I’ve got another publishing opportunity for all of you science fiction and fantasy novelists out there. The only difference about this list is that not all of them are currently accepting submissions, but I wanted to share them with you so you can keep an eye for when they do want some fresh ideas.
Most of these publishers accept manuscripts for either science fiction or fantasy – and in some cases both! Included in the post below are the publisher’s name, a short description of what they like, and links to Authors Publish’s review of each press.
Where to Publish
The list below contains small, independent presses as well as imprints of the big publishers. Most of them will allow you yo submit your work without an agent.
- DAW is an imprint of Penguin. They publish science fiction and fantasy books. Read the full review here.
- Angry Robot is a respected science fiction and fantasy publisher that occasionally dips into related genres (such as urban fantasy, steampunk, and horror), and the press was initially funded by HarperCollins. They are now part of Watkins Media Ltd., and they offer advances and reasonable royalty rates. The contract they offer covers print, eBook, and audiobook rights, and they have one or two open reading periods a year. You can read Authors Publish’s full review here.
- Chandra Press is a young digital-first press that focuses on publishing science fiction. They also offer print versions of all their books and have a detailed staff page that feels like it focuses on the past financial success of the team. They don’t have an about us page, and they do not have distribution outside of Amazon. Learn more about Chandra Press here.
- Flame Tree Press focuses on publishing speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction and is an imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. They have good distribution in the US and the UK. For the full details, click here.
- Excession Press is a small press focused on horror, science fiction, weird western, or dark fantasy with literary merit. The books they publish are between 30,000 and 60,000 words in length. They say they have a few hundred words worth of wiggle room on either end of that guideline, but that is it. You can learn more here.
- Blue Moon is a Canadian boutique publisher. They focus on publishing literary fiction and women’s fiction, as well as young adult (YA) and middle-grade works. The stories they publish span various genres, including contemporary, historical, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. You can read the full review here.
- Edge is an established and well respected Canadian publisher of science fiction and fantasy. They have great distribution within Canada and good distribution within North America. They are open to authors regardless of nationality. To learn more, read the full review here.
- Jo Fletcher Books is an imprint of Quercus Publishing and is the only imprint that accepts unsolicited submissions. They publish science fiction, fantasy, and horror books for adults and are not interested in children’s books, YA books, short story collections, or novellas. Check out all of the details here.
- The Parliament House is a small ebook and print press that was founded in 2016. They specialize in fantasy, including paranormal, contemporary, and urban. Their covers are well designed and market-appropriate. They seem active on social media and are more focused on recruiting readers than writers. The full review can be found here.
- Baen is one of the best-known and very well regarded publishers of science fiction and fantasy novels. To learn more about Baen, click here.
- Aethon Books is a print and eBook publisher that focuses on science fiction and fantasy. They are open to all sub-genres within these genres, including hard sci-fi, epic fantasy, space opera, military SF, alt/history, and time travel. This includes books for YA audiences, although they haven’t published many YA novels yet. You can learn more here.
- Tor/Forge publishes science fiction and fantasy books. They are run by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC., and is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big five publishers. Tor is one of the most established science fiction publishers. You can learn more about Tor/Forge here.
- Ghostwoods Books is a small publisher that has been around for almost a decade. They publish sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, and non-gore horror novels for adults in paperback and eBook formats. You can learn more here.
- Tartarus Press is a small British publisher that opened in the 1990s that specializes in publishing literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction. They are best known for their limited edition hardbacks with distinctive cream covers, but they also publish paperbacks and eBooks. The press has won five World Fantasy Awards and one Bram Stoker Award for horror. Get the full review here.
- Quirk Books is a Philadelphia-based press that publishes only 25 books a year in a whole range of genres, including children’s books, nonfiction, and science fiction. Unlike most publishers who tackle a wide range of topics, Quirk Books has a clear marketing plan, and to a certain degree, their books have a cohesive feel because they all are quirky. Read our full review here.
- Diversion Books was started by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Literary Agency. It apparently was established as an experiment. The goal was to publish books that they had a hard time getting the Big 5 publishers to accept. This was seen as a conflict of interest, and writers were initially very leery. However, after eleven years, they seem to be doing a good job. You can find the full story here.
- Parvus Press is a new digital-first publisher of science fiction and fantasy novels. They have been around for over three years now, and they offer advances. Read the full review here.
- Polis Books is an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction that is focused on publishing new voices. They are a technologically driven company that publishes print and digital books. Check out all of the details here.
- Stairway Press publishes and markets literary books in a variety of genres, including science, science fiction, short stories, political essays, literary thrillers, and adventure books. They are not interested in YA or children’s books. Their primary focus is on quality writing. Read the full review here.
- Talos Press, an imprint of the independent publisher Skyhorse, accepts unagented submissions for science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They have good distribution. Here’s what Authors Publish had to say about Talos Press.
- Tell-Tale Publishing is a small press founded in 2009. They seem to focus primarily on eBooks, but also they have print options (mainly print on demand). They publish six imprints, which include Dahlia (romance and various romance subgenres), Stargazer (fantasy, steampunk), Nightshade (horror), Casablanca (mystery), Thistle (middle school, YA, new adult), and Deja Vu (reprints for all genres). You can get the details here.
- Brother Mockingbird Publishing is a small independent press committed to discovering writers from the American South. They are also open to good fiction, regardless of where the author is based. They recently celebrated their second anniversary. Among many other genres, they publish science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Find out more about Brother Mockingbird Publishing here.
- Uproar Books was founded in 2018 by Rick Lewis, who has a background in marketing – not publishing. The company published its first book in early 2019. They only publish epic fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults, and they are only interested in publishing a trilogy or series of books. You can learn more here.
I wish those of you who submit good luck! I hope that your manuscript is accepted.
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