Are you a searching for a list of publishing houses for poetry with a view to finding a suitable publisher for your poems?
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Below you’ll find 17 poetry book publishers spread across the United States, the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
Founded in 1972, Copper Canyon Press is a non-profit publisher that specializes in poetry. They have published more than 400 titles, including books by Pulitzer Prize winners W.S. Merwin, Maxine Kumin, Ted Kooser, and Theodore Roethke. In addition to publishing the works of revered international poets, Copper Canyon Press also publishes poetry collections by new and emerging poets.
They have two open reading periods each year, and they welcome submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts and translations between 45 and 200 pages. Submissions must include a cover letter and a brief biographical note. Although Copper Canyon Press is located in Port Townsend, WA, poets from all over the world are encouraged to submit.
Located in New York, Four Way Books is another American non-profit press that primarily publishes poetry and short fiction. Martha Rhodes founded Four Way Books in 1993, and she continues to run the press as director and founding editor. Some of the most notable writers Four Way Books has published include Catherine Bowman, Sarah Manguso, Pablo Medina, Sarah Gorham, Forrest Hamer, Jeffrey Harrison, and Cynthia Huntington.
Four Way Books accepts submissions through open reading periods and poetry competitions. They have several open calls at the moment, and interested authors can learn more by checking out Four Way Books’ submission guidelines. For general inquiries and other concerns, Four Way Books can be reached through their online contact form.
3. Plan B Press
Plan B Press is a small independent publisher that focuses on publishing American poets who are in the early stages of their careers. They primarily publish limited-run chapbooks and are known for creating books that combine words with striking imagery. Their most recent releases include Keri Withington’s Beckoning from the Waves, Emily Butler’s Self Talk, John Thompson’s Ampersand, and Eric Steineger’s From a Lisbon Rooftop.
They are currently accepting submissions, and they prefer to receive manuscripts from poets who have published fewer than 3 books. Submissions can be sent by email or post. If you are a poet who’s just starting out, Plan B Press might be the perfect place for you to submit your work. Check out their submission guidelines here.
4. Kore Press
Established in 1993 by Lisa Bowden and Karen Falkenstrom, Kore Press is a non-profit publisher located in Arizona. They publish non-fiction, fiction, and poetry written by women. In fact, their main goal is to raise the stage for women—particularly women of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those whose voices are underrepresented.
Most of the books published by Kore Press come from their general submissions or annual contests. If you would like Kore Press to consider your work for publication, you can submit your manuscript during their open reading period, or you can join one of their contests. Their open submissions are currently closed, but do keep an eye out for announcements from the Kore Press team. In the meantime, you can learn more about their submission guidelines here.
Alice James Books was also founded as a feminist poetry press in 1973. And while they remain committed to their original cause, they have since expanded their scope to include writers and poets of all backgrounds and genders. They accept submissions through their annual competition which is currently open.
The Alice James Award is open to poets at any career stage, but only poets in the US may enter. Entries may be submitted by mail or digitally through their Submittable page. The deadline for submissions is in November 2019, and winners will be announced in February 2020. Interested poets can learn more by reviewing the submission guidelines here.
Platypus Press is an independent publisher specializing in poetry, narrative non-fiction, and fiction. Founded in England in 2015, Platypus Press is a relatively young publisher, but they have already been featured in Poets & Writers’ Small Press Points and Entropy’s Best Presses of 2017.
They are currently accepting submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts that are at least 50 pages. Parts of the collection may have been previously published, but at least 50% of the manuscript must be unpublished. Submissions may be sent via email. If you are planning on sending your work to Platypus Press, make sure you go through their submission guidelines before submitting.
Trio House Press is an independent publisher that releases around 3 poetry collections each year. In addition to an annual open reading period, Trio House also holds 2 annual poetry competitions: the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence, and the Trio Award for First or Second Book. The Louise Bogan Award is open to all poets regardless of publication history, while the Trio Award is only open to poets who have published fewer than 2 books.
If you would like to learn more about Trio House’s awards and reading periods, you can visit their website and review their submission guidelines. You can also read about their selection process here.
Red Squirrel Press is a Scottish independent press that was founded in 2006. Since its establishment, it has produced around 200 titles and continues to publish full-length poetry collections by both new and established poets. Some of the poets Red Squirrel has published include Pippa Little, Claire Askew, James Kirkup, Andrew McMillan, and William Bedford.
Red Squirrel does currently accept submissions, but do bear in mind that their production plan is full until the end of 2021. If you would like to take a stab at submitting your work to Red Squirrel Press, you can send them 6 of your best poems via email. Check out the rest of their submission guidelines here.
9. Luath Press
Luath Press is a UK-based publisher committed to delivering high-quality books that are worth reading. They publish a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, folklore, children’s literature, travel and lifestyle books, biographies, and more. Since its founding in 1981, Luath Press has worked with some of the world’s most established writers, but they also happily publish the works of new and emerging writers.
They are always eager to read manuscript submissions that fit their publishing program. Check out their catalog to see what kind of books they typically publish. Once you are ready to submit, go through their guidelines here. Submissions may only be sent by mail. If you have additional questions, get in touch with the Luath Press team through their contact form.
10. Dedalus Press
One of Ireland’s longest-running presses, Dedalus Press publishes the best in contemporary Irish poetry. They also publish prose by poets, as well as books that explore the many facets of poetry. Dedalus publishes around 10 books a year, and they work with both new and established poets.
Dedalus Press has 2 open reading periods each year—one in March and another in November. They mainly publish Irish poets or poets residing in Ireland, but they are also interested in submissions from poets across the globe. Poets interested in submitting can check out Dedalus’ submission guidelines before heading to their Submittable page.
Founded in 1996, Ginninderra Press is an award-winning Australian publisher that specializes in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. They are known for providing opportunities for new and emerging writers, as well as those who write in non-mainstream genres or subjects. That said, Ginninderra does favor work that is socially aware and has an emotional impact on readers.
Ginninderra Press currently welcomes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions. All submissions must be sent by mail—no electronic submissions allowed. In addition to submissions of individual manuscripts, they also have several open calls for multi-author anthologies. Learn more about their submission guidelines here.
12. Fremantle Press
Fremantle Press is a non-profit publisher that was established in 1976 with the goal of identifying new and emerging talents from Western Australia and distributing their work to as many people as possible. As such, they only publish fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children’s literature, short stories, biographies, and other genres written by Western Australian writers.
Fremantle Press is now accepting submissions in the genres of poetry, narrative non-fiction, fiction, and children’s literature. Non-Western Australian writers may also submit as long as the manuscript deals with Western Australian subject matter. Visit Fremantle’s Submittable page to submit your work and learn more about their guidelines. It usually takes 10 weeks for them to respond to submissions.
Established in 1995, Giramondo Publishing’s main mission is to publish adventurous and innovative literature written by Australian writers. Many of the titles they have published have won major literary prizes, such as the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the Nita Kibble Literary Award. They publish non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and short-form books.
Giramondo is always open for submissions. All submissions must be sent through their Submittable page and must include your curriculum vitae, a brief synopsis of your work, and the proposed manuscript. For more information, you can find Giramondo’s submission guidelines here.
Ekstasis Editions is a Canadian publisher with a focus on poetry, fiction, and literary criticism. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word “ekstasis” which means “to stand outside oneself.” When it was first founded in 1982, Ekstasis only published poetry, but it has since diversified and now publishes other genres including literary fiction, theatre, young adult fiction, and children’s literature.
Ekstasis is always open for submissions. Poetry submissions must include a sample of 20 poems, as well as a cover letter and a short biography. All submissions must be sent by mail. If you would like to submit your work to Ekstasis, you can find their full submission guidelines and requirements here.
Coach House Books is another Canadian publisher that specializes in poetry, literary fiction, and select non-fiction. They primarily publish books written by Canadian authors, and they are especially interested in working with writers of color, indigenous writers, and writers from the LGBTQ+ community.
If you would like to get published by Coach House Books, take the time to peruse their current catalog to get an idea of what they usually publish. Once you are ready to submit, check out their submission guidelines for detailed information on how and where to submit your manuscript.
16. Gaspereau Press
Founded by Andrew Steeves and Gary Dunfield in 1997, Gaspereau Press is an innovative and award-winning Canadian publisher. They are most known for creating beautiful, original, and high-quality books in the genres of poetry and creative non-fiction. The books they publish are geared towards Canadian readers, and they only publish works written by Canadian writers.
Gaspereau Press is always looking for talented writers to work with. All submissions must be sent by mail and will be responded to within 4 to 8 months. Interested in submitting? Learn all about their submission process and guidelines here. If you have any other questions not answered by their submission guidelines, feel free to contact Gaspereau Press via phone or email.
17. Mansfield Press
Located in Toronto’s Little Italy, Mansfield Press is a poetry-focused publisher that was founded by Denis De Klerck in 1999. In 2004, they published their first 4 books—poetry collections by established writers Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Corrado Paina, Ann Shin, and Margaret Christakos. Since then, Mansfield Press has earned a reputation for producing groundbreaking work and nurturing a new generation of talented Canadian writers.
Mansfield Press always welcomes submissions from Canadian writers and poets. For poetry submissions, the full manuscript must be enclosed along with a cover letter and an overview of your recent publication history. If you are interested in submitting, visit Mansfield’s submissions page and review their guidelines. Submissions may be sent via email or by post, and it typically takes up to 6 months or longer for Mansfield to respond. Contact Mansfield Press if you have any additional questions.
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