The award-winning alternative independent publisher of books 404 Inkwas founded b Heather McDaid & Laura Jones in 2016 with the view that publishing could be a little louder and a little more fun, and still feel that way today.
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books and other media to expand minds and change worlds.
And other stories
And Other Stories publishes some of the best in contemporary writing, including many translations. We aim to push people’s reading limits and help them discover authors of adventurous and inspiring writing.
Arsenal Pulp Press
Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada. They are interested in literature that engages and challenges readers, and which asks probing questions about the world around us.
Avery Hill is a publishing company based in London that helps aspiring creators reach their potential and is a home to the geniuses that the mainstream has yet to recognise.
Bloodaxe Books has revolutionised poetry publishing in Britain over four decades. Internationally renowned for quality in literature and excellence in book design, our authors and books have won virtually every major literary award given to poetry, from the T.S. Eliot Prize, Costa Book of the Year and Pulitzer to the Nobel Prize in Literature
Burning Eye Books
Burning Eye Books is small independent publisher founded in 2011 in the South West predominately specialising in promoting spoken word artists. They look for the bold, the fearless and the strange, and they pride ourselves on providing a conscious portfolio of brilliant poets from across the UK.
Since 1973 Cannongate have worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, exciting voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they have published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, life-changing… They're fiercely independent, and they’re as committed to unorthodox and innovative publishing as ever.
Cassava Republic Press
Cassava Republic Press was founded in Abuja, Nigeria, 2006 with the aim of bringing high quality fiction and non-fiction for adults and children alike to a global audience.
Charco Press focuses on finding outstanding contemporary Latin American literature and bringing it to new readers in the English-speaking world. They aim to act as a cultural and linguistic bridge for you to be able to access a brand new world of fiction that has, until now, been missing from your reading list.
Cipher Press is an independent publisher of queer fiction and non-fiction. Their aim is to amplify queer voices and to champion LGBTQIA+ writers in the UK and beyond. They're entirely queer owned and run because they want the publishing industry to be more inclusive at every level.
Comma's initial purpose was to redress the dearth of short story publishing opportunities in the UK, bringing award-winning writers like David Constantine, Sara Maitland and Adam Marek to new audiences. Their popular, long-running 'Reading the City' series has proven that people's engagement with place can override other barriers to reading fiction in translation, and has now visited over 20 cities worldwide.
Daunt Books Publishing is an independent publisher based in London. Founded in 2010, that grew out of Daunt Books, an independent chain of bookshops in London and the South-East. They publish the finest and most exciting new writing in English and in translation, whether that’s literary fiction – novels and short stories – or narrative non-fiction including essays and memoir.
Dead Ink is a small, ambitious and experimental literary publisher based in Liverpool. Dead Ink believe that there are brilliant authors out there who may not yet be known or commercially viable. They see it as Dead Ink’s job to bring the most challenging and experimental new writing out from the underground and present it to our audience in the most beautiful way possible.
Europa Editions is an independent publisher of quality fiction. The idea behind the creation of Europa Editions was to capitalize on Edizioni E/O’s deep roots in European publishing to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards.
Faber & FAber
Faber is one of the world’s great independent publishing houses. Since we were founded in 1929, poetry has been at the heart of our publishing, with T. S. Eliot as our first Poetry Editor.
In every generation, Faber has sought to find the very best writers and we are proud to publish the foremost voices in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, film and children’s books, from writers including Sylvia Plath, Samuel Beckett, Ted Hughes, William Golding, Kae Tempest, Seamus Heaney, P. D. James, Natalie Diaz, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Alan Bennett, Edna O’Brien, Simon Armitage, Emma Carroll and Sally Rooney. Thirteen Nobel Laureates and six Booker Prize-winners have been published by Faber, with awards most recently for Kazuo Ishiguro and Anna Burns.At Faber, we share a belief in the unique power of the published word to transform, to inspire and to challenge. This informs all our in-house activities and extends to our outreach and our partnerships within independent publishing.
Fitzcarraldo Editions is an independent publisher specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays. Founded in 2014, it focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language. The series, designed by Ray O’Meara, are published as paperback originals with French flaps, using a custom serif typeface (called Fitzcarraldo).
Granta Books now publishes around thirty new titles a year, providing authors with the intimacy of a small, passionate and creative team while consistently punching above its weight in review coverage, prizes, cultural impact and sales.
Founded in 2020 by Brekhna Aftab and Farhaana Arefin, Hajar Press is an independent and proudly political publishing house run by and for people of colour. Hajar was born out of our frustration with the publishing industry’s structural problems—institutional racism; commercial trend-following; Amazon’s domination; and the atomisation of readers and writers—as well as with the lack of internationalism and antiracist solidarity within many of our political movements.
Haymakert's mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. They strive to make their books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, and internationalist Left.
Head of Zeus
Head of Zeus are an independent publishing house dedicated to new authors, great storytelling and fabulous ideas. Head of Zeus opened for business on 3 January 2012 and they published their first books in July 2012. Their list is a mix of general and literary fiction, genre fiction and non fiction.
Honford Star's mission is to publish the best literature from East Asia, be it classic or contemporary. We believe there are many important East Asian authors and books yet to be read by English-language readers, so we aim to make these works as accessible as possible. By working with talented translators and exciting local artists, we hope to see more bookshelves containing beautiful editions of the East Asian literature we love.
Icon Books is an independent publisher founded in 1992 which specialises in intelligent, quality non-fiction for a general audience.
Ignota Books is an experiment in the techniques of awakening. Founded in the last days of 2017 in the Peruvian mountains, Ignota publishes at the intersection of technology, myth-making and magic. Deriving their name from Hildegard of Bingen’s mystical Lingua Ignota, they seek to develop a language that makes possible the reimagining and reenchantment of the world around us.
Influx Press is an independent publisher based in north London, founded by Gary Budden and Kit Caless. We are committed to publishing innovative and challenging fiction and creative non-fiction from across the UK and beyond.
Jacaranda Books is an award-winning, diverse-owned independent publisher and bookseller. They are dedicated to promoting and celebrating brilliant diverse literature. Since launching in 2014, Jacaranda have published 70+ titles by a raft of talented authors, including multiple award-winners Irenosen Okojie, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Bernice L. McFadden, and Shola von Reinhold.
Winner of Children’s Publisher of the Year 2022 at the British Book Awards, Knights Of is a multi award-winning inclusive publisher focused on bringing underrepresented voices to the forefront of commercial children’s publishing.
An independent literary press based in London, Les Fugitives was founded in February 2014 by French translator Cécile Menon. It was inspired by a small number of authors, book-lovers and editor friends and began as an informal collective of benevolent contributors.
Lethe Press is an independent publishing house specializing in the strange, the eerie, and the uncanny. Many of their books do have queer interest but they've grown into speculative fiction for all readers. Named after the Greek river of memory and forgetfulness, Lethe Press is devoted to ideas that are often neglected or forgotten by mainstream publishers. Founded in 2001 by author Steve Berman, Lethe Press has grown steadily to become one of the larger gay presses.
Lolli Editions is an independent publisher based at Somerset House in London. They publish radical and formally innovative fiction that challenges existing ideas and breathes new life into the novel form. Lolli Editions aim to introduce to the Anglophone world some of the most exciting writers that speak to our shared culture in new and compelling ways, from Europe and beyond.
Myriad Editions is an independent publisher based in Brighton. Since 2005 we have developed a distinctive style of publishing original fiction, graphic novels and feminist nonfiction.
Nobrow is a small publisher headquartered in London, UK. Together with their children’s book imprint Flying Eye Books and new literary list; Imprint 27, they publish around 35 new titles per year.
Peirene Press was founded by novelist and journalist Meike Ziervogel, with the goal of bringing translated European novellas to a UK audience. Peirene began publishing in 2010 and in the twelve years since they have published over forty books, featuring translations from seventeen languages and twenty countries.
Peninsula Press is a publisher of boundary pushing fiction and non-fiction, based in London.It was founded in 2017 by three booksellers.
Persephone Books began in a room above a pub in the spring of 1998. Founder Nicola Beauman’s original concept was to publish a handful of 'lost' or out-of-print books every year, most of them interwar novels by women. The name Persephone was chosen as a symbol of female creativity, as well as of new beginnings (the daughter of Zeus is associated with spring).
Pluto Press is a radical political publishing house. Founded in 1969, we are one of the world’s oldest radical publishers, and our focus remains making timely interventions in contemporary struggles.Though our collective outlook has developed over time, we proudly identify as anti-capitalist, internationalist and politically independent.
Founded in 1997, Pushkin Press' list encompasses novels, non-fiction, crime, children’s books – everything from timeless classics to the urgent and contemporary. We publish some of the twentieth century’s most widely acclaimed and brilliant authors
Repeater Books was founded in 2014 by Mark Fisher, Tariq Goddard, Etan Ilfeld, Phil Jourdan, Matteo Mandarini, Alex Niven and Tamar Shlaim.
September Publishing is an independent publisher of an award-winning list of illustrated and non-fiction print and ebooks. Their focus is on books that will expand readers’ worlds, either feeding their passionately held interests or inspiring new journeys in literature and art. In 2020 they published their first children’s books and in 2021 the first of their full-length fiction and audio books.
Pete Ayrton founded Serpent’s Tail in 1986 with a mission to introduce British readers to risk-taking world literature no one else in the UK was publishing. The list established a reputation for its diversity of voice and fearlessness, publishing writers of colour from all over the world.
Seven Stories Press
Founded in 1995 by Dan Simon, and named for the seven authors who committed to a home with a fiercely independent spirit, Seven Stories Press publishes uncompromising political books, fiction, and poetry.
The Indigo Press
The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, based in London. Guided by a spirit of internationalism, feminism and social justice, we publish books to make readers see the world afresh, question their behaviour and beliefs, and imagine a better future.
Tilted Axis Press
Tilted Axis is a non-profit press publishing mainly work by Asian writers, translated into a variety of Englishes. They value the work of translation and translators through fair, transparent pay, public acknowledgement, and respectful communication.
Tramp Press was launched by Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff in 2014 to find, nurture and publish exceptional literary talent. Tramp is based in Ireland and publishes internationally. Our authors include Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mona Eltahawy, Sara Baume, Mike McCormack, Sophie White, and Jade Sharma.
Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher that works for everybody. They give their community the superpowers to bring extraordinary ideas to life. They've built a platform and publishing model that shifts the balance of power, allowing people and communities to champion the voices which deserve to be heard.They’re changing publishing – and putting the crowd in control.
V&Q Books is the English-language imprint of one of Germany’s most exciting independent publishing houses, Voland & Quist. Headed by renowned translator Katy Derbyshire, V&Q Books launched its first titles in autumn 2020, focusing distribution on the UK and Ireland, and publishes up to 5 to 6 books per year. V&Q Books publishes commercial and literary fiction and narrative non-fiction showcasing remarkable writing from Germany.
Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year.
VERVE Books is a dynamic independent publisher of page-turning, diverse and original fiction, based in the UK and led by a team of imaginative booklovers. Launched in 2018, VERVE Books is steadily growing and always seeking new authors. Our aim is to publish a wide range of compelling commercial fiction with a fresh and vital feel - fiction that will appeal to a broad audience of readers.
Virago was founded by Carmen Callil in 1973 as a feminist publishing company. Inspired by the political and social change of that decade, the women who created Virago believed passionately that writing by women should be celebrated, enjoyed, taken seriously and read widely. Writers and readers immediately embraced the list: women wanted a voice, to understand their history, to be championed and to see themselves on the page. Decades later, at Virago they still believe that books can change the world.
Zed Books is an independent non-fiction publishing company based in London, UK. Zed publishes books for an international audience of both general and academic readers, covering areas such as politics and global current affairs, economics, gender studies and sexualities, development studies and the environment.