If you’ve written a book belonging to the fantasy genre, or one of its sub-genres such as urban fantasy, and you want to make a submission directly to a publisher, this post is especially for you.
Below you will find 21 top fantasy publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
1. Baen Books
Formed in 1983, Baen Books is in North Carolina. It is a popular and established science and fantasy fiction publisher. If you are a first time writer, you will be in good hands with Baen Books as they may be successful as huge publishers but their work ethos remains of a small dedicated team of people who love connecting readers with great authors. They are seeking original, clear plots that revolve around fantasy and science. Manuscripts will often go through a 2 round filtering process and if your story clears the first round, it will then be judged on tone, character, plot and style. You can submit your manuscript electronically using this form or you can even send them a hardcopy to the address mentioned on this page. All the submission instructions are outlined on the above mentioned page.
Established by Brian Hades, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is boutique agency located in Alberta, Canada. An imprint of Hades Publication, it was started primarily due to Brian Hades’ long standing interest and experience in publishing, magic, theatre and performing arts. Publishing paperbacks and e-books, Edge has consistently chosen authors who have written original, simple and sensible storylines in the horror, fantasy fiction and science fiction genre. Hitting the mark with its debut novel in 2000, The Black Chalice by Marie Jakober has won awards and applause from critics, media and audiences. Looking for only science fiction, fantasy or horror stories, they don’t want short stories or erotica or religious fiction. Amateur or first time authors shouldn’t hesitate before sending their work as they are eager to find previously undiscovered talent. You can mail your submissions or post it to them after reading the submission guidelines specified on this page.
A small yet powerful publisher, Jo Fletcher Books specializes in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Situated in London, they have published authors from all over the world with stories about science, horror, dystopian futures, paranormal romance or mythical fantasy. An imprint of Quercus, their authors and novels have garnered acclaim and accolades for pushing the envelope successfully in the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror. You can submit the first three chapters of your novel or the first 10,000 words to them via email. Read the instructions to format you submission carefully and only send in your manuscript if it is completed. You can find all the guidelines on this page.
4. Parvus Press
Launched in 2016, this barely two year old publishing agency has managed to come up the ranks swiftly thanks to their commitment to printing original, compelling stories with new and fresh authors in fantasy fiction. Parvus Press was established by Colin Coyle and Eric Ryles in Northern Virginia. While both Colin and Eric have no experience or knowledge of publishing, they have been avid readers since childhood and can spot a great story from the piles of manuscripts they receive. That can explain their success in publishing 10,000 copies of their titles in only 2 years and have already lined up four new novels to be released this year. They are currently seeking stories for novels to be released in 2019 and 2020. Their submission call is open till 15th July 2018. A full service boutique agency, they pride on being digital, smaller and faster in marketing, designing and distribution. The open call is listed on this page for all authors and interested writers. While they are accepting novellas and novels, they request you read the instructions carefully and adhere to them or risk getting your manuscript rejected.
5. Tor Books
Fantasy fiction and science fiction aficionados are definitely familiar with Tor Books, one of the most popular fantasy publishing houses in the world. Part of the Macmillan group, its imprints Forge, Starscape and Tor Teen cover all genres such as women’s fiction, thriller, mysteries, young adult fiction and fantasy for middle graders. Winning the Locus Award for the best science fiction publisher for 20 consecutive years, Tor Books champions original storylines, engaging characters in a creative universe with an edgy voice. Their authors include bestselling names such as Terry Goodkind, Isaac Asimov and Mary Shelley. They are currently accepting fantasy, science fiction, horror, young adult fiction, thrillers and women’s fiction. Interested writers and authors can find the submission guidelines explained on this page along with contact details.
An independently owned publishing house, Tirgearr with its unique name is a fiction-only publisher. Looking for completed manuscripts in the genres of fiction, fantasy, thriller, romance, horror, erotica, mystery and New Adult, they are based in Ireland. They accept unsolicited submissions all year round except for their seasonal breaks which are listed on the website. They are currently interested in novellas and novels from 20,000 words and above. Their approximate response time is stated to be 60 days. You can find all the required information and submission guidelines on this page with their contact details.
Started in 2009 in Michigan, Tell-Tale Publishing has printed popular e-books and paperbacks in fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction. Operating 7 imprints titled Dahlia, Thistle, Déjà vu, Nightshade, Casablanca, Stargazer and Enchanted Evenings, they publish the whole gamut of genres in romance, fantasy, young adult, contemporary, horror, mystery, thriller and paranormal. Tell-Tale is actively looking out for fantasy stories and has provided a very handy set of guidelines for authors to review before they submit their manuscript. You can send your manuscript by submitting this form.
This niche, emerging, nano press is an excellent gateway for amateur authors looking to break into the fantasy industry. Montag Press Collective prints only speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and their sub genres. Releasing only 12 titles a year, they are very exclusive and picky about the writing, characterization, plot structure and narrative style of books. Located in Oakland, writers should send original, intriguing, challenging and disruptive stories to be considered. A full service agency, they will provide editorial, marketing and design services should your manuscript be accepted for publication. Since it is a small press, you will need to wait several months for a reply. Read the instructions carefully before sending your manuscript. They only accept digital submissions to this email address.
Situated in Stafford, Immanion Press was established in 2003. Over the last 15 years, it has explored the niche genre of fiction, fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. Helmed by author Storm Constantine, Immanion Press understands the stressing need of a publisher who has been in the shoes of a writer and can grasp the pressure, the anxiety and the fears that can overcome you when you approach a publisher. Eager to support and promote new writers with a strong voice and style of writing, they are presently accepting submissions in fantasy, horror and science fiction or non-fiction with a spiritual and magical element to it. Relevant links, information and contact details can be found on this page for authors and writers.
Primarily an independent publisher of romantic fiction, Entangled Publishing has slowly expanded into the genres of fantasy and speculative fiction for adults and young adults. Having published more than 1200 titles since 2011, they operate 13 imprints. Boasting of many bestsellers in the USA Today Bestsellers List, they print some titles in digital only format while certain are chosen to be printed both in paperback and e-book form. Fantasy writers can consider sending their manuscript to their teenage imprint for fantasy- Crave. Letting the fantasy build around the romance aspect of the story, they want stories starting from 45,000 words and above. Find their specific submission guidelines here. Writers and authors can use the submission form to send their manuscripts.
Publishing illustrated books since 1992; Flame Tree Publishing has evolved to become a publisher and purveyor of various genres in fiction and non-fiction in London. They have recently launched an author led imprint named Flame Tree Press to focus on science fiction, crime, thriller and fantasy. It is a perfect opportunity for new and amateur authors to send their work for consideration as a new imprint means they want fresh voices with unique storylines and strong characters. Authors and writers can expect full support and guidance from them in the marketing, distribution and promotion process of the book. Read the submission guidelines carefully and send your manuscripts to them via email.
12. Chaosium Inc.
Originally started to design games by Greg Stafford in 1975, Chaosium moved on to books, art and card games to depict the massive universe of fantasy fiction. A lot of their games are derived from literature so it is no surprise that they a popular and successful fantasy publisher. Their most successful creation to date remains the Call to Cthulhu and is based on a novel of horror fiction. Writers will need to be well aware of the Cthulhu universe before submitting a manuscript. They have decided to re-launch their Mythos line in 2018 and are open to hearing new, fresh takes on classics from authors and writers across the world. They are also open to new stories, novels and anthologies but they need to be convinced of the quality, originality and content. Writers and authors can read the submission guidelines before mailing their submission to Chaosium.
13. TCK Publishing
A reputed international publisher of all genres of fiction and non-fiction. Believing that every book, every author is different and that a one size fits all marketing, promotion and distribution strategy will not work effectively. Offering 50% as royalties to authors, TCK Publishing is a big publisher with the heart and grit of a boutique agency. Tom-Corson Knowles founded TCK Publishing to help authors, writers and storytellers around the globe share their story with readers. Being a businessman and author, he knows how to connect efficiently with aspiring writers and amateur authors and provide them with a platform to showcase their talent. They are currently accepting submissions in the fantasy genre, urban fantasy, epic fantasy and Young Adult fantasy. You can read the instructions and contact details on this page.
14. Jolly Fish Press
An imprint of North Star Editions, Inc., Jolly Fish Press has been printing books for nearly 7 years. Launched specifically to focus on young adult and middle grade fiction and fantasy, they have worked with first time writers and established authors in the past. Based in Minnesota, they are not just looking for a writer with a fantasy novel but somebody with a deep interest in that field. If you publish with Jolly Fish Press, you get a comprehensive publisher, editor, marketer, distributor and designer rolled in one confident, experienced package. To submit a manuscript, you need to be in knowledge of titles similar to yours published in the past 5 years and why your title will stand out. Please read and understand the instructions carefully before submitting your manuscript. You can submit your manuscript via email.
15. Blind Eye Books
A fantasy publisher with a twist, Blind Eye Books prints stories only featuring LGBTQ protagonists in fantasy, science-fiction, romance and mystery. Located in Washington, they have targeted a niche audience long ignored by publishers and companies all over the world. It is an amazing opportunity for authors from the LGBTQ community to give their issues and stories a channel. Whether it is gay men or lesbian women, Blind Eye Books encourage stories about all. Nicole Kimberling who is the editor has a very specific set of rules for authors and writers wanting to submit their manuscript. Please read and follow the guidelines accordingly.
Steve Laube started Enclave Publishing because of his interests in publishing, fantasy fiction, science fiction and Christian faith. One of the most prominent and well known Christian publishers, Enclave prints Christian Science fiction, fantasy, superhero or alternate history. Gilead Publishing bought it in 2016 and it has since operated as an imprint under the same company. To simplify the process of submitting a manuscript to them, they ask you to fill an acquisition form listing the basic details and information about your manuscript. This gives them a chance to filter the ones they actually want to read from the ones they are not interested in.
Formed in 1997 in New York, Night Shade Books has managed to print bestselling stories and authors in science fiction, fantasy and horror for almost 20 years. A lot of publishers often shy away from accepting first time or debut writers but Night Shade Books chalked out a program in 2010 to allow a schedule in its annual line-up for new authors who have great stories to tell but can’t find the right publisher. Having won all the prominent awards like Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy, Night Shade asks authors and writers to use the submission manager to submit their manuscripts for consideration.
With a name that states their mission, Escape Publishing prints books that help you escape in the world of fantasy. Working together with Harlequin Enterprises in Australia, they want stories about romance, fantasy, contemporary, urban fantasy and science fiction. Please take note that they need stories with an element of romance between the lead characters and the promise of a positive ending or a happily ever after feel to it. Find the submission guidelines and contact details listed on this page.
19. Pantera Press
Australia’s leading publisher, Pantera Press is always interested in promoting local talent. With its wide repertoire of successful books and award winning authors, they want to launch edgy, unique authors and writers in the fantasy genre. Whether you are writing a stand-alone book or a series, Pantera is an ideal place for new authors to try their luck because of the support, guidance and encouragement you will receive from the team. Ensure you have read what they require from you and use this link to submit your manuscript.
20. Falstaff Books
Only two years old, Falstaff Books in Charlotte has risen rapidly because of their selected authors and works that resonate with audiences in the country and the world. Tackling stories in fantasy, horror, science fiction and mystery, they released 40 titles in 2017. 2018 looks bigger and better and they are waiting to discover new, unexplored stories and voices from local and international writers. Writers of fantasy novels (60,000 words and above) or novellas (30,000-40,000 words) can send their manuscripts to Falstaff after reading the guidelines listed here.
21. Small Beer Press
Launched in 2000 by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link in Easthampton, Small Beer Press is an independent publisher of speculative, science fiction, fantasy and fiction. Championing an eco-friendly process, they use recycled paper to print their books and encourage digital publishing to save paper. Seeking stories in fantasy, they are also interested in writers of color and female authors. An exclusive publisher, they only print 6-10 titles a year. They only accept manuscript submissions via post so read the guidelines and address here.
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Shikha Pandey is a creative, content and script writer based in Mumbai, India.