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Random House, one of the Big 5, has gotten on board with its Hydra digital science fiction imprint (better late than never).
HarperCollins has also joined the fray with its Voyager imprint, and Simon & Shuster has launched Simon451 (both of these are now closed to submissions).
Below are four established publishers accepting eBook manuscripts from SFF authors.
Make sure to read their submission guidelines carefully before you submit.
About: Tor.com is a short fiction market edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Liz Gorinsky, Ann VanderMeer, and Ellen Datlow, with support and reading from Carl Engle-Laird, Cory Skerry, and Bridget Smith (and occasional others).
What they are looking for: Tor.com welcomes original speculative fiction short stories and poetry, including SF, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and related genres. They are particularly interested in stories under 12,000 words.
Read full guidelines HERE.
About: Hydra is the digital science fiction imprint of Random House.
Read guidelines HERE.
What they are looking for: Science fiction and fantasy manuscripts of 50,000 words or longer. Romantic elements are not required.
How to Submit:
- Required: In the submissions form, you will be asked for a brief, introductory query letter listing genre, word count and a short description of the book, as well as any pertinent information about the author, including both legal name and pen name and any writing credits. The query letter is your sales pitch and we use the information included in it.
- Required: The full manuscript saved as an RTF or DOC file and attached, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE. (example: WarAndPeace_Manuscript)
- Required: 2-5 page synopsis of book that details character development, plot, and conflict/story resolution. Attach as an RTF or DOC file with file name TITLE_SYNOPSIS where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE. (Example: WarAndPeace_Synopsis)
- Preferred: A short series/duology/trilogy outline to be included with submissions, especially of paranormal, fantasy and science fiction genres. The series outline doesn’t need to be more than 1-2 pages and outline the author’s plans for related books, including how many books are planned and the overall series arc, themes and characters.
Read full guidelines HERE.
Send the manuscript as a single file (do not break it into separate chapter files). The form only accepts a single file so any synopsis and contact info needs to be in the file with your manuscript.
Your submission must include your name, email address*, postal mailing address, and telephone number on both your cover letter and the first page of the manuscript. *[If you have an alternate permanent email address, please include it, in case your primary account goes out of service.] Include a plot outline if possible.