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Poetry book publishers

These are U.K. publishers that publish more than six full-length books of poetry per year (or less if they are a major imprint of other genres) and have had a title shortlisted for a recognised poetry prize in the past five years.

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
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. 

Anima Poetry Press

Cissbury, Ashfield Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9JS
Editor: Marcus Sly

"Anima specialises in publishing contemporary poetry which engages with mythology, metaphysics, symbolism, depth psychology and transcendence - poems which touch on those poles of human experience which might be called 'Soul' and 'Spirit'. We look for work which doesn't take for granted the primacy of sense and reason while resisting the temptation to retreat from the modern world."

Anvil Press Poetry

Anvil Press has closed and has been taken over by Carcanet Press. All sales, rights and other business has been transferred to Carcanet Press:

Aquifer Books

Glasfryn, Llangattock, Powys, NP8 1PH
Name of editor: Lyndon Davies

"Aquifer publishes poetry of an innovative nature, but will be open to writings in different genres by poets, including, for instance, diary extracts, novels, journals, reportage, critical and philosophical meditations, letter and email exchanges and so on. One of Aquifer's aims is to provide a publishing outlet for experimental writing being done on the Welsh scene, as well as further afield. Aquifer Books does not accept unsolicited manuscripts and cannot respond to enquiries regarding this."

Arc Publications

Nanholme Mill, Shaw Wood Road, Todmorden, Lancs, OL14 6DA
Tel: 01706 812338
Editor: Tony Ward

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

"Augur Press was established in 2004. We publish books which enable the reader to reflect, and to look beyond or behind that which is immediately apparent. Building on the positive reaction to our initial publications, Augur Press continues to grow with new authors and titles."

Barque Press

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

Black Herald Press

Editor: Paul Stubbs & Blandine Longre

"Black Herald Press publishes poetry books and an international bilingual literary magazine (poetry, fiction, essays, 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."

Bloodaxe Books

Bloodaxe Books Ltd, Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BS Bloodaxe book cover
Tel: 01434 240500
Editor: Neil Astley

"Bloodaxe Books is Britain's premier publisher of contemporary poetry, with an international reputation for quality in literature and excellence in book design. With its bold and diverse stable of new and established British, Irish, American, European and Commonwealth writers, Bloodaxe has revolutionised poetry publishing in Britain"

Boiler House Press

University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Editor: Nathan Hamilton

"Boiler House Press is a literary publisher based at the University of East Anglia publishing poetry, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between."

Burning Eye Books

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

"Never Knowingly Mainstream. Burning Eye publish slam / stand up / performance / spoken word poetry. Submissions are generally by invitation only apart from limited bi-annual open submissions calls. Follow @BurningEyeBooks for further information."

Calder Wood Press

Calder Wood Press will cease trading in printed books on Monday 3 October 2016. Stocks are being run down with further reductions on all titles from August 2016

Candlestick Press

Diversity House, 72 Nottingham Road, Arnold, Nottingham,
Tel: 0115 967 4455
Email:  .

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

Canongate Books

14 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1TE Canongate book cover, Lemn Sissay's 'Listener'
Tel: 0131 557 5111
Editor: Jamie Byng

"With a distinctly international outlook, Canongate Books nurtures and publishes new talent from around the world, whilst retaining the essence of the Scottish Canon. We have no specific agenda other than to promote and publish challenging, quality work from as broad a perspective as we are able."

Carcanet Press

4th Floor
Alliance House
30 Cross St.
Manchester M2 7AQ
Tel: 0161 834 8730 

Editor: Michael Schmidt

"Carcanet Press is the UK's leading poetry publisher. Now in its fifth decade, it provides the most comprehensive and diverse lists of contemporary and classic poetry in English and in translation. The Carcanet website is an invaluable resource not only for a full list of published and forthcoming poetry titles, but also for news, reviews, events, author profiles, and much more. The poetry magazine PN Review is produced from the same office."

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 (three first collections published by CBe have won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and been shortlisted for the Forward), but the the list is small. 

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