I’m focusing on UK based publishers of adult fiction, short stories and poetry. I’ll update my master list as I go along (or I’ll try too) but this fortnightly list will give a more personalised shout out.
During the current pandemic, we’re all aware that times are tough for indie bookshops and publishers so obviously if you can buy direct from them that benefits them more. During lockdown that isn’t always an option for hard copy books so instead, you might want to consider using Bookshop.org or Hive Books.co.uk – both of which offer a percentage of the sale to a bricks-and-mortar bookshop.
The eagle-eyed among you will notice a slight change in format from previous posts. As you’ll appreciate these posts are time consuming and one of the things that slows me down is sourcing/formatting example book covers into a standard sized image for each publisher. In addition this is eating into my storage limit as WordPress keeps adding these to my image files. So to speed things up (and slow down my need to upgrade) I’ve decided to lose the logo (another thing that needs time to source and format) and will use a sample book cover as the image, this will also be the link through to the publishers website – which also loses the need for a button.
If you know of publishers I’ve missed or want to help update my master list then please add details in the comments.
So here we go with E.
The foundations for Egaeus Press were laid in the cold English summer of 2011 in the dreamclutter of a childish melancholia – a nursery room agoraphobia compelling us to recall the anguished ticks of broken clockwork, the smell of curdled milk, the image of a songbird’s funeral on the tobacco-dry pages of an antique scrapbook … We are moved by the concept of the world as a haunted house, and by the paradox of all life’s darkest fears and most ecstatic wonders being essentially one and the same.
It is our intention to publish morbid, decadent and baroque fiction in limited volumes of a quality of ornateness rarely seen in modern books.
Egg Box Publishing
We’re an imprint of UEA PUBLISHING PROJECT working with students and pupils to widen participation in literature and open up the publishing industry.
We make and publish all sort of things, from UEA’s annual Creative Writing anthologies, to zines and chapbooks and tiny booklets.
We love creating and collaborating so join the society to keep up to date with our workshops and events.
Eibonvale Press is a small press run by a writer, artist and reader who loves books – It’s as simple as that. It is not intended to be particularly commercial or make large sums of money for me or anyone concerned (though it would be nice if it did, of course!), but it aims to produce beautiful and lovingly-designed editions of excellent writing in modern horror, magic realism and the surreal.
In a nutshell, I want to produce books that I myself would be delighted to have on my shelves, both in terms of the content and the design. And I want to enjoy myself in the process. And I want the writers to enjoy themselves as well of course. So far the reaction to the books has been good. The writers especially have been very pleased. I cant ask for anything more than that.
Elliot & Thompson
Elliott & Thompson is a vibrant, fast-growing publishing house at the heart of the creative independent sector. We aim to produce books that are beautiful objects and that also inform, inspire and bring enjoyment to a wide range of readers.
We publish original and bestselling non-fiction and carefully selected fiction, working closely with our authors to bring their writing to the widest possible audience in the UK and around the world. We’re a focused team and we care passionately about every book we produce, whether it’s an exciting debut or a major Sunday Times bestseller.
Our authors and their books are at the core of everything we do. In 2019 we celebrated our tenth birthday, seeing in the year with a list of exceptional writers that we are proud to publish, and we are looking forward to developing yet more innovative, engaging and bestselling books in the next ten years. If you would like to work with us, have a query or would like to give us feedback, we would love to hear from you.
Elsewhen Press is a small independent publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction. Our Earth-based operations are headquartered in the UK, in the South East of England, whence we publish titles in English in print and electronic editions.
We love books, so we pride ourselves on the quality of our books, not only in terms of the content (which is down to the authors of course, although our editors feel they deserve some recognition too!), but also in terms of the quality of the finished book (the cover, layout, feel, smell, longevity and all those other qualities – tangible and intangible – that together define the final product that you hold in your hand) including electronic editions that are ultimately constrained by the features of the e-reader that you are using.
The Emma Press
The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. It was founded by Emma Dai’an Wright in Winnersh, Berkshire, in 2012 and is now based in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, UK.
The Emma Press won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlet Publishers in 2016 and Emma Press books have won the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice Award, the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work, and CLiPPA, the CLPE award for children’s poetry books.
Enitharmon, founded in 1967, is an independent British publisher universally
recognised for its high standards of production and editorial care.
We specialise in artists’ books, artworks and literary editions.
Our artists’ books, which are in the tradition of the livre d’artiste, contain
loose-leaf signed limited edition prints by such artists as Peter Blake, Jim Dine and Duane Michals.
The artworks we publish include etchings, lithographs, photographs and paintings by
artists including David Hockney, Paula Rego and Caroline Walker.
Among the authors of our literary editions of poetry and prose are
Simon Armitage, UA Fanthorpe, Michael Longley and Paul Muldoon.
Epigram Books UK
Epigram Books UK is the London-based arm of Epigram Books, one of Singapore’s top independent publishers. It was launched in 2017 to bring the best of Singaporean and Southeast Asian literature to the United Kingdom and beyond.
The company began as a division of the multiple award-winning communications design firm Epigram, but became a separate entity in July 2011 to champion Singaporean literature.
Epigram Books in Singapore currently publishes around 30 to 40 titles a year—novels, short stories, children’s books, graphic novels, cookbooks, memoirs and more.
Several of its books have won awards and acclaim, including The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which won the Singapore Literature Prize and three Eisner Awards. Other award winners include The Gatekeeper, which won the Singapore Book Award for Best Fiction in 2018; State of Emergency, which won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018; and Once We Were There, which won the Popular Reader’s Choice Award in 2018.
époque press is an independent publisher based between Brighton, Dublin and New York. Established to promote and represent the very best in new literary talent.
Through a combination of our main publishing imprint and our online é-zine we aim to bring inspirational and thought provoking work to a wider audience.
Our main imprint is seeking out new voices, authors who are producing high-quality literary fiction and who are looking for a publisher to help them realise their ambitions. Our commitment is to fully consider all submissions on literary merit alone.
Our é-zine will showcase a combination of the written word, and other art forms, bringing together artists working in different mediums to encourage and inspire new perspectives on specific themes.
Europa Editions UK
Europa Editions is an independent publisher of international fiction.
The company was founded in 2011 in London by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, who are also the owners and publishers of the Italian press, Edizioni E/O. Europa Editions US was founded in 2005.
The idea behind the creation of Europa Editions was to capitalize on Edizioni E/O’s deep roots in European publishing to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards.
The Europa catalogue is eclectic, reflecting the founders’ belief that dialogue between nations and cultures is of vital importance and that this exchange is facilitated by literature chosen not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate but also to inform and enlighten.
Notable successes include Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, the works by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, and, in our World Noir list, Jean-Claude Izzo’s Marseilles Trilogy and the works by Massimo Carlotto.
Everything With Words
Everything with Words publishes literary fiction for children and adults. We began publishing children’s books in 2017 and our books have received much praise from reviewers, and have been picked as books of the year ( The Times and The Telegraph) and been nominated for the Carnegie. Our first novels for adults are coming out this year.
We only publish fiction. We publish high quality, innovative, engaging fiction for both children and adults. We are open to submission from both agents and authors. We do not publish picture books, children’s books with a strong moral or didactic aim, adult fantasy or crime.
THE BEST NEW WRITING FROM SCOTLAND AND BEYOND
Extra Teeth is all about facilitating writers and a flourishing writing scene in Scotland and beyond; as the magazine grows we are committed to putting on lots of events (virtual for now) and promoting the work of our writers and illustrators in various ways.
Based between Edinburgh and Glasgow, we want Extra Teeth to provide space for a whole host of writers from and working in Scotland, fostering a community based on great writing alongside design. From our first issue we have established a policy of transparency, active diversity and fair pay. The magazine has a special emphasis on new writing coming from writers in Scotland, but with an international outlook.
Eye Flash Poetry
From our founding in 2017, Eye Flash Poetry has been dedicated to showcasing and supporting emerging voices in contemporary poetry from across the world and has grown in popularity ever since.
Eye Flash Poetry produces a printed magazine twice a year, edited by Charlotte Begg, Anna Britton, and an eclectic mix of talented guest editors. From our call for submissions, open periodically throughout the year, we chose the content for the magazine. Alongside Eye Flash magazine, we publish ‘pocket poetry pamphlets’, collections of twelve poems that explore a specific theme. For more details regarding submissions please read our submit page.
Our magazines and pocket poetry pamphlets are available in various independent bookshops, the Southbank Poetry Library, Oxford Mobile Library, and through our website.
Eyewear Publishing Ltd. joined up with Black Spring Press (with its imprint Dexter Haven) in 2019 to form a new Indie press group of remarkable cultural reach and quality in the heart of London, UK.
Founded in 1985, The Black Spring Press list has published literary classics and major figures, including Leonard Cohen, Orson Welles, Anais Nin, Momus, Carolyn Cassady, Charles Baudelaire, Nick Cave, and many more. It was named after the classic by Henry Miller, a collection of stories entitled Black Spring, published in 1963 by the important indie company Grove Press in New York. It is dedicated to Anais Nin. Hence, the identity and vision of the press was declared instantly, as celebrating outsider, underground, outlaw, radical and avant-garde voices and styles, unafraid of exploring taboo subjects and expressing the truths about human lives.
Eyrie Press is a small, traditional, independent press based in the UK, publishing historical, contemporary and speculative fiction, and non-fiction.
As a social enterprise, we especially want to publish books featuring underrepresented groups, to support new writers, and champion writers in the east of England. Above all, we want to publish great stories!