Fiction

March 19, 2020

Open Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

UPDATED MARCH 19TH, 12:30 pm: We just received feedback from an anonymous source that this publisher requires authors to purchase 100 copies of their own book. This is counter to our philosophy that writers should not pay anything to publish their work. We are reaching out to the publisher to learn more. Please proceed with…

March 12, 2020

The Feminist Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

The Feminist Press was established as an independent nonprofit literary publisher in 1970.  The Feminist Press is the oldest women’s publishing house in the world. They are open to submission from female/female identifying, and non binary authors. They publish literary fiction and works of nonfiction. It is easy to get a feel for what they…

February 27, 2020

Brother Mockingbird Publishing: Actively Seeking Manuscript Queries

Brother Mockingbird Publishing is a small independent press committed to discovering writers from the American South, but they are also open to good fiction, regardless of where the author is based. They recently celebrated their two year anniversary, so they are a new press.  They publish a wide range of genres including women’s fiction, historical…

November 26, 2019

Schaffner Press: Open to Manuscript Queries

Schaffner is an established press with distribution through IPG. They publish literary fiction, short fiction collections, and crime fiction. They also publish a wide variety of non-fiction including memoir, autobiography, biography, journalistic expose or narrative, true crime, art, culture, pop culture, world history, current events, science, and music. Schaffner Press is owned and managed by…

November 21, 2019

Three Rooms Press: Open to Submissions

Three Rooms Press is an independent press that is inspired by “Dada, Punk, and Passion”. They were founded in 1994. They have good distribution. As one can see by their tagline, they have a very clear sense of what they like and what they are interested in publishing. They publish fiction, nonfiction (including memoirs), and…

November 7, 2019

Encircle Publications: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Encircle Publications is a small press that focuses primarily on publishing mainstream fiction and mystery novels. But they also publish some other genres including poetry. They’ve only been around since 2016, but they’ve published a fair number of books at this point. They started out only publishing mystery novels, but one of the owners is…

October 31, 2019

Uncommon Universes Press: Now Seeking Manuscript Queries

Updated November 1st 2019: They have temporarily closed to submissions. They are going through a merger. Uncommon Universes Press is a small press that publishes science fiction and fantasy books for young adult and adult readers. The company was founded in 2017 and they have published a total of 13 books at the time of…

September 19, 2019

The Permanent Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

The Permanent Press is an established small press. They only publish adult fiction with a focus on mystery and general/literary fiction. They have published a number of successful, ongoing mystery series. They are run by a husband and wife team, Judith & Martin Shepard. The covers of the work they publish range from good to…

August 29, 2019

Agora Books: Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Agora Books (UK) is linked to the established literary agency Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. It is very important not to confuse this Agora Books with the one based in Canada, which is a vanity press we do not recommend. Agora Books is a digital first publisher of fiction and nonfiction. They were established in 2015…

August 15, 2019

Agate Publishing: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Agate Publishing is a small press located in Evanston Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. They started in 2002 with their Bolden imprint and initially published only African American authors before expanding from there. They have good distribution within the United States. They are only open to queries, which means that you can only send your…

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