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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

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

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

Brick Mantel Books

Brick Mantel Books publishes innovative works of literary excellence by new and established writers. We value literature as an art, and we publish literary fiction and thought-provoking poetry that leave a lasting impression. We want to help readers gain a stronger sense of the world and humanity through literature.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

Brick Road Poetry Press

We want to publish poets who are engaged in the writing community, including participating in poetry readings, workshops, and writers groups. The poets we are looking for are those who are avid readers (and purchasers) of contemporary poetry. We give preference to poets who are actively submitting their work to journals, magazines and contests, and who take part at writer's conferences/festivals-as an organizer, instructor or participant.

Poetry Yes Yes Dec 1 - Jan 15
Paperback
E-book
Poetry collections

Bright Hill Press

We seek out the work of contemporary poets for publication. We do not consider student work or work by unpublished poets.

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

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 - Jun 30
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 Aug 31 - Apr 30
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Serialized Fiction

Caffeinated Press, Inc.

Caffeinated Press, Inc., was established in 2014 as an independent publisher serving the authors and readers of the West Michigan community. We nurture emerging literary talent from our community, as well as promising voices from across the world. We produce long-form works (novels, anthologies) and publish a quarterly literary journal.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Regional

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
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
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Graphic/Illustrated

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 acquiring stylistically distinctive and skillfully crafted collections of poetry and prose 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, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Mar 31
Paperback
Essay collections, Poetry collections

Codhill Press

various foci

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Chapbook, Short story collections, Novel, 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, Novella, Short story collections, Memoir, 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

Damaged Goods Press

Damaged Goods Press publishes only queer & trans identified writers. Poetry & flash fiction collections should be 20-40 pages. We publish open ended runs.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry

Deerbrook Editions

Deerbrook Editions publishes well designed trade books. Interested in imaginative and experimental literature, whether poetry or fiction, Deerbroook is a small press developing to do more of what we do leading to discovery of authors books. Our mission is to provide literature that is relevant and stimulating, to advocate and support authors by giving them a wider audience, and to connect authors and artists with their community. Deerbrook is a Fiscally Sponsored Project of Fractured Atlas.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Jan 31
Paperback
Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Flash Fiction
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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

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

Earl of Plaid

We want to be completely immersed in your world. We appreciate a story or poem with strong imagery, and deep complex characters.

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

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

Educe Press

Publishing book-length literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Looking for the unique combination of literary language and genre movements

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

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

EgretBooks.com

EgretBooks.com is a small independent publisher that underwrites publication of work by well-known writers as well as indie authors. Quality is our only criterion. 

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

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 Feb 1 - Apr 1
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

Essay Press

Essay Press is now reading for its first open-book contest, to be judged by Essay author Kristin Prevallet. We particularly welcome book-length manuscripts that extend or challenge the formal range of nonfiction—including, but not limited to, lyric essays and prose poems/poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy. Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, collaborative manuscripts, digital and hybridized text/art manuscripts all are encouraged.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 15 - Apr 1
Paperback
Essay collections, Memoir, 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
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