“50 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts” by Joan Y. Edwards
Updated March 1, 2018.
Your revised and edited manuscripts are saying:
“Send me to a publisher. Send me. Send me. I’m ready!”
It’s okay if in the past you didn’t submit your work. Forget the past. Focus on right now. Check the guidelines for the publisher you’ve chosen. Look at the books they published. Do you like the illustrations on the covers? Are the books appealing to you?
If you’re like me, one of your stories says, “Send me to a publisher. Send me. Send me. I’m ready!” It’s waited anxiously for submission for days, months, or years. Now is the time to send your manuscript to a publisher. How can you turn down your sweet manuscript?
What? You’ve decided to do it now. Hurray!
It’s important to follow the very latest guidelines on the publisher’s website. Does this publisher accept unsolicited manuscripts? Do they want paper or online submissions? Are there certain months, they don’t accept submissions?
Some companies may offer you the opportunity to self-publish or vanity publish with them. Don’t do it. Go to a traditional publisher who does not charge you money for anything.
1. Algora Publishing (Adults, Non-fiction
Algora is an academic-type press, publishing general nonfiction for the educated reader. We publish works by American and international authors.
Subjects relating to anthropology, business/economics, creative nonfiction, diplomacy, education, government/politics, health/medicine, history, language/literature, military/war/peace, music, nature, philosophy, political economics, secular analysis of religion, science, sociology, translations, travel-foreign experiences, women’s issues/studies may be considered.
1a.Baen Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines Specialized
Baen Books is a science fiction and fantasy publisher. It accepts unsolicited manuscripts for all books and prefers electronic submissions through its manuscript-submission form. Baen is very accepting of new authors and has a large e-publishing department.
2. Blaze Vox Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines – poetry and fiction submissions.
3. Chelsea Green Publishing (Adults) Submission Guidelines Specialized.
Chelsea Green specializes in books that promote the “politics and practice of sustainable living.”
4. Gibbs Smith Nonfiction and Children’s Books.
Our main emphasis is on interior design, architecture, children’s, and cookbooks. Additionally, we accept submissions in the following subjects: arts and crafts, western humor with general appeal, general humor, and gift books.
We are accepting submissions for children’s activity books, board books, and picture books.
5. Chicago Review Press (Adults) Nonfiction, Memoirs
Chicago Review Press publishes nonfiction in the following categories: African American interest, autobiography/biography, DIY, film, food and drink (not cookbooks), history, music, parenting, politics, popular culture, popular science, social science, sports, regional (Midwest), nature/outdoor/travel, true crime, and women’s interest.
6. Diversion Books (Adults)
Fiction: Romance (contemporary and historical), Thrillers, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Business, Sports, Health, True Crime, and platform-based general interest titles
8. Hub City Press Adult
Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. Uses Submittable Software for submissions.
Hub City Press is not looking for submissions in the following categories: romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery, cookbooks, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. We also can no longer accept queries for poetry collections. We do not publish books for young people (YA, middle grade or children’s).
9. Joffe Books (Adult Novels)
- Mysteries, Crime Fiction, Psychological Thrillers, Detective, Thrillers, and Suspense, are favourite genres
- We’re not into kids books, sci-fi, non-fiction, conspiracy theories, or erotic (unless it’s amazing like Anais Nin)
10. Kensington Publishing Corporation (Adults) Fiction and Non-Fiction. See this submission page for more information.
We are currently not accepting Children’s, Middle Grade, Young Adult or Poetry submissions.
11. NCM Publishing (Adults and Young Adult)
NCM editors are seeking tasteful provocative, intelligent fiction manuscripts in the areas of sexuality and erotica, romance, urban and street, science fiction, Christian fiction, and general interest, as well as nonfiction, and lively stories of all genres of fiction for the general population between the ages of 18 and older (as well as Young Adult fiction).
Along with your submission, please include a book marketing and promotions plan.
12. McFarland Books
Non-Fiction only. McFarland welcomes proposals for nonfiction manuscripts on a wide range of subjects, not limited to the following: popular culture and performing arts (especially film, television, dance, gaming), military history (especially World War II and Civil War), international studies, health topics, sports (especially baseball, boxing, American football), automotive (and planes and trains), literary studies (including both classic and genre fiction, mystery, SF, fantasy, horror), medieval studies, mythology, folklore, and women’s and gender studies. Multicontributor manuscripts and edited collections of essays are welcome. We suggest you browse our catalog to get a feel for our offerings.
13. Press 53 (Adults poetry and short stories)
Uses Submittable Software for submissions.
14. Regal Crest Non-Fiction (Adults)
Topics of interest to both alternative (GLBTQ) readers as well as mainstream readers including, but not limited to humor, popular culture, current events and politics, psychology, erotica, education, health, sports, travel, pets, biography and memoir, social issues, and history. We are also interested in anthologies and How-To books (such as writing instruction), and depending upon the approach, we may also be interested in topics in the fields of business, sociology, and religion.
15. Persea Publishing (Adult and Young Adult)
We publish literary novels and short story collections, creative nonfiction, memoir, essays, biography, literary criticism, books on contemporary issues (multicultural, feminist, LGBT), and literary and multicultural anthologies that are assigned in secondary and university classrooms.
16 Redleaf Press (Adults Caring for or Teaching Children)
Established in 1973, Redleaf Press is a leading nonprofit publisher of exceptional curriculum, management, and business resources for early childhood professionals.
17. Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications (Adults)
18. Sky Horse Publishing (Adult Non-Fiction)
19. City Lights Press (Adult, Young Adult, New Adult)
Search for small publishers who publish poetry or collections of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (memoir), etc. You can filter the genres and it will show you your choices.
Adults and Children
21. Arthur A. Levine Books (Adults and Children)
22. August Books (Adults and Children) Adult books about storytelling and collections of folktales.
Adults For our general trade line, we are interested in acquiring books related to folktales, stories from the oral tradition, stories from diverse cultures, scary stories and resource books about using stories or storytelling in the classroom.
Children For our LittleFolk children’s picture-book line, we are seeking single-story manuscripts that feature traditional folktales.
23. Dreaming Big Publications Submission Guidelines
(Calling for Submissions) Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children
24. Familius (Adults and Children)
Familius is a mission-driven company. We believe that the family is the fundamental unit of society, and all of our books reflect that in some way. Our categories include parenting, marriage, family fun, education, cooking, health and wellness, children’s books, and fiction for both adults and young adults. Basically, if your book can help us achieve our mission of helping families be happy, we want to talk to you.
25. Free Spirit Publishing (Children, Teens, Parents, Educators, Counselors)
Free Spirit Publishing publishes high-quality nonfiction books and learning materials for children, teens, parents, educators, counselors, and others who live and work with young people.
26. Sterling Publishing (Adult and Children)
27. Stone Pier Press (Adult and Children)
We’re looking for books about good food; books that inspire support for climate-friendly, agriculturally sustainable, and good-for-us eating. We tilt toward stories that feature solutions and problem-solvers. But what’s most important is that your book inspire greener eating, and be a really good read.
We’ll consider narrative nonfiction, guidebooks, memoirs, young adult novels, biographies, and children’s books. Among the books we’re developing is a handbook for the backyard carbon farmer, the intensifying hunt for a humane burger, and a funny kid’s book that kicks off a barnyard rescue series by introducing a pig named Sprig.
28. TCK Publishing (Adult and Children)
Fiction and Non-Fiction
29. Woodbine House (Adult and will consider Children) (Marketing Plan)
Mostly publishes books for parents of disabilities and special needs, but said they would look at submissions for children’s books, too.
30. Albert Whitman & Company (Children)
Picture book manuscripts for ages 2-8. Novels and chapter books for ages 8-12. Young adult novels. Nonfiction for ages 3-12 and YA. Art samples showing pictures of children.
31. Boyds Mills (Children)
Boyds Mills is the trade book division of Highlights for Children: publishes a wide range of high-quality titles for young readers—fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade and young teen fiction, and nonfiction novels.
32. Calkins Creek (Children)
Division of Highlights for Children: publishes both nonfiction and historical fiction picture books and novels that introduce children to the many people, places, and events that have shaped US history. Calkins Creek titles present multiple points of view through original and extensive research, and each innovative and skillfully written book uses primary sources, such as timelines, bibliographies, historical notes, and glossaries.
33. Charlesbridge (Children)
Charlesbridge offers free activities and downloadable items: http://www.charlesbridge.com/client/client_pages/downloadables.cfm
34. Chronicle Books (Children)
35. Dawn Publications (Children)
Dawn publishes “nature awareness” titles for children. Our picture books are intended to encourage an appreciation for nature and a respectful participation in it. We are seeking to inspire children as well as educate them. An inspired child is a motivated.
36. Dial Books For Young Readers (Children)
37. Flashlight Press (Children)
Flashlight accepts only picture books.
38. Guardian Angel Publishing (Children)
Open to submissions only from AUGUST 1, 2018 to AUGUST 31, 2018.
39. Highlights for Children (Children)
Highlights for Children Magazine, High Five Magazine, Hello Magazine, Hidden picture puzzles.
40. Holiday House (Children)
41. Ideals Children’s Books (Children)
WorthyKids/Ideals publishes fiction and nonfiction board books, novelty books, and picture books for children ages birth to 8. Subjects include inspiration/faith, patriotism, and holidays, particularly Easter and Christmas; relationships
and values; and general fiction. Board book manuscripts should be no longer than 250 words. Picture book manuscripts should be no longer than 800 words.
42. Holiday House (Children)
43. Just Us Books and Marimba Books (Black and Multi-Cultural Children’s books)
Just Us Books is currently accepting queries for chapter books and middle reader titles only. (May change. Check guidelines for latest.)
44. Lee & Low Books (Children of Color)
Lee & Low Books publishes books for children and young adults with a multicultural theme. All manuscripts must be aimed at children of color, with an authentic voice. They accept submissions from new authors through regular mail. They accept no email submissions.
45. Little Pickle Press (Children) Middle Grade and Young Adult
46. Onstage Publishing (Children) chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult novels
47. Peachtree (Children)
48. Ripple Grove Press (Children) Picture Books only (Ages 2-6)
49. Sky Pony Press (Children)
50. WordSong (Children) Poetry
WordSong is the only children’s imprint in the United States specifically dedicated to poetry. WordSong titles, both picture books and novels in verse, capture the vibrant, unexpected, and emotional connections between poetry of all types and young readers.
Charlotte Dillon has an awesome list of publishers and agents and many resources: http://www.charlottedillon.com/PubsAgents.html
Check these articles for romance publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts:
- Karen Fox. “(Romance) Publishers:” http://www.karenafox.com/publishers.htm (worldwide)
- RTBookReviews. “Seven (Romance) Publishers Now Accepting Manuscripts:” http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/seven-publishers-now-accepting-manuscripts
Looking for an Agent? Check out “18 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/18-literary-agents-who-are-looking-for-you/
Use Pub Subbers to get your manuscript, query, cover letter, and/or proposal in gear:
Week 1 Send manuscript off for final critique before submission. Choose publisher or agent. Print Guidelines.
Week 2 Write pitch, query, cover letter, proposal, etc. to make a good impression.
Week 3 Proof read everything. Submit this week.
May you reach all of your heart’s desires! Good luck with all your writing endeavors and your life.
Updated November 17, 2017.
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