18 Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishers

Written by Emily Harstone | February 29, 2016

Last year we published a shorter list of Science Fiction publishers open to unsolicited submissions. Since then we have reviewed quite a few more more Science Fiction and Fantasy publishers who do not require agents.

Most of these publishers are interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Some publish just one of these genres.  Others publish many genres and types of books, science fiction and fantasy just being one genre among many.

Some are small companies, others are imprints of major publishing houses. They are not listed in any particular order. Not all of them may be currently open to submissions. It is important to note that all of them meet the standards outlined in our guiding principles.

All of the publishers are only briefly described on this page, however if you click on the link you will reach our full review of them. The review includes submission information and links to their websites.

1. DAW

DAW is an imprint of Penguin books. They publish science fiction and fantasy books. Read the full review here.

2. Angry Robot

Angry Robot is a respected science fiction and fantasy publisher that occasionally dips into related genres (such as urban fantasy, steampunk, and horror). Angry Robot was originally funded by HarperCollins. They are now part of Watkins Media Ltd. They offer advances and good royalty rates. The contract they offer covers print, e-book, and audio book rights. They have one or two open reading periods a year. You can read our full review here.

3. BelleBooks/BelleBridge

BelleBooks/BelleBridge is a respected independent publisher. They publish science fiction and fantasy books along with a wide variety of other genres. Read the full review here.

4. Great Old Ones

Great Old Ones is a newer e-book and print on demand publisher that focuses on publishing horror, but also publishes science fiction, steam punk, and fantasy. Read the full review here.

5. Edge

Edge is an established and well respected Canadian publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They have great distribution within Canada, and good distribution within North America. They are open to authors regardless of nationality. To learn more read the full review here.

6. Pen-L Publishing

A small publisher that is generally well regarded and publishes a wide variety of genre fiction including science fiction. To learn more read about them here.

7. Ticonderoga Publishing

Ticonderoga Publications is a small Australian based print publisher that has been around since 1996. They focus on publishing speculative fiction. That means they are open to a wide variety of sub-genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror, steam punk, and paranormal. They also publish a number of anthologies every year. To learn more read our full review here.

8. Beu-Coup Publishing

A small e-publisher that publishes a wide variety of genres including science fiction. To learn more read the full review here.

9. Ghost Pines Publishing

Ghost Pines Publishing is an independent press dedicated to dark fantasy fiction. They go to great length to define the term dark fantasy, but the main points appear to be that dark fantasy is sympathetic to the monsters themselves and it is set in a contemporary setting with fantasy elements. So think of series like The Dresden Files, rather than Harry Potter or Supernatural. Read our full review here.

10. Baen

Baen is one of the best known publishers of science fiction and fantasy novels. They are very well regarded. To learn more read our full review here.

11.Tor
r/Forge publish science fiction and fantasy books. They are both run by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. Tor/Forge is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big five publishers. Tor is one of the most established science fiction publishers and they have won the Locus Award for best SF publisher 26 years in a row. Our full review is forthcoming shortly but you can visit their submission guidelines here (scroll down to the bottom).

12. Ghostwoods Books

Ghostwoods Books is a small publisher that has been around for five years now. They publish books in paperback and e-book editions. They publish sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction and non-gore horror novels for adults. Read our full review here.

13. All Things That Matter Press

A small press that publishes a wide variety of books including science fiction. They publish print and electronic versions of all their books. To learn more read our review here.

14. Solstice Publishing

A large independent e-publisher that publishes a wide variety of genre books including science fiction and fantasy. To learn more read our review.

15. Double Dragon

Double Dragon Publishing is a publisher currently focused on publishing Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller/Suspense and Dark Fantasy. Our full review is going to be published soon, but untill then you can learn more at their website here.

16. WiDo Publishing

A small family run publisher, WiDo publishes fiction and nonfiction books. They are currently particularly interested in science fiction, fantasy, mystery/suspense, and nonfiction essay collections and memoirs. Read our full review here.

17. Back Hall Press

A digital first publisher that wants to carve out a new and inclusive space on the progressive edge of genre fiction. They are eager to highlight new and unpublished writers, writers of color, women/non binary writers, GLBTQ writers, niche genres and innovative styles. Back Hall Press is seeking manuscripts in a wide range of genres including sci-fi, slipstream, mystery, horror, and all subcategories of romance. Our full review of them is forthcoming, but you can visit their website here.

18. Hydra

Hydra is Random House’s digital-only imprint focused on science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles. They are open to quries. Our full review is forthcoming, but you can visit their website here.