31 Fiction Publishers You Need to Know

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The following publishers specialize in fiction manuscripts:

Aberdeen Bay is an independent publisher that strives to publish the best books. Its publishing focus is on mainstream fiction, memoirs, and motivational books.

Aberdeen Bay

Alexandria, VA, USA

Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream or have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.

Akashic Books

Brooklyn, NY, USA

AH published its first book, The Outsider and Others, by Lovecraft, in 1939. Lovecraft remains on the center stage of its success while introducing fans to new authors and the world of the macabre, fantasy, and horror. New authors like John D. Harvey (The Cleansing) bring exciting energy to readers while keeping the integrity of the mission set forth by AH’s founders. The works presented by AH over the years would excite the likes of Lovecraft and his fellow pulp fiction authors.

Arkham House

Sauk City, WI, USA

Brick Mantel Books publishes innovative works of literary excellence by new and established writers. It values literature as an art, and it publishes literary fiction and thought-provoking poetry that leave a lasting impression. The publisher wants to help readers gain a stronger sense of the world and humanity through literature.

Brick Mantel Books

Bloomington, IN, USA

Bridge House Books is proud of the literary quality of its work. It believes a story should not only entertain but also educate. Its award-winning titles have been selected for use in college classes throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Bridge House Books

Rancho Murieta, CA, USA

Chimera Publishing buys, sells, and publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror art and books.

Chimera Publishing

Hamilton, NJ, USA

Dope Enterprises is a plot-driven and character-run publisher of the eBook series SpaceStation Colt, The Enforcers, and Domina, featuring cerebral, character-focused works, epic story lines, property-spanning arcs, stylish original literature, and tight continuity.

Dope Enterprises

Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

Europa Editions is an independent publisher of quality fiction. The company was founded in 2005 by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, who are also the owners and publishers of the Italian press Edizioni E/O. The idea behind the creation of Europa Editions was to capitalize on Edizioni E/O’s deep roots in European publishing to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards. The Europa catalog is eclectic, reflecting the founders’ belief that dialogue between nations and cultures is of vital importance and that this exchange is facilitated by literature chosen not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate but also to inform and enlighten.

Europa Editions

New York, NY, USA

Genius Book Publishing has always had one foot in the horror genre, displaying a deep appreciation of dark and disturbing fiction and nonfiction. Not all horror is dark, however, and many works of fiction and nonfiction are disturbing without being horror. Genius Books wants to go into the hidden places of the reader’s mind and bring concealed emotions, both dark and light, to the surface. The publisher feels that a mystery, thriller, memoir, or academic work can do that just as well as zombies, vampires, werewolves, and serial killers.

Genius Book Publishing

Encino, CA, USA

Harvard Square Editions (HSE) is a publishing house run by Harvard alumni that grew out of the Harvard Alumni Association group, Harvard Writers and Publishers. HSE publishes environmentally and socially conscious literary fiction, including winners of the National Book Foundation, Nautilus, and other awards.

Harvard Square Editions

Hollywood, CA, USA

Melange is a royalty-paying company publishing in eBooks and print books (print on demand, not mass-market print runs).

Melange Books

White Bear Lake, MN, USA

As a trailblazing publishing company, Milet has indelibly expanded the scope and look of bilingual and multicultural titles for children and adults, combining artistic innovation with linguistic excellence in books and multimedia resources that are both educational and entertaining. Milet is also a groundbreaking publisher of literature in translation, bringing into English works by international authors of children’s books and adult literary fiction.

Milet Publishing

Chicago, IL, USA

Mind Wings Audio is only publishing eBooks for selected authors and has suspended audio book publishing.

Mind Wings Audio

Fort Valley, GA, USA

Mocha Memoirs Press LLC is a genre-oriented publishing company. It publishes stories in the following genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance, including the subgenres of steampunk, cyberpunk, diesel punk, alternate history, weird westerns, and mash-ups.

Mocha Memoirs

Kernersville, NC, USA

Month9Books publishes speculative fiction for teens and tweens, where nothing is as it seems. It published its first title in 2012, and its first full list published in 2013.


Raleigh, NC, USA

The goal of Little, Brown’s Mulholland Books is simple: to publish books you can’t stop reading. Whatever their form—crime novels, thrillers, police procedurals, spy stories, even supernatural suspense—the promise of a Mulholland Book is that you’ll read it leaning forward, hungry for the next word. With a track record that includes numerous New York Times bestsellers, ranging across a broad spectrum of the genre, Mulholland Books has become a brand that is both critically acclaimed and fiercely embraced by the American reader. It proudly publishes a wide array of authors, including J. J. Abrams, Lauren Beukes, Robert Galbraith, Joe Lansdale, David Morrell, Ben Winters, and Jim Thompson.

Mulholland Books

Boston, MA, USA

Otto Penzler, proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in Tribeca, founded the Mysterious Press in 1975. The imprint is devoted to printing the best mystery, crime, and suspense books, using fine paper and top dust-jacket artists as well as offering many limited, signed editions.

Mysterious Press

New York, NY, USA

Orbit is an English-language publisher of science fiction and fantasy with dedicated publishing teams in the United States and the United Kingdom.


New York, NY, USA

The Permanent Press was founded in 1978 by Martin and Judith Shepard. It has committed itself to publishing works of social and literary merit and has over the years gained a reputation as one of the finest independent presses in America.

Permanent Press

Sag Harbor, NY, USA

Plus One Press is a small independent publisher, representing an alternative approach to the current mainstream publishing model. It strives to be an author-centric publishing house, where its responsibilities are to its authors and their works rather than necessarily to some commercialized product-centric vision of maximized profits.

Plus One Press

San Francisco, CA, USA

Founded in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher of mystery novels. Its award-winning mystery writers and commitment to excellence for its readers set it apart.

Poisoned Pen Press

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Rogue Phoenix Press is an eBook publisher representing excellence in publishing. It features books that hold a reader’s attention until the very last sentence, stories that paint characters so well the reader will fall in love, never wanting the book to be over. It has been in business since 2008 and continues to grow every year. Its books range from historical to contemporary romance, mystery, science fiction, and more.

Rogue Phoenix Press

Salem, OR, USA

Rosarium Publishing is a fledgling publisher specializing in speculative fiction, comics, and a touch of crime fiction—all with a multicultural flair.

Rosarium Publishing

Greenbelt, MD, USA

Scout Press is a new literary imprint dedicated to being on the lookout for modern storytellers. A scout is always on the front line—the first to see what is on the horizon, what is coming next. It publishes ambitious, conversation-starting novelists who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary fiction while also creating books that will stand the test of time.

Scout Press

New York, NY, USA

Soho Press is an independent book publisher based in Manhattan’s Union Square. Founded in 1986, Soho publishes 90 books a year across its Soho Press, Soho Crime, and Soho Teen lists and is known for introducing bold new literary voices, award-winning international crime fiction, and compelling young adult mystery and thrillers.

Soho Press

New York, NY, USA

The Story Plant is dedicated to bringing readers inspired, passionate, and immersive works of fiction from an extraordinary group of writers.

The Story Plant

Stamford, CT, USA

Tor.com is a site for science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers. It publishes original fiction, art, and commentary on science fiction and related subjects by a wide range of writers from all corners of the field, both professionals working in the genres and fans. Its aim is to provoke, encourage, and enable interesting and rewarding conversations with and between its readers.

TOR Books

New York, NY, USA

Twilight Times Books is one of the top 20 publishers according to the Preditors and Editors 2005, a reader’s annual survey of the best on the web.

Twilight Times Books

Kingsport, TN, USA

Wyrm Publishing was founded by Neil Clarke in 2007. Neil previously owned and operated Clarkesworld Books, an online speculative fiction bookstore. It was while running the bookstore that he started the World Fantasy and three-time Hugo Award–winning online publication Clarkesworld Magazine, which now continues as part of Wyrm.

Wyrm Publishing

Stirling, NJ, USA

YDP is a privately owned micro-press. Founded in 1995, it has grown far beyond original expectations.

Yard Dog Press

Alma, AR, USA

Zumaya Publications LLC is an innovative publishing company that strives to bring the best of fiction to the public. Zumaya officially launched in 2001 with the release of its first titles in print and PDF format.

Zumaya Publications

Austin, TX, USA