May 23, 2024

Arcadia Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Quercus Publishing, an imprint of Hachette, is re-branding their speculative fiction imprint Jo Fletcher Books as Arcadia Books. It will remain the only imprint of Quercus that accepts unsolicited submissions and it will stay open to submissions of science fiction, fantasy, and horror manuscripts for adults. They will also now consider YA/Crossover books as long…

The Dawn Review: Now Seeking Submissions

The Dawn Review is an online journal that seeks to publish the best writing they can find, without genre restrictions or stylistic preferences: “we believe that creative expression is most powerful without the constraint of categorization.” They publish both new and established authors, of all ages and demographics. Their issues often feature high schoolers and…

5 Things Being an Editor Has Taught Me About Rejection

By Winifred Òdúnóku Many writers have their unique rejection stories to tell. Some rejections can be so demoralising that they make a writer stop submitting to a particular magazine, and there are those – the encouraging ones – that push writers to move out of their comfort zones. Meanwhile, some writers enjoy celebrating milestones of…

May 20, 2024

30 Mystery Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions

  “Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. Theyread it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’tbuy anymore. The first page sells that book. The lastpage sells your next book.”MICKEY SPILLANE Mystery is one of those genres that over the years has managed to accumulate a huge number of…

May 16, 2024

TWB Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

TWB Press’s tagline is “Electronic Publishing for the 21st century.” They have an additional tag line on their main page that says “TWB Press publishes stories of human conflict and redemption through a variety of world views that reflect humanity at its best…and at its worst. “ They publish novels and novellas electronically with print…

Two Hawks Quarterly: Now Seeking Submissions

Two Hawks Quarterly is an online journal, founded in 2007 and produced by the students and faculty of Antioch University’s creative writing concentration. They publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid writing. Their thorough editorial process means that every submission is read by at least three students and one faculty advisor. Two Hawks Quarterly publishes…

How Character Sketches Can Add Depth to Your Manuscript

By Emily-Jane Hills Orford What is a character sketch? Simply put, character sketches are a clever way to really get to know your characters before you even plot them into a story. If you don’t know your characters, how can you possibly convince your readers to know them? Plus, this exercise becomes a good resource,…

May 15, 2024

August Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

August Books is one of the three main imprints of Canelo, a UK  based press that was established in 2015. Their books are well distributed and you can learn more about the company as a whole here. We have previously reviewed Hera books, which is now an imprint of Canelo. You can read that review…

Bullshit Lit: Accepting Manuscript Submissions for Their June Reading Period

Bullshit Lit describes itself by saying they are,​”Inspired by a stack of silly poems, Bullshit Lit is the antithesis to those flowery submissions calls for, like, “the deepest echo in your heartcanyon.” We don’t take ourselves too seriously.​ We like to see your worst. Your trash. Get funky with it. We love silly poems, nonsense prose,…

Zibby Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Zibby Books was founded by Zibby Owens, an established book influencer, as part of her company Aibby Media. You can read more about her launch of Zibby Books, here, and here. Both articles focus a lot on the royalty structure. While writers still receive advances and royalties, they will also be part of a profit…

Spurl Editions: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Their tagline is “publishers of unusual literature”. On their About page they add the additional context, including the context that they are “specializing in works fitting for our current decrepit and apocalyptic world”. They have previously published a wide range of work including French, Italian, and German literature translated to English, as well as surreal…

May 13, 2024

9 Exciting New Literary Journals (May 2024)

In my experience, there are many reasons to seek publication in journals that have been around for less than a year. When a literary journal is new, the editors tend to be a lot more passionate. I have gotten handwritten thank you cards from editors of new publications, something that has never happened when my…

May 9, 2024

The Orange & Bee: Now Seeking Submissions

Updated May 21st 2024: They closed to submissions before their deadline which is unfortunate. They reopen in August. The Orange & Bee is an online publication that aims to, “explore, expand on, and subvert the rich traditions of international folklore, including fairy tales, fables, myths, and legends.” They primarily publish fiction, poetry, and hybrid writing,…

81 Opportunities for Historically Underrepresented Authors in May 2024

We try to make it as clear as possible who the publisher is seeking work from. Sometimes the focus of the press is limited, even though there are no limitations on who can submit. A few of the opportunities are also limited by geography, again, we try to make this clear. There are always additional…

Press Box Books: Now Accepting Book Proposals

Press Box Books is an imprint of North Star Editions. North Star Editions is a Minnesota-based publishing company that publishes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. They have two other imprints that we reviewed in the past, Jolly Fish and Flux. None of their other imprints are regularly open to submissions.  Press Box…