If you’re a historical fiction writer and have completed your manuscript, you’re probably thinking about how you can get it published.
One option is to approach a historical fiction literary agent to help you find a publisher, and negotiate a publishing contract on your behalf.
The other alternative is to submit your manuscript to book publishing companies directly such as the following 19 top publishers seeking historical fiction.
A small independent publisher intent on offering original, quality content to readers across the world, Dessert Breeze Publishing has been in the business for nearly 10 years. Their titles have covered genres from mystery, thriller, young adult, suspense, science fiction, romance, women’s fiction to historical fiction. It can be daunting for new and amateur authors to approach publishers and get their attention. Dessert Breeze Publishing understands that is and eager for fresh voices looking to make their mark in the book business. They are currently seeking historical fiction (prior to 19th and 20th century will also do). Please read the submission guidelines carefully before sending your manuscript via email.
The digital imprint of HarperCollins UK, Harper’s Impulse first started off as a romance publisher. Formed in 2013, they have started printing different genres over the years. In merely 5 years, they have won awards for their eclectic titles and innovative imprint. The publisher accepts unsolicited submissions through the year which is great news for aspiring authors and writers. Impulse is looking for historical romance, epic and saga among other genres. You can email your manuscript to them after reading the submission guidelines.
One of the largest independent trade publishers in the southern US, Pelican Publishing Company has been around since 1926. In its 90 years of existence, Pelican has worked with stellar authors, successful titles and continues to find and promote emerging and promising talent in the country. The popular and successful publisher is based in Louisiana. Printing 40-50 titles annually, Pelican has a backlist of 2500 titles. Before submitting your manuscript for consideration, please familiarize yourself with their previous titles. You can read the submission requirements and contact details on this page.
Struggling authors often crib that publishers reject their manuscript without reading. While that may be true for some publishers, Mystic Publishers doesn’t fall in that category. A small but dedicated team of publishing professionals, Mystic Publishers promises to give a chance to every single manuscript that reaches their desk by reading it. They also provide an explanation should they reject your manuscript. And the best part? Yes, there’s more. Authors and writers get a chance to re-submit their manuscript if they alter it by fixing the issues pointed out by Mystic. In a competitive world, getting a second chance is a major lifeline and should not be treated lightly. They have two specific imprints- NewLink Publishing and Ink & Quill Publishers. Presently they want general fiction, romance and historical fiction. Find the submission guidelines and contact information for the Nevada based publisher on this page.
Louise Boland started Fairlight Books to promote quality fiction and stories for readers universally. A boutique agency based in Oxford, it comprises of a team of experienced publishing and business professionals, Fairlight has printed an eclectic mix of titles. The young publishing house understands that as the times change, the stories also have to evolve and progress. Printing in digital and traditional format, they publish short stories, novels and novellas. They have a separate imprint for short form stories. They are interested in acquiring mystery, thrillers, historical fiction, contemporary fiction and comedy. They will not print erotica. For writers wanting to become published authors, please send only novels as their short form stories and novellas are printed on the website for free and without any pay to the writer. It can be a great stepping stone for young budding writers to practice their skill but definitely not an option for someone wanting to become a published author. The instructions to submit your manuscript can be found on this page along with the contact details.
This quirky, small press based in Ohio prides itself on finding stories that are intriguing and offbeat. Two Dollar Radio steers clear of commercial, overtly obvious literature that bears the trademark of mass literature. Choosing stories and writers with an edge, new voices and stirring stories, they were established in 2005. Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf started the company to find and publish unique, interesting books and added a movie production division in 2013. In the last 13 years their books have made it to many bestseller lists including Slate, Salon, O, The Oprah Magazine and even shortlisted as finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. They accept completed manuscripts in fiction, comedy, historical fiction, mystery, thriller, essay collection and suspense. You can submit your manuscript using this form.
7. Allium Press
Formed in 2009 in Chicago, Allium Press uses literature and books to discuss and debate local culture, politics and issues. Emily Clark Victorson was a librarian and historian before launching Allium. Her experience and commitment to history, literature and publishing has enriched her position as a publisher. Printing in digital and traditional formats, Allium wants stories about Chicago, local history and the community over the years. Writers of literary fiction, middle grade fiction and historical fiction can send them a query letter initially. It is crucial that your book have a strong connection to Chicago and be a full length novel. Read the guidelines on this page about mailing a query letter.
Small, independent presses like the fabled Seven Stories Press in New York have the power and belief to pick the underdog, the unconventional authors and give them a platform. Dan Simon started Seven Stories Press in 1995 to allow struggling authors and writers a safe haven for their stories and voices. Choosing topics and ideas that can stir a debate, make you think and revolutionize a nation, Seven Stories Press has managed to end up with a dynamic publishing history. Past titles have included New York Times bestsellers, National Book Award winners and even books by Nobel Prize winners. It has created a new genre by printing books that are hybrid (half real, half fiction) to provide engaging narratives to the audience. Literary fiction in unique genres, historical fiction, political fiction, hybrid stories and poetry are some of the things they will publish. A lot of publishers often forget that most authors will write more than one book in their lifetime and it is vital to build a relationship with the writer or the author and made them feel valued at the company. Seven Stories Press commits to the story and the writer, leading to a lifelong partnership in most cases. Find the submission guidelines and address on this page. They only accept hard copy submissions.
A non-profit press in New York, Bellevue Literary Press was established in 2007. Bellevue is at the art science nexus, using literature to involve the audiences in deeper questions about science, humanities and history. A special project of the New York University School of Medicine, it depends on donations and contributions by individuals and institutions for its operations. One of the successful smaller presses in the country, its titles includes Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award Finalists and bestsellers in literary fiction and non-fiction. You can find submission guidelines and contact details listed on this page.
Started in 1953 as a bookstore; City Lights soon moved into publishing to give upcoming writers and authors a fighting chance. It is the country’s first all-paperback bookstore and a landmark due to its welcoming ambience that allows readers to browse, read and soak in their books without any worry. Located in San Francisco, City Lights only prints 12 books a year so expect tough competition should you chose to submit your book to them. They have a variety of imprints promoting poetry, queer and feminist literature, American classics and social issues. They only accept submissions via post. They are seeking fiction, essays, memoirs and poetry on social and political issues. Find the instructions to submit your manuscript here.
11. Manic D Press
A boutique and independent press with a quirky name, Manic D Press was formed in 1984. Jennifer Joseph started the publishing house to lend alternative, rebel and different voices and authors a helping hand. Fiction, creative fiction, historical fiction, comedy, non-fiction, graphic novels and children’s books are some of the genres they usually publish. Letting authors and writers create without boundaries or limitations, their stories and books often blur genres and enter hybrid styles to attract audiences. Based in San Francisco, this press has won awards for its fiction titles and even commended for its queer and transgender literature. Before submitting to Manic D, it is imperative you familiarize yourself with their titles because their books are known to be unconventionally written. A manuscript that doesn’t fit into their aesthetic will be rejected. Electronic submissions are read through the year while printed manuscripts are accepted and read only in January and July every year. Read the submission guidelines and contact details on this page.
While Entangled Publishing only publishes romantic fiction, they are in this list because of their keen interest in historical romances. In the business since 2011, it has expanded to 13 imprints each with a focus on romance with a twist (sci-fi romance, young adult romance, suspenseful romance, paranormal romance and so on). Scandalous is the imprint accepting historical category of romances. Your story can be about history but the romance should form a crucial crux of the story. They only accept novels between 45,000-65,000 words and novellas between 15,000-30,000 words. Use this form to submit your manuscript.
13. Pank Books
Originally a magazine, Pank Books is now into publishing. It printed its first books in early 2018 and is looking to acquire more titles. The magazine printed original, irreverent and challenging pieces of literature online and they are hoping to carry forward the same belief and work ethic to their books. Interested in fiction, creative fiction, memoirs, essays and poetry, writers of historical fiction can send their manuscripts for consideration. Please keep in mind that if your story is traditional or commercial, Pank is not going to consider it. Send edgy, disruptive material to Pank using this form.
14. Tule Publishing
Jane Porter started Tule Publishing to print and produce creative, traditional and comforting stories in all genres. Digital and traditional formats are printed by the group to keep up with the times. A reader can have diverse tastes and that’s why they welcome all genres of fiction and writing. They have 7 imprints- American Heart, Montana Born, Eros, Muse, Holiday, Spirit and Southern Born. Each imprint focuses on a specific genre and style of writing. Muse is their historical fiction and fantasy imprint. Read all the submission guidelines and details on this page.
An independent publishing house formed in 2014 with the merger of Blank Slate, Walrus Publishing and Treehouse Publishing Group, Amphorae Publishing Group aims to offer the best fiction and non-fiction across all ages and genres. Run by women with extensive publishing and writing experience, Amphorae has managed to curate the best writing, interesting stories and unique storytelling for readers in the country and the world. Blank Slate Press is interested in historical fiction. Please read the submission guidelines on this page and use this form to submit your manuscript.
An independent publisher in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre has established itself as one of the most successful publishers in the country. Co-founded by Jim Douglas and Scott McIntyre in 1970, the company has changed hands since then but the quality of publishing and its commitment to finding the best of Canadian talent remains the same. In the past 40 odd years, they have published bestsellers and award winning authors. You can read the instructions and guidelines on this page. Use this form to submit your manuscript.
17. Red Hen Press
A non-profit independent press in Pasadena, Red Hen is ideal if you are a new author with an eccentric voice. Its previous titles often come across as irreverent, edgy and boisterous. Formed in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull, Red Hen Press offers awards to talented writers, commits to literacy efforts and building a community instead of just publishing books. Fostering an atmosphere of creative collaboration, they organize readings in schools and institutions along with donating books to local facilities. They only publish 20 books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction annually. Read the submission instructions for information on how to submit your manuscript. You can use this form to either make a general submission or enter your manuscript for their annual competition.
18. Cedar Fort
Established in 1986, Cedar Fort is a traditional publishing house keen on promoting and producing conventional fiction and non-fiction in all genres. A lot of their catalog is targeted at Mormons or is Mormon fiction but they acquire various genres. They request authors and writers to write positive and family friendly stories. They have a solid international presence and print books in digital and paperback format. Cedar Fort has 10 imprints and each has a particular genre to focus on. Writers of historical fiction can learn more about guidelines and contact details here.
Tony Lyons launched Skyhorse Publishing in 2006 to use books and literature to inform and interest audiences about non-fiction, politics, outdoor sports, adventure and nature. But since then they have expanded into all genres and printed many bestsellers to inch their way to becoming one of the most consistent and popular small publishers in the US. It has 18 imprints dedicated to different genres and topics. If you have a historical fiction manuscript, you can read the guidelines and contact details here before sending it to them.
Are you aware of any other publishers seeking historical fiction? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
Shikha Pandey is a creative, content and script writer based in Mumbai, India.