A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”– Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

You can find an array of indie presses publishing fiction and poetry on this page. Scroll down. And do dip into their website bookstores to find lots more titles to explore.

Arachne Press

Arachne Press publishes (award-winning!) short story and poetry anthologies and collections, fantasy novels for adults and young adults, and the odd quirky thing when the mood takes us.

All our books are available as print (from our webshop), and eBooks (from hive.) We’ve just started producing audiobooks, with support from Arts Council England.

We keep fiction and poetry live, through regular readings and our annual literature and music festival, Solstice Shorts; online at the moment. We video most of our events to make them more accessible, and when we have funding they are BSL interpreted.

Bearded Badger Books

Bearded Badger Publishing Company is a Derbyshire-based small press formed in 2020, with a mission to publish writers with a link to the East Midlands region.

Our debut novel, ‘Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel’ by Leicester-based Drew Gummerson was published in November 2020. After being well received, it is now on its 2nd print run.

We are also publishing a series of poetry chapbooks throughout 2021 under the imprint TRA[verse], with the first two being published in April 2021.

Dahlia Books

Dahlia Books is a small press based in Leicester. It was founded in 2010 by Farhana Shaikh. We specialise in publishing contemporary, original fiction and championing regional and diverse voices. We currently publish 2 – 4 books a year.

Our diversity policy is at the heart of everything we do and we’re passionate about pushing for change. We would love the industry to be more reflective of the multicultural society we live in. Current projects include: Leicester Writes Short Story PrizeThe Asian Writer and Short Story September.

Inspired Quill

Based in Derby, Inspired Quill is a non-profit, social enterprise publishing house. We’re a socially responsible, eco-friendly traditional publisher which focuses on non-tokenistic diversity, mindful writing, and great stories.

Our titles include everything from climate fiction to Victorian steampunk, furry fantasy and literary fiction. Our books have been Polari First-Book Prize shortlisted (Sugar and Snails), have beaten Joe Wicks to the top of the Amazon bestseller list (Down Days), and have been semi-finalists in the BBYA Awards (The Wind Reader). We’ve also partnered with a local LGBTQ+ charity, and will donate a paperback for every 10 books (of any format) sold directly through our website this year.

Headshot Press

Head Shot Press is an independent publishing company dedicated to bringing you the best in crime fiction. Our first series of novels will be reprints and new material from author, Andrew Hook, who also runs the press. However titles by other authors are scheduled and being sought for 2022 onwards.

Leafe Press

Longbarrow Press is a Sheffield-based independent poetry publisher with a reputation for work that explores the intersections of landscape, history and memory. Since the launch of our first publications in 2006, we’ve developed an eclectic programme of events, including poetry walks, exhibitions and collaborations with musicians and filmmakers.

Our parallel journey in print has also unfolded with an emphasis on innovation. An ethos of craft and care informs this preoccupation with ‘the book as object’, and helps to ensure that the format of publication is always a sympathetic response to the poem.

Louise Walters Books

Louise Walters Books is a tiny independent publisher. I’m a one-woman outfit, working from my home in Northamptonshire. I aim to publish only the very best fiction I can find by writers with genuine talent, artistry, and flair. I don’t do hype. If I publish a book it’s because, in my opinion, the book deserves to be published.

Salò Press

Salò Press is an independent micro-publisher focusing on poetry & prose of an experimental / weird / surreal / cerebral nature. We operate on a DIY/Punk ethos, meaning we put our hearts into what we do without succumbing to the machine of traditional book publishing.

Shearsman Books

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