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 eight 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.
Amazon Studios: Calling all creative thinkers with a flair for screenwriting! Want to develop your script into a TV or movie, and potentially earn $200,000 along the way? Amazon Studios, Amazon’s new arm for television and film development, wants to work with you and develop your script. Over the course of 18 months, participants can get professional advice on transforming their script for the screen, and even sell their script for a hefty sum. To learn how you can be a part of Amazon Studios, click here.
Saturday Evening Post: If you’re looking to get your short fiction in a publication that has worked with such brilliant authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Vonnegut and Edgar Allen Poe, then look no further than The Saturday Evening Post. The publication is currently holding a contest, with a cash prize of $500, for short fiction between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Submissions may be of any genre, but must uphold the publication’s mission: “Celebrating America, Past, Present, and Future.” To submit your story, click here.
Liquid Silver Books: Everyone loves a hero, and if you’re a writer who specializes in hero-centric romance stories, Liquid Silver Books wants you! The publisher is open to tales of any subgenre, submissions must be 15,000 words or more in length. And most importantly, the submission should feature a lovable hero who fights against the odds to get his woman. If you think your tale is perfect for Liquid Silver, you can read more about this specific call here, and then be sure to take a look at the publisher’s general submission guidelines here.
Arc: Is your futuristic tale in need of a home? Arc, a new digital magazine with a focus on the future, is looking for one fantastic story to publish in its May 2012 issue. The upcoming issue has the theme “The Future Always Wins.” The winning submission will be awarded £500 (which is almost $800), so don’t miss your chance because the April 8th deadline isn’t too far off in the future.
One Teen Story: Young writers with a passion for storytelling are encouraged to submit their short story of any genre to the One Teen Story contest, which is currently accepting submissions from writers ages 14 to 19. One Teen Story is offering a cash prize for accepted submissions. Ideally, submissions should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words and be appropriate for readers ages 14 and up. But if you’re thinking you’ll enter the contest, act quickly, submissions close May 31st. Find out more here.
Crimson Romance: Publisher Adams Media is currently seeking full-length novel submissions for their digital romance imprint. Open to stories of all subgenres, they only have two rules, both of which we can get behind: the story should have a happily-ever-after and the characters engaging in relations must be consenting adults. If your manuscript is innovative, fun and ready for the digital market, you can learn how to submit it here.
Cleis Press: This publisher, known for their steamy anthologies, is currently seeking submissions for two new compilations. If your heroine can’t get enough of sexy, heroic firemen, your story may be the perfect fit for the publisher’s 2013 Smoking Hot Firemen anthology, edited by sizzling author Delilah Devlin. But if your heroine prefers a man who is sweet and spicy, then be sure to submit your story to editor Kristina Wright. She is currently seeking stories for her 2013 anthology, xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Erotic Romance, which will focus on the sweet aspects of a relationship, as well as the steamy ones.
Entranced Publishing: Authors are not the only ones who are in demand. Entranced Publishing, a new e-book publisher launching next year, is currently hiring both Content Editors and Line Editors to put the finishing touches on their romance fiction. The publisher currently has four unique lines in the works: Entranced, the main imprint that focuses on all types of romance from mild to “a little naughty,” Mesmerized, which specializes in erotic BDSM stories, Thrills, which features bite-sized erotica fiction, and Kiss, an imprint that will deliver romance novellas. If you think you’ve got what it takes it edit for Entranced, apply today.
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. And of course, you can always find author advice, writing tips and more on our Aspiring Authors Page!