Founded in 1971 by veteran paperback editor Donald A. Wollheim, along with his wife, Elsie B. Wollheim, DAW Books was the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy. Now almost 50 years and two thousand titles later, DAW has a well-deserved reputation for discovering and publishing the hottest talents in the industry. Many stars of the science fiction and fantasy field made their debuts in the pages of a DAW book, including Patrick Rothfuss, Tad Williams, C. J. Cherryh, Mercedes Lackey, Kristen Britain, Melanie Rawn, C.S. Friedman, and Tanith Lee. Despite its high profile, DAW is still a small private company, owned exclusively by its publishers, Elizabeth R. Wollheim and Sheila E. Gilbert. Betsy and Sheila are strongly committed to discovering and nurturing new talent, and to keeping a personal “family” spirit at DAW—something they feel is all too rare in today’s world of international conglomerate publishing.
DAW Books seeks to publish a wide range of voices and stories, because we believe that it is the duty of the science fiction and fantasy genres to be inclusive and representative of as many diverse viewpoints as possible.
Science fiction and fantasy have always been genres in which creators have infinite space to explore bold and inventive new ideas, while also reflecting the multiplicity of cultures, traditions, and identities of our own world. At DAW, we are proud of the work that our authors have already done to explore and celebrate diversity. We have a history of publishing feminist and LGBTQIA+ fiction, but we are always seeking to expand our own horizons, as well as those of our readers.
To this end, DAW is actively seeking new works of science fiction and fantasy written by and/or featuring people of color, Native people, disabled people, neurodiverse people, LGBTQIA+ people, and those from other underrepresented or marginalized communities.
For unagented manuscripts, please see our submission guidelines below. We encourage literary agents to reach out to our acquiring editors or email us at email@example.com.
DAW accepts unsolicited submissions of science fiction and fantasy novels. We cannot consider short stories, short story collections, novellas, or poetry. The average length of the novels we publish varies, but is almost never fewer than 80,000 words.
A literary agent is not required for submission. We will not consider manuscripts that are currently on submission to another publisher unless prior arrangements have been made with a literary agent. It may require three months or more for our editors to review a manuscript. If we take longer than three months to review your manuscript, we no longer require an exclusive submission.
At this time, we only accept electronic submissions through our Submittable page: submit.dawbooks.com.
Please send us the entire completed manuscript with a query letter addressed to Peter Stampfel. The manuscript should be double-spaced, with at least 1″ margins. Please number your pages consecutively, and put the title of your novel at the top of each page.
It is not necessary for you to register or copyright your work before publication—it is protected by law as long as it has not been published. When published, we will copyright the book in the author’s name and register that copyright with the Library of Congress.
For all other inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Submission FAQ:
Do I have to create an account to submit a manuscript?
Yes, you must create a free Submittable account to submit a manuscript for consideration.
What type of file is required for submission?
We can accept the following file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt, wpd
Do you still accept print submissions?
At this time, we accept only digital submissions. Any print submissions mailed to our office postmarked after December 31st, 2017 will not be considered for publication.
Can I submit a work of short fiction?
No. DAW can only consider submissions of novel length.
Do you accept submissions from authors outside the United States?
Yes, we are happy to consider international submissions.
Can I email my manuscript directly to you?
Please submit all manuscripts to our Submittable page. Manuscripts sent to our DAW email account will not be considered for publication.
Do you accept works that have been previously published (self-publishing, e-publishing, etc.)?
DAW can consider all submissions as long as the author currently retains all rights. If you do currently retain all rights, then you may submit the work to us for consideration.