Literary Fiction

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…

Delphinium Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Delphinium Books was founded in 1986 by Cecile Engel and Lori Milken. Their first anthology featured a wide range of authors including E.L. Doctorow, Grace Paley and Russell Banks. Today they focus on publishing literary fiction and the occasional work of nonfiction. You can get a feel for what they have recently published here. If…

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…

Tin House: Accepting Manuscript Submissions Soon

Updated March 5th, 2024 Tin House is an established and respected small press. They used to be responsible for one of the most respected and established literary journals, although that closed a few years ago. They still run residencies, workshops, and bookstore in Portland, Oregon. They still publish a wide variety of respected and admired…

Wayne State University Press: Now Accepting Proposals

Wayne State University Press is a publisher committed to supporting its parent institution’s core research, teaching, and service mission by generating high-quality scholarly and general interest works of global importance. They focus on advancing education and serving the local community. Before submitting a proposal to them, you need to verify that your work fits their…

Psychonaut Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Update August 2023, they now charge 5 dollars to submit, so they no longer qualify for a listing with us. Psychonaut Press is currently hosting an open reading period for full-length speculative fiction novels. We do not review brand new publishers without track records, but even though Psychonaut Press has yet to publish any books,…

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…

Bluemoose Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Bluemoose Books is an award winning independent publisher based in the UK. It was founded by Kevin and Hetha Duffy. For a small press, the books they have published have gone on to win major prizes, including the Walter Scott Prize, Portico Literature Prize, and many more have been long and shortlisted. They are a…

Able Muse: Seeking Manuscript Submissions Until July 15th

Able Muse is a small literary press that has one free reading period every year, from 1st May through 15th July. They also publish a literary journal, and they host a number of contests every year. They publish poetry and fiction primarily, and they will consider non-fiction as long as you query first. Most of…

City of Light Publishing: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

City of Light Publishing is a small press with many imprints, based out of Buffalo, New York. In some ways City of Light is a new press, they only came to be known by this name in 2019, when they started to have more of a national and international reach. Before that, previous iterations were…

Mad Creek Books: Now Seeking Manuscript Submissions

Mad Creek Books is the literary trade imprint of The Ohio State University Press. With a mission to foster creativity, innovate, and illuminate, Mad Creek Books champions diverse and creative literary nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. They charge 7 dollars for general submissions and 25 dollars for the contests they run, but many of the imprint…

Outpost19: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Last updated March 27th, 2024 Outpost19 Books is a publisher of novels, memoirs, biographies, short fiction and essay collections, reportage and innovative hybrids. They are based in San Francisco and were established in 2011 as a digital only publisher. They have since expanded to print. Their covers vary from excellent to amateurish. Many have received…

Blair: Now Seeking Manuscript Submissions

Blair is a nonprofit press combining the lists of Carolina Wren Press and John F. Blair, Publisher. To learn more about the history of both presses which merged in 2018, go here. Based in the South, with roots in North Carolina, they strive to publish quality writing with a focus on authors and subjects historically…

Deep Vellum: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

UPDATED DECEMBER 2021 – Their newly acquired imprint Dalkey Press has started to charge writers and/or the institutions they work for. Please email us at support@authorspublish.com if you contact Deep Vellum and they ask for money in order to publish your manuscript. This is not appropriate for a traditional publisher. Deep Vellum is a press…

Guernica Editions: Now Open to Manuscript Submissions

Updated March 12th 2021: In spite of not stating this on their website, Guernica makes it clear that they need additional funds to publish books by international authors, either through pre-agreed book purchases, and/or “external funding”. They say this is to make up for the money they would lose by not receiving funding by the…

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