Small Presses: Opportunities for Unagented Writers


“Hommage” by Leopoldo Maler, Hess Collection Winery’s Art Gallery, Napa Valley (photo by Cindy Fazzi).

Two small publishers are open to unagented and unsolicited submissions within the next few weeks. Tayen Lane Publishing is seeking short stories for two anthologies until the end of March, while Black Balloon Publishing will consider manuscripts in April. Both companies publish a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books.

Tayen Lane Publishing

Tayen Lane, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, says its mission is to challenge the status quo by publishing provocative, beyond-the-mainstream books.

Articulated Press, an imprint of Tayen Lane, publishes young adult and literary fiction of all lengths: novels, novellas, anthologies, short story collections, and serials. Articulated Press aims to “reflect the modern, diverse, and interconnected world of which we are part, and actively seek to represent international voices.”

The publisher is seeking manuscripts for graphic novels, young adult fantasy and science fiction works, children’s books, and nonfiction books. Articulated Press is also looking for short stories for two anthologies—one for literary fiction and another for science fiction. Deadline for short story submission is March 31, 2016.

Read more about Tayen Lane’s submission guidelines.

Black Balloon Publishing

Black Balloon Publishing is an imprint of Catapult, a New York publishing company. “We celebrate crossing genres and embrace new forms of storytelling,” according to the publisher. “We use our freedom as an independent publisher to take risks and collaborate, rewrite industry rules, and diversify the selection of books available to readers today.”

Black Balloon will read unagented submissions in April and October. It is seeking literary fiction, memoir, and nonfiction manuscripts.

Learn more about Black Balloon’s submission guidelines.

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  1. Thanks for keeping us updated on submission calls. This one doesn’t apply to me, but hopefully another one will soon.

  2. Reblogged this on spiritualjourney17 and commented:
    Opportunities from two small publishers for unagented writers until the 31st of March.

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