Are you looking for a literary agent to help you find a book publisher for your sports book? Here’s a list of sports literary agents you should take a look at.
If you’re searching for potential publishers you could send your manuscript to directly, or through an agent, below you’ll find 19 top sports book publishing companies across the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
Based out of Berkeley, California, Ulysses Press is a small independent publishing company that has a rapidly expanding catalogue of nonfiction books that touch on a wide variety of topics such as cooking, healthy eating and lifestyles, pop culture, arts and crafts, fitness, foreign language, sports, and more. Some of their sports titles include “Rising Above the Madness: Profiles of the Greatest NCAA Basketball Coaches of All Time” by Laura Amato, and “Growth Mindset for Athletes, Coaches and Trainers” by Jennifer Purdie.
They are currently accepting unsolicited submissions and book proposals, but ask that you carefully review their submission guidelines before proceeding. You should include a brief synopsis about your project, an annotated table of contents, one to two representative sample chapters, a brief author bio and previous publishing credits (if any), information on your targeted audience, a short list of comparative titles, a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE), and your contact information. Submissions can be sent either by regular mail or via email.
Black Inc. Books is an independently operated publishing company located in Melbourne, Australia that was established in the year 2000. With several imprints under its name, including Nero, Redback, Schwartz City, and Australian Foreign Affairs, Black Inc. produces high-quality and entertaining nonfiction and fiction titles. They have an ever-growing sports category that boasts titles like “A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017” by Nicole Hayes and Alicia Sometimes, “A Horse Called Mighty” by Helen Thomas, and “Jumping at the Chance” by Gil Griffin.
They are currently accepting unsolicited submissions for sports manuscripts from Australian writers only. It’s highly recommended that you review their submission guidelines to make sure you meet all requirements. They ask that you include the title of your manuscript, a one-page synopsis, your entire manuscript for consideration, and a brief author resume that includes any previous publications (if applicable). Submissions can be sent via email, and they do not accept submissions by post.
Founded in 1986, Bloomsbury is a very well-known and popular publishing company with headquarters located in cities like London, New York, New Delhi, and Sydney. With several divisions under its name, Bloomsbury publishes a wide range of both fiction and nonfiction titles, including books about sports and fitness. Some of their latest books include “Science in Soccer” by Warren Gregson and Martin Littlewood, “Outrunning the Demons” by Phil Hewitt, and “Done Deal” by Daniel Geey.
They unfortunately do not accept unsolicited manuscripts from independent authors. However, they highly encourage agented authors to have their agents submit a query letter or book proposal on their behalf. Due to the high volume of submissions that they receive, they cannot accept unsolicited material. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines.
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited is a Canadian publishing company based out of Markham, Ontario that was established in 1966. They have published several Governor General’s award-winning books, and work closely the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage. This publishing company produces works of both fiction and nonfiction, including a handful of titles about sports. Some of their sports books include “Profiles in Sports Courage” by Ken Rappoport, and “Who’s Who in Canadian Sports” by Bob Ferguson.
They unfortunately do not accept unsolicited submissions. However, if you’re a writer with literary representation, you can have your agent submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf. If the editorial team at Fitzhenry & Whiteside is interested in your project, a member of their team should contact you promptly with information about the next steps you should take.
Human Kinetics is a publishing company based out of Champaign, Illinois that specializes in books about human movement and physical education. They have an extensive category about sports, ranging from baseball all the way to wrestling. Some of their titles include “The Happy Runner” by David Rouche and Megan Rouche, MD, “Hockey Goaltending” by Eli Wilson and Brian van Vliet, and “Thinking Volelyball” by Mike Hebert.
They are currently accepting unsolicited submission, but ask that you review their submission requirements carefully. You should first send a query letter providing information on your project. If their editorial team is interested in your work, they will ask you to submit a formal book proposal. Be sure to provide your contact information, the title of the manuscript, and determine which publishing division you believe your book would be best suited for. Submissions can be sent via email or regular mail.
6. Lyons Press
Based in Guilford, Connecticut, Lyons Press is a publishing company that specializes in publishing books about outdoor lifestyle and outdoor sports and recreation. With over forty years of experience in the publishing industry, Lyons Press prides their ability to produce high-quality and truly engaging titles. Some of their books about sports include “Baseball’s Ultimate Power” by Bill Jenkinson, “The 50 Greatest Players in New York Giants History” by Robert W. Cohen, and “Mastering the Marathon” by Don Fink.
While they are not actively accepting unsolicited submission, you can still send a query letter via email to their editorial team. If they’re interested in your project, they’ll reach out to you to ask for a formal book proposal. If you’re an author with literary representation, you can also have your literary agent submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf.
7. Mariah Press
Established in 1993, Mariah Press is a publishing company based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota that publishes books about regional history and sports history books. Some of their titles include “First Person: Legendary South Dakota Sports Stories” by Mike Henriksen, and “The history of Independent Baseball Leagues, 1993-2002” by David Kemp and Miles Wolff.
They are currently not accepting unsolicited submissions. However, if you’re really interested in working with this publishing company and have literary representation, you can still have your literary agent submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf. For all other inquiries or for more information, you can contact the team at Mariah Press via email.
Based out of Salem, Massachusetts, Page Street Publishing Co. is an independently operated publishing company that specializes in young adult fiction, general adult fiction, and nonfiction titles about a wide range of topics –including sports! Their books are globally distributed by Macmillian, meaning their authors are able to reach a large reading audience! One of their sports titles includes Krissy Moehl’s “Running Your First Ultra: Customizable Training Plans for Your First 50k to 100-Mile Race.”
They are currently accepting unsolicited submissions, but ask that you review their submission guidelines carefully before proceeding. They ask that you include a short author bio, a synopsis of your manuscript, sample chapters for consideration, and any other relevant information. If you’re a represented author, the editorial team at Page Street Publishing strongly encourage you to have your agent submit a book proposal or query letter on your behalf. All submissions can be sent via email.
BenBella Books is a publishing company located in Dallas, Texas that was founded in 2001 with the aim of publishing exciting books and taking advantage of an ever-growing digitally engaged world. They publish a wide selection of nonfiction titles about business, cooking, general fiction, health and nutrition, humor, memoirs, politics, and sports. Some of their sports books include “The Real Madrid Way” by Steven G. Mandis, “Ali vs. Inoki” by Josh Gross, and “The Ticket: Full Disclosure” by Scott Boyter.
They are currently accepting book proposals from both represented authors and independent writers. Submissions can be completed through their website’s online submission form. Be sure to include the title of your book, a brief description of your manuscript, a short author bio introducing yourself, information about your social media platform for marketing purposes, as well as your contact information.
David Bull Publishing is an independent publishing company based out of Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in publishing books about motorsports. Established in 1995, David Bull Publishing has been producing some of the most beautiful and highly-engaging books about motorsports, several of which have gone on to win awards for writing, editing, and design. Some of their titles include “Enzo Ferrari” by Luca Dal Monte, “Sport Riding Techniques” by Nick Ienatsch, and “Where the Writer Meets the Road” by Sam Posey.
They are currently not accepting unsolicited submissions. However, if you have literary representation, it’s highly recommended that you have your agent submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf. Due to the high volume of submissions that they receive, they cannot review all unsolicited material. For general inquiries or for more information, they can be contacted via email.
11. Firefly Books
Firefly Books is a Canadian publishing company based out of Richmond Hill, Ontario that was founded in 1977 that primarily publishes nonfiction books for both adults and children. They work closely with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Forest Stewardship Council to help nurture and promote their authors works. Their sports category of nonfiction titles includes books like “A Paddler’s Guide to Algonquin Park” by Kevin Callan, “ Anatomy of Cycling: A Trainer’s Guide to Cycling” by Jennifer Laurita, and “Skateboarding Skills: Everything a New Rider Needs to Know” by Ryan Stutt.
Firefly Books does not accept unsolicited material, and they do not have set guidelines available on their website. If you’re a Canadian author who’s interested in working with this publishing company, it’s highly recommended that you find a literary agent to submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf. For general inquiries or more information, the team at Firefly Books can be contacted via email.
Gomer is a publishing press based out of Ceredigion, Wales in the UK. First established in 1892, Gomer publishes nearly 120 new titles every year and are specifically interested in publishing books that promote Welsh heritage. They also happen to produce sports books, including titles like “The Greatest Lions Xv Ever” by Jonathan Davies, “Rugby Mania – A Quiz Book for Fans” by Tomos Morse, and “Gonzo Davies Caught in Possession” by Eddie Butler.
They are unfortunately not open to submissions at this time. For general inquiries, you can contact the team at Gomer via email.
13. Heritage House
Heritage House Publishing Co. is a Canadian publishing company based out of Victoria, British Columbia. They strive to publish books by and for Canadians, and are especially interested in publishing nonfiction works. Since their a smaller independent publishing company, they only publish twenty to thirty new titles every year, which means competition to publish with them is extremely high. Some of their sports titles include “From Rinks to Regiments” by Alan Livingstone MacLeod, “Lace Up” by Jean-Marie Leduc, and “Ice Warriors” by Jon C. Stott.
They are currently accepting manuscripts at this time, and encourage you to review their submission guidelines before proceeding. For general inquiries, you can email the team at Heritage House via email.
New Holland Publishers is an Australian publishing company based in Chatswood, New South Wales that produces high-quality nonfiction titles about subjects like cooking, health, natural history, travel, biographies, true crime, and sports. Some of their titles include “Retro Cricket” by Ian Collis, “A Short History of Golf” by Matt Cleary, and “On This day in Sport” by Ian Trent.
They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts from both represented authors, independent writers, and first-time authors. They ask that submissions be sent in hardcopy via regular mail. You should include a cover letter that provides your contact information, a short author biography, comparative titles that you believe your manuscript is similar to, information on your targeted audience, and marketing details (if any). Be sure to include a synopsis of your manuscript, along with either the first three chapters or the entirety of your manuscript.
15. Abbeville Press
Located in New York, New York, Abbeville Press is a publishing company that was established in 1977 with the express purpose of publishing art books. They have now branched out to publish books in digital formats to meet the demands of an ever-growing ebook readership. They have previously published a handful of sports books, including titles like “A Year in Sports” by Neil Leifer, “Before they Were Stars” by Illugi Jökulsson, and “FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2026: The Official Book” by Tanya Aldred.
They are currently not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time. However, if you’re a writer with literary representation, you can have you agent submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf. For general inquiries, you can contact the team at Abbeville Press through their website’s online contact form.
16. Coaches Choice
Based and operating out of Monterey, California, Coaches Choice is a publishing company that produces books intended for coaches of all types of sports and levels of skill. Established in 1997, they’ve published books like “Attacking Zone Defenses” by John Kresse and Richard Jablonski, “Coaching the Option Wing Offense” by Vince McMahon, and “Basic Track & Field Biomechanics” by Tom Ecker.
They are currently not accepting new submissions at this time, but it’s highly recommended that you check back at a later date. For more information or general inquiries, you can contact them through their website’s online contact form.
Mountaineers Books is a publishing company based out of Seattle, Washington that specializes in publishing books about outdoor sports and reaction, healthy living, and environmental awareness. They’ve published titles like “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” by Bruce Tremper, “Swimming Holes of Washington: Perfect Places to Paly” by Shane Robinson and Anna Katz, and “Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide” by Topher Donahue and Craig Luebben.
They are currently accepting submissions via email and highly recommend that you review their submission guidelines. Be sure to include a query letter, a synopsis of your manuscript, an annotated outline and table of contents, information on your target audience, four sample chapters for consideration, any illustrations or copies of photos that you wish to include (if applicable), and a brief author bio.
Based in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the YMAA Publication Center is a publisher of Chinese and Asian martial arts. They also happen to publish books about healing, health and wellness, and other titles about Asian culture and alternative medicine practices. Some of their sports titles include “Krav Maga: Professional Tactics” by David Kahn, “Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu” by Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang, and “The Protector Ethic: Morality, Virtue, and Ethics in the Martial Way” by James V. Morganelli.
They are currently accepting book proposals from both agented and unrepresented authors. You can review their comprehensive set of submission guidelines for more information. Submissions can be sent either by regular mail or via email. They’re especially interested in books about external martial arts, self-defense, and internal martial arts like Tai Chi.
19. Wilderness Press
Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilderness Press is an independent book publisher that primarily markets to outdoor enthusiasts and hikers. With over fifty years of publishing experience, Wilderness Press has a large assortment of outdoor hiking guides and maps to assist hikers of all experience levels. Some of their titles include “The Lone Star Hiking Trail” by Karen Somers, “The World Stormrider Guide” by Bruce Sutherland, and “Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures” edited by Erich Schweikher.
They are currently not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time. For general inquiries or more information, you can contact the team at Wilderness Press through their online contact form.
Do you know of any other sports book publishing companies? Tell us about them in the comments section below!
K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.