Here is a list of YA Publishers and their imprints that are accepting unagented author submissions via email (if that’s your thing) and that are offering advances ranging from a token ($100+) to 1,000+ advance. By no means is this list exhaustive. It’s just a few of them out there; most I’ve had experience conversing with. The comments I have on them are my own opinion, which you can take or toss. And as far as I’ve researched, all are reputable places (unless I hear otherwise which I will remove.)
I’d be delighted to hear of any other YA publishers with such guidelines and will add them to the list if anyone else knows of more. The list is in no particular order.
Side note: To prevent any broken links and misdirect someone to the wrong site, I would suggest you Google the press you are interested in and read as much as possible before submitting. I also encourage you to ask the publisher questions if you have additional questions that the publisher hasn’t listed on their site. In my experience most publishers are delighted to hear from any writer asking questions and usually will respond in a timely manner. The ones that don’t respond at all…is a clear indication to move on and keep searching elsewhere.
Poisoned Pencil: Accepts YA Mysteries only with additional sub-genres. I’ve had the joy of working with Ellen Larson on one of my titles and I couldn’t be happier. Very Responsive and a great bunch to work with.
Merit Press: A YA imprint of F+W Media. Jackie Mitchard is the head of the operation and is a splendid editor to deal with. Very responsive and insightful. They want more contemporary novels with strong female protagonists.
Soho Teen: Parent company Soho Press. Good experience with them, Rachel Kowal is professional and responsive. I’ve also seen quite a few titles already at my local library (good sign.)
Kensington Books: Responsive. I’ve also seen their titles in my library (shows signs of good distribution.) Advances may exclude e-kensington.
Sourcebooks: Fire is their YA imprint. Responsive, though the submission wait may take longer than expected. Definitely a great company. I’ve seen many titles in the Barnes & Noble.
Journalstone: I don’t know much about them, but I’ve read they give good advances. I think they’re more into Sci-Fi. Remember to always check the guidelines first before submitting.
Medallion Press: They have a YA-YA line (young adults writing for young adults.) Advances are 1,000 and above.
Strange Chemistry: Responsive. I’ve had the pleasure of getting a very in-depth rejection which I thought was very insightful and honest from Amanda Rutter.
Quirk Books: They accept YA but be sure to read the guidelines and perhaps check out their YA books too. They all have a quirky offbeat feel to it. Interesting press. Responsive.
ChiTeen: a YA imprint of ChiZine which will be accepting submissions July 2014. Be on the lookout.
Prometheus Books: YA more sci-fi and fantasy bent.
Spencer Hill Press: A growing YA press. Only accepting submissions in December.
Polis Books: New publisher. I haven’t yet dealt with them, but they pay advances and accept email submissions. Nothing is mentioned on exactly what type of advance that is though.
Belle Books: They’ve been around for a long time now and have lots of great titles out there. I’ll be honest, response times are glacier slow. BUT they always do respond and now have just hired more help in the acquisitions and editorial department.
Entangled: Has made an announcement recently about now paying advances $250+.
Pelican Book Group: Has a YA imprint, Watershed. They are Christian bent, but are willing to accept submissions on the edgier side. Be sure to check the guidelines and titles to see if your baby is a good fit.
Okay, so that’s it! And again, if anyone else wants to add to it, just let me know. Be sure to read all the guidelines, do your homework. Google is your friend. Other good sites to check out for reputability:
Predators and Editors
AbsoluteWrite.com (Bewares, Recommendations and Background Check forum)
Best wishes to your submission journey and good luck to you!!!
Harmony Ink: A YA fiction imprint of Dreamspinner Press. This imprint is focusing on GLBT characters. Offering between 500 to 1,000 dollar advances. Looks promising.
Hot Key Books: This is a U.K. publisher also accepting U.S. authors. They focus on MG and YA. Advances. Hot Key is a new division of Bonnier Books. Bonnier also does Piccadilly Press (another place to submit your teen novel. But I think Piccadilly focuses more on picture books.) Be sure to read the guidelines and check out the books too to see which one is a better fit.
Intrigue Publishing: They are focusing on YA Crime, Urban Drama and Sensual Romance. Advances. They have a couple of releases coming out in August 2013 that sound interesting.