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    Fantasy/Speculative/Genre Publishers List

    Okay, so I'm trying to list current markets for fantasy/genre/speculative fiction (and its many sub-genres), primarily Adult, but can add ones that publish YA too, current as of 2017. To my knowledge, these are all the major and smaller ones. Is there anything I've missed? Primarly focusing on reputable or established publishers here. (I may add separate lists for newer presses and/or digital only presses later.)

    The publishers who accept unagented submissions and/or occasionally have open doors are marked with asterisks (* if usually open, ** if sometimes open). Also separated them into UK, US, and Canada, but we can add more countries too. I think we should also try to separate them into lists of big, mid-size, and small presses. Will be interested to see other peoples' suggestions too and hope this is helpful.

    Note: I know this list will go out of date eventually, as a lot of the older lists on here have. But I think it's a good idea to have a current list for 2017 onwards and try to keep it updated. When searching for publishers, I've come across a lot of lists that were very out of date with publishers who have closed down, etc. So my research is thorough and pretty recent.

    Note 2: Always research a publisher before submitting to them to make sure they're legit. Most of the publishers below also have individual threads here on AW which I'll try to link to, that you should read. This is intended to just be a list of markets.

    LARGE PUBLISHERS


    USA

    Tor/Forge** Website / AW thread

    Baen Books* Website / AW thread

    Daw/Penguin* Website / AW thread

    Harper Voyager** Website / AW thread

    Doubleday (Knopf) Website

    Ace/Roc Website / AW thread

    Orbit Website

    Del Rey/Bantam/Spectra/Ballantine (Random House) Website

    Viking Penguin Website / AW thread

    John Joseph Adams/JJA Books (imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Website / AW thread

    UK

    Headline/Hachette UK Website

    Gollancz** Website / AW thread

    Harper Voyager UK** Website / AW thread

    Tor UK/Pan Mcmillan** Website

    Orbit Website

    Hodderscape Website / AW thread



    MID-SIZE PUBLISHERS


    USA

    Quirk Books* Website / AW thread

    Skyhorse* (Talos/Night Shade imprints) Website / AW thread

    UK

    Angry Robot** Website / AW thread

    Head of Zeus* Website / AW thread

    Titan Books Website

    Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus* Website / AW thread

    PS Publishing** Website / AW thread

    Rebellion Publishing/Solaris Books/Abaddon** Website / AW thread (Rebellion/Abaddon) / AW thread (Solaris)


    SMALL PRESSES

    USA

    Journalstone** Website / AW thread

    Shadow Mountain Publishing* Website / AW thread

    Severed Press** Website / AW thread

    Tachyon Publications Website

    Prime Books Website / AW thread

    CANADA

    Edge Publishing* Website / AW thread

    Chizine Publications** Website / AW thread

    UK

    Immanion Press* Website / AW thread

    Tartarus Press* Website

    Kristell Ink** Website

    World Weaver Press** Website / AW thread


    No star = Agented submissions only.
    * = Usually open to unsolicted submissions.
    ** = Sometimes or occasionally open to unsolicited submissions/open calls.
    Last edited by writera; 11-13-2017 at 09:38 PM. Reason: Adding publishers, adding links.

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    Tor is a US publisher.

    Also, DAW/Penguin

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    Thanks. Have added these. Tor is US & UK, the latter part of Pan Mcmillan. Can't believe I left AR off lol.

    I'm also started adding some small/medium publishers to the list, so let me know what's missing. I think we should probably only add reputable/established presses and maybe I'll split the small publishers into medium and very small. I'll make a separate list for digital only.

    Do Henry Holt and St. Martin's Press publish speculative fiction? Will add them if so.

    And please let me know if there's any I should add, edit, or remove. Let's try to make a really comprehensive list!
    Last edited by writera; 11-11-2017 at 06:21 PM.

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    There's also this resource:

    https://querytracker.net/publishers.php

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    Luna Press, Krystall Ink, Neverwhen all UK independents

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    Thanks for adding Waylander.

    I'll add Kristell Ink because I've come across them - they seem to be closed to submissions a lot. But I'm pretty sure they're reputable/established right?

    I know Luna Press too, but they're very new so not sure about them?

    And I've never heard of Neverwhen and can't find them via google. Who are they?

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    One reason I suggested the QueryTracker link, is that they give all the necessary details about each publisher, including links, if they do accept unsolicited submissions, what genres they accept, and how to submit. They also update their info regularly. (They do the same with agents.)

    AW also has an index of current publishers and agents in BR&BC.

    While I understand the motive behind this list, I think it's 1) hard to maintain, 2) doesn't link to the publisher or the AW thread, and 3) is duplicating the effort.

    JMO

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    I like the QueryTracker list and have used it but not all the speculative publishers are listed on there. I'm currently adding links to the websites and AW threads. So far all the ones I've added to the list I've either subbed to, been subbed to, or have researched. I agree it's hard to maintain and might go out of date, but for now it might be of some help to people subbing fantasy/speculative.
    Last edited by writera; 11-12-2017 at 12:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eqb View Post

    AW also has an index of current publishers and agents in BR&BC.
    Thanks, I'll have to check that one out! (A lot of the older lists I found were out of date.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by writera View Post
    I like the QueryTracker list and have used it but not all the speculative publishers are listed on there. I'm currently adding links to the websites and AW threads. So far all the ones I've added to the list I've either subbed to, been subbed to, or have researched. I agree it's hard to maintain and might go out of date, but for now it might be of some help to people subbing fantasy/speculative.
    The problem is that your list depends on folks here adding and correcting information. For example, Tor Books (US/UK) are both an imprint of Macmillan. Jo Fletcher is a mid-sized publisher, not a large imprint. And are you counting YA publishers for this list, or only publishers for adult SF/F? And what about links?

    Just a few thoughts to make the list more useful.

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    NineStar Press is a LGBTQAI+ publisher (small) and has a nice little selection of these types of stories with more coming soon. I'd certainly suggest them. No agent needed.

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    Update - have provided a link to the website of all the publishers in the list and a link to the relevant AW thread where one existed. Very time-consuming but hope this is of help to anyone looking to find a home for their book in current markets. Feel free to comment if you know of any other publishers I haven't added. Only adding established/print or reputable ones at the moment. (Might add newer publishers or digital only later.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by eqb View Post
    The problem is that your list depends on folks here adding and correcting information. For example, Tor Books (US/UK) are both an imprint of Macmillan. Jo Fletcher is a mid-sized publisher, not a large imprint. And are you counting YA publishers for this list, or only publishers for adult SF/F? And what about links?

    Just a few thoughts to make the list more useful.

    EQB - Have added links. Updated Jo Fletcher to small/medium publishers. Thanks! This list is primarily Adult SFF but can add YA too.

    Quote Originally Posted by sjeller View Post
    NineStar Press is a LGBTQAI+ publisher (small) and has a nice little selection of these types of stories with more coming soon. I'd certainly suggest them. No agent needed.
    sjeller - Thanks! Might add NineStar Press along with newer and/or digital publishers. I've heard really good things about them too, but I think they're still pretty new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by writera View Post
    Thanks for adding Waylander.

    I'll add Kristell Ink because I've come across them - they seem to be closed to submissions a lot. But I'm pretty sure they're reputable/established right?

    I know Luna Press too, but they're very new so not sure about them?

    And I've never heard of Neverwhen and can't find them via google. Who are they?
    My bad, the press is Elsewhen Press

    Also New Con Press and PS Publishing

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    We're probably going to end up arguing semantics here, but I'd say Angry Robot (as an independent press) is mid-sized whereas Jo Fletcher (an imprint of Hachette) counts as large.

    There's also Rebellion Publishing in the UK, although I think they're part of the same company as Solaris.
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