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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…

Gibson House Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated February 8th, 2024: They did not publish any books in 2023, and have yet to publish any books in 2024, so I’m not sure if they are still active. Gibson House Press is an independent publisher that publishes 1-2 books a year. They have good covers, and a clear easy to navigate website. Although…

Repeater Books: Open to Manuscript Submissions

Repeater Books was founded in 2014 by Mark Fisher, Tariq Goddard, Etan Ilfeld, and others, as an imprint of Watkins publishing, which has been around since 1983. You can learn more about them and their former and current staff here. You can get a feel for the books they publish here. On Watkins Media’s main…

Wildhouse Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Wildhouse Press (WHP) is a small press based in Boston, that started actively publishing work in 2021. Their tagline is “Adventurous Spirituality – for unconventional people.” According to the website the press was founded by Wesley J. Wildman. They currently have published seven works of nonfiction, and one work of fiction, and have clear plans…

Farrago: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Farrago is an imprint of Duckworth Publishing (please read if you’re considering submitting to Farrago). Farrago’s tagline is “fiction to make you smile”. All of the work they publish, from mysteries to science fiction, have humor at the core.  They do not publish memoir. You can get a good feel for what they publish here….

Avon Books UK: Accepting Submissions

August 2023: They’ve updated their website and the submission page is gone, for now, but I suspect they may reopen to submissions because they still have a section of the home page devoted to books that started out as slush pile submissions. Avon Books UK, an imprint of Harper Collins, is one of the rare…

Apocalypse Party: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

A small press based out of Pennsylvania, Apocalypse Party says the following about the books they publish: “Our books wobble in the frame of reality and dissect the prism of surreality. These books tend to be difficult to categorize under one banner, but together they form a kaleidoscopic mirror of an increasingly bleak world. However,…

Interlude Press and Duet Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated March 6th 2024, they are not updating the website, and I do not think they plan to. I don’t know why Chicago Review Press appears to not be moving forward with this imprint, but there have been no new deals listed on Publishers Marketplace since Duet was acquired by them. Interlude Press and Duet…

Stone Pier Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated May 23, 2024. They are currently closed to submissions. Stone Pier Press is a niche publisher that describes themselves as “an environmental publishing company with a food focus.” They are a San Francisco based non-profit focused towards a climate-friendly food system. They say they do this by “publishing good books about good food and…

Blackwater Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Blackwater Press is a new small press based in West Virginia, with an international team of editors. They also run an editorial consultancy, but when I reached out to the press directly the editors informed me that they did not direct writers submitting to the press to their editorial services and that they don’t accept…

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…

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, poetry, 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…

Interpret Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Interpret Magazine is a unique bilingual French and English literary journal that publishes fiction and poetry. What makes them so unique is not just that your work will be printed in English and French, but they are also open to submissions in any language from anywhere in the world. According to their guidelines, “Our editors…

Lion Hudson: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Updated May 9th, 2023: Their website has been down for at least a month. I’m not sure if they are defunct or not, but even if their website was to work again I’d approach with caution. Lion Hudson is an imprint of SPCK Group, which bills itself as “More than a publisher. More than a…

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