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Traditional Publishing: 9 Literary Houses you can Submit your Manuscript for Free Publication


It takes more than a good manuscript to become an author, taking into perspective the cost of book publishing, as skyrocketed as it is. And not everyone can resort to self-publishing. This is exactly where traditional publishing comes on stage. 

You submit your manuscript, wait for a period of time hoping for a positive response. Although the fact that the cons sometimes outweighs the pros using time, inadequate marketing or difficult access as a benchmark cannot be undermined, yet it sometimes becomes the way out for many authors with weak financial strength.

The list below as compiled by ACEworld contains, in no particular order, 9 literary houses that provides free book publishing for authors.


Narrative magazine



Narrative is a non-profit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. They do not charge readers for the magazine. However, for unsolicited submissions, they do charge a nominal fee, which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to receiving, reading, and responding to submissions. Also, a portion of the reading fee helps fund their annual Narrative Prize. Their desire is to connect readers and writers, and they strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting work to read the magazine before submitting. You may read the magazine for free. They are strongly committed to publishing debut and emerging writers, and those writers account for a third of the three to four hundred works we publish each year.

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Tanglewood books



Tanglewood Publishing strives to do the same. With a focus on inspiring readers to pick up a book for the pleasure of reading, Tanglewood’s list features titles with strong sales and critical acclaim, often by authors and illustrators who may have been overlooked by others.

Tanglewood takes pride in creating fun books kids want to read. To ensure that every book we publish is kid-focused, we have created the Young Reviewers Initiative. This program connects kids and teens across the country with books in the Tanglewood Publishing process. They read the stories and provide us with their unfiltered feedback so we can really make the best books for them.

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Discoveries journal


DISCOVERIES was launched in October 2013 and publishes a small number of HIGH IMPACT reviews & experimental articles (around 20-30/year), organized in four issues/year. It is Google Scholar indexed and their first articles were just included in PubMed. Discoveries is now under PubMedCentral's evaluation.

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The school magazine


The School Magazine is a literary magazine for children which has been published continuously by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities in its many incarnations since its first issue in 1916. It was originally subtitled 'A Magazine of Literature for Our Boys and Girls'

The school magazine publishes short stories, articles, plays, poems and activities  that have literary and academic merit. Our readers are primary school children who respond well to text that delight, intrigue, challenge and inspire them- text written especially for them. Remember that our readers live in a multicultural, diverse society and that our magazines reflect this. Our readers are exploring their identities and appreciate insights into the world around them. What works best? Energetic and accessible writing that has suspense, wit, fast-paced action, twists, credible characters and, always, the child reader at its heart.

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Black fox magazine


Black Fox Literary Magazine was founded by Racquel Henry, Pamela Harris, and Marquita Hockaday. The three writers met during an MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.

Black Fox Literary Magazine is a print and online biannual publication featuring quality fiction of all styles and genres, poetry, and nonfiction. Their Summer issue is published the last week in July, and the Winter issue is published the last week in January.

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Swoon reads


Swoon reads publishes irresistible, unforgettable, original young adult novels that have never been published before. From heroic epics, to alien adventures, to all-the-feels romance: if their community and editors fall in love with your book , you could land a publishing deal with Macmillan.

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Praxis magazine


Praxis Magazine is a platform for artists and writers to commune, debate, and progress their craft respectively. They cover literary events across Africa, give voice to emerging writers and artists, and even promote literature in indigenous languages, e.g Yoruba, Hausa, Swahili, Naija Languej etc. They are equally interested in promoting podcast culture in Africa which is why we have a podcast feature on their website that is dedicated to Interviews/Discussions on matters concerning Arts and Literature in Africa as well as Spoken Word poetry. 

Praxis Magazine's mission Statement is to create a rallying point for writers and artists to commune and progress their craft(s). The magazine showcases unique arts, literature, podcasts and performance poetry from both established and emerging writers, artists and poets.

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The Cryosphere


The Cryosphere  (TC) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications, and review papers on all aspects of frozen water and ground on Earth and on other planetary bodies.

The main subject areas are ice sheets and glaciers, planetary ice bodies, permafrost, river and lake ice, seasonal snow cover, sea ice, remote sensing, numerical modelling, in situ and laboratories of the above and including studies of the interaction of the Cryosphere with the rest of the climate system.

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Sage Publishing


Founded in 1965, SAGE is a leading independent, academic and professional publisher of innovative, high-quality content.

Known for their commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas.

With over 1,500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., they publish more than 1,000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine.

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