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9 Great Publishers Accepting Direct Submissions of Science Fiction or Fantasy Novels

by Writing Workshops Staff

2 years ago

9 Great Publishers Accepting Direct Submissions of Science Fiction or Fantasy Novels

by Writing Workshops Staff

2 years ago

Two of our most popular genre classes are Power & Politics in Speculative Fiction and Writing Speculative Short Fiction. If you found this blog post you probably write Science Fiction or Fantasy. And, if you're working on a novel but you don't have an agent, fear not! The nine excellent publishers below accept direct submissions. Read their guidelines closely, polish your manuscript, and get it in their submission queue!

Angry Robot

Angry Robot is a respected science fiction and fantasy publisher. They are a global imprint dedicated to the best in modern adult science fiction, fantasy and WTF?! Based in London and selling to the world, all their titles are available in paperback and DRM-free eBook. Submission guidelines here.

Baen Books has been bringing readers pulse-pounding, thought-provoking adventures straight from the heart of science fiction and fantasy for decades. They publish books in hardcover, paperback, and electronic form, and are one of the few traditional publishers that maintains its own ebooks webstore. Submission guidelines here.


Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has open reading periods at specific times throughout the year. They seek full-length adult novels in the following genres: romance, women’s fiction, mystery, suspense and thrillers, horror, science fiction, and fantasy.  Submission guidelines here.


DAW is an imprint of Penguin. They accept unsolicited submissions of science fiction and fantasy novels. They cannot consider short stories, short story collections, novellas, or poetry. The average length of the novels they publish varies, but is almost never fewer than 80,000 words. Submission guidelines here.

Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher Books is part of the Quercus family, a small but perfectly formed list publishing the very best in science fiction, fantasy and horror. JFB authors are writing critically acclaimed, award-winning and unputdownable novels right across the fantastical spectrum, encompassing everything from crime to literary fiction. Submission guidelines here.


Polis Books

Polis Books is an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction. They aim to deliver the service and distribution of a major trade publishing house with the nimbleness, innovation, and forward thinking of an independent press at the vanguard of an ever-changing industry. Submission guidelines here.

Quirk Books

Founded in 2002, Quirk Books publishes a highly curated list of entertaining, enlightening, and strikingly unconventional books for adults and children in a number of genres and categories. Quirk publishes books that are meant to be shared and discussed—books that are objects of desire—and that have the potential to reach the widest possible readership because of their positioning and packaging. Submission guidelines here.

Talos Press

Talos Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, is an independent print and digital publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In addition to fresh and exciting fiction from today's best and brightest, Talos is also committed to reintroducing classic works by authors whose writing continues to be relevant today. Submission guidelines here.


Tor/Forge, an imprint of Macmillan, publishes science fiction and fantasy books. Submission guidelines here.

And, if you're looking for a class in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or screenwriting, we've got you covered.

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