Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 27, 2011

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers


For all you science fiction and fantasy writers.  Pyr® publishes only science fiction and fantasy novels.  They are not currently looking for short story collections, anthologies, novellas, or nonfiction. They prefer novels in the 100,000 to 130,000 word range. For science fiction, they do not consider material under 85,000 words in length.

For fantasy, they do not consider material under 95,000 words in length.

They are also looking for speculative Young Adult fiction in any subgenre. These manuscripts may be shorter.

There are two required methods of submission, depending on whether or not you have agent representation:

Unagented submissions:
Email submissions ONLY. For adult fiction, we ONLY accept submissions in the subgenres of epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, and contemporary/urban fantasy.
No horror, science fiction, or slipstream. For Young Adult fiction, other subgenres will be considered. Only full manuscripts accepted—no partials or outlines. Please send an email which includes your name, address, telephone number, and a one to three paragraph synopsis of your work, along with the manuscript attached as a Word doc or RTF file, to  Note that due to the volume of submissions a detailed reply in the case of a rejection may not be possible (and is unlikely).


Please ensure that your manuscript conforms to standard manuscript formatting requirements. For an example of this, see the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America example here.

Agented submissions: Email submissions strongly preferred! Please query first with an email to Editorial Director, Lou Anders (Landers at prometheusbooks dot com).  The email should include a one to three paragraph synopsis of the project in question in the body of the email. Please do NOT include the manuscript or sample chapters with the  initial query. Our needs are specific enough, and the volume of submissions we receive high enough, that we can save everyone time in this manner.  Again—only
agented submissions at this address.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. It’s funny how, in all the years I’ve been reading about writing, although it’s said that fantasy requires more description of the world (and all that’s in it) that’s created, that there’s not usually separate word-count guidelines, allowing for the extra needed in the sci-fi/fantasy genres. Since this house focuses on sci-fi and fantasy, they EXPECT the longer word count 🙂 I really liked seeing that! Thanks, Kathy 🙂


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