Women’s Fiction

Berkley (an Imprint of Penguin Random House): Accepting Manuscript Submissions Through January 9th

Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House is having an open reading period from December 7th, 2021 through January 9th, 2022. They are seeking full-length adult novels in the following genres: romance, women’s fiction, mystery, suspense and thrillers, horror, science fiction, and fantasy.  This is the first time they’ve run this program, although they’ve made…

Alcove Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Alcove Press is a new imprint of the established publisher Crooked Lane (which is owned by Bookspan). Usually we don’t review publishers that have not been actively publishing for over a year, and Alcove released their first book in September 2020, but because they are an imprint, and one that is clearly being invested in,…

CamCat Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

CamCat Books is a small independent publisher that was founded in 2019. Since that time they have publishes 22 titles, and they have a number of titles already scheduled as coming soon for 2021. This is a lot of titles for such a new company. They were founded by Sue Arroyo, an entrepreneur who sold…

Hera: Accepting Submissions

Hera is a new female-led, independent digital publisher. They focus exclusively on publishing commercial books, including works psychological suspense, police procedural, and thrillers, to romance, and glamorous contemporary fiction. They were founded in 2018 and published their first book in January 2019. Their books generally have excellent and engaging covers. Hera is based in the…

Blue Moon Publishers: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Updated March 26, 2021: Their website is still operating but they have not published a new book in almost a year, I would not recommend submitting to them. Blue Moon is a boutique Canadian Publisher. They focus on publishing Literary Fiction and Women’s Fiction, as well as Young Adult and Middle Grade works. The stories…

Bookouture: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Bookouture is a digital publisher that was purchased in 2017 by Hachette (you can learn more here). Bookouture was extremely successful in their own right. They started out in the UK but they have outposts in a number of countries now. As of 2018 they’ve sold over 8.5 million copies. They focus on publishing commercial…

Shadow Mountain: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Update January 1, 2022, ALL submissions to Shadow Mountain Publishing or Ensign Peak must be represented by a literary agent. Shadow Mountain Publishing, however, will open to unagented and unsolicited manuscripts ONLY during the following dates: March 1 through March 7 June 1 through June 7 September 1 through September 7 December 1 through December…

Literary Wanderlust: Accepting Submissions

Updated March 14th, 2019 Literary Wanderlist is a Denver based independent publisher. They were founded in 2014 and they publish print and digital books. They publish a wide range of books, from chick lit to short story collections. You can get a feel for what they publish here. They do not publish books aimed at…

Black Opal Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

UPDATED NOVEMBER 15, 2021 – They are still in operation, but everything I’ve heard from authors has made it clear that their serious issues are ongoing. They are not listed in the manuscript guide and I keep this article up as a reference point. UPDATED JULY 30TH, 2019 – They have gone through some recent…

Head of Zeus: Accepting Manuscripts Submissions

Head of Zeus is a UK based print publisher that was founded in early 2012. They publish a wide variety of work including non-fiction, literary fiction, general and genre fiction. They have a number of imprints and have good distribution in the UK. A number of the books they have published have been subsequently picked…

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