I'm back with an updated edition of fantasy publishers accepting submissions. This year I'm including science fiction publishers, so the below publishers are science fiction and fantasy (SFF) publishers accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions in 2022.
If you've got a science fiction or fantasy work in progress (WIP) or a manuscript that's ready and raring to go, this list will be a mix of publishers who are accepting unagented submissions now (in June 2022 at least) and later on in the year.
If you're a short story or poetry writer, you'll find better luck checking out my calls for submissions post where I'm (attempting to) keep a log of all magazines, journals and publishers actively calling for submissions.
Note: All information contained in this post is correct as of June 2022. If you're here from the future (hello if you are!) I unfortunately can't guarantee that all of these publishers are still accepting submissions.
Okay, I'll stop blathering and get to it.
One of the most prolific fantasy and science fiction (and horror) publishers out there, Gollancz is accepting unagented manuscripts for the entire month of June (1st-30th). They're looking for anything fantasy, science fiction or horror, and they ask for:
A brief section about you (100 words) in the email.
A synopsis of up to 1,000 words.
- Your full-length book.
It's pretty simple! For more of their guidelines, head over to their site here. Good luck!
The next on our list of science fiction and fantasy publishers accepting submissions is Jo Fletcher Books, an incredibly respected UK publisher.
Jo Fletcher Books are currently accepting unsolicited submissions for fantasy, science fiction and horror. These must be:
In the adult age category (so no children's or YA fiction)
Full length novels
Previously self-published manuscripts that fit these requirements are also accepted, but all rights must be given to the publisher if they decide to publish the book.
For more details on the specifics of how you should submit your manuscript, see their submissions page.
Flame Tree Publishing is not only a sci-fi and fantasy publisher interested in sci-fi and fantasy submissions, they also accept horror, supernatural, crime and mystery novels.
They prefer their novels to be within the 70,000-120,000 word count range, and do not accept previously published books.
Okay, so I'm going to relay some of the more important submissions info in bullet point form here:
If you've already had previous work published via magazines, websites or other online publications, you'll have an advantage so it's worth mentioning in your submission.
They accept unsolicited, unagented submissions via email to their submissions email.
The synopsis must be 3 paragraphs max (for an overview of what a synopsis is and how to write one, see this blog post).
You must include the word count.
The entire manuscript is needed (in .doc, .docx or .rtf format).
Your name and email must be on the manuscript itself.
You should send along a 'writer's CV with a summary of previous publications/awards, recognition of your work by institutions or other parties.'
You also need to tell them if you've submitted your manuscript elsewhere.
Now, Snowbooks looks incredibly fun as a publisher, and a traditional one at that. They accept, like most on this list, fantasy and science fiction (okay, well, duh!) and horror, and are pretty strict about it.
To submit to them, you must send an email (do not send them a hard copy, they'll get annoyed at the waste of resources) with a finished version of your manuscript. This manuscript must be in a good state (if you're wondering if your manuscript holds up, why not send your book - or a sample of it - to me for a manuscript critique?) and over 70K words (although preferably over 80,000).
They are looking for authors who stand out. So if you submit to Snowbooks, you'll need to have a strong pitch and a bucketful of confidence in both yourself and your book.
They have a tonne of guidelines for you to follow, and their submissions process is not what you'd call a walk in the park so it's best that you go and read it over on their website yourself.
But to save yourself a little time, to submit here you will need:
A twitter handle
Other social media of some kind
An author bio
A pitch of the selling points of your book - what makes your book stand out?
A cover letter
They're very transparent about their whole process, so I'd thoroughly recommend making yourself a cuppa and reading their website cover to cover (can you use that expression for a website? Well, guess what, I'm going with it).
Blind Eye Books is a publisher of fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and romance with an LGBTQ protagonist(s). They only accept novels (so no short stories or novellas) with a word count in the range of 70,000 - 150,000. Although they use the word 'hesitate', so if you have a word count outside of those limits but your story is out of this world (pun absolutely intended), you might just be in with a shot.
There are quite a few other things they don't publish. These include, but are not limited to, poetry, erotica, non-fiction and horror. The editor has a list of themes/events in stories that they strongly dislike to read about, so if your book includes any of these, you may want to find another publisher or do a bit of rewriting/editing.
For specific details on how to submit, head over to their page where they have a full list and example of what your submission should include and look like. They do not accept books that have been submitted elsewhere and books submitted anonymously.
An imprint of John Hunt Publishing, Cosmic Egg Books are focused on publishing quality books in the genres of fantasy (this also includes magical realism), science fiction, horror and supernatural.
They're looking for books that push the boat out, that are 'ambitious and risky'. There are several steps to their submissions page, so it's better to go and read their guidelines meticulously over there so you get the information straight from the horses mouth.
Cosmic Egg Books works with both traditional and partnership (or subsidy) contracts. If you are a first time fiction author with little in the way of ability to market the book or experience in the market, it is unlikely you'll be offered a traditional contract.
They do not accept books that have gone out of print or have been previously self-published.
For more information on the company and their submissions process, you can click here.
Based in Edinburgh, LunaPress publish different types of speculative fiction and open their submissions up at very specific times of the year, for very specific genres and types of stories. So read this next part carefully and good luck!
For Novel Submissions:
This year, LunaPress are only opening up their novel submissions for horror and dark fantasy stories set in a haunted location. So, if you have a standalone novel (60,000 words or more) that falls into that specific niche, their submissions doors are open from the 1st - 3rd July 2022 UK time. They do not accept YA or children's fiction, and the work cannot have been previously published elsewhere.They will only accept emails with the title 'Haunted Submission' and in this email, you'll need to:
Specify the word count and title.
Give a brief author bio.
Provide the first three chapters of the manuscript. These must have been edited and not in a draft state.
Provide a full synopsis which details every major thing that happens in the book, including spoilers - not to be confused with a blurb, which is written for the purpose of enticing readers in.
For more details on the LunaPress submissions process, you can go to their submissions page here.
Their submissions guidelines outline their preferences, but they don't appear to be too rigid on things like word count and writing style. They ask for a full manuscript to be sent along with a synopsis, but nothing else. For more specific info on where to submit and the formatting they like, check out their guidelines linked above.
Based in Manhattan, New York , Talos Press is the SFF and horror imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. They prefer manuscripts to be submitted electronically to their submissions email, which can be found on their submissions page.
Within this, they like to see:
A query letter.
A one to two page synopsis.
Market analysis - where your book fits in the market and what other similar titles there are out there, as well as their success.
A sample couple of chapters.
Based in Calgary, Canada, Edge specialises in science fiction and fantasy, but occasionally takes on other forms of speculative fiction.
Like most of the publishers on this list, they have an extensive list of submissions guidelines. I've picked out a few of the more objective ones below, but you'll need to properly look through their page before submitting.
They only accept manuscripts with a word count between 75,000 - 100,000.
They don't accept 'erotica, strictly religious fiction, short stories (other than a submission for a specific anthology), dark/gruesome fantasy or poetry'.
They prefer books aimed towards an adult audience but occasionally publish YA.
They require books submitted to them to have undergone extensive editing beforehand. If editing is something you haven't really considered before, and you're not quite sure what editing you'd need, take a look at this previous blog post on the editing process. Alternatively, you can have a browse at the different types of editing services I offer here.
They do not accept works in progress; the novel should be completed before you submit to them.
See their full list of guidelines here.
And there you have it! I wish you all the best with your science fiction and/or fantasy submissions this year.
If you're unsure whether your book is ready to send off to publishers, I offer a critique and copyedit of the first 10,000 words of your novel, whereby I will edit your story line by line as well as provide you with feedback on your story's strengths and weaknesses. For more information on this service, click here.
Until the next time!