Second Sky Books

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Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy

We’re looking for science fiction and fantasy stories that genre readers will love: gripping, commercial storytelling that keep us up all night, effortlessly transporting us to another world with characters we’ll root for all the way.

A Distinctive Voice

What makes your style of storytelling unique? What will readers remember about your writing? We’re looking for fresh, distinctive voices that stand out from the crowd.

A Reader Promise

Why do you keep reading your favourite authors? We call it a reader promise. One of the most important questions we’ll ask is what will make your readers come back for the next book?

Our Commitment

We aim to publish a diverse list of voices that represent the very best in modern SFF storytelling and to break down barriers between publishers, writers and readers. We welcome submissions from everyone – agented or otherwise – regardless of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality or socio-economic background.

Second Sky Submission Process

Submission Guidelines

Read through our submission guidelines to make sure that your manuscript is a good fit with Second Sky.

Complete Form

Fill in our simple submission form – remember to attach your manuscript!


Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll receive a confirmation email.


We do our very best to respond to every submission within 1 month.


We’ll let you know whether or not we’d like to publish your book – good luck!

Some Guidelines for Submitting to Second Sky

  • We are looking only for full-length, science fiction and fantasy. If you write in other fiction genres, please check out our submissions at Bookouture, and if you write text-led non-fiction, please visit Thread. We do not publish children’s books, film scripts, poetry or short stories.
  • Please send us a complete manuscript of your full-length book in a clear font with double spacing.
  • If you have used track changes to edit your book, please remember to switch it off before you send it to us.
  • Have a look at our website to give you an idea of the books we are already publishing. Is yours a good fit for our list?
  • If you’re unclear how to pitch your book, don’t panic! Just tell us in a couple of sentences what you think it is about and make sure you attach the full typescript. We’ll do the rest!
  • If you are able to pitch your book in a couple of sentences, using published titles that you feel are comparable to yours, this is helpful, and a good indication that you know your market.
  • We read everything that is submitted to us, and will aim to come back to you within a month. But due to the volume of submissions and the size of our team, we are not able to give you a detailed response with editorial feedback.
  • Our decisions are based on what will work for us commercially and how we can position a book with forensic precision. If this isn’t clear it will be very hard for us to publish successfully. But we might still be fans of your writing and in that case it’s likely that an editor will be in touch with you to explore the possibility of further ideas.




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