Manuscript Publishers

Cleis Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Cleis Press is the largest independent sexuality publishing company in the United States, and they focus on LGBTQ, BDSM, romance, and erotic writing for all sexual preferences. They publish LGBTQ+ nonfiction as well as nonfiction on the topic of sex and sexuality, including self-help, sexual guides, LGBTQ+ and/or women’s studies, feminism, dating and relationships, sexual…

Upper Room: Now Accepting Manuscript Proposals

Upper Room is a Christian press that focuses on “Christian spiritual formation.” The work they publish is designed to appeal to both clergy and lay people. It is designed with individuals and small groups in mind. They “seek writers who offer insights and guidance on these topics: prayer and other spiritual practices, spiritual formation, Advent…

Odyssey Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Odyssey Books is a small press based in New Zealand. It was founded in 2009 by Michelle Lovi, and even now has only three listed team members, one who is part time. Their website focuses on selling books over recruiting authors, which is always a good sign. Their covers are a real mix of well…

Wesleyan University Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Proposals on Dance and Music

Wesleyan University Press focuses on poetry, music, dance, science fiction studies, film-TV, and Connecticut history and culture. They have been actively publishing since 1957. Books they have published have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. They are an established and respected university press. Currently they are accepting proposals for books in the…

Codhill Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Founded in 1998 by David Appelbaum, then editor of Parabola Magazine, Codhill Press has always focused on publishing books for the “serious seeker”, and most books contain a spiritual element, many are still rooted in Buddihism. This includes work of fiction, poetry (including a chapbook series), and creative nonfiction. Their mission statement from the start…

BHC Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

BHC Press was founded in 2016 as a hybrid publisher that offered some traditional contracts, but mostly published books along a hybrid model, meaning that authors contributed money towards the publication of their book. In March of 2020 they fully eliminated hybrid publishing and transitioned fully towards being a traditional publisher (Authors Publish only reviews…

Apollo Publishers: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Apollo Publishers was founded in 2016 and published their first books in 2018. You can learn more about Apollo Publishers’ start here. A number of the editors and employees are experienced in the publishing industry, which is always a good sign. You can learn more about the current team behind Apollo Publishers here. Apollo Publishers…

Welbeck Publishing Group: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Welbeck Publishing Group was formerly known as the Carlton Publishing Group. It is a London-based independent book publisher of fiction, non-fiction, gift and children’s books. It was established in 2019. They have good international distribution and a large team, you can learn more about here. An independent publisher, they have four main focuses, which you…

Monkfish: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Monkfish is an independent press that focuses on publishing religious, spiritual, and literary books from a diverse range of perspectives. They have published memoirs, fiction, scholarly works, and wisdom literature, which you can get a better feel for by downloading the catalog here. They publish debut authors, as well as backlist work. They are based…

49 Manuscript Publishers with Geographic Restrictions

All of the presses on this list meet all but one of our guiding principles. All of these presses only accept work from writers with a specific geographic region or nationality, some have very strict limitations, and others are more lenient. Because of that, we have never reviewed these presses, but they are still good…

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