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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
No No
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Historical, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
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2River

We prefer poems with these qualities: image, subtlety, and point of view; a surface of worldly exactitude, as well as a depth of semantic ambiguity; and a voice that negotiates with its body of predecessors.

Poetry Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-book
Audio
Chapbook

39 West Press

39 West Press publishes books of art, poetry, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction. We are looking for innovative and well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors. Our desire is to promote and publish a diverse range of experiences and voices, including but not limited to people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA, as well as ethnic and cultural minorities.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Experimental, Feminist, Graphic/Illustrated, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Political, Prose Poetry

3: A Taos Press

3: A Taos Press is a multicultural and ethically voiced independent press. Our poetry books usually have a theme in each of them.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Poetry collections
Cross-genre

918studio

918studio specializes in unique prose & poetry chapbooks. We publish good writing that deserves to be read.

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

A Midsummer Night's Press

Independent poetry press publishing primarily under the imprints Body Language (LGBT and sexuality) and Fabula Rasa (myth and fairy tale). We also co-publish the Sapphic Classics series with Sinister Wisdom Magazine. We began a new series in 2014, Periscope, focusing on poetry in translation by women.

Poetry Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Feminist, LGBT, Translation

A-Minor Press

Mixed Genre or Poetry Collection: 50-120 pages.

For poetry, we lean toward the lyrical, eccentric, ambivalent and wildly imaginative. For mixed genre work, your manuscript may be a novella of poetic fictions, or a mix of flash fiction/prose and poetry.

Poetry Yes Yes
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Prose Poetry

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

Adastra Press

Begun in 1979 by poet, teacher, and printer Gary Metras to print and publish short collections of quality contemporary poetry using the methods and equipment of the antique book arts, letterpress printing and hand-sewn bindings. The operation survives on a desired small scale without grants through the hard work of the publisher, the poets selected for publication, and the readers  and buyers of  the  books:  may we  each and all survive in poetry.

Poetry No Yes Feb 1 - Feb 28
Paperback
Chapbook

Aforementioned Productions

Our aesthetic favors challenging writing that combines the cerebral and the visceral.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Poetry collections

Ahsahta Press

Ahsahta Press champions and promotes surprising, relevant, and accessible experimental poetry that more commercially minded small presses avoid; in making it widely available, we aim to increase its readership.

Poetry Yes Yes May 1 - May 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry

Airlie Press

Airlie Press is a nonprofit publishing collective dedicated to cultivating and sustaining fine contemporary poetry. We produce beautiful and compelling books by Pacific Northwest poets; our mission is to offer writers in the region a shared-work publishing alternative.

Poetry Yes Yes Mar 1 - May 31
Paperback
Poetry collections
Regional

Aldrich Press

Aldrich Press is an imprint of Kelsay Books publishing company. We accept manuscripts year round, with the aim to showcase the literary work of accomplished poets. Response time is one week. We pay 12% royalties.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Poetry collections

Alice James Books

Alice James Books is a nonprofit cooperative poetry press, founded in 1973. One of the few presses in the country run collectively, we are committed to publishing a diversity of poets, with an emphasis on women, including both beginning and established poets, and a diversity of poetic styles.

Poetry Yes Yes Feb 1 - Nov 1
Poetry collections

Allbook Books

Allbook Books was started in 2002 for the publishing of poetry and other writings that encourage one-world consciousness and respect for various cultures, lifestyles, spiritual traditions, harmony with Mother Earth...

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Essay collections, Memoir, Poetry collections

Alternating Current Press

Alternating Current is a boutique independent press dedicated to publishing and promoting incredible literature that challenges readers and has an innate sense of self, timelessness, and atmosphere. We love science, history, homebound roots, rural landscapes, poetic literary fiction, diverse voices, quirky thematic concepts, and all that is electric in the literary world.

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

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.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, 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 uninterested 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
E-book
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

Anchor & Plume Press

We would like to see work that is a celebration of language and place, work that is smart & thoughtful, work that explores the intersection of the personal & the geographic. We welcome your mighty yawps, your whisperings, your exquisite imaginings. We want to explore your landscapes, your universal yet distinct themes and characters in work that brings something of that place and what it means to be human to the surface.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Jul 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

Anomalous Press

Anomalous has its sights set on publishing literary text, advancing audio forms and creation, and supporting all sorts of alternative realities of the near future. The online publication is available in both visual and audio forms on various platforms. In March of 2013, Anomalous launched its first round of print chapbooks. It is now an imprint of Drunken Boat.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook

Another New Calligraphy

Another New Calligraphy publishes limited-edition books and CDs. Our products are finely-crafted by writers and musicians, and then lovingly designed and handmade by us in our Chicago home.

Our aim is to work with our collaborators in establishing and maintaining a singular visual and tactile presence in our increasingly virtual world.

Another New Calligraphy seeks work that successfully balances originality and sincerity. We love music and writing that simply exists within its own space, rather than making concessions to genre or attempts at mass accessibility.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Historical, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Prose Poetry

Anvil Press Publishers Inc.

Anvil Press is a Vancouver literary press founded in 1991. Now in its twenty-fifth 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

Apogee Press

Apogee Press publishes the work of innovative and experimental poets. Culturally and formally diverse, our poets share an original use of language.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31

Aquarius Press

Aquarius Press aims to develop, publish and promote talented writers typically underrepresented in the literary marketplace. Our Willow Books division specializes in the works of writers of color.

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

Archipelago Books, Inc.

Archipelago Books is a not-for-profit press devoted to publishing translations of classic and contemporary world literature. Focusing on authors in translation, we have brought over 28 books from over a dozen languages.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1

Argos Books

Argos Books is an independent literary press. Our aim is to support poetry, hybrid genres, translation, and collaboration, with a special interest in work that crosses cultural and national borders. While publishing innovative work is our primary focus, we are also invested in facilitating critical dialogues among communities, genders, and languages.

Poetry No No
Paperback
Hardcover
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Feminist, LGBT, Translation

Arktoi Books

Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, specializes in publishing high quality literary work by lesbian authors. Whatever enlarges the "conversation" among all segments of the writing community is welcomed at Arktoi Books.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Nov 30
Paperback
Nature/Environmental

Arte Público Press

Arte Público Press specializes in publishing contemporary novels, short stories, poetry, and drama based on U.S. Hispanic, Cuban American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and other themes and cultural issues.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No No Jan 1 - Dec 31

Ashland Poetry Press

The mission of the Ashland Poetry Press is to help top-rate poets in mid-career break through to first or second book publication, and to help mature poets define the best accomplishments of their writing careers through the publication of volumes of selected works.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Apr 1
Paperback
Poetry collections

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

Autumn House Press

Autumn House is a 501c3 (nonprofit) corporation which has the mission of publishing poetry and other fine literature. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent writers of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important poets of their generation. In the belief that a book is not only a readable text but also an object of art, the press is dedicated to producing beautifully designed, well-manufactured books on acid-free paper, as well as electronic texts of comparable quality.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jul 1 - Jun 30
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry

Avignon Press

At Avignon Press we value exceptional literature. We are a small press, we are authors ourselves, and we have two main goals: first we want to maintain the high literary quality of our publications and second we want to make the publication process author-friendly. Avignon Press does not accept unsolicited submissions

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

Awst Press

We publish impressive work from diverse voices. We depend on established writers to curate chapbook series mixing up the authors within their series based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, genre, etc. We may publish additional work such as via an essay series online. Book projects are published when they can be adequately supported and fit with the aesthetics and quality of the press. Authors who have been published previously by us are preferred, but other authors may be solicited for manuscripts as well.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Chapbook, Essay collections, Memoir, Poetry collections

Backbone Press

Our goal is to publish and support writers of color.

Poetry Yes Yes Feb 1 - Apr 30
Paperback
Chapbook

Bank-Heavy Press

Bank-Heavy Press has one major goal: to bring great poetry and fiction and art to print while building a community of creative people of all talents, ages, forms, and backgrounds. Poetry, fiction and art shouldn’t need to conform to any one type for recognition. We tear up at the sight and sounds of fresh, raw, energy in any shape or form. Print must not die!

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook

Baobab Press

Baobab Press believes in the importance of collaboration between author and publisher. We seek to establish long-term relationships with our authors, providing them with the support necessary to see their works of art–no matter how divergent in content, style, and form–reach their fullest potential and widest readership. Our goal is to help our authors grow books that resonate today and will continue to be vital in the years to come.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover

Bardsong Press

Publishes historical fiction and historical fantasy in novel-length books with Celtic cultural themes. Also publishes anthologies of poetry and short stories with Celtic cultural themes.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31

BatCat Press

BatCat Press publishes limited handbound editions of awesome 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

Bateau Press

Bateau Press is the publisher for its annual Boom Chapbook Contest and Keel Short Short Fiction Chapbook Contest. Our chapbooks are of the highest quality, well-designed, letterpress covers, hand stitched, and detail-oriented. We look for manuscripts that are strong based solely on the work itself—no themes, games, niches, or elaborate construction structures. Just good writing. We are also an environmental conscious publisher.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Aug 15 - Nov 30
Chapbook

Bear Star Press

Founded in 1996, Bear Star is committed to publishing the best writing it can attract from the Mountain and Pacific time zones, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The west is overflowing with first-rate writers, and we are proud to be part of the poetry renaissance occurring here now. Each year we award the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize ($1,000 and publication) to a writer from the region.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Nov 30
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Short story collections, Poetry collections

Bedazzled Ink Publishing

Our fiction must have a female protagonist. The writing must be engaging with a unique approach to storytelling and a distinctive authorial voice and style. We want works that explore realistic yet fascinating women tackling universal themes and subjects on a human level or taking an amusing stroll through our crazy world. Our nonfiction interests include feminism, history, nature, environment, social issues, biographies, autobiography, memoir, archaeology, anthropology, multicultural, spiritual, literary criticism, and women’s and gender studies. All from a female perspective.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Feminist, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental

Big Game Books

We seek work that is intellectually and emotionally engaging. Something about thirty degrees left of normal. If you're trying to get a feel for our aesthetic, please check out our previously published chapbooks and tinysides. That should give you a fairly good sense of what we're about.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31

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 Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

BkMk Press

Since 1971, BkMk Press (pronounced “bookmark”) has been committed to finding and publishing outstanding Writers. BkMk Press publishes primarily poetry and short fiction collections, and occasionally creative nonfiction and the literary novel. BkMk seeks to provide its audience with quality literature that, despite its merits, is overlooked by the major commercial publishing houses. Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, BkMk offers a laboratory setting for students and community members to learn about and contribute to literary book publishing.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Feb 1 - Jun 30
Paperback
Short story collections, Essay collections, Poetry collections

Black Cat Moon Press, LLC

Black Cat Moon Press is a small and selective publishing house that strives to print quality poetry books.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Jan 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Poetry collections

Black Lawrence Press

Black Lawrence Press seeks to publish intriguing books of literature: novels, short story collections, poetry, and translations (from the German). We hold open reading periods during the months of June and November. We also hold several contests each year.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation

Black Radish Books

Our editorial focus is to publish and promote innovative books of poetry, prose, cross-genre and other hybrid writing. We strive to operate with a collective impetus, and all board members are encouraged to contribute various talents other than the literary to the publishing of the press. Our goal is to allow members, not the artistic conscience of a press, to dictate the aesthetic. As such, our bent is best described as eclectic with focus on the difficult and the surprising.

Poetry Yes Yes
Paperback

Bleeding Heart Publications

We are looking for voices that have new ideas and the talent to express them in thought-provoking ways.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Prose Poetry
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