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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eyewear Publishing

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

Flarestack Poets

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

Happenstance Press

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

Lapwing Poetry

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

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.

Red Squirrel Press

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


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


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.


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.

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.

Templar Poetry

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

The Tall-Lighthouse

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

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