Small Presses

There are a number of small presses which present an opportunity for writers to break into publishing.

Xiphos Books
1, Hillside Gardens
BT19 6SJ
Northern Ireland.

Two titles currently in print. Specialities: folklore, myth and legend. Other fields considered. Authors paid royalties, but send letter, not MS, if considering submitting a work.

Changeling Press: We’re a publisher of quality romantic erotica specializing in paranormals, sci-fi and contemporary suspense and humor, horror and heaven knows what. We like to crossgenre and mostly publish short fiction.

Salmon Publishing Ltd: Salmon is one of Ireland’s major literary publishers, established in 1982. As well as a great range of contemporary Irish poetry, we also have a broad international list. We’ve published collected and selected works by, among many others, well-established North American poets, Adrienne Rich, Robin Skelton, Richard Tillinghast, Patricia Monaghan, Ethna McKiernan, John Unrau, R.T. Smith, Marvin Bell, Linda McCarrison, Jean Valentine and Ben Howard. Recent publications include the selected and new poems of Ray Bradbury, renowned fantasy/sci fi writer. Several Canadian, Australia and European poetry collections and anthologies of poetry are planned for the next two years. We also have a strong list of Irish poets resident in the U.S., including Eamonn Wall, professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and James Liddy, who has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwakee for many years. Some highlights of our site (apart from its sheer attractiveness!): A fabulous list of international and Irish titles which can be purchased on our Online Bookshop; Advice page and a Publisher’s Diary, both giving advice and commonsense facts about poetry publishing;a Poetry Forum for general posting of poems; Poem of the Week from one of our published collections; showcase; photo gallery; info on my creative writing workshops, and much more.

Ms. Jessie Lendennie
Managing Director
Salmon Publishing Ltd
Knockeven, Cliffs of Moher
Co. Clare, Ireland

Plastic Sugar Press: is an independent publisher based in New York City. Our books address the cultural and intellectual attrition of the mainstream information flow, and work to break apart the homogenization/commercialization of our literary experience. Our fiction is culture consciousness, fearless, edgy, and electrified. Our non-fiction is iconoclastic and gives voice to the political complexities of the 21st Century. Plastic Sugar is not a vanity press. We offer top royalties to our authors and our first printing is scheduled for March 2005. For submission guidelines, please visit our website or email us at

Gom Publishing: is a ground breaking media publishing firm with a desire to make a difference. We are actively seeking manuscript submissions in almost all genres including (but not limited to) Business, Finance, History, Non-fiction, Parenting, Medical, Children’s, Fiction, Sci-fi, Christian, and Poetry. Please send a query and sample chapters to or Gom Publishing Submissions, 4801 Roberts Rd, Ste P, Columbus, OH 43228. Original material will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included. We respond to submissions within a few weeks. Please visit for more information. We want to review your work! publishes works of dark bizarre fiction, speculative fiction, sci-fi, horror, and poetry. This is a “do it yourself” publishing operation, but they do not charge authors anything and offer 15% royalty.

The Painted Bride Quarterly: is a 30-year-old, independent literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, essays, art and photography online and in print. We offer an annual contest for poetry and fiction (reading period is usually between 1 June and 30 September) and prizes of$ 1000, or more, depending on funding.

Driftwood Publications - 5 Timms Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 7DN. Fax: 0151 524 0216. Phone: 017048 33911.

The Dream Zone - THE INDEPENDENT PRINT MAGAZINE OF DARK BIZARRE FICTION. Original and imaginative fiction between 1,000 and 10,000 words required for future issues, from both new and established writers. See site for more details: The Dream Zone.

WORDS - literary journal is a new print publication from British Columbia, currently seeking submissions of resonant fiction, memoir, essays, and poetry. Full submission and subscription information is available from the WORDS website or by contacting the editor/publisher Lois Peterson at

Acumen - 3 issues yearly
6 The Mount, Higher
Furzeham, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8QY
Tel: 01803 851098.
Editor Patricia Oxley.
Contents: Poetry (any length); critical articles, poetics, occasional pieces relating to poetry and poets (1,500-2,000 words); short stories (1,500-2,000 words).
Publishes sharp discerning prose and good reviews.
Submissions: Please include contributor’s name and address on each page of mss, and enclose suitably sized and stamped sae.
Payment: Complimentary copies or by negotiation.
Subscription: £10 pa; single copies £4.00 (cheques to Acumen).

3 issues yearly
Publishes good poetry by known and unknown writers and provides a platform for Yorkshire writers whilst welcoming contributions from all over the world.
Dean Head Farm, Scotland Lane,
Horsforth, Leeds LS18
Editor: Linda Marshall 5HU.
Contents: Poetry.
Submissions: Please submit no more than five poems plus sae. Editorial deadlines are 1 July and 1 January.

Provides a showcase for new, emerging and established writers and artists. Material tends to be avant-garde experimental.
17 Priory Gardens, Highgate,
London N6 5QY
Editor: Martin Bax.
Short stories (1,000-5,000 words); poetry.
Submissions: Read a few copies before submitting.
Payment: £5 per page plus two complimentary copies of that issue.
Subscriptions: £22 for six issues UK, £24 or$ 48 overseas. Single copies £6 UK, £8/$16 overseas (cheques to Ambit).

International friendship is the inspiration behind Amicus, a quarterly publication from Bayhead Publication on the Isle of Coll in Scotland. With a remit to be both a good read and a resource for international friendship and cross-cultural contact, articles aim to draw the reader into the lives of other people and the way they live. Regular writing competitions.
Single copy £3.50 from AC McVey, Bayhead Publications,
Isle of Coll, Argyll PA78 6TE.

Publishes quality writing from contributors who have clearly studied the magazine’s style and form.
Short stories; short poems; articles (max 1,000 words).
Flat 10, Room A, 116 Sutherland Avenue,
Maida Vale, London W9 2QP
Tel: 0207-289 4338.
Editor: Eddie Linden.
Payment: By arrangement.
Subscriptions: Single copies £5 plus 60p p&p.

Seeks stimulating and innovative new speculative fiction.
PO Box 625, Sheffield S1 3GY.
Editor: Chris Reed.
Speculative fiction – short stories of 2,000-10,000 words.
Submissions: Guidelines are available, and contributors are strongly advised to study guidelines and recent issues.
Payment: £10 per 1,000 words for FBSR.
Subscriptions: £11 pa; single copies £3.50 (cheques to Chris Reed). For overseas subscriptions, please send sae for details of local agent.

3 issues yearly from 2001
Publishes the best in Scottish writing (but not exclusively Scottish; open to all).
Submissions: Please send sae for guidelines.
4 Broughton Place, Edinburgh EHI 3RX.
Editor: Joy Hendry.
Short stories up to 5,000 words.
Payment: By agreement.
Subscriptions. £14 pa; single copies £3.50 (cheques to Chapman).

Britain’s only magazine to publish short crime fiction (big name authors and new writers).
TTA Press, 5 Martin’s Lane, Witcham CB62LB.
Editor: Mat Coward.
Short stories; Articles (2,000–3,000 words).
Submissions: Be aware of modern trends in crime fiction (i.e. read!), be original, please send stories (one at a time, with covering letter and sae).
Payment: Under review, but aim to pay at least £20.
Subscriptions: £11 pa, single copies £3 (cheques to TTA Press).

Gentle Reader
A quarterly short story magazine aimed at the professional person who enjoys a good read. It is A5 and usually 48 pages with a paper cover and stapled.
Subscription (four issues) – £7.00. One copy is £2.00 Cheques to be made payable to L.E.Jones.
Payment: copy of the issue that the item is published in.
Guidelines are available by email:
Or write to: Lynne Jones, 8 Heol Pen-y-bryn,
Penyrheol, Caerphilly,
Mid Glam CF83 2JX.
Please enclose an SAE or self addressed envelope plus IRC’s.
Submissions: Short stories are welcome in any genre, as well as short anecdotal articles and easy to read poetry.

Britain’s leading science fiction and fantasy magazine.
217 Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6FL.
Editor: David Pringle.
Short stories (2,000-6,000 words); articles (1,000-4,000 words).
Submissions: Study the magazine.
Payment: £30 per 1,000 words for fiction.
Subscriptions: £30 pa inland; £16 for six issues (inland); single copy £2.75 (cheques to Interzone).

Twice yearly
Publishes genre fiction of all kinds but chiefly SF, fantasy, horror and mystery.
24 Fowler Close, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2RD.
Editor: Malcolm Wright.
Short stories (1,000-10,000 words); some poetry (up to forty lines); reviews and letters (500-1,000 words).
Submissions: Study a couple of issues and send sae for guidelines.
Payment: £4 to £5 per 1,000 words.
Subscriptions: £6.50 for four issues; £3.50 for two issues; single copy £1.80 (cheques to Sol Publications).

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