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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

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 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

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 Feb 15 - Dec 31
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

Beatdom Books

Founded in 2007, Beatdom Books is the publisher of Beatdom magazine, a literary journal that explores the Beat Generation. We publish novels inspired by the Beats, as well as non-fiction. We also publish fiction and collections of poetry, but we are looking for fewer of these.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Essay collections

Bella Books

Bella Books publishes lesbian fiction of all genres, and is known for award-winning and best-selling titles. We also publish creative non-fiction of compelling interest to lesbians. We believe our readers have high standards for exciting, fresh plots, and that they relish hours spent with engaging characters whose complexities, struggles and triumphs celebrate their hopes and dreams. 

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
LGBT

Bellevue Literary Press

Bellevue Literary Press publishes literary and authoritative fiction and nonfiction at the nexus of the arts and the sciences, with a special focus on medicine. As our authors explore cultural and historical representations of the human body, illness, and health, they address the impact of scientific and medical practice on the individual and society.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Literary Fiction

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

Birds of Lace

Birds of Lace is a feminist press founded & edited by Gina Abelkop. Born in 2005 and currently based in Athens, GA, Birds of Lace publishes chapbooks and books by emerging writers. We love words that, placed and spaced just so, gush right through the middle of your willing guts and spit out into the ocean, dragging you happily behind them.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella
Cross-genre, Feminist

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

Black Hill Press

Black Hill Press is a publishing collective of a growing family of writers and artists dedicated to the novella—a distinctive literary form that offers the focus of a short story and the scope of a novel. We believe a great story is never defined by its length. Our independent press produces uniquely curated collections of Contemporary American Novellas. Books are available in both print and digital formats, online and in your local bookstore, library, and more. We aim to find new talent through traditional submissions and our Summer Writing Project in conjunction with JukePop Serials.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella

Black Lawrence Press

Black Lawrence Press seeks to publish intriguing books of literature: novels, short story collections, poetry, and translations (from the German and French). General submissions are open year-round. We also offer several contests per year.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31

BLACK SCAT BOOKS

We are a small, independent, not-for-profit press dedicated to publishing sublime art & literature, i.e., eccentric art & obscure texts, absurdist fiction, experimental visions, and works in translation. Our innovative Absurdist Texts & Documents series features works designed to disrupt, disorient, and smash boundaries—academic, cultural, literary, and philosophical.

Fiction Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel
Erotica, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation

Black Sparrow Books/David R. Godine

"Books that matter for people who care." Here, for newcomers and long-term admirers alike, are the real goods, a flashing heaven of good books. Welcome to the Great Outside.

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

Blank Slate Press

Founded to discover, nurture, publish and promote emerging voices from the greater Saint Louis region and beyond, Blank Slate Press is an adventure in the future of publishing built upon the time, energy, and financial resources of writers who simply love a good story. To learn more, please visit our submissions page.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novel, Memoir
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

BOA Editions, Ltd.

BOA Editions publishes four series of books. The American Poets Continuum Series is for previously published poets. The Lannan Translation Series publishes volumes from poets around the world. The New Poets of America series publishes first time poets, who are also the winners of the annual Poulin Poetry Prize. The American Reader Series is BOA's newest series. Our strongest interest is in short story collections, but through this series we have also published memoirs and other prose about poetry.

Poetry, Fiction
No Yes Jul 1 - Jul 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Short story collections
Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

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

Bottle of Smoke Press

We publish works by new poets as well as by well-established poets. Our only requirement is that the work be interesting. We are proud to have worked with some of the giants in the small press scene and to have also published many new writers and artists whose work is no less incredible. 

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

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

Breakaway Books

We publish literary sports books--fiction, poetry, and nonfiction on the athletic experience, from the athlete's perspective, for athletes. We have a growing sideline in boatbuilding books/books about boating--small boats, canoes, sailboats, for those who love "messing about in boats."

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1

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

Caketrain

Caketrain is a literary journal and press based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our interest is in bringing readers the very best in contemporary creative writing. Please visit our website to learn more.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes May 1 - Oct 1
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections

Calypso Editions

Calypso Editions is an artist-run, cooperative press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective. We believe that literature is essential to building an international community of readers and writers, and that books can serve as a physical artifact of beauty and wonder in a world of digital saturation. 

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