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.
Kensington: It’s true; the largest privately owned publishing house in New York is currently accepting submissions. They are accepting query letters and partial manuscripts (if you follow their instructions) for fiction and non-fiction. However they are not looking for science fiction, fantasy or poetry. Check out the guidelines for submission here.
Avon Impulse: This recently launched digital arm of HarperCollins' romance imprint Avon is now accepting submissions across the romance subgenre. The submission process is extremely easy and Avon Impulse digital books are worked on by Avon’s print team as well. Find out if this is the right opportunity for you by clicking here.
Carina Press: On the off chance that you haven’t already considered submitting to the newest addition to the Harlequin Publishing family, this digital-exclusive arm of the company could be perfect for your adult fiction manuscript. They are looking for manuscripts over 15,000 words in all genres of adult fiction with the exception of inspirational stories. Check out their submissions guidelines here.
Hard Case Crime: This mystery publisher’s focus is on bringing today’s readers new and re-released pulp crime fiction paperbacks (with classic covers to match). If you are interested in submitting your manuscript you can send along a query letter to their editors. Get the address here.
Harlequin: Their name is synonymous with romance and there are many opportunities available for writers. The company is now accepting submissions for their YA, historical and paranormal lines as well as for African American romances and Nonfiction Editorial works. To learn more click here.
Samhain: This digital and print publisher recently put out a special call for works that could be included as part of a superhero romance anthology or a Summer Olympics 2012 romance anthology. You can learn more by clicking here or visit their general submissions page to learn what else the company is interested in acquiring.
Loose Id: This erotic romance publisher is looking for stories that push the character to the edge — literally. They describe their books as “[taking] romance to the edge: the edge of the genre, the edge of convention, the edge of the abyss.” If that sounds like story that you’ve created, they are interested in works that are contemporary, historical and paranormal and that include elements of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, alternative sexualities, fetishes and multiple partners. To find out if your scorching manuscript qualifies you can check out their submissions page here.
Cheyenne Publishing: This publisher is looking for historical novels with Lesbian characters and young adult novels that feature characters of non-heterosexual sexualities. Their preferred manuscript word count falls between 50,000 and 80,000 words. To find out if this is a good home for your novel or novella click here.
Stone Telling: The magazine is interested in publishing science and science fiction poetry for their upcoming Stone Telling 6. Although they don’t want straight-up fantasy and mythic poetry, almost everything else is fair game if it falls within the realm of science poetry. For more you can take a look at the submissions call here.
Aqueduct Press: This publisher is hoping that writers will send in “wikipedia-page-style entries” to help the editors fill a collection that has the working title Treasury of Missing Links and Secret Histories. These entries will help illuminate the fictional worlds characters live in. Want more details? Check out the Press’ submissions call 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. And of course, you can always find author advice, writing tips and more on our Aspiring Authors Page!