works and collections, it was imperative for us to create opportunities – to open doors for – the authors who wrote such works. Hence, the decision to represent novels as well as novellas, short story collections, poetry collections, and art books took root in our mission. We are excited and proud to bring readers new works that are well-crafted and provide entertaining escapism while supporting the craft of such talented storytellers.

Always an advocate for writers, BSC’s first and foremost mission is to “Give a Voice to the Voiceless.” Too many times creative voices are silenced. It is our goal to uplift and amplify those voices so they can be heard – loud and clear. To help broaden our author’s reach, we publicize our authors, create marketing tools, support independent bookstores, schedule book signings and appearances in the author’s local market, and provide guidance throughout the publication process. Other ways we help support the writing community is by sponsoring writing contests, holding The Dark Sire Annual Creative Awards, and nominating authors for The Pushcart Prize and The Bram Stoker Awards.

What we offer our authors

BSC is, before anything else, a publishing company that was created by a creative for other creatives. Hence, everything writers expect from bigger houses is provided by BSC. This means that writers can expect an editor to be assigned to them through publication, marketing tools to be available to them, and publicity to be a priority. Though not a unique idea in itself, Bre’s vision was to treat authors as she would want to be treated. And so, each editor also inhabits the mindset of partnership and community. That said, we are a “small” press, and therefore have a shorter reach than our bigger counterparts. However, our mission is to grow so that we can provide even more for our wonderful writers. With time, we strive to be a competitor to the Big 5 – a lofty goal but something we’re very serious about.

If you are an author and like the idea of a supporting publisher that believes in author rights, full author approval on everything, free editing and book cover designs, help with marketing, and loads of publicity, then BSC is for you. BSC provides everything an author needs – for free – to publish a book in eBook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobooks.

Please note: We do not pay advances, but we do pay 40% royalties. (We know, that’s high! But that’s because we’re not doing this to gouge the writer or to make millions while writers make pennies. Instead, we put the author FIRST, and we put our money where our mouth is to prove it.)

What we’re looking for

The Works

BSC seeks original, unpublished manuscripts from talented authors around the world.

We want works that use authentic voices and authors who represent a mix of diverse backgrounds.

Traditionally-marginalized authors are welcomed and encouraged to submit.

Authors must be at least 15 years old (with parent or guardian permission) to publish with BSC.

The Limits

BSC publishes:

  • Novels (50k-100k words)
  • Novellas (20k-40k words)
  • Novelettes (10k-15k words)
  • Chapbooks (10-20 pages)
  • Poetry Collections (50-400 pages)
  • Short Fiction Collections (100-400 pages)

NOTE: We accept manuscripts that are slightly under/over the above requirements.

We do not publish romance, erotica, sci-fi, weird, or occult work.

We do publish work that has:

  • Vampires
  • Monsters
  • Dark themes
  • Foul language
  • Angels and demons
  • Pirates
  • Inner-struggle
  • Mental health awareness
  • Strong female characters
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Authentic voices
  • LGBTQ+
  • AAPI

The Genres

We’re looking for Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult in the following subgenres:


  • Gothic
  • Horror (even slasher)
  • Speculative
  • Supernatural
  • Paranormal
  • Fantasy
  • Psychological Realism
  • Magical Realism
  • Detective/Mystery
  • Slice of Life
  • Adventure
  • Coming of Age
  • Graphic Novels (author-illustrator only)


  • Art
  • History
  • Academic/Scholarly
  • Personal Journey
  • Healing
  • Nature Photography
  • Memoirs
  • Biographies
  • Self-Help
  • Spirituality
  • New Age

Ready to query BSC for publication consideration? We’d love to hear from you.