Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses 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 at the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.
Ellora's Cave: Ready to get your geek on? We sure hope you are because Ellora's Cave is currently accepting submissions for their upcoming Geekgasm anthology. Whether your hero or heroine is a Trekkie, Whovian or just a hardcore gamer, this anthology is for you! But if geeks aren't up your alley, they're also looking for stories featuring men and women in uniform, women who know a thing or two about whips and if you take your stories with a dash of horror, their Screamers anthology is worth a look. To see the complete details and submission guidelines for these collections, click here.
Entangled Publishing: If you're onboard the New Adult train, you'll want to take a look at Entangled's latest imprint, Embrace. The editors behind this New Adult-focused line are hungry for new and exciting contemporary stories, especially ones involving cowboys, athletes or surfers. Think your story will win them over? Then check out their wishlist for more details!
Crimson Frost Books: Crimson Frost is officially open for submissions! If you have a thrilling and sexy story just waiting to be published, you should definitely check their guidelines to see which category your story fits best. Crimson Frost accepts short stories, novellas and novel-length pieces from all romance subgenres, so head on over to their site to see their guidelines!
Roane Publishing: Calling all fantasy writers! Roane Publishing is currently accepting submissions for their upcoming anthology, Portals, which will feature fantasy (or sci-fi) shorts with romantic elements. Though they're just as happy to read your story even if it doesn't have a hot romance. But wait, there's more! This special call features a picture prompt, which will tie each story together. To view the image and the full details, click here.
World Weaver Press: World Weaver Press is getting ready to reopen in February for submissions, including unsolicited works. With a wide range of sci-fi and fantasy interests, World Weaver Press is sure to be a good fit for many of you aspiring authors. So polish up those manuscripts and head on over to their site to read their submission guidelines!
Winter Goose Publishing: This publisher is currently accepting both fiction and creative non-fiction submissions. If you have a sizzling romance, a chilling mystery or a collection of poetry, Winter Goose Publishing might just be for you! For romance, they're primarily seeking contemporary, romantic suspense and paranormal stories, but are also open to other subgenres. To brush up on their guidelines, click here!
Maria Vicente: P.S. Literary Agency associate literary agent Maria Vicente recently posted what types of stories she'd love to read the most, including YA stories similar to her favorite shows like Dawson's Creek and The O.C., horror novels with a great psychological edge and YA/NA stories that focus on friendships rather than romance. If you think you could be Maria's newest client, take a look at her wishlist and submission guidelines 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!