Links: Poetry Publishers

Many readers are aware of only one or two of the larger poetry publishers in the UK, but there are actually a great many excellent small presses that produce books which range from full collections down to small hand-made chapbooks. You can find a wide selection of them listed below. It’s worth looking around to find a publisher who will produce the kind of book you’re looking to create.

Unlike with fiction, it is very rarely necessary to have an agent in order to approach a poetry publisher. Some of the below have limited reading periods, or ask for payment of a reading fee along with each submission, but you will usually be dealing directly with the publisher.

If you know of a poetry published in the UK who I don’t have on the list below, please get in touch and tell me about them. The best way to do this is via the contact form.

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Arc Publications

Publishes contemporary poetry from the UK and abroad, including translations. This publisher also has a music imprint. Based in Lancashire.

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Bloodaxe Books

Founded by Neil Astley in 1978, this is one of the UK’s most well-known poetry publishers. They have an extensive list of British and American poets.

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Carcanet Press

A larger publisher with a couple of poetry imprints. Publishes a diverse list of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation.

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Egg Box Publishing

A small poetry publisher based in Norfolk, run by the poet Nathan Hamilton. Produces a number of “Egg Box Books” each year.

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Enitharmon Press

An independent literary press that specialises in publishing poetry from both emerging and established writers. They also publish literary criticism, memoir and translations.

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Eyewear Publishing

A small independent press based in London. Publishes poetry collections by new poets from the UK and abroad.

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Flarestack Poets

A well-established publisher of chapbooks and pamphlets. Their tastes are diverse but discerning, and they offer subscriptions.

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Happenstance Press

This publishes specialises in poetry pamphlets. Also provides helpful general resources on chabook publishing.

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Lapwing Poetry

A small poetry press based in Belfast. Has been publishing both local and international poets for twenty years.

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Platypus Press

A boutique publisher based in England, which seeks to unearth innovative contemporary poetry and prose, as well as other – more elaborate – literary works.

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Red Squirrel Press

An independent publisher based in Northumberland. Aims to publish poetry, novellas and novels.

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Salt

This well-established publisher produces over 80 books each year, with a focus on poetry and criticism. Publishes both international and English authors.

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Seren

Although mainly a fiction / non-fiction publisher, this press produces several poetry books each year. Its focus is on English writing from or about Wales.

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Shearsman

An active published or English and American poets. Originally founded as a magazine, Shearsman developed into a poetry press, and now produce around 50 books each year.

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Smith / Doorstop

This imprint is owned by The Poetry Business. It publishes books, pamphlets, audio and ebooks. The Poetry Business also runs a number of workshops and edits the literary magazine The North.

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Templar Poetry

Produce a number of pamphlets every year, as well as being responsible for the publication of Iota poetry magazine.

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The Tall-Lighthouse

An independent poetry business publishing full collections, pamphlets, chapbooks and anthologies of poetry.

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