Although most publishers publish works of different genres and do not only stick to one specific style or genre, there are many with a wide focus on science fiction works. With the publishing business changing rapidly and many writers opting for self-publishing, we look at some of the publishing houses that have started to take on submissions from writers without agents.
Without an agent, it may be difficult to get accepted by some of the most highly regarded publishing houses. By sending in submissions to any of the publishers on this list, you can rest assured that an agent or manager will not be needed.
Edge is a well-established publishing house and has a focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy but also looks at other genres for consideration in publishing. Within Canada, the company is highly regarded as one of the most trusted and reliable publishing houses. Regardless of having an agent or not, ‘Edge’ will consider your submission.
Since 2015 they joined hands with Hades Publications and are still publishing science fiction and other genres of literature. Although they publish sci-fi and fantasy, they are only interested in publishing novel-length works and not short stories.
Baen is known as an established publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books around the world. If you want to submit a writing work to them for consideration, they will not need to see any history of publishing as with most publishers collaborating with non-managed writers.
DAW is known as being a subsidiary of Penguin Books in Canada. They are open to manuscript submissions from authors even if they do not have an active agent or manager. DAW is highly respected throughout Canada and has a passion for science fiction and fantasy.
Some of the well-known published authors they have signed with include Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny. Their books consist out of numerous lengths and could be short or longer novels consisting of at least 80 000 words.
Belle Bridge has been operating as a publishing house since 1999 and was focused on publishing southern fiction. They are now a publishing house that releases a variety of genres, including science fiction and fantasy. Some of the other genres they publish include romance, fiction, horror, mystery, and thrillers.
They have won numerous awards, including being one of the top e-book publishers and kindle sellers. Some of their books have been optioned to become T.V shows.
The publishers on this list are all dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy books.