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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.

Two Rivers Press

7 Denmark Road, Reading, RG1 5PA
Tel: 07834 827611

"Two Rivers Press, a cooperative founded by artist Peter Hay in 1994, publishes the best poetry in the Reading and the Thames Valley, with particular emphasis on high-quality design and production. Our list of local poets includes Joseph Butler, Jane Draycott, AF Harrold and Susan Utting."


UKA Press

UKA Book Cover

Telephone: 00-31-(0)20-7854630

"The UKA Press has published fresh and important voices from around the world. Their latest poetry book is Every Girl Has Her Limits by American poet Jolen Whitworth. 'This remarkable collection of poetry takes the reader on a most incredible journey, as seen through the eyes of this truly unique poet. In spite of life's inevitable peaks and troughs, there is this enviable quality of optimism that shines through even the darkest of moments to the very last.'"

V. Press

10 Vernon Grove, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 9LQ
Editorial, Management and Marketing: Sarah Leavesley
Editorial and Design: Ruth Stacey
"V. is for very. We publish poetry that is very very. This is not to say that we favour extreme art or experimental over mainstream. Nor do we adhere to one set tradition, theme, approach, fashion...or fad. Rather, it means that we look for work that is distinctive, very itself."

Valley Press

Valley Press, Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
Editor: Jamie McGarry

"Established in 2008, Valley Press is a thriving independent publishing house based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. With authors from all corners of the UK, as well as Canada, the USA, India, Bermuda and China, we are bringing the world to Yorkshire and Yorkshire to the world.

We have more than 100 titles currently in print, including poetry (collections, pamphlets and anthologies), fiction (novels and short stories) and non-fiction (travel writing and memoirs). 2018 will see us expand further, with musical history and graphic novels appearing on our shelves. Our most important belief is that great literature, and great publishing, is for everyone and anyone - if you agree, we'd love to hear from you."

Vane Women Press

Address: 19A Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL3 7AT
Website address:

"Vane Women Press is the publishing arm of Vane Women, a writers' collective devoted to supporting women writers in the North. We arrange workshops, perform our work in public performances at a range of venues, and mentor women aspiring to publication.
We have published a number of first pamphlets by women who live in the North East. In December 2015 we published a full collection, The eternally packed suitcase by the fine poet, Lisa Matthews. April 2016 sees the publication of two books: a pamphlet 'Majuba Road' by Julie Hogg and NORTHbound, a 25th Anniversary anthology containing photographs by Pat Maycroft  and poems written in response by many of the poets we have worked with over the years."

Veer Books

Dr Stephen Mooney, School of English & Languages, FAHS, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

"Veer Books originally came out of the activities at Birkbeck College's Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC), and aims to publish a range of unconforming writing in poetry and poetics, including some texts that other publishers might view as experimental."

Ward Wood Publishing

Ward Wood Publishing
Email: (editorial) (production and distribution)
Editor: Adele Ward
"Ward Wood Publishing is based in London and Shrewsbury and aims to publish high quality poetry, fiction and other forms. It's run by Adele Ward and Mike Fortune-Wood, who bring a combined 42 years of professional publishing, writing and editorial experience to the company. Readers can expect innovative and exceptional writing in beautifully produced books. Ward Wood Publishing provides an annual prize of chapbook publication to the winner of the International Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition in aid of the homeless."

Waterloo Press

Address: Waterloo Press, 95 Wick Hall, Furze Hill, Hove BN3 1NG

"Waterloo Press is small but fast-growing, with a mandate to publish the best 'radical voices' in the UK and beyond - writers whose aesthetic, political, or cultural reach take them far beyond the cold comfort zone of post-Movement British poetics.  Our list is eclectic yet visionary, our books beautifully produced."

Waywiser Press

Bench House, 82 London Road, Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 5FN
Tel: 01608 644755
Editor: Philip Hoy

West House Books

West House Book Cover40 Crescent Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1HN
Tel. 0114-2586035.
Editor: Alan Halsey

"Between 1995 and 2011 West House published more than forty titles, most of which are still in print. Our recent output has been restricted to small handmade pamphlets and other ephemera issued through our Gargoyle imprint. We also distribute books by other publishers, including some American imports, and maintain our list of rare poetry books, antiquarian and modern."

White Adder Press

Lynn Cottage, East Linton, East Lothian, EH40 3DA
Editor: Martin Bates

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