Most unpublished writers consider the two obvious publishing paths available—traditional publishing with the Big Five and self-publishing. They should also consider small presses as a viable third path. Harvard Square Editions, Salvo Press, and Split Lip Press are small publishing houses that accept unagented and unsolicited manuscripts.
Harvard Square Editions
This publishing house is run by Harvard University alumni. It accepts novels and novellas with environmental and social themes, including political fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, dystopia, and fantasy. “We appreciate aesthetic value and constructive social or political content, especially manuscripts related to climate change, deforestation, and conservation,” according to its Web site.
Split Lip Press
This independent publisher publishes poetry collections, short story collections, novellas, and anthologies. “Split Lip Press is here to discover and promote the next Lorrie Moore or the next James Tate because small press publishing is the best option for writers in their vein,” according to the company’s Web site. It accepts poetry and fiction.
Salvo Press is currently looking for original mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction. It doesn’t accept previously self-published books, even those published only for promotional purposes.
This small press was recently acquired by Start Publishing of New York. The company said it’s a great opportunity for its authors. “This deal will bring Salvo Press authors to a wider audience worldwide,” it said.
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