Literary Fiction

July 12, 2018

Able Muse: Seeking Manuscript Submissions Until July 15th

Able Muse is a small literary press that has one free reading period every year, from 1st May through 15th July. They also publish a literary journal, and they host a number of contests every year. They publish poetry and fiction primarily, and they will consider non-fiction as long as you query first. Most of…

May 17, 2018

Regal Crest Enterprises: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Regal Crest Enterprises historically specialized in publishing books of interest to lesbian readers but now their focus has expanded to include gay readers. They mostly publish popular fiction, but they have also published short stories, essays, and anthologies. They have a non-fiction imprint as well. Writers who have worked with them have generally good things…

March 14, 2018

Soho Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Soho Press is an established and respected literary independent publisher based out of New York. They also have two imprints, Soho Crime and Soho Teen, neither of which are open to un-agented submissions at this time. Soho Press is open to unsolicited submissions of literary fiction. They focus on publishing bold voices and original perspectives….

January 4, 2018

Coffee House Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated Edit: CHP has temporarily closed their submission window. They plan to reopen to submissions in March and again in September. Both these submission windows will be capped at 300 submissions, so submit early on in the period. In the meantime these publishers of literary fiction are open to unagented submissions: Bellevue Literary Press, Harvard…

November 30, 2017

Bellevue Literary Press: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Bellevue Literary Press publishes works of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction geared towards a general readership. They are open to unsolicited submissions of both kinds of work. The work they publish explores the intersection between arts and science. Many of the characters in the fictional work that they publish are doctors and scientists, but many…

August 31, 2017

Douglas & McIntyre: Now Accepting Book Manuscript Submissions

Douglas & McIntyre is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent publishers, with books that have won many national and international awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. They filed for bankruptcy a number of years ago. Harbour Publishing purchased Douglas & McIntyre at that point. They specialize in publishing respected non-fiction and…

June 1, 2017

Harvard Square Editions: Now Accepting Submissions

Harvard Square Editions is a publishing company founded by a group of Harvard Alumni.  They accept novel and novella submissions with environmental and social themes. HSE seeks work of the highest literary quality. Despite being a very small publisher with a very small budget, books they have published have won a variety of awards and honors,…

April 24, 2017

Eleven Publishers of Literary Fiction Manuscripts

Literary fiction is one of the harder genres to get published in without an agent. There are smaller presses that specialize in it, but unfortunately more and more of those presses are now charging reading fees. However, there are still good options of authors who are unagented and are averse to paying reading fees. The…

March 30, 2017

BlazeVOX: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

BlazeVOX [books] presents innovative fictions and wide ranging fields of contemporary poetry. Our books push at the frontiers of what is possible with our innovative poetry, fiction and select non-fiction and literary criticism. Our fundamental mission is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large. We…

September 26, 2016

Chicago Review Press: Now Seeking Book Submissions

Chicago Review Press was founded over 40 years ago. They are an established independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction and memoir. They also publish books for children (but not picture books). They were founded by Curt Matthews and his wife, Linda Matthews. Curt was the former editor of the literary journal the Chicago Review. What…

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