An A-Z of (UK) Independent Publishers – V

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.

Each entry features a sample book cover which clicks through to the website. The accompanying ‘about’ information is taken from each publishers website at the time I put this post together.

If you know of publishers I’ve missed or want to help update my master list then please add details in the comments.

Due to the pandemic, we’re all aware that times have been tough for indie bookshops and publishers, so obviously, if you can buy direct from them that benefits them more. Not all publishers offer online ordering so you might want to consider using or Hive – both of which offer a percentage of the sale to a bricks-and-mortar bookshop.

So here we go with V

V Press

Family Frames

Shortlisted in the Michael Marks Publishers’ Award 2017, V. Press is an independent publisher of poetry and flash fiction. Originally established with a ‘one-off’ collaborative anthology launch at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2013, the press published its first solo-poet pamphlets in 2015, then expanded to also include full poetry collections and flash/short fiction titles.

V. Press titles include Romalyn Ante’s Rice and Rain, winner of the Saboteur Awards 2018 Best Poetry Pamphlet, Claire Walker’s Somewhere Between Rose and Black, shortlisted for Saboteur Awards 2018 Best Poetry Pamphlet, and Antony Owen’s The Nagasaki Elder, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2017.

V. Press titles have been featured by the TLS and Vogue, as well as in Poetry Book Society, The Poetry School and Oxford Brookes’ Poetry Centre weekly poem selections. V. Press is open to unsolicited manuscripts through its submissions window system.

Vagabond Voices

Blessed Assurance

Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages. Our library reflects our aims to promote literary ambition and innovative writers, and to challenge readers.

Valley Press

Foolish Heroines

Valley Press is an independent publishing house based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK. We publish poetry, including collections, pamphlets and the occasional anthology; fiction, including novels and collections of short stories; and non-fiction, including memoirs and travel writing.

Valley Press is built on one very important belief: great literature, and great publishing, is for everyone and anyone. We don’t want any reader to feel like an outsider, with their nose pressed against the glass of the ‘literary world’; we promise to never be elitist, smug or exclusive. We promise to treat world-famous and first-time writers with the same respect and courtesy; and when we open submissions, we promise to keep the process wide open, so we can meet more people from both those categories (and everyone in between).

We believe a couple of other things too. For a start, we believe publications from a ‘small, northern, independent publisher’ (as we are typically referred to) should match those from the big London publishing houses in every sense – production values, editing, distribution and promotion. We’re not saying that’ll be easy, but we will always try our best.

We also believe that poetry can sell just as well as fiction and non-fiction (in fact, we can prove it), and as such deserves to be taken as seriously. That’s why all our books are in one big list; whether they are works of intense, thought-provoking literary fiction, performance poetry played for maximum laughs, brick-sized travel epics or sixteen-page children’s stories about baby seagulls – because a life spent reading needs all of those, at one time or another.

Vane Women Press

We are a writing, performing and publishing collective, formed in 1991. We grew from a women’s writing class at the late lamented Darlington Arts Centre in Vane Terrace.

Verso Press

Happy Hour: A Novel

Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year. 

Vertebrate Publishing

After the Crash: And other stories

At Vertebrate Publishing we publish books to inspire adventure.

It’s our rule that the only books we publish are those that we’d want to read or use ourselves. We endeavour to bring you beautiful books that stand the test of time and that you’ll be proud to have on your bookshelf for years to come.

The Peak District was the inspiration behind our first books. Our offices are situated on its doorstep, minutes away from world-class climbing, biking and hillwalking. We’re driven by our own passion for the outdoors, for exploration, and for the natural world; it’s this passion that we want to share with our readers.

We aim to inspire everyone to get out there. We want to connect readers – young and old – with the outdoors and the positive impact it can have on well-being. We think it’s particularly important that young people get outside and explore the natural world, something we support through our publishing programme.

As well as publishing award-winning new books, we’re working to make available many out-of-print classics in both print and digital formats. These are stories that we believe are unique and significant; we want to make sure that they continue to be shared and enjoyed. 

Verve Books

The Lost Girls

Welcome to Verve Books. We’re a dynamic publisher inspired by a love of great, original, page-turning fiction led by a team of passionate book lovers.

With many years’ experience in traditional publishing, our team has editorial and marketing expertise which is second-to-none. We offer our authors a quality editorial process and bespoke marketing campaign. Combined with our advance and generous royalty rates, this makes Verve Books an ideal place to bring your story to life.

Verve Poetry Press

Closed Gates or Open Arms? The Verve Anthology of Community Poems

Verve Poetry Press is a prize-winning Birmingham based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways.  (Just what you’d expect from a press that had grown out of the giddy and flamboyant annual four days of poetry and spoken word that is Verve Poetry Festival.)

In 2019 we were voted Most Innovative Publisher at the Sabotage Awards, and later that year won the Publishers’ Prize at the Michael Marks Pamphlets Awards. One of our first books, the wonderful Besharam by Birmingham poet Nafeesa Hamid, was highly commended for the Forward Prize 2020. Andrew McMillan called us ‘the always exciting Verve Poetry Press.’

Victorina Press

All Our Squandered Beauty

Victorina Press was created by  Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes. She is a Chilean-British writer and academic.  Victorina Press is, therefore, rooted strongly in Chilean and British cultures. 
Consuelo’s Latin American roots play a huge role in our publishing today, with many of our books being translated into Spanish as stand alone or bilingual publications. 
          This has also opened the door for us to explore publishing in other languages as well, which is not traditionally the role of a single publisher.

The company was originally based in Market Drayton, a small market town found in Shropshire. This is very important, as there are many publishing companies in London, but far fewer in the rest of the UK. In 2019 Consuelo moved house and with her the company moved, we are now based in Uttoxeter, Kingstone.

The name Victorina Press was chosen in honour of Consuelo’s mother who passed her love for reading and literature on to all her children. To find out more about Consuelo and the roots of Victorina Press, check out our blog post In the Beginning…

Victorina Press is an independent publisher. Our books are available in Nielsen, and through them, in most major commercial bookshops online, for example, Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, and other independent bookshops.  We are also with Gardners.

Viper Books – crime imprint of Serpent’s Tail

The Appeal: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Viper Books is our superb new crime imprint, publishing books with bite: crime, thrillers and mysterious gothic fiction. From renowned established authors to exciting new voices, we strive to publish the best and brightest in the genre.

Virtual Zine

Virtual Zine is an online literary magazine which celebrates diversity in both fiction and creative non-fiction writing. Our mission is to showcase established and emerging writers alike, demonstrating the variety of styles that come from the unique filter of personal experience.

We publish fiction (from 500 to 1,500) under the VFF (Virtual Feature Fiction) category and creative non fiction (from 1000 to 2000) under the VCNF (Virtual Creative Non Fiction) category. 

In 2021, we launched the V300, a cash-prize flash fiction competition.

We are also planning a Visual Art publication windows and a Literary Corner dedicated to novel writing. 

Vulpine Press

Reckless Lies (White Wattle Creek Book 2)

Vulpine Press was set up in 2017 to publish high quality, innovative and stylish books. We publish fiction, personal non-fiction and various titles that straddle genres. To find out more about what we look for in a submission, please visit our dedicated submissions page.

We grew as an imprint from Ockham Publishing, the independent pop-science and pop-philosophy publisher, as it became apparent that there is a need for a publisher who deals with similarly new and important ideas outside of academic genres. The sheer number of interesting, innovative ideas Ockham was turning down became too much for us to bear, and as a result Vulpine Press was born.


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