If you’re new to working with poetry publishers, and you’d like to publish a book of your own, you need to know your options.
Different poetry publishers are looking for different styles and flavors of poetry.
If you write rhyming couplets, you probably won’t get the best results from a press that has only published free verse.
And if you don’t like the poetry a press has published, chances are, they’re not the press for you.
So, where do you find the best poetry publishers for your book?
Poetry Publishers You Should Consider
For this post, we’ve curated a list of 33 legit poetry publishers who will give your book its best chance on the market.
Not all of them have a budget for advance payments, but they may do more to get your book noticed — which increases the likelihood of sales (i.e., royalty payments).
For each of the poetry publishing companies listed below, you’ll see some details that I hope will help you decide which ones to look at more closely.
In case you’re ready to publish now, this post focuses on the poetry book publishers accepting submissions.
- 33 Poetry Publishers You Should Consider
- Poetry Publishers that Pay
- Poetry Publishers Open to Submissions
- 1. Autumn House Press
- 2. Black Lawrence Press
- 3. Black Mountain Press
- 4. BlazeVOX Books
- 5. City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
- 6. Coach House Books
- 7. Codhill Press
- 8. Copper Canyon
- 9. Counterpath
- 10. Four Way Books
- 11. Louisiana State University (LSU) Press
- 12. Platypus Press (UK)
- 13. Trio House Press (THP)
- 14. Tupelo Press
- 15. WordTech Communications
- Christian Poetry Publishers
- 16. Wipf & Stock Publishers
- 17. Yorkshire Publishing
- Publishing by Poetry Contest
- 18. Alice James Books
- 19. Anhinga Press:
- 20. Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry
- 21. Elixir Press
- 22. Graywolf Press
- 23. Kore Press
- 24. Milkweed Editions
- 25. Noemi Press
- 26. Ohio University Press
- 27. Orison Books
- 28. Persea Books
- 29. Sarabande Books
- 30. Saturnalia Books
- 31. Slope Editions
- 32. Steel Toe Books
- 33. Two Sylvias
Poetry Publishers that Pay
If you’ve spent hours creating a book of 30 or more poems you’re proud of, no one can blame you for focusing your time and energy on publishers that pay.
This post would fail in its purpose, though, if it didn’t point out that many of the poetry publishers that once accepted submissions throughout the year now only accept them for their annual poetry prizes.
Some of those who are still open to unsolicited submissions have made their submission window smaller and now charge a reading fee just to keep the business going.
And after sifting through the webpages for over a hundred different poetry publishers and their contests, I found plenty that had stopped taking submissions — some temporarily, others for the foreseeable future.
At least with a contest, they’re likely to earn more in entry fees than they end up spending for the winners’ awards.
Poetry Publishers Open to Submissions
10. Four Way Books
14. Tupelo Press
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Publishing by Poetry Contest
19. Anhinga Press:
21. Elixir Press
22. Graywolf Press
23. Kore Press
25. Noemi Press
27. Orison Books
28. Persea Books
29. Sarabande Books
30. Saturnalia Books
31. Slope Editions
32. Steel Toe Books
33. Two Sylvias
Have you found your poetry publishers?
Now that you’ve looked over these poetry publishers, I hope they’ve given you some hope of finding the right publisher for your poetry.
You’ve put a lot of your creative energy and time into your work. It only makes sense to be as choosy about your publisher as they are with the poetry they publish.
If you don’t find a publisher for your poetry, though, I hope you’ll consider self-publishing. It’s becoming a more viable option for many poets.
And don’t overlook the possibility that, once your work is out there – published under your own name or publishing company – you may attract the attention of publishers looking for poets who have experience marketing their own art.
Whatever path you choose for now, I’ll do all I can to help you get the best results from your poetry book.