Submission Guidelines

Please check out our new submission pages for The Big Book of Lairs and The Henchmen Handbook

We Thank you for your interest and ask that you check back here periodically. If all goes well with this book there might be more in the future.

We are looking for articles and essays written from the perspective of mad scientists, evil doctors, crazed super-villains and the like that provide advice for the up-and-coming super villain. Think Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies or Megamind, Gru from Despicable Me or even Agatha Heterodyne from Girl Genius.

We are looking for the best advice from your own experience you can give the up and coming supervilan.

Each article or essay should cover one aspect of being a mad scientist. The handbook is meant to be humorous and associated work should be written in that vein. Article length must be 2,000 to 7,500 words and submitted in standard manuscript format (

It needs to be original, we don’t want to print the same advice over and over again.

General Guidelines:

Original work

No reprints or simultaneous submissions.

This is an Open Submission.

Multiple submissions allowed, but must be sent in separate emails.

Include your mad scientist/evil doctor/super-villain bio as well as your actual bio. All stories will be printed using your alter-ego name with your bio added to the back of the book.

Key Dates:
Submission Period: January 1 – May 31, 2012. (Late submissions will not be accepted)
Reading Period: June 1 – August 31, 2012.
Target Publication Date: March 1 2013

What we buy:

We are accepting world-wide submissions for the anthology (this is NOT exclusive to Canadian writers as are some of Five Rivers’ other publications).

We are purchasing First World Rights exclusive electronic text, print and audio rights, and an Exclusive rights for 1 year and a non-exclusive perpetual license thereafter. Put another way, that means you can sell your story elsewhere after one year, but that the anthology will remain in publication.

What we pay:

The Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil anthology will be published by Five Rivers Publishing Authors will get royalties based on the books sales and will receive a free eBook and print copy of the anthology which will be available after publication.

How to Submit:

Email submissions to:
Include your submission in the body of one email. No attachments.
Please put SUBMISSION, followed by the title of the story, and word count, in the subject line of your email.


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