For new authors, getting a science fiction or fantasy novel published can be a challenge, especially if it’s written from a Christian worldview. That’s why we put together this list of outlets where you can submit your speculative fiction manuscript.
This list includes only traditional publishers, by which we mean they pay you and not the other way around. Fee-for-service is a valid business model, but there are tons of such companies, and if we open the list to them it will be a mile long.
The other criterion for inclusion here is that the publisher accepts unagented submissions. That’s because it’s so difficult for a new writer to get an agent in this genre.
Each publisher’s listing includes notes about what they publish and a link to their submission guidelines, along with the names of some of the authors they publish.
If you know of a publisher we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments.
Anaiah Press: A Christian publisher handling a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction, including speculative
Authors: Jennifer Novotney and Rosie Somers
Submission Guidelines; Check Wish Lists to see which editors are accepting unsolicited submissions.
Barking Rain Press: Not aimed at the Christian market specifically, but its fantasy list shows some books with religious themes.
Authors: Adele Abbot, Nick Hayden, Barton Paul Levenson, and Clint Talbert.
Brimstone Fiction: An imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Seeking fantasy, spiritual warfare, time travel, science fiction, horror, or alternate history. Accepts manuscripts only from writers they meet at conferences, or who are represented by an agent.
Authors: Jason Brannon and D.L. Koontz
Charlie Dawg Press: Started as an author services firm but shifted to traditional publishing to control quality of manuscripts. Publishing science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction, along with poetry and anthologies.
Authors: G.L. Francis, Alma F. Quick, and Deb Kemper
Crosshair Press: Accepts most genres but especially looking for romantic comedies, space operas, science fiction, fantasy, action/adventure, urban fantasy, and steampunk. Wants “character-focused fiction with high action and moral or spiritual dilemmas.” Humor a plus.
Authors: Amy Williams and Katie Morford & Carrie Lemke
Diminished Media Group: A Christian-owned company, but books need not be religious in nature as long as they are “family-friendly.”
Authors: Rebecca P. Minor, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Finding Christ Books: Small, family-owned press looking for a variety of genres including fantasy and science fiction.
Authors: Wayne Thomas Batson, Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry, Jeremiah Montgomery
Flagship Fiction: An imprint of CGI Publishing, a Christian publisher of fiction and nonfiction. Submissions currently closed; watch website for updates.
Authors: Nicholas Downing, N.P. Beckwith, E.L. Pearson, and Erin Burnett
Lighthouse Christian Publishing: Christian publisher; covers all genres, nonfiction and fiction including fantasy and science fiction
Authors: Craig Dressler, Carissa Unruh, and Madison Dillard
Lycaon Press: Looking for “paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, general fiction, or anything that targets young adults.” Not a Christian press, but publishes YA with no sexual content; avoids religious themes.
Authors: Scott J. Abel, Scott Wieczorek
Magpie Eclectic Press: Christian publisher specializing in speculative fiction; considers fiction that’s not specifically Christian as long as it’s “PG-13” and not anti-Christian. Recently launched.
Authors: Gillian Bronte Adams
Marcher Lord Press: See Enclave Publishing
P&R Publishing Co.: Mostly nonfiction, but some fantasy and science fiction. Submission form indicates they’ll consider fiction of any genre as long as it’s from a Christian worldview, that is, “designed to help all readers grow in Christian thought.”
Authors: science fiction by Brock Eastman and fantasy novels by Jeremiah W. Montgomery and L.B. Graham
PDMI Publishing: General market small press open to Christian fiction; multiple genres, including fantasy and science fiction. Will be accepting submissions July 1-14 and October 1-14.
Authors: Cindy Koepp
Port Yonder Press: No longer accepting submissions. Website states the book publishing division is on “indefinite hiatus.”
Prism Book Group: Christian publisher; covers multiple genres of fiction. Currently closed to submissions unless you meet an editor at a conference. Watch the website for updates.
Authors: Pauline Creeden, Kim McMahill
Risen Books: Christian publisher specializing in fiction; looking for stories with a strong biblical worldview
Authors: Yvonne Anderson, Tim Chaffey & Joe Westbrook, Michelle Griep, Tessa Stockton
Splashdown Books: Now a hybrid press. See Splashdown Books changes business model.
Under the Moon: General market small press open to Christian fiction; looking primarily for speculative fiction, but also military fiction, as well as “stories that don’t fit a specific genre;” the target market is gamers
Written World Communications: Christian publisher; covers many genres, including speculative
Authors: P. A. Baines, H.G. Ferguson, Lelia Rose Foreman, Rebecca P. Minor, N. Paul Williams