Written by Emily Harstone November 25th, 2019

17 Specialized Manuscript Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions

All of the presses on this list meet all of our guiding principles, but most of them have such a specific focus that we cannot justify writing a full review and sending it to our full list of subscribers. But they are still good publishers.

Instead, we have compiled this list of mini reviews. I have also added a few links to reviews of some of the specialized publishing companies we have reviewed in the past.

There is no particular organization to this list. Not all of the publishers on this list are currently open to submissions.

Cinco Puntos Press focuses on the U.S. / Mexico border region, the Southwest and Mexico, they publish some books outside of this focus, as well, but they have a very different querying process. Before you submit you must call their editor. Their books have gorgeous covers.

SFK Press seeks book-length fiction by authors with a Southern accent. They want to publish a wide variety of “Southern voices”. 

Woodbine House specializes in books about developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism. The books they publish are written for and about children with certain disabilities.

aunt lute is a multicultural women’s press. Their priority is to publish work by women, both transgender and cisgender, particularly women of color.

Dalkey Archive Press specializes in the publication and re-publication of avant-garde works of fiction and translation.

Cune Press publishes work with roots in the Middle East but also West Coast authors, and works with a social conscious.

Eraserhead Press is a small publisher based out of Portland, Oregon that focuses on publishing Bizarro fiction. Be sure you are familiar with the genre before submitting. They are not interested in any work cannot be categorized as Bizarro. They are a print and e-Book publisher.

Second Story Press is a wonderful Canadian publisher focused on publishing feminist work for adults and young adults.

Lee & Low Books publishes excellent multicultural children’s books. 

Timber Press is an established and respected publisher of gardening books. They are an imprint of Workman Publishing.

Microcosm Publishing is a Portland based publisher that focuses on nonfiction DIY (Do-It-Yourself) goods that focus on the reader and teach self-empowerment. The work they publish ranges from Magick how-to to Punx.

Bellevue Literary Press publishes work that explores the intersection between arts and science, through fiction and nonfiction. They are seeking narrative nonfiction work only, through 15th of December 2019.

Manifold Press is a UK LGBTQIA+ publisher that focuses on Queer Historical work.

Torrey House Press is the interested in well-crafted work with environmental, natural history, or natural landscape themes, and writing which explores the value of well-managed public lands and the transformative power of wilderness focusing on the inter-mountain west.

Kaya Press publishes literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas.

Haymarket Books publishes manuscripts that connect with progressive and radical political activists, while being useful to an academic audience.

Versify in an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and their goal is to publish risky, unconventional books for children.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.


We Send You Publishers Seeking Submissions.

Sign up for our free e-magazine and we will send you reviews of publishers seeking short stories, poetry, essays, and books.

Subscribe now and we'll send you a free copy of our book Submit, Publish, Repeat