The prospect of finding a publisher can sometimes feel tougher than defeating the Balrog. The hunt can be a tedious, time-consuming job. But it doesn’t have to be like that, not least because I’ve put together this nifty list of fantasy novel publishers for your convenience!
When I say ‘list of fantasy novel publishers’, I’m also referring to novellas too. For those on the list below, you’re looking at stories of 60,000-70,000 words +.
Most fantasy novel publishers on the list are open to submissions from everyone, referred to as unsolicited submissions. A few of the bigger fish require you to have a literary agent, with submissions made through the agent. This is known as solicited submissions.
Each publisher offers different payments depending on their stature. Most on the list offer royalties. From what I’ve read on their websites, none ask you to contribute financially toward publication, though you may have to do more self-promotion. Generally, I advise against working with a publisher who asks you to front your own cash.
From reading the submission guidelines of all of these publishers, the same rules crop up. The best advice I can give is to stick to them. It can be a pain in the arse having to re-format your manuscript each and every time, but it’s worth it.
If you have any queries about cover letters, I’ve put together a guide you may find helpful.
If you’re looking to get your short stories published too, I have another list you may like.
And if you’re looking for reviews for your book, this list of 150 book reviewers may be what you need.
Good luck with the subs!
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List of Fantasy Novel Publishers
|Tor Forge||Industry standard and royalties||95,000-150,000||During specified periods|
|Harper Voyager||Industry standard and royalties||Not stated||During specified periods|
|Orbit Books||Industry standard and royalties||Not stated||No|
|Gollancz||Industry standard and royalties||Not stated||During specified periods|
|Penguin Random House||Industry standard and royalties||80,000||No|
|Angry Robot||Industry standard and royalties||Not stated||No|
|Azure Spider Publications||Royalties||90,000 plus||Yes|
|Barking Rain Press||Royalties||20,000||Yes|
|Class Act Books||Royalties||20,000-125,000||Yes|
|Dancing Star Press||Royalties||17,500-40,000||Yes|
|Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Books||Small advance and royalties||75,000-100,000||Yes|
|Fablecroft Publishing||Advance and royalties||20,000-60,000||Yes|
|Freedom Forge Press||Royalties||25,000-100,000||Yes|
|Ink Smith Publishing||Royalties||30000 upwards||Yes|
|Twilight Times Books||Small advance and royalties||Not stated||Yes|
|St Martin’s Press (MacMillan)||Industry standard and royalties||Not stated||No|
|Reliquary Press||Royalties||60,000 upwards||Yes|
|Pink Narcissus Press||Small advance and royalties||50,000 upwards||Yes|
|Founders House Publishing||Royalties||Not stated||Yes|
|Quirk Books||Royalties||Not stated||Yes|
|DAW||Advance and royalties||80,000 upwards||Yes|
|Kensington Books||Royalties||20,000 upwards||Yes|
|Mirror World Publishing||Royalties||130,000 maximum||Yes|
|Mocha Memoir Press||Royalties||30,000 to 80,000||Yes|
|Montag Press||Royalties||70,000 at least||Yes|
|Muse It Up Publishing||Royalties||20,000 upwards||Yes|
|Parvus Press||Advance and royalties||60,000 upwards||Yes|
|Priestess and Hierophan||Royalties||Up to 60 pages||Yes|
|Pyr||Not stated||Up to 130,000||No|
|Resurrection House||Advance and royalties||40,000-100,000||Yes|
|Silver Leaf Books||Royalties||No limit||Yes|
|Soul Fire Press||Royalties||65,000 to 120,000||Yes|
|4RV Publishing||Royalties||Not stated (standard short story length)||Yes|
|Amphorae Publishing Group||Not stated||Up to 120,000||Yes|
|Bitingduck Press||Royalties||Not stated||Yes|
|Black Bed Sheet||Not stated||Not stated||Yes|
|Candlemark & Gleam||Royalties||65,000 upwards||Yes|
|Divertir Publishing||Royalties||60,000 to 80,000||Yes|
|Elder Signs Press||Royalties||80,000 upwards||Yes|
|Castrum Press||Royalties||Not stated (novella and novel length)||Yes|
|Crystal Peake Publisher Ltd||Royalties||10,000-100,000||Yes|
|Loose Leaves Publishing||Royalties||Not stated||Yes|
|Nexxis Fantasy||Royalties||50,000 upwards||Yes|
Thanks for checking out this list of fantasy novel publishers. I hope you found it useful! This list will be updated as often as possible. If you’re a publisher and would like to be added to the list, or if you know of any publishers who should be on here, please drop me an email.