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Small Presses

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.

Small Press Genres Published Electronic Submissions? Simultaneous Submissions? Reading Period Formats

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

Atticus Books

Atticus Books is a genre-busting literary press based in the New York City metropolitan area. Our purpose on earth is to help lead independent publishing into a new era of book and content creation. Our work is inspired by the tradition of offbeat literary dynamos such as New Directions, Grove, and Black Sparrow Press.

Fiction Yes Yes Jun 1 - Sep 1
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction

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

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

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

Folded Word

Folded Word is an independent literary press specializing in collected short works and regional voices. We love manuscripts of place; we love manuscripts of time; we love voices that take a chance. Please be aware that we are a micro-press, which means we take great care in the production of a very limited list of print (chap)books each year. It also means our authors must take an active role in promoting their titles. Authors need not be US residents. We distribute globally.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional

FutureCycle Press

We publish books and chapbooks of poetry and flash fiction, plus thematic anthologies in our series, Good Works Project (whose revenues go to a worthy charity). We consider unsolicited submissions year round. We offer an annual cash award (amount varies) for the best collection published during the year (outside judge). For submissions, do not query first; send entire collection electronically via our online submission system.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry

Gertrude Press

Gertrude Press is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization showcasing and developing the creative talents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer-identified, and allied individuals. 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, LGBT

Keyhole Press

Currently we only publish books by a small roster of authors who are interested in releasing multiple books with us, rather than publishing anywhere and everywhere, as quickly as possible. We are only interested in submissions from authors that want to stay with us for multiple books.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Humor, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Serialized Fiction

Lemon Shark Press

Flash Fabulism, Nouveau Noir, and Childhood Memoirs slightly experimental in nature—for example, we are publishing a memoir in 2015 that begins in the 3rd person, then shifts to 1st person 2 chapters in. We are venturing into the Futuristic for an upcoming novel, but it is literary although edgy.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

Lummox Press

Lummox Press strives to bring the work of both known and unknown poets to it's readers.

Lately, about half the titles Lummox publishes have been first collections.

I strive to raise the bar of poetry and find and cultivate an international audience!

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Apr 1 - Aug 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Flash Fiction, LGBT

Manic D Press

Editorial Focus: Good writing in any genre.
Statement of Purpose: To love and be loved.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry

Matter Press

Matter Press is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) literary press that publishes an online literary journal (The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts), manages an annual short fiction and poetry chapbook contest, and supports a regular reading series. Matter Press offers internships to graduate MFA and Publishing students as submission readers, literary editors, and publication designers. Matter Press focuses on supporting emerging and established authors working with condensed forms of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Short story collections, Essay collections
Flash Fiction, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry

Mayapple Press

Mayapple Press is a small literary press founded in 1978 by poet and editor Judith Kerman. We focus on literature not often celebrated by either the mainstream or the avant-garde. This includes poetry which is both challenging and accessible; women’s writing; Great Lakes/Northeast literature; the immigrant experience; science fiction poetry; Jewish literature; and poetry in translation.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Aug 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation

MilSpeak Books

MilSpeak Books, the nonprofit EBook publishing division of MilSpeak Foundation (501c3), publishes creative works by military people.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Aug 1
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Healing/Health, Historical, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Serialized Fiction, Translation, War

New Michigan Press

NMP is a publisher of chapbooks and broadsides. We have a pretty wide aesthetic range, and we acquire manuscripts primarily through our yearly chapbook contest ($1,000 prize, deadline in spring). See the website for more information.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry

New Rivers Press

New Rivers Press is interested in literary work of every character, but especially in diverse work that's aesthetically challenging and has a social conscience. Our Many Voices Project competition (Sept. 15 - Nov. 1) seeks the best new literary prose and poetry from new and emerging writers. Our Electronic Book Series (July 1 – Sept. 1) seeks manuscripts in popular fiction genres. During open submissions (May), we are interested in reading the best work from writers in all stages of their careers. Founded in New York in 1968, the not-for-profit Press has now published over 330 books.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation

Poet's Haven, The

The Poet's Haven is a place for artists across a wide and diverse spectrum to feel safe seeing their work published. We are open to unsolicited submissions from both experienced, published creators and talents new to submitting work for publication. We publish online galleries, chapbooks, anthologies, and audio podcasts.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Prose Poetry, War

Press 53

Press 53 has earned a reputation for publishing quality poetry and short fiction collections. We publish 6-8 poetry collects and about 5 short fiction collections each year, along with 1-2 anthologies, and reprints of 1-2 out-of-print classics.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Poetry collections
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

Queen's Ferry Press

Founded in 2011 as an independent publisher, Queen’s Ferry Press specializes in literary fiction. Inspired by a Scottish coastal estuary through which crossings have occurred for over a thousand years, the press seeks to publish works that convey via structuring and interpretation. At Queen’s Ferry Press, physical crafting and emotional connection are celebrated.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction

Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press is committed to publishing work of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Jun 30
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry

Rose Metal Press

Founded in January of 2006, Rose Metal Press is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit publisher whose mission is to produce beautiful books in hybrid genres, by which we mean short short stories, prose poetry, flash nonfiction, novels-in-verse, book-length linked narrative poems, image and text collaborations and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Nov 1 - Dec 1
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry

Split Lip Press

For some reason, writers sit on manuscripts for up to a decade while paying up to thousands in reading and contest fees, hoping for a major book deal. Why hold onto a manuscript for that long and pay that much when you can partner with a determined and passionate small press like Split Lip? If you're a writer who is active in the lit scene, who writes poetry or fiction with grit and torque, try us. If you're only looking to add another line to your CV, we're not for you. We are punk rock publishing. Visit our website for the full skinny.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Commercial Fiction, Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction

Tarpaulin Sky Press

Tarpaulin Sky Press focuses on cross-genre/hybrid texts as well as innovative poetry and prose. We publish full-length books, chapbooks, trade paperbacks, and hand-bound books.

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, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

The Lives You Touch Publications

We are a small press dedicated to the creation of finely crafted poetry
and prose chapbooks.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Short story collections, Essay collections, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Healing/Health, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Serialized Fiction

The National Poetry Review Press

TNPRP reads book submissions via the contest model, but we publish the winner as well as, typically, one or two runners-up. We are open to all styles but tend to favor concise, sound-rich writing.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Apr 1 - Dec 1
Paperback
Short story collections, Essay collections
Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry

theNewerYork Press

We publish short experimental fiction paired with art. We like weird forms of literature: letters, receipts, lists, flash-fiction, and other literary absurdities. We do not publish any stanza-form poetry whatsoever.

We enjoy short but challenging pieces (FIVE PAGES OR LESS). Short-forms do not offer enough room to bore the reader, this allows the writer to be ridiculous or overly intense.

Our books are measured to fit in Levi’s back pockets and printed on high-quality, sustainable paper-stock. We are reader supported on Kickstarter and post stories on our website daily.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction

Treehouse Press

We’re a small independent press hand-built for writers and artists of all persuasions happily experimenting with the chemistry shared between form and image. At Treehouse we work closely with our writers to ensure that each manuscript is lovingly nurtured.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Short story collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Erotica, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Prose Poetry, Translation

Whitepoint Press

We publish risky fiction and edgy poetry which means we're not afraid of excellent writing that is political, controversial, irreverent, subversive, satirical, or simply smart.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jun 15 - Jul 10
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Regional

Wordrunner eChapbooks

Wordrunner eChapbooks publishes from one to three online collections of fiction each year, featuring one author, and an annual themed anthology of fiction, memoir and poetry in the winter. We will also publish occasional echapbooks of memoir (by one author) from ongoing open submissions.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - Dec 31
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction

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