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Small press publishers

These are U.K. publishers that publish pamphlets and small books of poetry, or publish less than six full-length books per year.

Acumen Publications

Acumen Publications also run Ember Press and Beugger Books
Address: 6 The Mount, Higher Furzeham, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8QY
Website address: 
Name of editor: Patricia Oxley

"Acumen produces one to two books and three pamphlets a year. These are 95% by invitation to poets whose work has greatly appealed in the magazine Acumen. The pamphlets are for promising poets of all ages who have had no collected publication previously."

Agenda Editions

The Wheelwrights, Fletching Street, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6TL
Editor: Patricia McCarthy

Alba Publishing

PO Box 266 Uxbridge, UB9 5NX
Website address:
Name of editor: Kim Richardson

Alba Publishing publishes poetry, including haiku and tanka poetry and haibun collections and chapbooks, by established writers in these genres. Founder and publisher Kim Richardson has worked in publishing for over 35 years and, as Alba Publishing, specializes in short-run editions, aiming to bring the highest standards of design and production to showcase writers' work. 

Arrowhead Press

70 Clifton Road, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 5DX
Tel:          01325 260741

"We are a small poetry press based in Darlington in the NorthEast of England. We seek high quality mss. from British poets and look favourably on first collections. See our website for further information."

Augur Press

Email: contact form on website

Awen Publications

Awen book cover78 Daisybank, Bisley Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1HG



Publisher: Kevan Manwaring
Editors: Jay Ramsay (poetry), Anthony Nanson (fiction)

"Awen has been publishing quality writing since 2003 when we launched our first title, Writing the Land: an anthology of natural words. We are a small press specialising in high-quality writing that may not be highly commercial but deserves to find a readership. We like work that is imaginative, boundary-pushing, eco-conscious, enchanting, and challenging to received wisdoms. In a nutshell: fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction with inspiration at its heart."

Barque Press

26 Allerton Road, London N16 5UJ 
Editors: Andrea Brady and Keston Sutherland

Black Herald Press

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Editor: Paul Stubbs & Blandine Longre

"Black Herald Press publishes poetry and an international literary magazine (poetry, fiction, translations), The Black Herald. A truly new world poetry, wide awake and, like any new animal, subject only to the ever-changing processes of adapting to any sudden biological condition. A poetry born of no schools or workshops, so ready now to assimilate new rhythms, syntax and visions; to embrace the 'originality' of any ontological word-harvest and the assimilation of 'all' new inscrutable realities; to leave the pen as the needle of a seismograph, recording and tracing again across the page only the polysemic and chaotic tremors of the world."

Burning Eye Books

15 West Hill, Portishead BS20 6LG
Editor: Clive Birnie

"We put performance poetry on the page."

Calder Wood Press

1 Beachmont Court
Editor: Dr Colin Will
"I look for authors I've come across before, with a track record of publication in magazines, and a following at readings. If I like your work and I think you deserve a wider audience, I'll sound you out to see if we could work together. I don't accept unsolicited submissions."

Candlestick Press

Diversity House, 72 Nottingham Road, Arnold, Nottingham,
Tel: 07500 180 871Candlestick press book cover
Email:  .

"We are a small, independent poetry pamphlet publisher in Nottingham.  We don't accept any submissions - we only commission."

CB editions

146 Percy Road, London W12 9QL

CB editions publishes, alongside fiction and other work, established poets (Christopher Reid, D. Nurkse) and new ones (both first collections published by CBe have won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and been shortlisted for the Forward), but the the list is small. There are no submission guidelines.

Cinnamon Press

Cinnamon Press book cover

Meirion House, Glan yr afon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3SU
Editor: Dr. Jan Fortune-Wood
"Cinnamon Press is an independent publisher. We select poetry that is innovative, with a fresh perspective. We include a significant list of Welsh poets, but also poetry from across the UK and beyond, including China, South Africa and the USA. Submissions policy at Also bi-annual poetry competition leading to publication and courses for writers."

Clutag Press

PO Box 154, Thame, UK, OX9 3RQ 
Editor: Andrew McNeillie

Comma Press

MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN, UK

"We are an independent press specialising in short fiction, primarily, but with a small poetry list of approximately two collections a year (with an emphasis on debut collections). We don't accept manuscripts from previously unpublished poets. Submissions should be in the form of copies of magazines in which a small sample of the poet's work has appeared before, plus a cover note. See website."

Cultured Llama Publishing

11 London Road, Teynham, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 9QW
Email: via the Contact form on the website
Editors: Maria C. McCarthy and Bob Carling

"Cultured Llama is a literary press that specialises in collections and anthologies of poetry and short fiction. We expect potential authors to have established a profile as a writer, including publications in quality magazines and journals, and to provide commendations from writers who support their work. Proposals for debut collections are as welcome as those from more established authors. Proposals for anthologies of poetry and fiction or 'culture' titles, such as multi-author works by writers' or artists' groups, will also be considered. Proposals must follow the submission guidelines available on the Publishing page of the website."


Diamond Twig Press

Diamond Twig, Diamond Twig book cover9 Eversley Place, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5AL

Tel: 0191 276 3770

"We are a women's press which promotes first collections of poetry and short stories: quality books with a strong visual identity, a collectable series by women living in, or connected to, the North.  We offer encouragement, opportunities and an important first step on the ladder for aspiring writers. We rarely accept unsolicited manuscripts."

Doghouse Books

Address: PO Box 312, Tralee GPO, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
Editor: address all correspondance to "The Editors"

"An independent poetry publisher with 4 to 6 titles a year by poets living in Ireland"

Donut Press

Donut Press book coverThe Cobwebs, 12 West Street, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7DU

"Publishers of contemporary poetry since 2001."

Egg Box

Egg Box book coverEmail:
Or via the Contact form on website

Editor: Nathan Hamilton

"Something is hatching, slowly but surely, in the egg box. Based in Norwich, Norfolk, it is an influential small independent poetry press with a strong editorial reputation. See website for further submission details. Submissions looked on more favourably if they demonstrate genuine interest in or knowledge of the press - preferably with a book purchase - or evidence of at least having read guidelines before emailing."

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