Aspiring authors, we know how disheartening it can be to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. So polish that manuscript and get it out there. Good luck! Remember us when you're huge.
Dreamspinner Press - “Write what you know” is a popular phrase, and Dreamspinner Press is seeking short stories that take this old adage to the next level with their upcoming Hot off the Presses anthology. For this collection, the publisher is looking for M/M romances with writing/publishing themes and happy endings. For submission guidelines, click here.
Harmony Ink - Are you looking for a good home for your YA novel featuring LGBT characters? Then take a look at Harmony Ink, the YA imprint of Dreamspinner Press. Harmony Ink is currently accepting general submissions for novel-length stories. To learn more, check out their guidelines here.
Month9Books - Have you ever wished you could do more with your stories? If so, here’s a chance to help make a difference with your words. Every year, Month9Books releases an anthology of dark tales and donates the proceeds to a selected charity. If you’re interested in writing for an anthology or have a charity in mind, visit their website for more information.
Macmillan's Swoon Reads - Macmillan’s new teen romance imprint wants your most swoon-worthy story! No genre is ignored in this new online community that not only gives writers the chance to have their manuscript reviewed by the Swoon Reads publishing board, it also helps to build a community of readers and writers. To learn more, click here.
Harper Witness - All right suspense and thrill-seekers, get your magnifying glasses and witty comebacks ready, because digital imprint Harper Witness wants the next great mystery novel! Do you have what it takes to be the next Lee Child or Gillian Flynn? Then take a look at the submission guidelines to uncover more!
Forever Yours - Whether you write contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy or historical, Forever Yours may be your story’s new home! Accepting all heat levels, ranging from sweet kisses on the front porch to wild nights in the bedroom, this digital imprint offers a variety of books for a wide range of readers. Want to learn about becoming one of their authors? Check out their guidelines here!
Ellora’s Cave - Ellora’s Cave is seeking submissions for three new anthologies that offer unique and refreshing characters and steamy situations. For Hot Pink, Ellora’s Cave wants stories featuring strong women who love other women. The VaVa Boomers collection will feature heroes and heroines over the age of fifty, and Merry Menage will showcase holiday-themed menages. Learn more here.
Entangled Publishing - There’s something utterly captivating about men of the Wild West. Maybe it’s the whole cowboy appeal, or their work-hard-and-play-harder attitude. Whatever the reason, these rough heroes can set one’s heart ablaze, and Entangled Publishing’s Scandalous imprint wants more of them. To learn more about their call for cowboy-themed historical romances, click here!
Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship - Are you a hopeful screenwriter looking to hone your craft and learn from one of the leading film companies? Then be sure to check out Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship program! To learn more, visit their site here.
Did we miss one of your favorite places to submit work? Let us know in the comments below. For more suggestions of establishments that may be a good fit for your manuscript, check out our Agents List or our Publishers List. And of course, you can always find author advice, writing tips and more on our Aspiring Authors Page!