Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the 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.
Polis Books - Polis Books, an independent e-publisher, is on the hunt for a wide range of stories, including those that fall under the romance, young adult and new adult categories. Their submission process is relatively easy and stress-free, so visit their site to learn more! Click here.
Avon Impulse - Calling all graduate and undergraduate students! Avon Impulse recently announced an exciting contest open exclusively to college students where one lucky aspiring author could win a one-on-one editorial consultation. Additionally, all submissions will be considered for publication by Avon Impulse! To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click here.
Harmony Ink Press - Harmony Ink Press, the YA imprint of Dreamspinner Press, is celebrating their upcoming anniversary with their Young Adult Challenge! Harmony Ink Press invites all writers between 14-21 years old to submit their LGBT short stories for a chance to be published in a special 2014 anthology. All submissions will receive feedback from a published author, so there’s something in it for everyone! Learn more here.
Entangled Publishing - Powerhouse romance publisher Entangled Publishing has opened a special call for submissions for their Scandalous imprint. Submissions will be considered for the Love Me Tender anthology, an exciting collection of stories taking place in the 1950s! Writers interested must have their submissions in by March 31 and to learn more, click here.
Liquid Silver Books - Liquid Silver Books has a few open calls for submissions. Whether you’ve written a sexy story about a protagonist who works outdoors or a heroine who doesn’t fit society’s so called “norms”, Liquid Silver wants to read your work! To read more about each of the open calls, visit their website here.
Arrow Publications - Arrow Publications, LLC is branching out into non-graphic novel territory and seeks engaging fiction stories with strong romances. Short and long novellas as well as novels are all welcome. The publisher is also open to select non-fiction works, including pieces that focus on women’s issues. To learn more about their submission guidelines, click here.
Cleis Press - Do you have a sexy, erotic BDSM short story you’ve been dying to tell? Then get typing because Cleis Press is accepting submissions for their Best Bondage Erotica 2015 anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. While the plot of your story doesn’t necessarily have to rely on bondage to keep it together, bondage should still be a key erotic element. Learn more about what Bussel and Cleis Press are looking for 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 you can check out our Agents List or our Publishers List.