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

All categories of adult and YA fiction. 

Steve Laube, The Steve Laube Agency and Enclave Publishing 

Great science fiction or fantasy (adult and YA) intended for Enclave Publishing. No horror. No Middle Grade.

Talia Messina, Tyndale House Publishers 

As a Tyndale AE, Talia is looking for stories (picture books, middle grade chapter books, devotions, or YA books) with a Christian worldview, spiritual themes, and unique storytelling elements.

Amy Michelle Carpenter, Monster Ivy Publishing

Monster Ivy is looking for YA fiction, romance, psychological thrillers, fantasy, horror, and supernatural fiction. It must be at a PG13 or less rating.

Lisa Mangum, Shadow Mountain Publishing 

Shadow Mountain Publishing is passionate about clean content and empowering values. We publish general fiction and nonfiction for all ages.

We are currently looking for

YA fantasy, YA fantasy-romance, and middle grade fantasy. (Please note that we are not looking for sci-fi stories at this time.)

Rowena Kuo, Brimstone Fiction

Brimstone Fiction seeks engaging, well-written stories in the genres of Speculative Fiction (YA Science Fiction and YA Fantasy) and chiller thrillers with supernatural/paranormal elements. I am open to considering all genres of fiction and nonfiction, but I will be more interested in your work if you already know your audience. During appointments, I would like to see a one-sheet and the first chapter of your book. I look for authors with enthusiasm and a willingness to develop their writing skills, whether they are just at the beginning of their writing career or multi-published world-wide. Although the Brimstone Community maintains a Christian worldview, our audience will extend to the general market. I look forward to meeting you, no matter where you are on your career path as you continue your journey to publication.

Marilyn Kretzer, Blackstone Publishing

Marilyn is looking for new and original work in the genres of SFF, suspense, and mystery/thriller, as well as any professionally written, high-concept story.


Tim Pietz, Mountain Brook Fire 

Mountain Brook Fire is looking for adult, YA, and middle-grade speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, etc.). We publish both Christian and clean general market spec-fic. Books that are not explicitly Christian but communicate a Christian worldview are particularly appreciated.


AJ Skelly, Quill and Flame Publishing

Quill & Flame Publishing House publishes clean secular YA and NA romance. 

Erin Howard, Expanse Books

Clean and/or Christian middle-grade, YA, and adult speculative fiction


Stacy Hooker, Descendant Publishing

We are currently accepting manuscripts in these young adult and middle grade genres:

  • Epic quest/adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • 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.
Dawn Dagger, Queen Anne’s Lace Publishing

We are looking for submissions in the middle grade genre, as well as picture books (preferably illustrated). We are open to submissions from those who want to get into illustrating picture books as wel