The Inkbots

Mechanically Creative and Creatively Mechanic Since 2011

Submission Advice

Open Novel Submission Calls

Before submitting anywhere it’s a good idea to research the publisher to make sure they’re reputable. A good resource is the Absolute Write bulletin board’s “Bewares and Background Checks” forum, Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware.

We also recommend querying agents before submitting directly to publishers, as agents have more reach and can submit directly to some of the biggest publishers out there.

Both YA and Adult Fiction Accepted

Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic Imprint)
Harpercollins Australia (Submissions on Wednesday only, see guidelines)
Hachette Australia
Allen & Unwin (Fridays ONLY)
Jo Fletcher Books (SFF)
Pyr (SFF)
Tor Books (SFF)
Pan Macmillian Australia (Only accepts subs during the first Monday of every month, between 10am and 4pm Australian local time)
Harlequin Digital (Digital First Imprint)
Momentum Books (No simultaneous subs with Pan Macmillian Australia)
BenBella (Advance $5-10k)
Entangled Books (Various imprints, romantic elements required)
Quirk Books
Medallion Press
Kensington Books
Spencer Hill Press (Currently closed, next open sub is December 2013)
Polis Books (Digital only, new imprint)

Accepting Children’s Books
Nosy Crow
BeyondWord (Check guidelines: specific themes wanted)
Dial Books (Penguin Imprint, Children’s and YA, Paper Submissions Only, US)
Holiday House (Paper Submissions Only, US)

Accepting YA
Strange Chemistry (Until 31st Oct 2013)
Hot Key Books
Sourcebooks Fire
Bloomsbury Spark (Low wordcount wanted, but we’ve been told the wordcount is flexible)
Tanglewood Books
Month9 Books
Harmony Books (LGBT main characters required, imprint of Dreamspinner Press)
Merit Press (Contemporary and Magical Realism are accepted, no fantasy)
Entangled Teen (Romance or Horror ONLY)
Swoon Romance (Romance required)
The Poisoned Pencil (Mystery Genre ONLY)
Peachtree (Paper Submissions Only, US)

Adult Fiction
Baen (Wordcount: 100k – 130k, Online Form)
Samhain (Horror/Romance)
DAW Books
Swoon Romance (Romance, all subgenres)
LUNA (Female main characters required, wordcount 100k – 120k)
Random House Hydra (Digital Only)
Witness Impulse (Harper Collins, Suspense/Thriller)
Diversion Books
Salt Publishing (Looking for: Crime, Literary, Norfolk Gothic)
Soho Press (Literary/Crime Fiction)
Gollancz (Paper Only, UK, Wordcount 80k+, SFF, Horror, UF, Steampunk and YA Crossover, up to 6 months wait)
EDGE (Paper Only, Canadian, Wordcount 70k – 100k, SFF)
Small Beer Press (Paper Submissions Only, US)
7 Stories Press (Paper Submissions Only, US)