At the Realm Makers Conference, authors seeking to have their manuscripts traditionally published have the opportunity to meet with agents and editors who are specifically looking to acquire speculative fiction. We are honored to have a strong selection of publishing houses taking appointments. Read on for which houses will be represented and what their editorial needs are.

* Please make sure to research each publisher/agent you are considering making an appointment with. It helps everyone if you are as knowledgeable about what the publishing house or agent has been producing.

Donald Maass, The Donald Maass Agency


Fiction, all genres, no children’s picture books or poetry.

Steve Laube, The Steve Laube Agency and Enclave Publishing 

Seeking:Since I am the Publisher at Enclave Publishing I will review and discuss any Speculative fiction ideas. At the same time, I do look at the potential for a book beyond Enclave as part of our literary agency.

Linda Howard, Tyndale House Publishers 

Seeking: YA and Middle Grade books, both fiction and nonfiction, picture books, board books, and devotions. We are looking for books with a great hook, great writing, and a Christian worldview.Seeking: YA and Middle Grade books, both fiction and nonfiction, picture books, board books, and devotions. We are looking for books with a great hook, great writing, and a Christian worldview.

Janeen Ippolito, Uncommon Universes Press 

Uncommon Universes Press is an independent publisher seeking stories with wonder, adventure, and sacrifice. We publish for the general market.

We’re actively acquiring fantasy (and only fantasy) at the present time. This includes fantasy and paranormal romance, fairy tale retellings, mythology retellings, urban fantasy, YA fantasy, steampunk fantasy, historical fantasy, and dark fantasy. We will also consider space opera (we count Star Wars as fantasy). We do love quirky ideas if the author has the craft and platform to support them.

Please see the submission guidelines at for details

Lisa Mangum, Shadow Mountain Publishing 

Middle grade and YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Middle Grade, Inspirational Nonfiction, Romance, Cookbooks

Deb Haggerty, Elk Lake Publishing 

Seeking: Both fantasy and science fiction for children through adults. Particularly interested in middle-grade and YA.

Suzanne Kuhn, Iron Stream Media / Brookstone Creative Group

Seeking:Fiction, YA Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Devotionals

Alice Fugate, The Joy Harris Literary Agency 

Please refer to my bio for a little more about my taste, but I focus on children’s books, fiction mainly but also nonfiction, and would love an adventure book with series potential. I am looking mainly for middle grade but also picture books, graphic novels, young adult, chapter and board books, as well as select adult projects, but in that arena I tend to shy away from high or even low fantasy and would prefer a magical realism story–something with a touch of the fantastic rather than full-on fantasy. I am not looking for sci-fi. I love stories that explore faith and religion or that have a Christian worldview without being “about” religion, etc. 

Alyssa Roat, Mountain Brook Fire 


I’m looking for YA and adult titles that are general market but appropriate for Christian audiences. I’m especially looking for diverse worlds and voices (not just medieval Europe inspired). Unique fantasy worlds, contemporary/magical realism, unique spins on fairytales, superheroes, steampunk (please!), historical fantasy, unique mythology. I’m not looking for end times, zombies/vampires/werewolves, space opera, or horror. I’ll consider upper MG, hard sci-fi, and dystopian, though they’re not really my thing. I love a good hook and a premise that stands out.

Troy and Stacy Hooker, Descendant Publishing


Descendant Publishing is the newest premier Christian fiction & fantasy provider of epic stories and media for youth and adults. Part of our vision includes the development of creative curriculum with many of the stories we publish.  

We are currently accepting manuscripts in these young adult genres:

Epic quest/adventure 
Urban fantasy 
High fantasy

General Requirements

Single stories or series. We accept manuscripts geared for all ages. 
Content suitable for a wide audience, containing appropriate themes and message. 
Nearly complete or completed manuscript, unpublished and ready to submit. 
All of our authors are professed Christians and their lives reflect a Biblical standard.