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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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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

Nouvella

Nouvella is an independent publisher dedicated to novellas.

Established in 2011, Nouvella utilizes the LAUNCH program, wherein the reading community can invest in the career of an emerging author. As of 2014, Nouvella will expand to publish titles by established authors as well, as part of the ENFANTS TERRIBLES series.

All Nouvella books are small, designed to fit in your back pocket or your purse, to take with you wherever you go.

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

Numen Books

Our area of speciality is religion, spirituality, esoterica, mythology, anthropology, tradition and culture.

Creative Nonfiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Essay collections
Historical, Religious/Spiritual

Other Press

Other Press attracts authors who are guided by a passion to discover the limits of knowledge and imagination. We publish novels, short stories, and essays from America and around the world that represent literature at its best. Our nonfiction books–should they be history, current events, popular culture or memoir–explore how psychic, cultural, historical, and literary shifts inform our vision of the world and of each other.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novel, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Historical, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Political

Outpost19

Provocative reading. Literary, engaged, independent, forward-leaning. Exceptional fiction. Unexpected essays. Voices to be reckoned with... Our fiction belongs to a broad range of traditions. Our non-fiction explores the different ways we engage our culture and ourselves.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Formal, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation, War

P.R.A. Publishing

We specialize in new voices and writers from foreign countries.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Serialized Fiction, Translation

Pandamoon Publishing

At Pandamoon, we are entrepreneurs at heart, filled with the drive and passion to create the changes we want to see in the publishing world. A world where all talented voices and stories get told. Where authors get to reap larger rewards for their efforts. Where readers get to read the books they want.

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

Parallel Press

Parallel Press, an imprint of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, publishes print and digital publications featuring new works of scholars, researchers, and poets. These publications represent an ongoing commitment by the Libraries to scholarly communication as a contribution to the Wisconsin Idea and in support of the outreach mission of the university.

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

Parka Books

At Parka we believe that the people who create books should be the first to make a profit. Our goal is to create a new kind of publisher: a digital press that eschews the old model. Rather than invest heavily on paper printing, we digitally publish books at a fraction of the cost and make sure authors and readers share the savings. We believe that authors have a right to own and control their work. Our deals are only for the digital rights for a book, leaving authors open to pursue traditional book deals. We are interested in publishing great books by dedicated authors.

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

Parlor Press

We are especially interested in collections that use language to dramatize a singular vision of experience, a mastery of craft, a deep knowledge of poetic tradition, and a willingness to take risks. The series is oriented toward free verse, but we will happily consider other forms.

Poetry Yes No Mar 1 - Jun 30
Paperback
E-book
Poetry collections
Prose Poetry, Translation

Paycock Press

We're not currently looking for manuscripts and have no current plans beyond 2 issues of Gargoyle Magazine and a 7th volume of the "Grace and Gravity" series until end of 2015.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - Mar 1
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Prose Poetry

Pen-L Publishing

Are you looking for a good read? Fiction or nonfiction, our books will tickle the imagination and tantalize the mind. Our mission is to discover and promote new, talented authors. You'll find their finest work here.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Novel
Commercial Fiction, Healing/Health, Historical, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Serialized Fiction, War

Persea Books

PERSEA BOOKS is an independent, literary publishing house founded in 1975 by Michael Braziller and Karen Braziller, who still own and direct the company.

Over the past decades, Persea has produced hundreds of engaging and consequential books. The aim of the press is to publish works that endure by meeting high standards of literary merit and relevance. We have often taken on important books other publishers have overlooked, or have made significant discoveries and rediscoveries, whether of a single work or writer's entire oeuvre.

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

Philistine Press

We are a non-profit publisher of free ebooks. We’re here to publish material that wouldn’t ordinarily be published by mainstream presses or accepted by the literary establishment. There are many adjectives we could use to describe ourselves – original, experimental, uncompromising – but the best way to understand Philistine Press is to read our work.

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

Pink Fish Press

  • We recognize that all writers are artists.
  • We believe there are multitudes of talented voices unheard by the
    big publishing industry as independent writers struggle against an ocean
    of outdated practices.
    We strive to shatter the stigma of "poor quality work" attached to independent authors.
    We work to bring undiscovered and gifted writers to the forefront of popular culture.
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, Experimental, Feminist, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual

Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press

We use three imprints in addition to Pleasure Boat Studio. These are Caravel Books, for mysteries and crime fiction; Aequitas Books, for non-fiction with a sociological or philosophical theme; and Empty Bowl, for Eastern and ecological works.We do our best to publish work that is as strong as we can find. We are particularly interested in multi-cultural and quirky.

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, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Nature/Environmental, 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

Poet's Press, The

Founded in 1971, the press specializes in: lesser-known 1960s-70s New York poets; neoRomantic and Gothic poetry; annotated reprints of lost poets. We have also published anthologies of New Jersey and Rhode Island poets.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book

Port Yonder Press

We love strong visual writing with a creative twist, with an emphasis on language and wordplay.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Aug 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry

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

Pressgang

Our mission is to publish narrative lit: stories, essays, memoirs, novels. We like literary heft and helium. Seriousness of purpose, surprising execution, the well-wrought joke, the well-crafted sentence. The blurring of boundaries. Think Vonnegut meets Saunders meets Poe. Think Byron meets Bulgakov, Gogol, Nabokov. Think Kafka and Beckett. Think Lorrie Moore, think Laurie Anderson, think Lemony Snickett. Think Dorothy Parker mixed with Edward Gorey meets Steven Millhauser meets Dickens with a word limit.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir
Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Publishing Genius

Publishing Genius is particularly interested in something else altogether. What is coherent? Why do we think we understand something while we think something else is nonsense? How can we avoid not knowing what we don't know? How can we make that process fun?

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Jun 30
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Experimental, Literary Fiction, Micro-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

Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works 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
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

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

Saddle Road Press

We are interested in poetry, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction, with a special interest in the Pacific region.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Nov 15 - Feb 15
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Sarabande Books, Inc.

The overall mission of our press is encapsulated in the name “Sarabande”--that is, “stylistic sophistication with a wild underside.”

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Feb 15
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Poetry collections

Saturnalia Books

Our mission is to publish literary works, primarily poetry, of high merit, by new and established writers; to encourage collaboration and communication between poets and visual artists, and to encourage the publication of literature of a non-commercial and challenging nature.

Poetry Yes Yes Feb 15 - Apr 1
Paperback
E-book
Poetry collections

Serving House Books

Serving House Books is an imprint dedicated to selecting memorable poetry, fiction, and essays from throughout the world. Most of our authors already have significant publishing histories, winning many grants and awards. At the same time, we take pride in introducing new writers at the start of careers that will be equally successful.

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

Seven Stories Press

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No No May 1 - Sep 1
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political

Shabda Press

Shabda Press publishes a few books of poetry a year in print. Shabda Press also publishes in eBook and audio formats. Our goal is to produce beautiful, high quality, well-designed poetry books. With that goal in mind and with our limited resources, we put our full attention into designing and publishing a few exquisite books of poetry each year.

We invite submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts from 50 to 100 pages.

Poetry Yes Yes Jun 1 - Aug 1
Paperback
E-book
Audio

Shade Mountain Press

We are a new, small feminist press, committed to publishing literary fiction by women.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Aug 1
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Novel

Shanti Arts Publishing

SHANTI ARTS PUBLISHING is devoted to producing beautiful and compelling books related to art, nature, and spirit.

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, Graphic/Illustrated, Healing/Health, Historical, Literary Fiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Religious/Spiritual

Shechem Press

Shechem Press is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the work of emerging poets, playwrights, artists, and thinkers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Sibling Rivalry Press

Founded in 2010, Sibling Rivalry Press is an independent publishing house based just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, in the small town of Alexander. Our mission is to develop, promote, and market underground artistic talent—those who don’t quite fit into the mainstream. SRP is proud to be the home of Assaracus, the world’s only print journal of gay male poetry and one of Library Journal's Best New Magazines. While we champion our LGBTIQ authors and artists, we are an inclusive publishing house and welcome all authors, artists, and readers regardless of sexual orientation or identity.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Mar 1 - Jun 1
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections
Cross-genre, Erotica, Experimental, Feminist, Humor, LGBT, Love, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional

Silver Boomer Books

Our 11th anthology will go to print in Spring 2014. See the website for current call for submissions.  

Our Eagle Wings Press imprint has single-author recovery-themed titles and Laughing Cactus Press has our poetry and fiction titles.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Essay collections
Autobiography/Memoir

Sixteen Rivers Press

Sixteen Rivers Press is a shared-work, nonprofit poetry collective dedicated to providing an alternative publishing avenue for San Francisco Bay Area poets. Founded in 1999 by seven writers, the press is named for the sixteen rivers that flow into the San Francisco Bay.

Poetry Yes Yes Nov 1 - Feb 1
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Poetry collections

Southeast Missouri State University Press

Southeast Missouri State University Press, founded in 2001, serves as a first-rate publisher in an underpublished area of the nation.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Chapbook, Essay collections, Novel, Poetry collections

Split Lip Press

Split Lip Press is punk rock publishing. If you want to know what we're all about in detail, please visit our website.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Commercial Fiction, Humor, Pop Culture

Summertime Publications Inc

Summertime's specialty is quality books about France (Best Paris Stories, WWII Voices, Sorbonne Confidential, and Tita, a beautiful coming of age novel set in 1950s France).

However we accept submissions in other areas,such as TEFL, sci-fi, mass market entertainment, memoir and how-to.
We are looking for literary talent and writers with something interesting to say.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Religious/Spiritual, Translation

Sundress Publications

Sundress Publications is a (mostly) woman-run, woman-friendly publication group founded in 2000 that hosts a variety of online journals and publishes chapbooks and full-length collections in both print and digital formats. We also publish the annual Best of the Net Anthology, celebrating the best work published online, and the Gone Dark Archives, preserving online journals that have reached the end of their run.

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

Switchgrass Books

Switchgrass Books, an imprint of Northern Illinois University Press, is committed to enhancing the cultural landscape of the Midwest by offering a forum for publishing dynamic, original voices of literary fiction. With its roots in the rich soil of the Midwest, Switchgrass will be the premier publisher for authors and readers of books grounded in the region.

Fiction No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Novel

Ten Penny Players/Bard Press

Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream publishes different theme based issues 11 times a year. Ten Penny Players/BardPress chapbooks by invitation only. No unsolicited manuscripts.

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

The New Curiosity Shop

We publish short narrative non-fiction in a whole range of subjects. History, science, nature, current affairs, biography, music, literature - we're curious about it all. We're aiming to release non-fiction page turners to grab the imagination of our readers

We're now looking for stories from interesting lives, and also short tales that take reality and give it a good shake.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-book
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Serialized Fiction

The Post-Apollo Press

Simone Fattal founded The Post-Apollo Press in 1982, specializing in poetry, experimental writing and translation. Post-Apollo has published major American, European and Middle-Eastern poets and prose writers.

Poetry No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Essay collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Prose Poetry, Translation

The Waywiser Press

Waywiser publishes literary works by new and established authors, and is also interested in restoring the reputations of writers overlooked or suffering undue neglect

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Mar 1 - Jul 1
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Prose Poetry

The Zharmae Publishing Press

TZPP publishes science fiction, fantasy, young adult and exceptional children's science fiction & fantasy, horror, mystery, action & adventure, thriller/suspense, historical fiction, romance, erotica, memoirs, and journalistic non-fiction.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Audio
Novel, Memoir
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Erotica, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction, Serialized Fiction, War

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

Three Rooms Press

Since 1993, Three Rooms Press has been a leading independent publisher of cut-the-edge, real-life poetry, fiction, drama and art. Inspired by Dada predecessor Arthur Cravan, TRP publishes and promotes work that inspires in unique, thrilling, fearless and intimate style. In addition, TRP produces and promotes a variety of events; since 1992 it has staged major cultural events in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and more, including poetry readings, plays, writing workshops, seminars, musical events and one-of-a-kind madcap concoctions.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
E-book
Short story collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Pop Culture, Translation
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