Have a SF or Fantasy Manuscript? Now’s Your Chance to Be Published

In What's the Buzz by Dennis Abrams

By Publishing Perspectives

HarperCollins’ science fiction and fantasy imprint, Harper Voyager, has announced that it will accept complete and unagented manuscripts for a two-week period in October.

For the first time in over a decade, from October 1 until October 14, Harper Voyager is opening the door to unsolicited manuscripts in order to “seek new authors with fresh voices, strong storytelling ideas, and compelling storylines.”

The submissions most suited to the Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the US, UK, and Australia. According to the publisher, “Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets. Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia, and supernatural genres.”

Titles will likely be published as e-books initially, but there is a possibility that submissions will be published in print as well. The publisher added that, “We’ve already been publishing digital originals from our existing Harper Voyager authors, and are thrilled to expand this wider to welcome new authors and voices to Harper Voyager. The growth of eReaders and e-books have created an exciting new opportunity that allows us to begin increasing the number and diversity of our speculative fiction list. And speculative fiction readers are the most savvy early adopters so we’re keen to provide our readers with the best ebooks possible.”

Guidelines for submissions are here.

The portal for submissions is here.

About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.