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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

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

CALYX Books

CALYX Books publishes fine art & literature by women. Currently we are backlogged with manuscripts and are not open to new unsolicited book manuscripts until further notice.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No No Jan 1

Canarium Books

Established in 2008 and sponsored in part by the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, Canarium Books is an independent press dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad.

Poetry Yes Yes Feb 1 - Mar 1
Paperback
Poetry collections

Carolina Wren Press

Our mission has always been to publish underrepresented writers: women, people of color, people with disabilities, as well as experimental writers. We like work that challenges stereotypes and is innovative but still well-crafted.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Sep 1 - May 31

CavanKerry Press

CKP seeks materials from the broadest range of writers, including people of color and people with disabilities. We are partial to the writer whose distinct voice is emotionally accessible and daring. We discourage victim-ridden, pedagogic, politically preachy or sentimental material. CKP does not publish self-help, how-to, romance or sci-fi. Submission dates change yearly; see www.cavankerrypress.org.

Poetry No Yes Jan 1 - Jan 31

Cervena Barva Press

Cervena Barva Press was founded in April of 2005. The press solicits poetry, fiction, and plays from various writers around the world, and holds open contests regularly for its chapbooks, postcards, broadsides and full-length books. We publish writers who have a strong voice and who take risks with language.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Jan 2 - Feb 10
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Translation

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

Chicory Blue Press, Inc.

Chicory Blue Press is a small, feminist, literary press, now focusing on the strong voices of women over seventy. Founded in 1987, Chicory Blue Press has published twelve trade paperbacks and eleven chapbooks. 

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

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

Cleveland State University Poetry Center

The CSU Poetry Center is committed to acqiring, through first book and open book competitions, stylistically distinctive and skillfully crafted collections from an aesthetically diverse range of authors, with a particular interest in producing books that demonstrate originality of voice and explore nontraditional approaches to form and content.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Mar 31
Paperback
Poetry collections

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

Cold Hub Press

A small press based in New Zealand. Along with work by New Zealand poets, Cold Hub Press publishes contemporary international poetry, including bi-lingual editions with translations by distinguished translators.

Poetry Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Prose Poetry, Translation

Colonus Publishing, Inc.

Colonus Publishing Inc. is a literary small press in Spokane, Washington. We publish creative nonfiction, poetry, and literary fiction regardless of genre.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Novella
Literary Fiction

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

Concrete Wolf

Concrete Wolf has been publishing chapbooks since 2001. We have no preference as to formal or free verse. We probably slightly favor lyric and narrative poetry to language and concrete, but excellent examples of any style get our attention.

Poetry Yes Yes Sep 1 - Nov 30
Paperback
Chapbook

Conundrum Press

Conundrum publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction — both essay and long-form works — primarily from authors who live in the Rocky Mountain region. As we branch out from poetry into other literature, we’re looking for thoughtful, provocative, and lucid writing that tells a compelling story.

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

Convulsive Editions

Convulsive Editions is a micro-press that publishes affordable, well-designed chapbooks, broadsides, french folds, and other printed matter featuring lyrical writing that quakes and rattles. We take our name from André Breton who suggests the idea of "convulsive beauty" in Nadja: “It consists of jolts and shocks, many of which do not have much importance, but which we know are destined to produce one Shock, which does.” We are especially interested in promoting the work of early career poets. 

Poetry No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook

Cooper Dillon Books

Cooper Dillon is a small poetry press committed to upholding the virtues of Poetry as a high art and expression of truth, beauty, and sincerity: the values that make poems timeless. We are dedicated to honesty, self-sufficiency (we don't take grants, government funding, endowments, donations or money from our authors), community building and evolution of the art form.

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

Counterpath Press

Counterpath Press is an independent, nonprofit, literary publisher that supports communities of readers and artists who are interested in linguistic and visual interventions in contemporary global culture.

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

Crisis Chronicles Press

We're flexible and have broad taste. Though most of our books in print are poetry chapbooks, we remain open to publishing anything the editor loves. We're in a phase now where we're partial to manuscripts of fewer than 20 pages each.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry

Curbside Splendor Publishing

Curbside Splendor was conceived as a punk rock band in the early 1990s in an apartment in Urbana, Illinois. The band never really went anywhere, but Curbside was re-founded as an independent press in the fall of 2009. We're located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. We publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrate art, urban life, and extraordinary voices.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Dalkey Archive Press

Dalkey Archive Press is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the preservation of literary works of art through publication. We primarily publish literary fiction, rarely poetry or non-fiction, and place a heavy emphasis upon fiction that belongs to the experimental tradition of Sterne, Joyce, Rabelais, Flann O’Brien, Beckett, Gertrude Stein, and Djuna Barnes.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Experimental, Literary Fiction

Deerbrook Editions

Deerbrook Editions strives to advocate for authors and artists by publishing their work in well designed trade books. Interested in imaginative and experimental literature, Deerbroook is a small press developing to do more of what we do in the way of promoting and marketing. We also aim to connect authors with a wider audience through available media and celebrate literature while encouraging reading and thereby advancing literacy. See our Website for more information.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Jul 31
Paperback
Short story collections, Poetry collections
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Del Sol Press

Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers, as well as republish literary works that we consider extremely significant and that have gone out of print. Our approach is eclectic, but our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work WITH AN EDGE.
Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31

Diamond Point Press

We publish 6″ x 9″ chapbooks between 20 and 49 pages. We once published fiction but now exclusively publish poetry. We are primarily interested in the non-narrative, the imagistic, the dream-like, the psychedelic and the surreal. That said, we hold a soft spot in our hearts for confessional poetry.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook
Cross-genre, Experimental, Formal, Humor, Micro-poetry, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Translation, War

Diversion Press, Inc.

Diversion Press is a small press. We seek academic non-fiction, slice of life, how-to, history, and other non-fiction works. We also publish a poetry anthology and sponsor a poetry contest.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Autobiography/Memoir, Historical, Humor, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional

Dos Gatos Press

Our goals are to make poetry more widely available to the reading public and to support writers of poetry--especially in Texas and the Southwest. While the Texas Poetry Calendar has been our main focus, Dos Gatos Press also publishes books like Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, our first title that expands outside the confines of the Southwest.

Poetry Yes No Nov 1 - Feb 21
Paperback
E-book
Poetry collections
Regional

Editorial Trance

Editorial Trance is the creation of Marlena Fitzpatrick and Charlie Vázquez. Founded in 2013, we are a digital publishing platform that seeks to broaden the literary margins of the Latino experience in both English and Spanish. We will be publishing compelling e-books for bicultural/bilingual readers and seek to unveil works that break new ground in the literary fiction, plays, erotica, poetry and memoir genres.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Erotica, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT

Eggplant Literary Productions

Eggplant Literary Productions is a small electronic press, specializing in speculative fiction. We love fantasy, science fiction and horror in all its myriad flavors. Our foremost goal is to publish entertaining and thought provoking stories in electronic format. We believe that e-zines and e-books are the perfect vehicles to publish uniquely formatted stories that aren't possible in print. We are dedicated to publishing attractive and affordable e-books. We put an emphasis on readability and accessibility, accomplished by creating standout covers, clean text and eschewing DRM.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-book
Novella, Novel

eLectio Publishing

We are first and foremost a Christian publisher. However, we do not necessarily limit our submissions to non-fiction theologically-centered works. We are looking for anything that is generally wholesome in nature, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Our general guidelines are as follows. Please look at our genre-specific guidelines for additional information. Shorter works will be published electronically, with print an option for longer works.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Healing/Health, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Love, Pop Culture, Religious/Spiritual

ELJ Publications

We believe in collaboration between writer and editor, person and person. We believe in words, what they have to say to the reader, to the world. We believe in transparency and accessibility. We aim to be a press for every writer. We want to consider and publish anything a writer can dream and write, we want to read and have a chance to publish.

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

Ellechor Publishing House, LLC

Ellechor Publishing House is producer of both Christian fiction and non-fiction literature. We provide our readers with top quality publications by focusing not only on the product, but on the providers as well. Beyond just book publishing, we ensure that our writers have the support they need to develop, so they can provide quality manuscritps. We accomplish this via many unique and effective programs, as well as creative publishing options and extensive distribution.

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

Emergency Press

Emergency Press is run by The Emergency Collective. We don't see significant distinctions between high art and journalism, accessibility and sophistication, physical and metaphysical, or form and content.

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

Encircle Publications

Encircle Publications is home to the esteemed New England poetry journal, the Aurorean, and its alter-ego poetry broadsheet the Unrorean. Since 2011, Encircle Publications has offered its annual Chapbook Contest and publishes high quality print chapbooks.

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

Etched Press

Etched Press is a micro press based out of San Diego, CA. Our aim is to publish writing that is digested and enjoyed. We actively seek chapbook-length collections of poetry that have a degree of liminality.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Flash Fiction, Formal, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry

Etchings Press

Etchings Press is UIndy's teaching press and publishing laboratory. Our students engage with writers from across the country to develop knowledge in editing and publishing.

For the Whirling Prize each fall, writers submit recently published books in a specified genre and UIndy students choose a winner. The winner receives a cash prize and is invited to read on campus for the Kellogg Writers Series.

In the Chapbook Contest in the spring, students read and judge submissions and then edit and publish the winning chapbook. Winners receive an honorarium and copies of the published chapbook.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Dec 1 - Feb 10
Paperback
Chapbook

Etruscan Press

Etruscan Press is a nonprofit cooperative of poets and writers working to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, achieve a distinctive voice, and reshape the literary and cultural histories of which we are a part.

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

Evening Street Press

Evening Street Press is centered on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Seneca Falls, 1848 revision of the Declaration of Independence: "that all men -- and women -- are created equal," with equal rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." It focuses on the realities of experience, personal and historical, from the most gritty to the most dreamlike, including awareness of the possibilities of this new culture.
We publish perfect bound chapbooks, full-length poetry books, short novels, and the twice yearly literary journal Evening Street Review. See guidelines at eveningstreetpress.com.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Political, Prose Poetry

Fence Books

Fence has a mission to redefine the terms of accessibility by publishing challenging writing distinguished by idiosyncrasy and intelligence rather than by allegiance with camps, schools, or cliques. It is also Fence‘s mission to encourage writing that might otherwise have difficulty being recognized because it doesn’t answer to either the mainstream or to recognizable modes of experimentation. 

Poetry, Fiction
No Yes Jul 1 - Jul 31
Paperback

Finishing Line Press

Finishing Line Press is an award-winning small press publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA. FLP IS A PROUD MEMBER OF APSS/SPAN, and IBPA

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Nov 1 - Nov 30
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novel, Poetry collections

Firewheel Editions

Firewheel Editions publishes Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, books, chapbooks, and occasional anthologies. We will be launching an international prose poetry book competition soon, and we will relaunch our annual chapbook competition in the coming months.

Poetry No No Jan 1 - Dec 31

Flutter Press

Flutter Press prefers free verse poems that delve deep into honest, sometimes dark human emotions, experiences, revelations, and relationships (past or present) with undercurrents of surrealism. We are also intrigued by the paranormal world.

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

FootHills Publishing

Poetry Yes No
Paperback
Chapbook, Poetry collections

Four Way Books

Four Way Books is dedicated to producing and promoting excellent literary publications and to creating opportunities for writers of merit. We seek to please and expand poetry’s audience and to nurture the gifts of adult writers, spanning a wide range of geographic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. 

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Jun 30

Furniture Press Books

Furniture Press is a publisher of strangely poetical texts and ephemera, all which play at (but are not limited to) intertextuality and appropriation. Some want to call it poetry, but poetry can express many differing, sometimes conflicting and contradictory concepts. This is what we thrive on: the ambiguation of art and its likenesses. Our poetics follows this process closely, and we look for similar aesthetics in the writers we choose to publish and promote.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Audio
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Prose Poetry, Translation

FutureCycle Press

We strive to preserve for posterity poetry from imaginative, highly skilled contemporary poets, whether well-known or emerging. We abhor the myopic, self-absorbed, and sloppy, but otherwise we are eclectic in our tastes. We award the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize and honorarium for the best full-length book the press publishes each year. The goal of our Selected Poems series is to resurrect the work of accomplished poets that has gone out of print. Our themed Good Works projects, which benefit charity, give poets a place to submit individual works without fee.

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

Gaspereau Press Ltd.

See website.

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

George Braziller, Inc.

Founded in 1955, George Braziller, Inc. is a small, independent publishing house based in New York City. We pride ourselves on consistently publishing books of exceptional content and quality, as well as consistently discovering new writers and exploring new areas in the world of art. The diversity of our list, which embraces fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, architecture, and design, continues to be an important aspect of our publishing program.

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