At least one publisher will soon be accepting unsolicited manuscripts over the transom. Harper Voyager, HarperCollins’ science fiction and fantasy imprint, has announced that it will accept unagented manuscripts for a two-week period in October.
From October 1 until October 14, Harper Voyager is opening the transom to unsolicited manuscripts. The decision as to which manuscripts to publish will be made 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 most likely will be initially published in e-book format, with a possibility that some manuscripts will also be published in print. 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.