8 Fantasy Publishers Accepting Submissions 2021

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I'm back with another edition of publishers accepting submissions (because I'm incredibly kind and helpful of course). This week's focus is on fantasy publishers accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions in 2021.

So if you've got a fantasy WIP or a manuscript that's ready and raring to go, this list will be a mix of fantasy publishers who are accepting submission now (in May 2021 at least) and later on in the year.

Note: All information contained in this post is correct as of May 2021. If you're here from the future (hello if you are, I hope things are looking good) I unfortunately can't guarantee that all of these publishers are still accepting submissions.

Okay, I'll stop blathering and get to it.

1. DAW Books

Daw Books is an American publisher of science fiction and fantasy under the parent company of Penguin Random House. They accept unsolicited submissions of manuscripts as long as they are:

  • Over 80,000 words (or at least close to).

  • Within the genre of fantasy or science fiction.

  • Novels and not a short story, collection of short stories, novellas or poetry.

  • Submitted via their submissions page.

  • Exclusive to them. By this they mean they will not accept submissions if you have submitted the novel to other publishers. If they take longer longer than 3 months to reply, you are free to submit elsewhere and they will not hold you to this rule.

DAW Books state on their page that they are 'actively looking for submissions written by and/or featuring people of colour, native people, disabled people, neuroatypical people, LGBTQIA+ people, and other underrepresented and marginalized communities.'

2. Jo Fletcher Books

The next on our list of fantasy publishers accepting submissions is Jo Fletcher Books, an incredibly respected UK fantasy publisher.

Jo Fletcher Books are currently accepting unsolicited submissions for fantasy, science fiction and horror. These must be:

  • Adult fiction

  • Full length novels

  • Finished manuscripts

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

3. LunaPress Publishing

Based in Edinburgh, LunaPress are opening their fantasy submissions up at very specific times of the year. So read this next part carefully and good luck!

For Novel Submissions:

If you have a standalone novel (70,000 - 120,000 words) in the genre of speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy and their sub-genres, their submissions doors are open from the 21st - 27th June 2021 UK time. They do not accept YA.

They will only accept emails with the title 'Luna Novel Submission' and in this email, you'll need to:

  • Specify the genre and title.
  • Specify the word count.
  • Provide a full version of the manuscript document.
  • 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.

For Novella Submissions:

If you are a non-white author who has written a standalone novella (20,000 - 40,000 words) in the genre of speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy and their sub-genres, their submissions doors are open from the 9th - 10th October 2021 UK time. They do not accept YA novellas.

They will only accept emails with the title 'Luna Novella' and in this email, you'll need to:

  • Specify the genre and title.

  • Specify the word count.

  • Provide a full version of the manuscript document.

  • 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.

  • Submit between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm on the 9th and 10th of October.
For more details on this, click here.

4. Flame Tree Publishing

Flame Tree Publishing is not only a fantasy publisher interested in fantasy submissions, they also accept sci-fi, horror, supernatural, crime and mystery novels.

They accept novels within the 70,000-120,000 word count range, and do not accept previously published books.

They occasionally accept short story submissions for specific anthologies which they announce on their social media pages and website.

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.

  • 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.

5. Snowbooks

Now, Snowbooks looks incredibly fun as a publisher, and a traditional one at that. I reckon they'd be a favourite of mine if I were choosing to submit there. They accept, like most on this list, fantasy (okay, well, duh!), science fiction 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 website

  • A twitter handle

  • Other social media of some kind

  • An author bio

  • A blurb

  • 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).

6. Deadstar Publishing

Based in Cardiff, Deadstar Publishing are open for submissions in the genres of, can you guess? Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror. Not only do they accept novel submissions but they also accept submissions for short stories (preferring collections and anthologies to single short stories), graphic novels and comics in these genres.

Deadstar Publishing are a traditional publisher who will take on the costs of all overhead costs, so if they believe in your work, they will not ask you to contribute to the publishing costs.

For their submissions process, they require a synopsis of the book, as well as info about you, the word count of the story, a two line overview that really sells the book to them, as well as some other things that you can read about on their submissions page.

7. Blind Eye Books

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. 

8. Cosmic Egg Books

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.

And there you have it! I wish you all the best with your 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!