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 nine 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.
Carina Press - Carina recently announced their Fall 2013 call for submissions, with each editor listing which types of stories they’d love to see land in their inbox. Among the requests are calls for New Adult, LGBTQ romances of many genres, quality erotic romance and stories that blend genres. For all the details on what Carina editors are craving, click here. And you can find their submissions guidelines here.
Pitch Wars - All’s fair in writing and war — wait, what do you mean that’s not a real phrase? Well, it is now! Author Brenda Drake has announced the mentors for the upcoming Pitch Wars contest! But this is no ordinary contest. Forty-six published/agented authors, editors and interns will choose one writer each and help them refine their manuscript and pitches for agents. And one of those mentors is Cora Carmack, the queen of new adult! So get your manuscripts ready, because the war starts early December. Click here for more details.
Bloomsbury Spark - Bloomsbury recently announced the launch of a new e-imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, focused on bringing readers the best in Young Adult and New Adult books and authors. And the best part is that they’re open to unagented submissions! For submission details, click here.
Entangled Publishing - Entangled Publishing is on the hunt for not only submissions for a new anthology, but also for their Covet imprint.
The Scandalous team is looking for hotter-than-hot historical stories for an upcoming anthology that will bring readers extra doses of steam and passion. For more details, click here.
And for the Covet line, new Editorial Director Candace Havens is eager to take on new projects and is looking for full-length stories with strong characters, romance and unique paranormal elements. If your story has gargoyles, features mythologies from other countries or the friends-to-lovers trope, the Covet team wants to read it! For more information and submission details, click here.
Belle Books - Brenda Chin, former senior editor at Harlequin, is set to join the Belle Books editorial team as they bring on ImaJinn Books. With this expansion, Belle Books is ready to bring in new authors and books. Whether you write humorous YA, cozy mysteries or dark urban fantasy, they want to read it — and maybe even publish it! Check out their editors’ wish list here and their general submission guidelines here.
Breathless Press - E-book and print publisher Breathless Press is actively seeking new projects to acquire. With a focus on romance and various imprints, they also have a few anthology open calls, so be sure to check those out, too. To view their imprints, guidelines and wish lists, visit their site here.
Angry Robot - Angry Robot is keeping to their word and have announced they will accept unsolicited submissions starting this week until the end of the year. If you’ve written the next bestselling science-fiction, fantasy or “WTF” story, then they want to read it! For the latest details, 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.