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Whether you're pursuing the publication of your first book or your fifth, use our Small Presses database to research publisher interests, contact information, and submission guidelines.

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2Leaf Press

2Leaf Press is an imprint of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc., a NY-based nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy.  2Leaf Press publishes grassroots writers who inject new blood into the contemporary literary scene. We have a growing reputation for producing quality work in a wide variety of genres by culturally diverse authors. The press focuses on literary fiction and cultural non-fiction, particularly works that have an edge to them, or are completely distinct from works published by most large commercial presses.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Historical, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation

Able Muse Press

Able Muse Press publishes emerging and established poets and writers, and anthologies of poetry, fiction, and art. We also publish periodical print versions of Able Muse.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes May 1 - Jul 15
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections

Alternative Book Press

Alternative Book Press is a new publishing company established in October 2012 by Columbia University and Cornell University graduates with the following aim in view: To identify and publish genuine, pathbreaking works reflecting alternative viewpoints far away from the huge volumes of matter in publishing today. Works that stand out. Works that are not written primarily from the point of view of sales, but rather works that will be seen 50 or 100 years from now as of lasting import.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Serialized Fiction, Translation, War

Ampersand Books

We are after writing the major publishing world would leave behind - the difficult, the strange, the unspoken. We are after beauty and grace. Our authors are young, full of spit and verve, most publishing for the first time. We have no preconceived notions of what kinds of writing we are interested in publishing; sometimes our choices surprise even ourselves. However, we are extremely disinterested in genre fiction and social issues.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Short story collections, Novel, Poetry collections

Anaphora Literary Press

Anaphora is looking for creative books of poetry, short stories, novellas, novels and other types of literary and genre fiction. We are especially interested in fantasy, historical, science fiction, and general literary fiction. Anaphora hopes to publish more academic or critical non-fiction books, such as edited or un-edited dissertations. We also hope to publish more business and educational titles, such as textbooks. We will consider a book in any field or genre.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Feminist, Formal, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Serialized Fiction, War

Anvil Press Publishers Inc.

Anvil Press is a Vancouver literary press founded in 1991. Now in its twenty-second year of publishing, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist. An award-winning publisher of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, Anvil has become known for its quality books and unconventional literary work. National—and local—in its vision, Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots, and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks. [CANADIAN AUTHORS ONLY.]

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Aquarius Press

Aquarius Press aims to develop, publish and promote talented writers typically underrepresented in the literary marketplace.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Apr 1 - Sep 1
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Prose Poetry

Aqueous Books

We accept literary fiction (including short story collections, novels, and novellas); magical realism and dystopic works; horror, dark psychology, and paranormal; philosophical and serio-comic philosophy; and works of literary theory. Please do not send poetry, science fiction or fantasy, religious, romance, mystery, mainstream women's or chick lit, how-to, children's or young adult, or anything in a genre other than those specified above.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Historical, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, War

Ashland Creek Press

Ashland Creek Press is a small, independent publisher of books with a world view. Our mission is to publish a range of books that foster an appreciation for worlds outside our own, for nature and the animal kingdom, and for the ways in which we all connect.

We also award an annual prize for environmental literature, The Siskiyou Prize (www.siskiyouprize.com).

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Novel, Memoir
Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental

Augury Books

About Us Augury Books is an independent press based in New York City. Committed to publishing innovative work from emerging and established writers, Augury Books seeks to reaffirm the diversity of the reading public. The editorial board is dedicated to fairness and quality of work.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes May 1 - Jul 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Short story collections, Essay collections, Memoir, Poetry collections

Austin Macauley

Here at Austin Macauley we have faith in all of our publications and treat each of them as a potential success. We are keen to open up the world of publishing at a time when many publishers are turning their backs on untried authors, and when the lure of self-publishing seems to provide writers with control, but at an exorbitant cost and with every chance of being lost in the crowd.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Bagwyn Books

Bagwyn Books is dedicated to publishing well-researched historical fiction novels. We are open to different styles and genres of writing. Created to give lovers of the medieval and Renaissance eras an opportunity to express their creativity in fiction, Bagwyn Books invites the submission of proposals for book-length fiction manuscripts from new, emerging, and established authors. Priority will be given to works centering on or connected to the medieval and Renaissance periods (400 C.E. to 1700 C.E.) but novels from all eras are welcome.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Novel
Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Translation

BatCat Press

BatCat Press publishes handbound limited editions of poetry and prose. We aim to publish books, chapbooks, and broadsides that are the perfect combination of excellent writing and interesting design. Part of our mission is to provide students a unique behind-the-scenes experience in publishing. The press is staffed and operated by students of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Aug 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Poetry collections
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Big Lucks Books

Mark Cugini and Cassandra Gillig launched Big Lucks Books [BLB] in October 2013. BLB seeks to publish prose, poetry, and nonfiction that makes you feel excited and light-headed and terrified about the awesome potential of human possibility: the sort of books that make you feel as there’s an IV of high fructose corn syrup in your arm and it’s ruining your cardiovascular system. BLB is now. BLB is tomorrow. BLB is a pillow. BLB is a warm hug.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Bitingduck Press

Established in 2012, we are an indie press with the goal of providing high-quality, low-cost, highly accessible electronic and print books for anyone interested in science, mathematics, and the lives of scientists. We are currently focusing on science fiction and "science in fiction," but will eventually bring you a wide range of quality non-fiction and textbooks.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Short story collections, Novel
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Healing/Health, Historical, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Bona Fide Books

Bona Fide Books is an independent press in California’s Sierra Nevada. Our mission is to publish and support new voices, to help writers find their readers, and to help build community through storytelling.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional

Bottom Dog Press/ Bird Dog Publishing

We are a literary small press and have 5 series at Bottom Dog Press: Midwest, Working Lives, Harmony, Memoirs, and Appalachian Writing. We've also done some America Zen books. Query online with a concise message describing your book and its possible audience and sales potential. Be practical. Bird Dog Publishing is done publish on demand for select poetry.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Boxfire Press

We're an indie scifi and fantasy publisher in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to find the best new and emerging genre writers and help bring their stories to life. We also publish creative nonfiction.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Serialized Fiction

Brooklyn Arts Press

Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP) is a literary press devoted to publishing chapbooks and full-length collections of poetry, novels, lyrical short fiction, and art monographs by emerging artists. We believe we serve our community best by publishing great works of varying aesthetics side by side, subverting the notion that writers & artists exist in vacuums, apart from the culture in which they reside and outside the realm & understanding of other camps & aesthetics.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Jul 2
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Prose Poetry, Translation, War

C&R Press

C&R Press began in 2006 as a literary press committed to publishing books from new and emerging poets whose work might otherwise be ignored by commercial publishers. We were interested in supporting authors whose thoughtful and imaginative contribution to contemporary literature deserved recognition and support. We've since expanded our catalog to include exciting new fiction and nonfiction, too.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry

Cherry Castle Publishing

Cherry Castle Publishing is one of America's newest and most energetic publishers of great literature—a press where words grow mighty trees. It is a press that honours the vibrant multicultural voice of American literature, one book at a time.
Our fundamental commitment is to practice literary equality and to embrace work that is informed by the social, political and cultural vigor of our times.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jul 1 - Sep 30
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

CCLaP currently accepts full-length commercial novels or works of creative nonfiction, 60,000 to 120,000 words; novella-sized manuscripts of the same type, 20,000 to 40,000 words; and individual stories and essays for our monthly magazine, ideally 5,000 to 10,000 words. Books are released electronically (PDF, EPUB, Kindle), as a trade paperback, and novels in a special handmade hardback edition. Authors receive 50 percent of all profits to make up for a lack of advance payments.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir

Civil Coping Mechanisms

Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM) is a DIY kind of press. We take the same level of angst as our brethren in shunning those that would be in the immediate position of neglecting our efforts as artisans. Why not do it our way? We want literary objects infused with otherness: So new, so different, that they renovate our notion of what literature can be.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry

Coffee House Press

We fulfill our mission by publishing books that advance the craft of writing; books that present the dreams and ambitions of peoples who have been under-represented in published literature; books that help establish a new common ground for all Americans.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Mar 1 - Mar 30
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Translation

Concepción Books

We are an imprint of Curbside Splendor, dedicated to publishing elegant, romantic poetry and prose in Spanish and English. Besides books, we will publish pieces of short prose and poetry in both English and Spanish along with photography a few times throughout the month at our blog.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
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