small presses

Click through to visit the small presses, check out their books, and buy directly from them.  If you run a small press that’s not listed here, please contact us.

Click here to see an interactive map of UK-based small presses.  The map was initiated by Salt Press and is now collaboratively maintained by contributing small presses.  If you run a small press that is not listed on the map, please add it!  

Aaaargh! Press – countercultural libertarian publishing

Alchemy Press – award-winning West Midlands based publisher of fantasy and horror

Ampersand – literary publishing house encompassing everything from innovative contemporary fiction, poetry, and criticism, to new editions and translations of literary classics; based in Seven Sisters, London

And Other Stories – publishing a wide variety of contemporary literary fiction in English

Atlantic Press Books – rare and collectible works of ‘authorial illustration’

Barbican Press – ‘Writing from the Discomfort Zone’: challenging and inventive new literature

Black Shuck Books – ‘Horror with Bite’

Bluemoose Books – independent publisher of literary fiction, based in Hebden Bridge

Burning Eye Books – independent publisher specialising in performance, slam stand up poetry and spoken word, based in Portishead, Somerset

Calisi Press – translated literary fiction by Italian women writers in English

Candlestick Press – gift-style poetry pamphlets

Cassava Republic – contemporary African prose rooted in diverse African experience

C.B.Editions – innovative short fiction, poetry, translations and other work

Charco Press – outstanding contemporary Latin American literature in translation

Comma Press – putting ‘the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture’

Contraband – contemporary modernist literature

Copy Press – ‘dedicated to extending ideas of writing, pictures and readability’

Cultured Llama – poetry, short fiction and ‘curious things’

Daunt Books – a diverse range of fiction from around the world

Dead Ink – Liverpool-based publisher of experimental literature

Dodo Ink – daring and different novels

Dog Horn Publishing – ‘books with bite.  writing with risk.’

Dostoyevsky Wannabe – experimental imprint

Eibonvale Press – specialising in the spaces between genres – horror, surrealism, speculative fiction, etc.

The Emma Press – Birmingham-based poetry publisher, dedicated to publishing beautiful, thought-provoking books

Equipage – ‘poetry as antagonism’

Eros Press – London-based independent publisher of periodicals, books and artist editions

Fair Acre Press – poetry, prose, photography, art and craft focused on science and the natural world

Fitzcarraldo Editions – high-quality literary fiction and essays

Fox Spirit Books – winner of Best Independent Press at the British Fantasy Awards 2015

Freight Books – Glasgow-based publisher of literary fiction, humour, illustrated texts, narrative non-fiction and poetry

Galley Beggar Press – ‘an old-fashioned publisher for the twenty-first century’ publishing contemporary literary and innovative fiction

Grimbold Books – science-fiction, fantasy and dark fiction

Guillemot Press – independent publisher of pamphlets and beautiful books

Hesterglock Press – Bristol-based small-press publishing mainly experimental poetry

Hexus Press – experimental horror

Holland House Books – literary fiction and crime fiction

Hope Road – independent publisher promoting literature with a special focus on Africa, Asia and the Caribbean

House Sparrow Press – fine-press publishing ‘creatively committed collaborative works’

If P Then Q – contemporary innovative and experimental poetry

Influx Press – innovative fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction with a focus on site-based works

Inspired Quill – ‘positive publishing’ dedicated to quality literature, skills development and social/environmental causes

Istros – publishing and promoting literature in translation from South East Europe and the Balkans

Jacaranda – fiction and non-fiction, including illustrated books, crossing linguistic, racial, gender and cultural boundaries with a focus on the African and Caribbean diaspora

Kernpunkt Press – independent publisher of literary fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, and children’s books

Kristell Ink – sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Grimbold Books

Les Fugitives – short, new writing by award-winning francophone female authors previously unavailable in English or in the UK.

Leviathan Books – ‘Horror with Depth’

Linen Press – ‘fine writing for women, by women’

Listen Softly London – small press and spoken word events in London dedicated to writing that calls for equality and positive change

Little Island Press – elegant hardback editions of fiction, poetry and essays

Luna Press Publishing – Fantasy, Dark Fantasy and Science Fiction in fiction and academia

Moot Press – poetry, photography and experimental texts

Mother’s Milk Books – publishing books for adults and children that normalize breastfeeding and celebrate femininity and empathy

Myriad Editions – fiction, graphic books and atlases

Myrmidon Books – commercial and literary adult fiction

New Island – literary fiction, poetry & drama, crime fiction and Irish interest non-fiction

Nine Arches Press – ‘adventures in poetry’

Out-Spoken – poetry and critical writing, giving a literary platform to poets and writers whose work is innovative, sensual and plural

Oystercatcher Press – exciting and vivid poetry in pamphlet form

Patrician Press – encouraging and promoting writers of high-quality fiction and poetry

Peepal Tree Press – publishing Caribbean and Black British writing that makes a difference

Peirene Press – contemporary European novellas and short stories in translation

Penkhull Press – ‘genre-independent’ publisher of a wide range of literature

Piece of Paper Press – innovative new writing, visual and graphic work, published in a book formed from a single piece of A4 paper and distributed free at festivals and events

Platypus Press – innovative contemporary poetry and prose from a broad variety of voices and experiences

Portobello Books – issue-driven non-fiction that ranges from investigative journalism, reportage, politics and narrative history, to travel writing and memoir, plus fiction in translation

Quartet Books – independent publisher pursuing an alternative to the mainstream

Reality Street – innovative writing in poetry and prose

Route – committed to authentic stories and good books

Sad Press – poetry chapbooks by individual authors and collections of experimental writing

Salt Publishing – contemporary British literature

Saraband – creative independent publisher of fiction, non-fiction and digital publishing

Shearsman Books – rigorous contemporary poetry

Shoreline of Infinity – Edinburgh-based publisher specialising in science fiction

Silhouette Press – not-for-profit social enterprise publisher, aiming to improve access to the publishing industry

Silver Press – London-based feminist publisher

Six Minutes to Midnight – apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic cross-genre fiction

Splice – small press publishing short fiction, online review of new titles from the small presses & annual print anthology.

Stinging Fly – new Irish and international writing

Strange Books – ‘strange stories for strange people in a strange world’

Tangerine Press – fine press poetry, prose and photography in hand-bound, limited edition collections

Tenebris Books – dark fiction imprint of Grimbold Books

Test Centre – independent publishing house and record label with an interest in the spoken and written word

Tilted Axis – ‘Tilted Axis is a not-for-profit press on a mission to shake up contemporary international literature’

Tramp Press – independent Irish publisher aiming to find, nurture and publish exceptional literary talent

Uniformbooks – imprint for the visual and literary arts, cultural geography and history, music and bibliographic studies

Unsung Stories – literary and ambitious speculative fiction

Valley Press – publishing a diverse range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction

Veer Books – a range of unconforming writing in poetry and poetics, including some texts that other publishers might view as experimental

The Voidery Aperture – contemporary European fiction and poetry, with a particular focus on experimental writing and literary miserabilism

Wild Boar Books – ‘poetry and prose to make your mind tingle’

zimZalla – avant poetry and literary objects

See also: The Mslexia Indie Press Guide, here.