Are you a writer of LGBTQ+ fiction?
Have you just finished writing a novel and are now looking for suitable book publishers?
Below we’ve featured 17 top LGBTQ fiction publishers.
Pride Publishing was established in 2006 by founder Claire Siemaszkiewicz with the express purpose of publishing romance and erotica. They have since expanded to specialize in LGBTQ+ fiction in a wide range of genres, including action and adventure, science fiction, horror, paranormal romances, and so much more. Some of their most recent releases include “Two for the Road’ by Alexa Milne, “The 13th Month” by Bailey Bradford, and “Me and You Two” by Ash Penn.
They currently have an open call for submissions, with specific interest in projects with slightly more risqué themes. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines before you send anything in. All submissions can be sent via email. Be sure to include a synopsis of your project and a brief author bio. If interested, a member of their editorial team will be in touch.
Bold Strokes Books is an independent publishing company based out of Johnsonville, New York that specializes in publishing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer works of fiction. Established in 2004, Bold Strokes Books has expanded to produce books in print, ebook, and audiobook formats to help their authors reach a wider audience. Some of their upcoming titles include “The Shape of the Earth” by Gary Garth Mccann, “Accidental Prophet” by Bud Gundy, and “In Case you Forgot” by Frederick Smith & Chaz Lamar.
They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts via email. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines, as there are specific requirements that you should meet, lest your submission be rejected. You should include a synopsis of your book, provide a short author bio, and adhered to Bold Strokes Books’ preferred word count (which varies depending on genre).
Sapphire Books is an independent publishing company that specializes in lesbian fiction, nonfiction, and biographical work. Founded in 2010 by Christine Svendsen, they proudly support and promote their authors to cultivate a strong sense of community. Some of their new and upcoming releases include “Laurel Cove” by Sarah Turtle, “The Shower” by Kay Bigelow, and Bobbi & Soul” by J.B. Marsden.
Unfortunately, Sapphire Books is currently closed to submissions. If you’re interested in having Sapphire Books publish your title, be sure to check back at a later date. For general inquiries or more information, you can still contact the team via email or through their website’s online contact form.
Carnation Books is a small independent publisher of LGBTQ+ fiction that specializes in publishing ebooks. Some of their recent titles include “Just Like That (Gone and Changed)” by Clara W. Barrow, “Oh, Earthman!” by Berlynn Wohl, and “A Land So Wild” by Elyssa Wakentin. The team at Carnation Books is always on the lookout for new and talented writers with unique original stories to tell.
If you’re interested in working with Carnation Books and have an original story prepared, you can submit your manuscript via their website’s online submission form. They’re especially interested in stories containing queer romance, regardless of genre. For general inquiries or more information, you can contact the team at Carnation Books via email.
5. Cleis Press
Cleis Press is one of the largest independent publishing companies in the United States that specializes in publishing LGBTQ+ fiction, BDSM, romance, and erotica. As an imprint of Start Publishing, Cleis publishes in both print and ebook formats to reach readers across all platforms. Some of their gay fiction includes titles like “The Palace of Varieties” by James Lear, “Riddle of the Sands” by Geoffrey Knight, and “Hot Cops: Gay Erotic Stories” by Shane Allison.
They are currently accepting book proposals via email or through regular mail. It’s highly recommended that you review their submission guidelines for more information. They’re especially interested in gay literar fiction, mystery, romance, erotica, pulp fiction, and LGBTQ studies. They note that it can take anywhere between eight to ten weeks to hear a response.
Dreamspinner Press is an independent publishing company that was founded in 2007. They specialize in publishing high-quality gay romantic fiction, with some of their latest titles including “King of the Kitchen” by Bru Baker, “The Devil’s Breath” by A. Nybo, and “Parole” by John Inmna.
While Dreamspinner Press is currently closed to submissions at this time, several of their imprints currently have open calls. It’s highly recommended that you review Dreamspinner’s submission guidelines and check back at a later date.
Founded in 2014, Interlude Press is an award-winning publisher of LGBTQ+ general and romantic fiction. Interlude Press publishes in both print and ebook formats so that their authors are better able to reach audiences around the globe. Some of their titles include “Absolutely, Almost, Perfect” by Lissa Reed, “A Tiny Piece of Something Greater” by Jude Sierra, and “Go Your Own Way” by Zane Riley.
Both Interlude Press and their imprint, Duet Books, are currently accepting manuscript submissions for LGBTQ+ young adult fiction and adult fiction. It’s a good idea to review their submission guidelines, as the team at Interlude Press expects certain requirements to be met for submissions to be considered. All submissions can be submitted via email. They note that due to the high volume of submissions that they receive, it can take up to three months for their editorial team to review your manuscript.
8. Bella Books
Bella Books is an independent publishing company that specializes in producing lesbian fiction. They have several award-winning titles and boast a wide range of genres, including mystery and suspense, historical fiction, romance, young adult, and erotica. Some of their titles include “Rising Above” by Genevieve Fortin, “Brace for Impact” by Beck Harmon, and “Where There’s a Will” by Virginia Hale.
They are currently accepting unsolicited submissions via email. They’re especially interested in lesbian fiction that explores characters with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines before sending anything in for review. You should include a cover letter that provides your contact information, a synopsis of your story, and a bit of information as to why you believe your project would appeal to lesbian readers.
Less Than Three Press is a small independent publishing company that hopes to cultivate and support an ever-growing LGBTQ+ community. Specializing in LGBTQ romance, they’ve published titles like “Broken Alpha” by DC Juris, “Exit Strategy” by May Ridge, and “Luck in the Making” by Kelly Wyre. They also publish a wide range of gay fiction in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, and historical gay fiction.
They are currently open for submissions. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines before proceeding, as there are certain requirements your manuscript should meet in order to be considered. Submissions can be sent via email. Be sure to include your contact information, an approximate word count of your manuscript, as well as a brief synopsis of your story.
10. Sottovoce Press
Sottovoce Press is a small independent publishing company based out of the UK that publishes genre fiction in both traditional print and ebook formats. They have an ever-expanding category for LGBTQ+ fiction, including titles like “The Cabin” by Johannes Welford and “Wishes’ by Rob Welford.
They are currently accepting manuscript submissions for LGBTQ+ fiction via email. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines. Due to the fact that they’re an incredibly small press, they only accept a handful of submissions every year for publication. They ask that all manuscripts be 45k words or above. For general inquiries or more information, you can also contact the team at Sottovoce Press via their website’s online contact form.
11. Supposed Crimes
Supposed Crimes is an independent publishing company that specializes in publishing queer fiction. They’ve published science fiction, erotica, mystery, historical fiction, and more! Some of their most recent LGBTQ fiction includes titles like “For A Glance” by Dan Ackerman, “Surrogate: Hunted” by Jean G’Fellers, and “Drumbeat: Notes from Boston” by A.M. Leibowitz.
They are currently open to submissions, but note that they do not accept young adult fiction, memoirs, or nonfiction in general. They publish in both print and ebook formats, offering their authors competitive royalty rates. All submissions can be sent via email and should be at minimum 40k words in length. For more information, you’re more than welcome to review Supposed Crimes’ submission guidelines.
12. Regal Crest
Regal Crest is a publishing company that’s published works by authors like J.M. Carr, author of “Hard Lessons”, Tonie Chacon, author of “Struck! A Titanic Love Story”, and Sharon G. Clark, author of “Love Is in the Air.” Regal Crest publishes a wide range of gay fiction under several of their imprints, including drama, young adult fiction, science fiction, paranormal and fantasy, adventure and mystery, and even romance.
They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts via email. You should include a cover letter that provides their editorial team with your book’s title and word count, your contact information, and a concise plot summary. They are interested in publishing LGBTQ+ novels about action, adventure, thrillers, science fiction, and more. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines before proceeding.
13. Querelle Press
Querelle Press was established in 2015 by publisher and editor Don Weise in pursuit of publishing LGBTQ+ titles. While Querelle Press is interested primarily in publishing LGBTQ+ nonfiction, they do have an impressive selection of gay fiction as well. Some of their titles include “Eat, Sleep, Love: A Novel” by Chuck Forester, “The Assistance of Vice” by Roberta Denore, and “The Sea is Quiet Tonight” by Michael H. Ward.
They are currently accepting manuscript submissions for both nonfiction and fiction via email. You should include a brief author bio, a marketing plan, advanced reader reviews, and any other information you think is important to your project. The team at Querelle Press asks that you allow up to six weeks to receive a reply.
Based out of Burnsville, North Carolina, Riptide Publishing is a small independent publisher of LGBTQ+ fiction. They are well-known for their expansive romance category, but are always looking for new and innovative writers to tell stories in other genres. They publish books in print, ebook, and audiobook format to reach hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. Some of their new releases include “Perfect Match” by AG Meiers, “Chasing Forever” by Kelly Jensen, and “Surreal Estate” by Jesi Lea Ryan.
They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions via email. They are interested in projects of contemporary gay romance, romantic suspense, epic and high fantasy and romantic comedies. Be sure to include a query letter in the body of your email detailing your manuscript’s title, genre, word count, and protagonists’ orientations. For more details, you can review their submission guidelines online.
Founded in 2014 in Denver, Colorado, Literary Wanderlust is an independent publishing company that publishes gay fiction. They are actively seeking submissions to expand their LGBTQ fiction category and are happy to accept unsolicited submissions from both experienced and first-time authors. You can review their submission guidelines in detail here.
All submissions can be sent through their website’s online query form. Be sure to include your contact information, a brief author biography, the title of your book, a concise synopsis of your story, and the first three chapters of your manuscript for consideration. For general inquiries or more information, you can also reach the team at Literary Wanderlust via email.
16. Ylva Publishing
Ylva Publishing is an independent publishing company founded in 2012 that specializes in lesbian fiction and ebook publication. They’ve published work from renowned authors like Cheyenne Blue, A.L. Brooks, and Alison Grey. Some of their most recent titles include “Erasing the Lines’ by KD Williamson, “Romancing the Kicker” by Catherine Lane, and “Payback” by Charlotte Mills.
They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts via email. They’re especially interested in lesbian fiction in a wide range of genres, including mysteries and crime, young adult fiction, historical novels, romances, and erotica. You can review their submission requirements online. If interested in your project, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you promptly and instruct you on how to proceed.
17. NineStar Press
Based out of New Mexico, NineStar Press is an independent publishing house that produces LGBTQ+ romance, erotica, and literary fiction. Some of their recent releases include “Unlocking the Doctor’s Heart” by Liam Livings, “Half-Life” by Gregory L. Norris, and “Valor” by Karrie Roman.
They are currently accepting submissions via email. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines, as NineStar Press has different requirements based on whether you’ve written a romance or literary fiction. You should indicate in your email the category of your manuscript, its genre, describe your protagonist, provide an approximate word count, and a brief history of your publications (if applicable).
Are there any other LGBTQ fiction publishers that should be on this list? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.