Written by Emily Harstone June 13th, 2024

Nine Manuscript Publishers Open to Direct Submissions This June, 2024

This list focuses on nine publishers 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.

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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 non-fiction 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.

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 just reopened to submissions at the start of June.

August Books
August Books is one of the three main imprints of Canelo, a UK  based press that was established in 2015. Their books are well distributed and you can learn more about the company as a whole here. Their main landing page is here, and as you can see there isn’t much listed there yet, because they were just launched in March 2024. Martina O’Sullivan has joined to lead the new division as executive publisher, and she has a lot of industry experience. You can read more about the launch here.

They are currently open to accepting submissions of fiction that belong in the Historical Adventure genre, and nonfiction work focused on history, popular culture, popular science, health and true crime.

Flux is an imprint of North Star Editions that publishes exclusively young adult fiction. Their motto is “Where Young Adult is a Point of View, not a Reading Level”. Most of the books they publish focus on the older end of the young adult market. They publish edgier, darker stuff, than other young adult publishers. They publish all sub-genres of young adult from realistic life stories to sci fi. They are established, have good distribution, and have published many books that have sold well. They have three open reading periods a year including June to July.

Jolly Fish Press
Jolly Fish Press was started in 2012. They are based out of Provo, Utah. Their authors have won numerous awards. They initially published a wide range of genres for adults, children, and young adults. They are now part of North Star Editions and like their sister imprint Flux, are only open to submissions from June to July.

AM Ink
AM Ink is a Western Massachusetts based press that publishes quality biographies, children’s books, novels, and short story collections.  They have sold television rights, and had movies made from their books. They consider short story collections only in June and are also open to a wide range of other titles also, till August.

Zibby Books
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. They primarily publish fiction and memoir. They have a submission form and you can submit via email. It’s not clear which is preferable, but when in doubt I always go with email submissions. They only respond if interested and do not give a deadline in terms of when to assume rejection. You can learn more here.

Bullshit Lit
This is how they describe their press: “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, and lazy lore.” They publish poetry, prose, fiction, art, and work that doesn’t fit nicely into any of those categories.

They do not charge for submissions but they do charge $5 for expedited response times. They respond to expedited submissions within 2 months, and usually much quicker. They don’t say how long they take to respond to submissions without paying, unfortunately. They are open to submissions in 2024 on June 8th, at 12:01 AM EDT to June 16th 11:59 PM EDT.  Work submitted can be anywhere between 15 (they publish chapbooks also) and 100 pages.

Entrepreneur Press

Entrepreneur Press is part of Entrepreneur Media that focuses publishing books with “actionable solutions to help you excel in all your business”. The books they publish fall into three categories: Starting a business, running a business, and growing that business. They have been around for the last 40 years and now publish print, digital, and audio books. They publish a number of well-known series including the No B.S. Books. You can get a feel for what they’ve published here. This is a specialized press, and if your experience and work does not match what they are looking for, do not submit a proposal.

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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