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.” But don’t despair, we’ve rounded up a list of places that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.
Samhain Publishing: Do you love writing tales that are so twisted and dark they can’t help but illicit scares and screams? Then be sure to check out Samhain Publishing’s latest call for their horror line! Samhain wants well-written, suspenseful and believable stories that fit within the horror genre. Think you have what it takes to terrify readers and keep them coming back for more? Check out the full details here! And if horror’s not your thing, check out Samhain’s other open calls!
Dreamspinner Press: Dreamspinner Press, one of the leading M/M romance publishers, is on the hunt for a host of new stories. For their Taste of Honey anthology, they’re looking for short stories focused on members of the “bear” community. Stories with happy endings are a must! Meanwhile, Dreamspinner’s YA imprint, Harmony Ink, wants to see short stories centered around any “firsts” LGBTQ teens face when coming to terms with their sexuality. To find out more about these open calls and submission guidelines, click here.
Lyrical Press: Do you love sexy bikers? What about athletes who get your heart racing? Then Lyrical Press may be your story’s new home. Now an imprint of Kensington, Lyrical Press is searching for novella- and novel-length submissions for erotic romances featuring heroes who know a thing or two about motorcycles, as well as stories featuring sexy athletes, military romances and red-hot urban fiction pieces. For information on their motorcycle special call, click here. And for the others, visit their submission page here.
Inkspell Publishing: Indie publisher Inkspell is currently open to submissions for their Romance, Passion and Teen imprints. Each of these lines feature contemporary stories with varying degrees of heat. The submission calls for are e-book publication and Inkspell is looking for manuscripts containing 20,000 to 50,000 words. Want to learn more? Click here.
Riptide Publishing: Riptide Publishing is open for submissions for a variety of themes and collections, ranging from BDSM erotic short stories to novel-length lesbian romance to detailed steampunk tales, meaning there’s a little something for everyone! Many of the due dates are in the summer and fall, so you have plenty of time to whip your stories into shape. Check out all the details here.
Prometheus Books: While they’re not looking for anything in particular, Prometheus Books is always open for submission from both agented and unagented authors. Prometheus publishes a vast range of works, including both fiction and non-fiction. They even have a YA imprint, Pyr. To get a better feel for the type of books they love, check out their catalogue. And for more submission guidelines, click here.
Loose Id: Multicultural, LGBTQ and full-figured heroines are all characters Loose Id is currently hungry for. They’d like the focus of all submissions to be more on the erotic romance edge of the spectrum, complete with happy endings. They also have a few open calls for anthologies, including calls for Homecomings, which will feature characters who reunite and Resolutions, an anthology centered around people and their various New Year’s resolutions. To view their complete wishlist and guidelines, visit their site here.
The Poisoned Pencil: Think you’ve written the next Veronica Mars-esque novel? Is your hero on the verge of finally cracking the case the police have yet to solve? If so, you might want to consider submitting to The Poisoned Pencil, a YA mystery imprint of The Poisoned Pen. To view their general submission guidelines, sleuth your way to their site. Or, you know, just click 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.