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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.

Rufus Books

2 Lansdowne Row / No.152, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6HL
Editor: Ágnes Cserháti

"rufus books publishes poetry and short stories by writers from Great Britain, Ireland, and Canada, with a secondary interest in translations, producing limited editions in both chapbook and full-length formats with an emphasis on traditional production values and methods combined with modern techniques, and featuring artistic collaborations. Audio recordings of writers reading from their own works have also been introduced as a supplementary component to the corpus of rufus books publications."

Salmon Poetry

Knockeven, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland & The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland
Editor: Jessie Lendennie

"Salmon Poetry, taking its name from the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology, was established in 1981 as an alternative voice in Irish literature. The Salmon, a journal of poetry and prose was a flagship for writers in the west of Ireland, and Salmon's first books broke new ground for women poets. Since then almost 500 volumes of poetry have been produced, and Salmon has become one of the most important publishers in the Irish literary world."

Seren Books

57 Nolton Street, Bridgend CF31 3AE, UK
Tel. 01656 663018 

"Seren is an independent literary publisher which, in its thirty year history, has established a strong reputation for its poetry. Poets published by Seren are regularly shortlisted for - or win - major poetry prizes, including the Forward, TS Eliot and Costa Award. Our list mixes well-established figures with exciting new voices, among them Pascale Petit, Sheenagh Pugh, Owen Sheers, Kathryn Simmonds, Carol Rumens, John Haynes, Paul Henry and Siobhán Campbell."

Shearsman Books

50 Westons Hill Drive, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7DF
Tel: (+44) (0) 117 957 2957

Editor: Tony Frazer

"Shearsman Books is a specialist poetry publisher with an interest in what might loosely be termed the 'modernist tradition' but also with an open mind as to other directions in contemporary writing. In addition there is a strong translation list, with a significant Hispanic slant, a Classics series, which seeks to fill gaps on shelves, and a number of literary-critical volumes. The press publishes over 40 books each year, as well as a biannual magazine."

Shoestring Press

19 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, Shoestring book cover
Nottingham, NG9 1BS
Tel: 01159251827

"We specialize in sequences as well as collections and  by (usually) established but unfashionable poets or poets whom we are introducing to British readers for the first time, even though they may be well known elsewhere. As well as publishing works by U.K. poets, we also have a selection of poetry and fiction works by Greek and Australian

Sidekick Books

Address: 38 Chronos Buildings, 23 Mile End Road, London E1 4TN
Editors: Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone

"Sidekick Books publishes collaborative poetry projects, under the watchful gaze of embittered ex-communicated alchemist Dr Fulminare. The subjects of their various anthologies include British birds, computer games and Japanese monsters, with many more experiments to come."

sine wave peak

Address: 114 Sandy Lane, Manchester, M21 8TZ
Editor: Luke Allan

"sine wave peak publishes contemporary concrete and formal poetry from around the world. The press was established in 2012 and is directed by Luke Allan in Manchester (formerly Edinburgh). Publications include works by Jerome Rothenberg, Aram Saroyan, Alec Finlay, Hannah Lowe, and Franck Andre Jamme. The journal Quait has featured new work by Richard Skelton, Kevin MacNeil, Tim Atkins, Gerry Loose, Pam Rehm, Clare Pollard, and John Glenday."

Smith/Doorstop Books

The Poetry Business, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS
Tel: 0114 3463037
Editors: Peter and Ann Sansom

"The Poetry Business publishes books, pamphlets, audio and ebooks under the Smith/Doorstop imprint; runs literary magazine, The North; hosts writing workshops and residential course; and runs the original Book & Pamphlet Competition."

Smokestack Books

1 Lake Terrace, Grewelthorpe, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3BU
Tel.  01765 658917

"Smokestack Books is committed to poetry that is unconventional, unfashionable, radical, left-field or written a long way from the metropolitan centres of cultural authority. Smokestack believes that poetry is a part of and not apart from society, that poetry belongs to everyone or it is not poetry."

Soaring Penguin Press

Address: 4 Florence Terrace, London SW15 3RU
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Name of editor: John Anderson

"An eclectic publisher of graphic novels, poetry and comics."

Soundswrite Press

52 Holmfield Road, Leicester LE2 1SA

"We are a small independent poetry press based in Leicester in the Midlands. See our website for further information."

Stairwell Books

161 Lowther Street, The Groves, York, YO31 7LZ
Editorial and Marketing: Rose Drew
Editorial and Design: Alan Gillott
"Stairwell Books is York’s biggest 'small' press, with over 60 books to date. We publish poetry, novels, themed anthologies, short story collections, memoirs and history; and Dream Catcher arts magazine. We’ve been publishing since 2005 and have bases in York and Norwalk CT, USA." 

Stewed Rhubarb Press

Editors: James T Harding & Rachel McCrum

"Stewed Rhubarb Press has been releasing pamphlets by spoken-word performers into the wild since 2012. It won the Callum Macdonald Award for its first publication, and now has its own rhubarb-flavoured gin. All editorial decisions are made before sunrise."

Stonewood Press

97 Benefield Road, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4EU
Editor: Martin Parker

"Stonewood mainly publish poetry and literary short fiction. These forms have a great deal in common and sit well together; you need to have a similar kind of discipline when writing them and both require understanding and control over their form. Stonewood is a small but growing press and our aim is to publish challenging and high-quality writing without the pressures associated with mainstream publishing. Founded in 2011."

Sylph Editions

Sylph book cover17 Kilburn Vale, London, NW6 4QL
Tel: 020 3137 3181

"Based in London, Sylph Editions publish fiction, monographs, theoretical essays, limited-edition art and photography books, and different forms of experimental writing. The publications are presented either as individual books or as an ongoing series. The emphasis is on works in which image and text coexist, conceived as one. Every work is meticulously produced, care given equally to content and to form."


22 Twigden Court, Luton LU3 2RL

"We are an independent poetry business publishing full collections, pamphlets, chapbooks and anthologies of poetry. We are particularly committed to publishing new poets."

Tangerine Press

18 Riverside Road, Garratt Business Park, London, SW17 0BA
Editor: Michael Curran

Telltale Press

Telltale Press, The Hive, 66 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XG

"Telltale Press is a publishing collective formed in 2014. Our patron is Carol Ann Duffy and Catherine Smith is our associate editor. We publish primarily short, first poetry pamphlets and help develop and support one another to move forward with our poetry careers.

We work on the basis of shared responsibility which we feel is fair, sustainable and emotionally satisfying. New poets are recruited by invitation." 

Templar Poetry

Templar Poetry book coverFenelon House, Kingsbridge Terrace, 58 Dale Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NB
Tel: 01629 582 500
Editor: Alexander McMillen

"Templar is an innovative poetry imprint with a growing list of  fine poets from across the British Isles and beyond published in our superbly designed collections, pamphlets and anthologies. The annual Derwent Poetry Festival in Derbyshire and many other live events present both our new and established authors with their latest titles, reflecting our committment to linking spoken word with printed works. Iota Poetry is published three times each year in collaboration with the University of Gloucestershire. All Templar titles are superbly designed and printed. Templar Poetry and the poets we publish are extensively recognised in major literary and publishing awards."

Test Centre

71 Oriel Road, London, E9 5SG

Test Centre is an independent publishing house and record label with an interest in the spoken and written word. Established in east London in 2011, it has released poetry books by Oli Hazzard, Derek Jarman and Iain Sinclair, as well as issues of its eponymous magazine.

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