Independent Publishers Who Accept Non-Agented Queries

I will continue this list, until I know what publishers I dig and which I don't. I hope this is useful for the writers in our community. If I have omitted someone that definitely needs adding, let me know. Just remember I am only up to the C's as of today.

Fiction Publishers

Academy Chicago Publishers

Editorial & Marketing Departments:Academy Chicago Publishers363 West Erie Street, 7EChicago, Illinois 60610Phone: 312/751-7300 or 800/248-READFax: 312/751-7306

By and large, Academy Chicago does not publish books with explicit, gratuitous sex and violence; we no longer publish science fiction or thrillers, neither of which do very well for us. We do not publish cookbooks, self-help or books dealing with the supernatural--that is, anything to do with angels and life after death, although we do publish ghost stories; however, most of the latter which we do publish are classics. We do not publish horror or photography books, nor do we do children's books, other than children's classics. We do not have any Young Adult classification.


Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers. Akashic BooksP.O. Box 1456 New York, NY 10009Tel: 718.643.9193/Fax: 718.643.9195 email:

Aresenal Pulp Press

First submissions should include a marketing analysis, a synopsis of the work, and a sample (fifty to sixty pages is usually enough). If our editorial board is interested, you will be asked to send the entire manuscript.

Editorial BoardArsenal Pulp Press341 Water Street, Suite 200Vancouver, BC CanadaV6B 1B8


Avocet Press Inc is a small, independent publisher of a wide variety of quality literature. Our offerings range from important contemporary poetry to mysteries to beautifully written historical fiction. We are particularly interested in work that is different, exciting, and awakens us to angles of the world that we haven't noticed before.


Founded in 1955, GEORGE BRAZILLER, INC. is a small, independent publishing house based in New York City. For over 45 years, we have been publishing outstanding international literature and some of the most beautiful and renowned books on art and architecture. We pride ourselves on consistently publishing books of exceptional content and quality, as well as consistently discovering new writers and exploring new areas in the world of art. The diversity of our list, which embraces fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, architecture, and design, continues to be an important aspect of our publishing program.


Carolina Wren Press is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to publish quality writing, especially by writers historically neglected by mainstream publishing, and to develop diverse and vital audiences through publishing, outreach, and educational programs.

CAROLINA WREN PRESS 120 Morris St., Durham NC 27701.(919)560-2738. Email: carolinawrenpress at .Website: Andrea Selch, president.Estab. 1976.


Cavan Kerry Press

Dedicated to the advancement of the art of writing and to outreach programs that bring this art to under-served communities, CavanKerry publishes established writers and hitherto unpublished writers, as well as out-of-print work, collections of essays, and anthologies that spotlight and support other arts organizations. From its inception, CavanKerry has placed an emphasis on publishing gifted though unrecognized poets and is committed to publishing three first collections a year. These manuscripts are selected from open submission without the more traditional fee-for-entry competition that support many first books.

Florenz Eisman, Managing EditorCavanKerry Press Ltd.99 BoulevardGlen Rock, NJ 07452


Chiasmus Press is a Northwest, Portland-based literary collective intent on printing the most innovative emerging authors, those who have been excluded or have not yet been co-opted by the mainstream-print-industry or well established, often academically entrenched, forms of Avant-gardisms. As Chiasmus (ky-AZ-mus) n. is defined as a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, our purpose is to promote a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel realities.

Chiasmus Press is a mutating imprint (or imprinting mutation), evolving from Two Girls Press, founded by Lidia Yuknavitch, the publisher of Northwest Edge: Deviant Fictions, as well as the literary magazine, two girls review.


Chronicle Books

About Us : Mission Statement"Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, our objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that's instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. This objective also informs our business relationships and endeavors, be they with customers, authors, vendors, or colleagues."


Clear Cut Press was founded and is run by Richard Jensen, a former executive of Sub Pop Records (Nirvana, Mudhoney) and co-founder of Up Records (Modest Mouse, Built to Spill), and Matthew Stadler, a novelist (Allan Stein) and literary editor of Nest magazine. As a business and artistic venture, Clear Cut is inspired by early 20th-century subscription presses Hours Press and Contact Editions, and by the midcentury paperbacks of New Directions and City Lights. These historical models seem well-suited to the independent economies that emerge every generation or so around the cultural movements and new demands of global youth, whether punk, grunge, hip-hop, hippie, beatnik or flapper.


Poetry Publishers

Adventures In Poetry (This is for Jim Goar)
AIP 25 White PlaceBrookline, MA02445Phone: 617.734.0661 Fax: 617.734.0661

ADVENTURES IN POETRY began publishing in 1968 as a mimeographed “little magazine,” and continued through 1976 with individual pamphlets, featuring work by John Ashbery, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Anne Waldman and numerous others.


The Alice James Poetry Cooperative currently accepts submissions only through its two annual competitions: The Kinereth Gensler Award (formerly The New England / New York Competition) and the Beatrice Hawley Award.


Apogee Press publishes the work of innovative and experimental poets.Culturally and formally diverse, our poets share an original use of language.

Apogee PressP.O. Box 8177Berkeley, CA


Atelos was founded in 1995 as a project of Hip's Road, devoted topublishing, under the sign of poetry, writing which challenges theconventional definitions of poetry, since such definitions havetended to isolate poetry from intellectual life, arrest its development,and curtail its impact. (does not accept unsolicited ms)


Ausable Press

Ausable Press1026 Hurricane RoadKeene NY 12942

Founded in 1999 by poet Chase Twichell, Ausable Press (pronounced aw-SAY-bul) is a not-for-profit independent literary press located on the East Branch of the Ausable River in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Its mission is to publish poetry that investigates and expresses human consciousness in language that goes where prose cannot.


Autumn House Press was launched in 1998 when prominent American publishers, driven by economic concerns, dramatically reduced their poetry lists and important contemporary poets were left struggling to find publishers. Small presses are now publishing some of the most important poetry in America, and are largely nurturing the great American poetic tradition. We want to ensure that this tradition continues.

We believe poetry is an affirmation of the deep and elemental range of our human experience, and our need for it is as crucial now as it ever has been. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent poets of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important poets of their generation. We pledge to edit this poetry with devotion and care, and to create beautiful books that are
worthy of it.

Autumn House PressP.O. Box 60100Pittsburgh PA 15211


BOA EDITIONS, LTD. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, not-for-profit publishing house that has received national acclaim for its work. Founded in 1976 by the late poet, editor and translator, A. Poulin, Jr., BOA has published more than 170 books of American poetry and poetry in translation. Beginning in 2007, the press will begin publishing fiction through its American Reader Series.


Chax Press publishes writing that does not take things for granted — things like "what is a poem,""what is an author," or "what does it mean to read?"


No comments: