Manchester Publishers

Manchester has a truly eclectic range of publishers and we wanted to showcase them for you.


Bent Key Publishing

Bent Key exists to amplify marginalised voices who have found themselves ostracised from traditional publishing routes. We publish ethically, sharing profits with our artists and giving them opportunities to tour and perform alongside publishing their words. We work with poets, storytellers and non-fiction writers – our only requirement for submission is a whole shedload of passion for the story you have inside you.

Crash and Learn
Rebecca Kenny

Loll Perkins

Ey Up: An anthology of Northern poetry
Edited by Rebecca Kenny

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Bridge House Publishing

Bridge House Publishing is an independent publishing house that specialises in fiction which is a little bit different. Bridge House is their main imprint (short story anthologies and short story collections).

Their aim is to support all writers at all stages of their career and to deliver quality literature to the reading public.
Sub imprints are:
  • Chapeltown: children’s literature, feisty women fiction and non-fiction, non-fiction (mainly writing craft and cookery books)
  • The Red Telephone: Young Adult lit
  • CafeLit: e-zine, annual collection and serials

Where Wild Birds Shriek
Christian Lea

The Best of CaféLit 11
Edited by Gill James

Edited by Gill James

Contact for International Distributor:
Ingram Publisher Services UK
1 Deltic Avenue
Milton Keynes
MK13 8LD
Phone: +44 (0)175 220 2301

Contact for International Rights:
Gill James,


Carcanet Press, founded in 1969, is an outstanding literary publisher with a comprehensive list of modern and classic poetry and related titles in English and translation. In 2019, our 50th anniversary year, we won Northern Small Press of the Year in the British Book Awards. A live backlist of over 1000 titles includes literature from more than 40 languages and 50 nations. Nobel laureates Orhan Pamuk, Octavio Paz, José Saramago, Joseph Brodsky and Czeslaw Milosz (Turkey, Mexico, Portugal, Russia and Poland respectively) are among our outstanding discoveries.

Vinegar Hill
Colm Tóibín

A Responsibility to Awe
Rebecca Elson

Caroline Bird

Contact for International Distributor:
Woodslane Pty Ltd
10 Apollo St
Warriewood NSW 2102
Tel: +61 (0)2 8445 2300

Contact for International Rights:
Alan Brenik,


Comma Press

Founded by Ra Page and Sarah Eyre, and formally incorporated in 2007, Comma’s initial purpose was to redress the dearth of short story publishing opportunities in the UK, bringing award-winning writers like David Constantine, Sara Maitland and Adam Marek to new audiences. Our popular, long-running ‘Reading the City’ series has proven that people’s engagement with place can override other barriers to reading fiction in translation, and has now visited over 20 cities worldwide. Our interdisciplinary commissions celebrate the short story’s ability to take deep dives into cutting-edge research, and our ‘Futures Past’ series has delivered ground-breaking anthologies of science fiction from Palestine, Iraq, Kurdistan, Egypt and elsewhere.

Palestine + 100
Edited by Basma Ghalayini

In Another Country
David Constantin

Thirteen Months of Sunrise
Rania Mamoun

Contact for International Distributor:
This is different for each region, so please start by contacting Ra Page,

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Flapjack Press

Flapjack Press publishes poetry, poetry-theatre, plays and art collections for adults and children. By focusing on the synergy between performance and the page, we champion both established and new performance poets from the north-west, and also curate the monthly spoken word event Word Central in association with Manchester Libraries.
“Publishes the most cutting-edge poetic performers.” Writing Manchester
“Flapjack Press is among the region’s most innovative and forward-thinking publishing houses.” Manchester’s Finest
Shortlisted Best Northern Publisher, Northern Soul Awards
Shortlisted Most Innovative Publisher, Saboteur Awards

Edited by Janine Booth, Kate Fox, Rob Steventon & Paul Neads

Collected Poems, Volume Two
Henry Normal

Planet Young
Gerry Potter

Contact for International Distributor:
Central Books Ltd
0208 525 8800

Contact for International Rights:
Paul Neads,


Fly on the Wall Press

Fly on the Wall Press is a not-for-profit publisher, based in Manchester. We publish political fiction, poetry and cross-genre anthologies on pressing issues, from exceptional authors around the globe. Social action is intrinsically linked into our books, and has been since the Press was established in February 2018. Our flagship anthologies work in two ways: each sale fundraises for the chosen charity and each reader continues our conversation, tackling the issues highlighted.  We are proud to publish fiction and poetry on the pressing issues of our time, being unafraid to generate conversation about perhaps ‘prickly’ subjects.

Fauna: Short Stories
Dr. David Hartley

History of Forgetgfulness (Poetry)
Shahe Mankerian

Man at Sea
Liam Bell

Contact for International Distributor:
Central Books LTD
Freshwater Rd
United Kingdom
Phone: + 44 (0) 20 8525 8800

Contact for International Rights:
Isabelle Kenyon,


Hachette UK

Hachette UK is the second largest publishing group, with 11 autonomous publishing divisions and over 50 imprints with a rich and diverse history. We are also the market leader in e-books and publish a range of bestsellers in audio format, the fastest growing part of our business. Hachette UK has offices around the UK, including our headquarters in London and five new national offices in Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol.

The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley

My Pet Star
Corinne Averiss and Rosalind Beardshaw


Contact for international distributor:
Alysha Farry,

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Established in 2020, HarperNorth are the northern-based imprint of HarperCollins – a move to diversify trade publishing and be closer to readers, writers and staffers across the UK. We publish fiction and non-fiction from commercial to literary: crime, thriller, rom-com, historical and bookclub novels, and our non-fiction ranges from politics to pop-science, sport to smart thinking, nature-writing to memoir. We love reaching readers locally, nationally and internationally with the most compelling stories from the north of our nation – and are proud to be part of Manchester’s vibrant literary scene.

The Race to the Top: Structural racism and how to fight it
Nazir Afzal

The House of Footsteps
Matthew West

Spilt Milk
Amy Beashel

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Contact for International Rights:
Agnes Rigou,


Honford Star

Honford Star’s mission is to publish exciting literature from East Asia, be it classic or contemporary. We believe there are many ground-breaking East Asian authors and books yet to be read by English-language readers, so we aim to make these works as accessible as possible. By working with talented translators and exciting local artists, we hope to see more bookshelves containing beautiful editions of East Asian literature.

Cursed Bunny
Bora Chung

Astral Season, Beastly Season
Tahi Saihate

Bae Myung-hoon

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Manchester University Press 

Manchester University Press (MUP) is situated in the heart of one of the most vibrant universities and cities in the UK. Founded in 1903, publishing our first books in 1904, our distinctive brand is known globally for excellent research in the Humanities and Social Sciences from leading names and up-and-coming scholars from around the world. We currently publish over 200 books each year, as well as five journals. Discoverability, accessibility and researchability are all features of publishing that we care about, as well as the traditional values of excellent author care, good design and high production values. We’re proud to be able to say that MUP authors and readers come back to us time and again.

Manchester: Something Rich and Strange
Edited by Paul Dobraszczyk & Sarah Butlerå

Culture is bad for you: Inequality in the creative and cultural industries
Edited by Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien & Mark Taylor

Queer beyond London
Matt Cook and Alison Oram

Contact for International Distributor:
Ingram Publisher Services UK
1 Deltic Avenue
Milton Keynes
MK13 8LD
Phone: +44 (0)175 220 2301

Contact for International Rights:
Christian Lea,



Saraband is an award-winning independent publisher of outstanding fiction, absorbing nature writing, pressing environmental issues and compelling memoir. Praised in the Guardian as “a small but brilliant independent press,” we publish authors with deep knowledge of the culture, local landscapes, wildlife, folk traditions and history wherever they live (often Scotland or the North of England). Our fiction includes literary, historical and contemporary stories reflecting UK and international perspectives, all with unforgettable voices. Our authors have won or been nominated for many prestigious prizes. Our working style is collaborative and we work hard to follow the most sustainable practices.

Case Study
Graeme Macrae Burnet

One Body
Catherine Simpson

Cold Fish Soup
Adam Farrer

Contact for International Distributor:
Ingram/Consortium:  Initial enquiry via Sara Hunt:

Contact for International Rights:
Sara Hunt: