Literary Fiction

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…

August 22, 2016

Cedar Fort: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

LAST UPDATED JUNE 2018: I would not advise submitting to them at this time. They have started to really focus on promoting their vanity publishing arm. They appear to have sent the following email to everyone who submitted in the last few years and was rejected by them: “Hello! Are you still interested in publishing…

November 19, 2015

Platypus Press: Submission Guidelines

Updated February 14th 2017 Platypus Press is a publisher of prose and poetry. They are a new publisher based out of the UK. Although now that they have been around two years they have established a track record and published a total of 13 books, most with excellent covers. They are open to a wide…

August 12, 2015

Lacewing Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Warning: Lacewing Books Now Charges a Submission Fee Lacewing Books is an imprint of Engine Books, an established small publisher of works of literary merit, including novels and short story collections. Lacewing Books is a new imprint and has only been around for a couple of years now. They are interested in publishing YA novels…

December 9, 2014

Tyrus Books: Now Accepting Book Pitches

UPDATE: Tyrus Books permenently closed its doors as of April 7th 2017. This was after they became an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Tyrus Books is a publisher of crime and literary fiction. All the work they publish leans towards literary. They offer advances to authors. They have a good distributor and a good reputation….

November 8, 2014

Dzanc Books: Open To Manuscript Submissions

UPDATE July 6th 2016: They now charge 25 dollars for all manuscript submissions. We do not recommend working with them based on this. Dzanc Books is a respected independent publisher that also owns and operates a wide variety of imprints, and literary journals, including the highly respected electronic journal The Collagist. Dzanc books is based…

October 3, 2014

Black Balloon Publishing

Black Balloon Publishing is an imprint of Catapult Books. They have online and print distribution. Their books tend to be well reviewed and many have been blurbed by famous established authors. They publish literary fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs. They try to focus on publishing things that are odd or quirky. It would be appropriate to…

September 4, 2014

Seven Stories Press: Open To Book Submissions

Seven Stories Press is an independent publisher that has been around for twenty years. They have published a number of highly respected books. Their books are distributed by Random House. They take their name from the seven authors whose work has influenced and impacted Seven Stories Press the most. Those authors are Octavia Butler,¬† Nelson…

August 28, 2014

Wiseblood: Open To Query Letters

Wiseblood is a small independent literary book publisher. They publish a wide range of literary¬† work including short story collections, novels, novellas, literary nonfiction, poetry, and, on occasion, critical or essay works. They are a Christian publisher that is deeply influenced by Flannery O’Connor’s work. Because of this not all of the work they publish…

July 31, 2014

Persea Books: Accepting Book Manuscript Queries

Updated June 15, 2018 Persea Books is an independent book publisher based out of New York that was established in the 1970s. Since then they have gained a reputation for publishing thoughtful books in a variety of literary genres. They have an extensive catalog and fairly good distribution. You can often find their books in…

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