Written by Emily Harstone July 4th, 2024

Nine Manuscript Publishers Open to Direct Submissions This July 2024

This list focuses on nine publishers that we are excited about that are open to submissions this month. Some are only open for a short period of time, others will be open the whole month and beyond. Please note that if a publisher doesn’t have a specific submission window they can close at any time, and publishers that use Submittable can close at any point because of submission caps (although these publishers generally reopen to submissions at the end of the month).

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Please read the full review, which we link to in the title, and carefully consider fit before submitting work.

Chronicle Books
Chronicle is an established and respected publisher of cookbooks, gift books, anthologies, children’s books, and various other books, most containing a strong visual element. They are based out of San Francisco. Their books receive a lot of positive attention and acclaim. They are almost always open to submissions in some categories.

Aurora Metro Books
Aurora Metro Books is an established independent publisher in London. They are run by Cheryl Robson and they now have over 300 titles in print. They have good distribution. They are made up of three imprints, Aurora Metro Books(fiction), Supernova Books (nonfiction), and Amber Lane Press (plays). All three imprints are currently open to submissions.

Three Ravens Publishing
Three Ravens Publishing is a fiction publisher focused on genre work, particularly science fiction and fantasy, but are open to other genres as well.  They have two themed calls for submission closing August 1st, one on is Car Wars GameLit Fiction and the other is Space Coast Guard stories. More details included in the full review.

Roxane Gay Books
Roxane Gay Books is a new imprint of Grove Atlantic. Roxane Gay has written about this new imprint here. Roxane Gay is the award-winning and bestselling author of a number of books, including Hunger and Bad Feminist. She publishes three books a year via this imprint. You can see the books she has published via this imprint so far, here. They reopened to submissions at the start of June and plan to close in October.

Black Bed Sheet Books
They focus on publishing horror, science fiction & fantasy, since 2008. Their primary focus is horror. They were founded and are still run by Nicholas Grabowsky, a horror writer. You can learn more about the publisher here, but sections of that page appear to be fairly out of date, so please take that into consideration. If the masthead and distribution information is up to date, they do work with a fair number of editors and they have some international distribution. They do their own wholesale work within North America.

The University of Texas Press
The University of Texas Press is large and established with good distribution. They are open to submissions of proposals. Before submitting a proposal they ask that you spend time reviewing the acquisition areas of their editors here. They primarily publish nonfiction in a wide variety of areas but are also open to a limited number of edited collections and memoir projects.

Able Muse
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 nonfiction as long as you query first. Most of the fiction they publish is short story collections and unlike other small presses, some of what they publish is genre work.

AM Ink
AM Ink is a Western Massachusetts based press that publishes quality biographies, children’s books, novels, and short story collections.  They’ve published more than 60 titles, including bestsellers. They have also sold television rights, and had movies made from their books. They consider horror fiction only in July and are also open to a wide range of other titles, till the beginning of August.

Orbit Works 
Orbit Works was founded in April 2023, as a new imprint of Hachette/Orbit that is focused on digital publishing of Science Fiction or Fantasy. This includes both eBooks and audiobooks. You can read the PR statement about the imprint here. It is led by Orbit Executive Editor Brit Hvide and Editor Stephanie Clark. Orbit Works, like Orbit, is based out of New York. They are open to both agented and unageneted submissions. Orbit is only open to agented submissions and was founded in 2007 to focus on publishing science fiction and fantasy. They have one other imprint, called Redhook. They have published many well- regarded, bestselling, and award-winning books, in terms of science fiction and fantasy.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2024 Guide to Manuscript Publishers. She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.


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