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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

Negative Capability Press

Poetry No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Poetry collections

New American Press

We're dedicated to publishing intelligent, zany, well-crafted work. We want literature that attempts cultural significance--poems, stories, and nonfiction that go "out" as much as they go "in."

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1

New Issues Poetry & Prose

New Issues Poetry & Prose, a nonprofit, university-based publisher, was established in 1996 and publishes eight to twelve new titles each year with a focus on contemporary poetry. New Issues is also the publisher for the AWP Award Series in the Novel.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes May 1 - Nov 30
Paperback
Hardcover

New Michigan Press

NMP is a publisher of chapbooks and broadsides. We have a pretty wide aesthetic range, and we acquire manuscripts primarily through our yearly chapbook contest ($1,000 prize, deadline in spring). See the website for more information.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry

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 (April-June), 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
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation

NewSouth Books

NewSouth Books publishes quality works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, with a special interest in regional history, biography, autobiography, nonfiction, folklore, African American, Native American, and civil rights subjects.

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

NightBallet Press

NightBallet Press is a small, independent press interested in the musicality of language and the originality of expression, with a commitment to excellence.

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

Nightboat Books

Nightboat Books publishes work that resists convention and transcends boundaries-—books rich with poignancy, intelligence, and risk.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Short story collections, Essay collections, Memoir, Poetry collections
Cross-genre

Noemi Press

Noemi Press is a 501(c)(3) literary arts organization dedicated to publishing and promoting the work of emerging and established authors and artists.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Nov 1 - Nov 30

Oberlin College Press

Poetry manuscripts of 50 to 80 pages are considered annually in May for the FIELD Poetry Prize. For translations, send sample of poems to David Young, co-editor, and inquire as to interest in publication in the FIELD Translation Series.

Poetry Yes Yes May 1 - May 31
Paperback

Off the Grid Press

Off the Grid Press is dedicated to publishing collections by poets over sixty years old.

Poetry No Yes May 31 - Aug 31
Paperback

Omnidawn Publishing

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

Origami Poems Project

Our mission is share poetry through publishing and distribution of free Origami micro-chapbooks.

Poetry Yes Yes Feb 1 - Oct 1
Paperback
Chapbook
Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry

P.R.A. Publishing

Our purpose is to promote the written and spoken word. We specialize in new voice and writers from foreign lands.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Jan 31
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Cross-genre, Serialized Fiction, Translation

Paekakariki Press Ltd

Bringing together poets and artists to create affordable letterpress printed poetry booklets (pamphlets).

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

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

Paris Press

Paris Press is a not-for-profit press publishing the work of women writers that has been neglected or misrepresented by the literary world. Paris Press values work that is daring in style and in its courage to speak truthfully about society, culture, and history.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Nov 1 - Feb 28

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

Passager Books

Passager Books is a part of Passager journal, devoted to promoting the work of older writers. Passager Books publishes a select number of books each year by writers who have been published in Passager journal. No unsolicited manuscripts. Its mission is to find a wider audience for our writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jun 1 - Oct 1
Paperback
Chapbook, Memoir, Poetry collections

Pavement Saw Press

We believe in publishing variously. We have published narrative works. We published the first book of "flarf" poetry. We published a collaborative book of poems written in seven languages.

Poetry Yes Yes Jun 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Chapbook

Paycock Press

We're not currently looking for manuscripts and have no current plans beyond 2 issues of Gargoyle Magazine until end of 2013.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Sep 5
Paperback
E-book
Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Prose Poetry

Pearl Editions

We primarily publish the winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize, our annual book competition. We look for distinctive voices, well-crafted collections, and favor accessible lyric or narrative poetry.

Poetry No Yes May 1 - Jun 30
Paperback
Poetry collections
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Pecan Grove Press

We publish new and emerging poets and enjoy both free verse and skillfully written formal verse. We are especially interested in new writers and have, on occasion, published student writers.
Poetry No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31

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

Perugia Press

Perugia Press publishes the best new women poets in the country. Each year we produce one book, the winner of our annual contest. Our mission is to produce beautiful books that interest long-time readers of poetry and welcome those new to poetry.

Poetry Yes Yes Aug 1 - Nov 15
Paperback

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

Plan B Press

Plan B Press encourages, captures, presents and preserves contemporary poetry by publishing and presenting emerging poets. A small independent publishing company that primarily produces high-quality, limited-run poetry chapbooks. We have also created two short fiction collections and four full-length books.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes May 1 - Nov 30
Paperback
Chapbook, Poetry collections
Cross-genre

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

Poetic Matrix Press

If poets and lovers of poetry don't write, publish, read, and purchase poetry books then we will have no say in the quality of our contemporary culture and no excuse for the abuses of language, ideas, truth, beauty, and love in our cultural life.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Poetry collections
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Poets Wear Prada

Poetry & Micro Fiction with a strong Narrative. We like the Lyrical, embrace the formal as well as spokenword. Clarity is essential.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook

Pond Road Press

We publish poetry chapbooks. Statement of purpose: To publish an eclectic range of poetry: formal verse, free verse, ultra talk, prose poetry, humorous, serious, humanistic, etc., and to thereby provide some recognition for our authors. Some chapbooks contain author interviews as a way to highlight the author. We like unusual, penetrating points of view on anything and everything. That said, we are not into nature poetry at the moment. We publish perfect bound, POD, digitally printed chapbooks only.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Chapbook

Port Yonder Press

Port Yonder Press is literary-leaning "crossover" press - books for a wide audience.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Aug 31
Paperback
Hardcover
E-book
Chapbook, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, 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

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

Quercus Review Press

Publishing poetry with a pulse in the heart of California's Central Valley since 2000. We host a FALL poetry book contest (Jun-Dec) and a SPRING poetry book contest (Jan-Jun), both of which are open to all poets, with or without previous book publication.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Poetry collections

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 Mountain Press

We seek evocative poetry that addresses contemporary life and has lasting value. Our books represent the point of view of the authors and are beautiful objects themselves. The authors retain full rights to their work. Every book we publish is an editorial collaboration. We use papers and printers that are low impact and resource conserving.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Mar 1 - Aug 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Audio
Memoir, Poetry collections
Autobiography/Memoir, Nature/Environmental

RED OCHRE PRESS

RED OCHRE PRESS publishes RED OCHRE LiT and BLACK&WHITE quarterly.

We also present a number of special publications throughout the year, including ROLiT NEWS, our newsletter, as well as relief-aid projects (e.g. the CATEGORY 2 series), themed collections, chapbooks, anthologies, etc. We typically showcase the work of experienced authors, however, emerging writers are encourage to submit their works. All our works are printed.

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

RedBone Press

RedBone Press publishes quality work celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between black gays and lesbians and the mainstream.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Poetry collections

River Otter Press, Inc.

We publish flash fiction, poetry, and prose addressing global themes that haunt us all.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Paperback
Hardcover
Chapbook, Novella, Novel, Poetry collections

RockSaw Press

RockSaw Press is an independent publisher with close ties to the Midwestern region. Our mission is to publish the best work that addresses working class issues and the Midwest in general. We keep our publishing in house, assembling our books by hand with the belief that manual work nets the best results in regard to the art of book making and the spirit of the independent press.

Poetry Yes Yes Apr 2 - Jul 15
Paperback
Chapbook

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

Rubicon Press

Rubicon Press publishes chapbooks and broadsides of extraordinary poetry from around the world.

Poetry No No Jan 1 - Mar 31
Chapbook

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
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