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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.


Sidlaw House, South Street, Newtyle, Angus, PH12 8UQ

"Established in 1999 by poet and novelist James Robertson, Kettillonia publishes occasional pamphlets of Scottish or Scotland-related poetry. Past publications include new, original work as well as work by neglected or out-of-print writers, including translations and writing in Scots. No unsolicited submissions please."

Knives Forks and Spoons

51 Pipit Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9RG
Editor: Alec Newman

"KFS publishes 20 collections of experimental poetry a year. We also exhibit poetry in the Blackpool Illuminations from the first Friday of September until the first Sunday of November to the 3,500,000 people that visit the attraction every year. KFS does not accept unsolicited submissions. KFS is supported by the Arts Council's GFTA programme."

Lapwing Publications

1 Ballysillan Drive, Belfast, BT14 8HQ
Tel: 028 90 500 796

"Belfast based: eclectic publisher of new, emerging, established poets and the 'hidden' poets, those writers whose 'other' work hides their existence as a poet. Editions small, P.O.D., from small pamphlets to books from around forty-eight pages to the eighty page size. Not grant-aided, independent. PDF versions of almost all Lapwing's publications are also available in addition to paper copies, Lapwing also offers PDF versions in order to overcome the various device-specific ebook formats. Because there is so much confusion in regards to formats and pricing, Lapwing has opted to use PDF, the copies are fully purchased and owned, not leased or of limited access, at the rate of £5.00 per title plus a free copy of any title of the buyer's choice"

Leafe Press

Leafe Press, 4 Cohen Close, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 6RW
Editor: Alan Baker

"Leafe Press was launched in Nottingham in April 2000, and has published a wide range of poetry, though our interest at present is in innovative or experimental poetry, and in translations. We publish both pamphlets and POD books of 80+ pages. We also incorporate on-line publishing, including the e-zine Litter."

Littoral Press, The

15 Harwood Place, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9SG
Telephone: 01787 370853 
Editor: Mervyn Linford

"The Littoral Press was initially founded to publish the poetry about nature and spirituality. It has now broadened its scope and although still very interested in nature poetry also publishes other poetry collections irrespective of subject matter. For more details click on the website link and then use either the 'forward arrow' or the 'autumn leaf logo' at the bottom of the page to navigate the site."

Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry)

4 Cambridge St, Liverpool, L69 7ZU 
Editor: Deryn Rees-Jones

Pavilion Poetry seeks to publish the very best in contemporary poetry. Always international in its reach, Pavilion Poetry is poetry that takes a risk. Whether by new or established and award-winning writers, this is poetry sure to challenge and delight.

Longbarrow Press

Longbarrow Press76 Holme Lane, Sheffield, S6 4JW
Editor: Brian Lewis

"Longbarrow Press was founded in Sheffield in 2005. The ethos governing the output of the press is that the poem should dictate the format of publication. The resulting objects - matchboxes, acetates, maps - allow poet and publisher to explore alternatives to the book. The same values of craft and care have shaped Longbarrow's acclaimed pamphlet series. Longbarrow also records poets in performance and on location: you can listen to these recordings at Please note that Longbarrow Press is unable to consider unsolicited manuscripts at present."


The MacMillan Building, 4 Crinan Street, London, N1 9XW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7833 4000


Hamish Whyte, 10 Bell Place, Stockbridge, mariscat book cover
Edinburgh EH3 5HT
Tel: 0131 343 1070 

"Founded 1982 Glasgow, moved to Edinburgh in 2004. Published nearly 50 books and pamphlets, including Edwin Morgan, Gael Turnbull, Janice Galloway, A.L. Kennedy, Richard Price, Fiona Pitt-Kethley.  We (Hamish Whyte, Diana Hendry) like a wide range of poetry, from 'no
ideas but in things'  to exploring inner space, but it has to excite and/or move us."

Mica Press

47 Belle Vue Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex CO7 9LD
Tel: 07894210147
Editor: Les Bell

"Mica is a mineral. The word is Latin for a crumb, perhaps influenced by 'micare, to glitter'. Mica Press is for poems that have the hard light of intelligence, nourish the mind, and can be picked up by any literate person. Mica's infrequent publications are available to bookshops throughout the world." 

Mudfog Press

4, Hebron Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6RD 

"Mudfog Press works to promote new writers from the Tees Valley area. We mainly publish poetry and short stories, giving writers their first opportunity of individual publication. We aim to support and promote our authors, publishing work of good quality and bringing this work to a wider readership."

Mulfran Press

2 Aber Street, Cardiff CF11 7AG
Editor: Leona Medlin

"Mulfran Press takes its name from the Welsh for cormorant, a bird commonly seen sunning and diving in Cardiff Bay where the press was established in 2009. As well as poetry collections, we publish illustrated pamphlets (including the Mulfran Miniatures series) and broadsheets. The editor has a particular interest in the relationship between text and visual art. Mulfran poets from Wales and beyond include Tony Curtis, Peter Daniels, Crystal Jeans, Maureen Jivani, Jenny Lewis, Malcolm Lewis, Helen Lovelock-Burke, Duncan McGibbon, Christopher Meredith, Roy Morgans, Lynda Nash, Lesley Saunders, Adnan al-Sayegh, Sudeep Sen, Michael Arnold Williams."

Nasty Little Press

Nasty Little Press book
Publisher/editor: Luke Wright

"Nasty Little Press publishes entertaining poetry that hits you in the gut. We also run a new talent scheme called Nasty Little Intros in which we guide exciting new writers through the publishing process and help them launch their stage careers. Our list includes Martin Newell, John Osborne, Nic Aubury, Elvis McGonagall, Tim Clare, Salena Godden, Martin Figura, and Byron Vincent."

Nine Arches Press

Nine Arches Press, PO Box 6269, Rugby, CV21 9NL

"Nine Arches Press produce hand-picked, handsome volumes of contemporary poetry and short stories. They publish full-length collections of innovative, new poetry by both established poets and also by new poets as part of their 'Debut New Poets' series. Nine Arches Press is also home to Under the Radar magazine and are co-organisers of live poetry events like Shindig! Leicester and Wordsmiths & Co. Poets published by Nine Arches Press include Maria Taylor, Daniel Sluman, Alistair Noon, Matt Merritt, Angela France, Mario Petrucci, Chris McCabe & Jeremy Reed."

Offa's Press

Editor: Simon Fletcher

"Offa's Press was set up in 2010 and is dedicated to publishing and promoting the best of contemporary West Midland poetry that's 'good on the page and good on stage'. Among our best-sellers so far are Dave Reeves's Black Country Dialectics, Jane Seabourne's Bright Morning and The Poetry of Shropshire edited by Jeff Phelps and Simon Fletcher. It has received some funding from Arts Council England and is run as a co-operative by a number of regional writers and poets. Poets have performed at arts festivals, libraries and in schools across the region."

Original Plus

38 Pwllcarn Terrace, Blaengarw, Bridgend, South Wales CF32 8AS

'Original Plus has published full collections and will again once we have sufficient funds. For the near foreseeable we are concentrating on chapbooks.'

Out-Spoken Press

"Out-Spoken Press is an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing founded by poet Anthony Anaxagorou in 2013. Much of what Out-Spoken Press aims to do is give priority to BAME, LGBTQ and working class poets, in an ongoing effort to insure the work produced by those groups receives sufficient representation."

Oversteps Books Ltd

6 Halwell House, South Pool, nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RX
Editor: Alwyn Marriage

"Oversteps, which was formed in 1992, now publishes about ten beautifully produced books each year. Competition to be included in the list is intense and it is essential that poets wishing to submit should follow the submissions policy outlined on the website. Oversteps poets, many of whom are prizewinners in major competitions, also give readings all round Britain and abroad."

Oystercatcher Press

Oystercatcher Press book coverMagdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG

"Oystercatcher Press is winner of the Michael Marks Publishers' Award for outstanding U.K. publisher of poetry in pamphlet form. Oystercatcher poets include Tim Atkins, Kelvin Corcoran, Emily Critchley, Amy De'Ath, Allen Fisher, John Hall, Michael Haslam,  Ralph Hawkins, Randolph Healey, Peter Hughes, John James, Rachel Lehrman, Anna Mendelssohn, Sophie Robinson, Peter Riley, Lisa Samuels, Maurice Scully, Matina Stamatakis and Carol Watts."

Paekakariki Press

4 Mitre Avenue, Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow, London E17 6QG

Tel: 07836 785505

Paekakariki Press was established in 2010 to continue the tradition of letterpress printing that is in danger of disappearing in the digital age. In its search for some material worth printing it found itself drawn to poetry and as part of its remit to bring poets and artists together, Paekakariki Press has already published several unique poetry pamphlets incorporating original artists' images alongside the poems.
Submissions are being sought for small collections and are accepted for consideration at
Paekakariki is a town in New Zealand at the bottom of the North Island, the name meaning the perching place of the little green parrot in Maori.

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