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An ideal way for first-time writers to get published - and, hopefully, to become recognised - is through the medium of the Small Press. Countless magazines exist out there - some small, some not so small - that are always on the look-out for new writers. Payment is often negligible, but don't let that stop you: your primary objective, when starting out, is to get your work into print. If you have a short story, article or poem to submit and you've been unsuccessful with the mainstream magazines, here are some excellent sources of extra revenue.

Please remember that the information on this page, and the listings of publishers that follow, is not intended as a definitive guide, but rather a starting point. It's simply impossible to keep everything up to date on a daily basis, so please do check websites and writers' handbooks where possible. For much more information on agents (as well as comprehensive listings), consult the new editions of The Writer's Handbook or The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook - 2009 editions now available from Also available this year, a new, essential resource for writers and artists wanting to enter the highly competitive world of children's publishing: Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2009


Abbey Press Fast-growing literary publisher with a strong poetry list. Also publishes biography, memoirs, fiction, history, politics, Irish language and academic. Lists currently full. Abbey Grammar School, Courtenay Hill, Newry, Co. Down BT34 2ED. Tel: 028 3026 3142 Fax 028 3026 2514 Also at: 12 The Pines, Jordanstown, Newtonabbey, Co. Antrim BT37 OSE. Tel: 028 9086 0230. Editor Adrian Rice. Website:

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). Policy: To publish the best writing in all genres; to publish sharp discerning prose and good reviews. Editor's advice: 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).

Airings (3 issues yearly)Dean Head Farm, Scotland Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HU. Editor: Linda Marshall. Contents: Poetry. Policy: To publish good poetry by known and unknown writers and to provide a platform for Yorkshire writers whilst welcoming contributions from all over the world. Editor's advice: Please submit no more than five poems plus sae. Editorial deadlines are 1 July and 1 January.

AK Press/AKA Books Publishes politics, history, situationist work, occasional fiction in both book and pamphlet form. About 12 titles a year. Proposals and synopses welcome if they fall within AK's specific areas of interest. Royalties paid. PO Box 12766, Edinburgh EH8 9YE. Tel: 0131 555 5165. Fax: 0131 555 5215. Email: Website: Managing Editor Alexis McKay

Akros Publications Publishes poetry collections, pamphlets and anthologies; literary essays and studies; travel books with a literary slant; local histories and memoirs. About 10 titles a year. Ideas for books welcome; no unsolicited mss. Royalties paid twice-yearly. 33 Lady Nairn Avenue, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 2AW Tel: 01592 651522 Publisher Duncan Glen

Ambit (Quarterly) 17 Priory Gardens, Highgate, London N6 5QY Editor: Martin Bax. Contents: Short stories (1,000-5,000 words); poetry. Policy: To provide a showcase for new, emerging and established writers and artists. Material tends to be avant-garde experimental. Editor's advice: 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).

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

M.&M. Baldwin Publishes local interest/history, WW2 codebreaking and inland waterways books. Up to 5 titles a year. Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas for books welcome (not general fiction). 24 High Street, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster DY14 8BY. Tel: 01299 270110. Fax: 01299 270110. Email: Managing Editor Dr Mark Baldwin

Bardon Enterprises Publishes music, art, biography, poetry, academic books and sheet music. Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas welcome. No pictorial books. 'Cost free publishing.' 6 Winter Road, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 9BT. Tel: 023 9287 4900. Email: Website: Managing Director W B Henshaw

BBR (Bi-annual) PO Box 625, Sheffield S1 3GY. Editor: Chris Reed. Contents: Speculative fiction - short stories of 2,000-10,000 words. Policy: To seek stimulating and innovative new speculative fiction. Editor's advice: 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.

The Better Book Company Publishes fiction, histories, memoirs, poetry, religious, scientific, company histories. 30 titles in 2001. Offers a complete editorial, design, printing and marketing service to self-publishing authors in all genres. A free booklet, A Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, is available on request. Warblington Lodge, The Gardens, Warblington, Near Havant, Hampshire PO9 2XH. Tel: 023 9248 1160. Managing Editor James Jude Garvey

The Bewildered Publishing Company Ltd Founded in 1999 'to provide a direct route to the book market for authors with an unconventional approach to writing and publishing'. Publishes humorous paperbacks. No unsolicited material; initial inquiry by telephone, e-mail or letter. John Wilson, Argoed Hall, Tregaron, Ceredigion SY25 6JR. Tel: 01974 298070. Email:

BlackAmber Books Ltd Home of 'the best writing emanating from the vibrant, mostly young, immigrant-descended population'. A collection point for British and European Black and Asian literature. 'Gives an outlet for the creative voice of European racial minorities, demonstrating their strengths and place in a multi-cultural world.' Rosemarie Hudson, PO Box 10812, London SW7 4ZG. Tel: 020 7373 3178. Email: Website:

The Book Castle Publishes non-fiction of local interest (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, the Chiltems). Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas for books welcome. Royalties paid. Paul Bowes, 12 Church Street, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 4RU. Tel: 01582 605670 Email: Website:

Chapman (3 issues yearly from 2001) 4 Broughton Place, Edinburgh EHI 3RX. Editor: Joy Hendry. Contents: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Policy: To play an active role in Scottish cultural life and to publish the best in Scottish writing (but not exclusively Scottish; open to all). Editor's advice: Please send sae for guidelines. Payment: By agreement. Subscriptions. £14 pa; single copies £3.50 (cheques to Chapman). Email: Website:

CK Publishing Publishes novels and poetry collections; also Writer's Muse, a bi-monthly creative writing magazine featuring short stories, poetry, reviews, articles, biography, etc. Unsolicited mss welcome; no synopses or ideas. S.a.e. essential. Royalties paid for book collections. No payment for Writer's Muse magazine - free copies. Calum Kerr, 151 Brookfield Road, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1EY. Tel: 0161 491 6074 Email: Website

Codex Books Publishes 'cutting edge fiction', journalism and non-fiction. Includes cyber punk, pulp, experimental fiction, gay fiction and music-related titles. Prefers to receive sample (approx. 50pp) with brief synopsis and author info. Royalties paid. PO Box 148, Hove, East Sussex BN3 3DQ. Tel: 01273 728000 Email Website:

Crimewave (Quarterly) TTA Press, 5 Martin's Lane, Witcham CB62LB. Editor: Mat Coward. Contents: Short stories; Articles (2,000--3,000 words). Policy: Britain's only magazine to publish short crime fiction (big name authors and new writers). Our fiction is sophisticated and modern. Classy content, classy appearance. Editor's advice: 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). Our definition of crime fiction is as wide as the genre itself, so submit even if in doubt of suitability. Payment: Under review, but aim to pay at least £20. Subscriptions: £11 pa, single copies £3 (cheques to TTA Press).

Dark TalesDark Tales (2/3 times per year) 7 Offley Street, Worcester WR3 8BH. Editor: Sean Jeffery. Contents: Short stories (up to 5000 words). Policy: To provide a much-needed outlet for the work of new writers. Sci-fi, horror or dark fantasy: whichever, believable characterisation and page-turning plot should be key elements. Think Michael Marshall Smith, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, early Orson Scott Card, etc., and you get the right idea. Editor's advice: Read a copy first, or take a chance and enter the latest competition. Payment: Top story £100, runners-up £50 and £25. All published writers get a free copy. Subscriptions: £15 for 4 issues UK, $40 US outside UK - this gives you free entry to each monthly contest, plus our first 5 issues free as PDF e-books. Single copies £3.99 UK, back issues £2.99 UK.  (Cheques to 'Dark Tales'). Email: Website:

The Dream Zone Original and imaginative fiction between 1,000 and 10,000 words required for future issues, from both new and established writers. Contributors are strongly advised to study at least one sample copy of the magazine, as we are very precise concerning the type of material that we require. We are wanting fantastic or bizarre fiction that takes something normal and twists it beyond recognition, strong, intelligent stories that are fresh and exciting, and we encourage writers to experiment, we welcome bold and challenging fiction that is out of the ordinary. Payment is a copy of the magazine. Please include author details, return postage, cover letter. No return postage, no reply. Alternatively we welcome e-mail submissions, the text to be pasted into the body of the e-mail. A swift reply is promised. Overseas submissions must be disposable and include two IRCís. Website: Buy The Dream Zone online from anywhere in the world - go to

ElasticPress Soon to be launched ElasticPress is a small publishing house dedicated to showcasing the talents of previously published independent press writers. They aim to produce small print run, high quality, single-author short story anthologies in a variety of genres with the intention of raising the profile of writers who are looking for the step between short story publishing in the independent press and bigger things. Collating previously published material with unpublished stories, these anthologies should consolidate author reputations and provide a platform for those writers whose work deserves significant exposure. Please note: ElasticPress will not publish novels, poetry, or multi-author anthologies. The specific intention to publish single-author collections is to maximise the current credibility of the individual author. Any genre considered. They are actively seeking new projects. Any initial enquiries must be emailed to the address below with a detailed biography including the publications in which your stories have previously appeared. No examples of work to be sent in the first instance. General information on current publishing programme will also be provided on request. Contact: Andrew Hook, ElasticPress, 85 Gertrude Road, Norwich, NR3 4SG Email:

Full Moon Tales invites submissions for well-written short stories (1500 to 3000 words) of any genre to begin publication in May 2005 as a twice yearly magazine. It offers a new outlet for both unpublished and well established writers, while raising money for the Wolf Trust with an OPTIONAL donation of £2 per story. Full submission guidelines are available by email ( and all contributions should be sent (& SAE) to: Dr R. S. Pyne, Editor, Full Moon Tales, Bryn Teify, 2 Pencreigiau, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion, Wales, SY25 6EN. Payment at present is a copy of the magazine but hopefully this is only temporary until we get established. Subscriptions will be set at £5/year but submissions are not restricted to subscribers. Good horror stories are particularly welcome.

Gator Springs Gazette a literary journal of the fictional persuasion. Gator Springs Gazette seeks unusual and wonderful examples of the written word in all forms with an eye towards irony, a mind tilted on its edge and a tongue planted firmly in cheek. Gator Springs Gazette publishes short fiction and poetry. It will be expanding its poetry section and is looking for unusual and interesting works to be included in future issues. Take time to read the Gazette to find out if your work is a good fit. When you have something that is right for us, you will know it and have confidence that it will shine. It is rare that we take longer than two weeks to respond to a submission, though response times may be slower at times when we are getting ready to go to press. Gator Springs Gazette is 8.5 x11, saddle-stitched, 40 pages, bi-monthly. Please read our submission guidelines at:
Please address all enquiries to:

Interzone (Monthly) 217 Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6FL. Editor: David Pringle. Contents: Short stories (2,000-6,000 words); articles (1,000-4,000 words). Policy: To be Britain's leading science fiction and fantasy magazine. Editor's advice: 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).

Irishpulp Specialises in promoting Irish writers with a 'cathartic writing style' on themes such as the Irish conflict and emigration. Publishes novels, short stories, poems and memoirs. 'New, unpublished authors particularly welcome.' Send letter, synopses, sample chapters (no more than 200 words) and s.a.e. Royalties paid. Sean Fox, 'The Book Capital', PO Box 23, Hay-on- Wye, Herefordshire HR3 5YF. Tel: 0870 401 4245. Email: Website:

Libbon (twice a year) 4 Nightingale Walk, Billingshurst, West Sussex , RH14 9TY. Editor: David Soulsby. Contents: Short stories (up to 2500 words). Policy: To provide a much-needed outlet for the work of new writers. All genres, except children's. Editor's advice: Read a copy first, or take a chance and enter the latest competition. Payment: Top story £100, runners-up £50 and £25. All published writers get a free copy. First issue now available £3.00 plus P&P UK. Overseas payment details on request. (Cheques to RDS Associates). Email: . Website:

Littoral is a new quarterly magazine featuring prose, new poetry, features, articles, artwork, reviews, letters etc... Edited by Mervyn Linford it is concerned with issues of the natural world and multi-faith spirituality. Published on March, June, September and December 21st - poems and other material are welcomed from all religious - and humanist - traditions. Submissions and subscriptions: Littoral Magazine, 38 Barringtons, 10 Sutton Rd, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 5NA. Subscription rates are: £4.50 single issue & £17.00 - 4 issues. Overseas: $12 & $44 respectively. Please make payment in UK cheques to (Mervyn Linford)or American dollar bills - Sae's and IRC's with submissions please.

Madison Publishing Ltd Publishes British fiction. No unsolicited mss. Synopses (no more than 2pp) and ideas welcome. Nathan Andrew, Fairway House, 27 Comyn Road, London SW11 1QB. Tel: 07770 873399

Maelstrom (Twice yearly) 24 Fowler Close, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2RD. Editor: Malcolm Wright. Contents: Short stories (1,000-10,000 words); some poetry (up to forty lines); reviews and letters (500-1,000 words). Policy: To publish genre fiction of all kinds but chiefly SF, fantasy, horror and mystery. Editor's advice: 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).

Neil Miller Publications Publishes short tales with a twist, comedy, suspense, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror and the bizarre under the Black Cat Books imprint. Also publishes paperbacks: classics, rare tales, tales of the unexpected. New authors always welcome. Evaluation and critique service available for large mss. 'We seek short story writers, in any genre. No unsolicited/unrequested mss, please. In the first instance, send £7.75 and large 45-pence s.a.e. for author's package, which includes free book listing hundreds of possible publication outlets for new authors, or our latest novel; please state preference. We have published 170 new authors since 1994. We will help and advise on anything well written and researched. Now accepting novels and short poems.' Neil Miller, C/O Ormonde House, 49 Ormonde Rd, Hythe, Kent CT21 6DW. Website: European office : 4-Rue-D’Equirre Bergueneuse Pas De Calais France 62134.

Morton Publishing Publishes fiction - genre novellas (eg crime, science fiction, fantasy, horror, western), max 20,000 words, short story anthologies - max 4000 words per story Unsolicited synopses and ideas for books welcome, enclose s a e Royalties paid annually. Nik Morton, PO Box 23, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2XD

Need2Know Founded 1995 'to fill a gap in the market for self-help books'. Publishes contemporary health and lifestyle issues. Mss, synopses and ideas for books welcome with return postage. It is important to ensure the project fits in with the series and that the subject is not already covered. Andrew Head, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough PE2 9JX. Tel: 01733 898103. Email: Website:

Novel Publishing Publishes fiction -'All genres of exciting new fiction considered but must have real literary quality'. Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas welcome, send letter or e-mail in the first instance. Liz Jeannet, PO Box 6105, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9YT. Tel 01296661119 Email: Website: Managing Editor FOUNDED 1999

Peepal Tree Press Ltd Caribbean and Black British fiction, poetry, literary criticism, memoirs and historical studies. 17 King's Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 1QS. Tel: 01132451703. Email: Website:

Pipers' Ash Ltd Individual collections of contemporary short stories, science fiction short stories, poetry, short novels, local histories, children's fiction, philosophy, biographies, translations and general non-fiction. Synopses and ideas welcome; 'new authors with potential will be actively encouraged'. Mr A. Tyson, Pipers' Ash, Church Road, Christian Malford, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 4BW. Tel: 01249 720563. Email: Website:

Psychic Times An innovative, New Age bi-monthly publication. First edition due Feb 2002. It is aimed at open-minded readers with an interest in the paranormal, pre-recognition, divination, mysteries of the earth, alternative medicine etc. No fiction. Hoping to encourage lively debate on all such subjects with readers' open forum page. Articles on all these subjects welcome (500-1500 words). Payments: initially, free copy of magazine, but hoping to provide small payments later on. Annual subscription £10.50 . Single copy £2.50. Articles with s.a.e. please to Editor, L Preston, 15 Sunnyhurst Lane, Darwen, Lancs BB3 1JY. Subscriptions likewise.

Read More Magazine caters for adult and children's writing. Stories can be from 250 to 2000 words, and they welcome love stories, teenage stories for girls/boys, children's stories for ages 5 - 9, also poems and features/articles. Editor: Anthony Blake, The Read More Magazine, Pentangle Publications, P O Box 535, Maidstone, Kent ME15 8FP.

Total Cardboard A small press producing books and journals that are sold in England, Ireland, Australia - while literary content is also hosted freely in an "Online Reading Room". Focuses on avant-garde aesthetics, political subversion and liberation of the imagination. Design and illustration is considered to be a crucial accompaniment to every publication. See, or email

Writers' Bookshop Publishes writers' aids in the form of directories and how-to guides. Best-known annual title is the Small Press Guide. For further information and an author brief, call Andrew Head. Payment Advance plus 15% royalties. Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough PE2 9JX. Tel: 01733 898103. Fax: 01733 313524 Email: Website:

Wyvern Publications A small press publishing house for teen fiction in the form of annual anthologies. Submissions for full length novels for teens and young adults are also required.  Free flash fiction competition, short story competition. Details:

Zing Review is a new, quarterly, small press publication featuring short inspirational prose, informative and enlightening articles and illuminating reflections. It aims to celebrate the creative process and give space to emerging works of imaginative writing.The A5 booklet is aimed at the discerning reader - people who love the richness of words and want to read thought-provoking or soul-satisfying pieces on all aspects of life, nature, love and personal growth. Each issue aims to feature original works, from new and established writers, to cherish and collect. Zing Review is looking for creative prose and articles. At this current time, Zing Review can only recompense writers by providing a bio after their published article and offering to place a small advert of 30 words on the Noticeboard section (worth £30). There are also prizes for work that features in every issue. It is hoped that payments will be made for work once there is enough revenue from subscriptions and small ads. The launch issue is available from mid-March 2004 and is priced at £3.50. Please send cheque / PO payable to: Zing Creatives and post to Zing Creatives, 35 Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1TX. Contributor Guidelines are available by sending a stamped s.a.e. to the above address or email to:

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