Written by Emily Harstone

49 Manuscript Publishers with Geographic Restrictions

All of the presses on this list meet all but one of our guiding principles. All of these presses only accept work from writers with a specific geographic region or nationality, some have very strict limitations, and others are more lenient.

Because of that, we have never reviewed these presses, but they are still good presses. Starting in 2019 we created this list as a reference point for writers, and have received a lot of positive feedback and support in terms of updating it.

This list is organized by country. It only covers a limited number of countries at this time. If this article continues to do well, we will keep expanding the list and include more countries in the future.

Currently, this list only covers the US, Canada, Australia and NZ, the UK, Scotland, Ireland, and Singapore, but we are hoping for that to change.

Not all of the publishers on this list are currently open to unagented submissions, but most are.

I’ve done basic research about the publishers, but I haven’t done in-depth research as I do for a full review, so keep that in mind.

If you know of a press to add to this list, please send me an email at support@authorspubish.com.

United States

Red Adept Publishing
This multi-genre small press has managed to end up with a number of books on the New York Times Bestseller list. They are only open to submissions by US-based writers.

Epicenter Press
Founded in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1988, Epicenter Press, Inc. is a regional press publishing nonfiction books about Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Red Sweater Press
Established in 2019, Red Sweater Press aims to publish books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction written by Alaskans.

April Gloaming Publishing
April Gloaming Publishing is a Nashville-based independent press. Their goal is “to capture and better understand the Southern soul, Southern writing, and the Southern holler”. Their guidelines are a little less clear-cut, they say – “Southern authors are not necessarily from the South, or live in the South, but are people fed by isolation, bursting at the seams to get their story out, though most of the time their screams go unheard.”.

Hub City Press
A respected press with great distribution. They publish books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. They only publish work for adults. They accept non-agented submissions in March/April and September/October. According to their website, “Hub City publishes writers living in or from the South. What’s the South? A complicated issue, to say the least, but the short answer for our purposes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. At the same time, we’re interested in boundaries, borders, and in-betweens, so if you want to make a case for a state not listed here, we’ll take a look.”

University of Georgia Press
They do not have strict geographic guidelines, but much of what they publish is about Georgia and the American South. Although they also publish on a number of other subjects.

Islandport Press
They do not have strict geographic limitations but the vast majority of what they publish for adults. All of what they publish for children is centred in New England sensibilities, and they prefer to work with authors and illustrators who are connected to New England or the Northeast United States. They are a wonderful small press that was founded in 2000. 

Cat & Mouse Press
A small press that is only interested in publishing work that has a direct connection to the Delmarva area. The Delmarva Peninsula, also known as the Eastern Shore, embraces the state of Delaware and the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland and Virginia.

Heyday Press
Heyday is an established independent and nonprofit publisher that focuses on California and the American West. They publish nonfiction books that explore history, celebrate Native cultural renewal, fight injustice, and honor nature.

Buffalo Heritage Press
An imprint of City of Lights Publishing that focuses on publishing Buffalo’s stories as told by authors in Buffalo.

Canada 

Puffin Canada, Tundra, And Penguin Teen Canada
These major Canadian imprints are open to writing and art by underrepresented Canadians. More details on how they define underrepresented are available on their site.

Anansi Press
A wonderful Canadian press focusing on publishing a wide range of literary works. They accept submissions twice a year, for a one-month period. Currently the months they are accepting submissions are August and February. They accept work by Canadian citizens or residents, or Indigenous Peoples from Turtle Island and around the world who are eligible to hold Canadian citizenship.

Groundwood Press
My favorite Canadian children’s book publisher, and an imprint of Anansi Press, they are open to children’s nonfiction, and novel-length fiction, but are not currently open to picture book submissions.

Red Deer Press

A respected and established publisher of children’s books. They used to be open to submissions from outside of Canada, but they’ve recently limited their perimeters to only “encourage” Canadian authors, and they are now only open to submissions via post.

Caitlin Press
Caitlin Press is a British Columbia based literary press. They only publish authors from Canada, the majority being BC-based.

Invisible Publishing
Invisible Publishing publishes literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by Canadians.

Coach House Books
Coach House Books is one of the largest publishers in Canada. They are a wonderful press that primarily publishes Canadian authors.

Cormorant Books
Cormorant Books publishes literary fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and translations of Québécois authors. They are only open to Canadian authors.

Dundurn Press
One of the largest Canadian presses. They have over 2,500 books currently in print. They publish a variety of fiction and nonfiction.

ECW Press
They are only open to fiction and poetry books submitted by Canadians; there are no citizenship restrictions on writers submitting nonfiction.

Stelliform Press
They have at least one reading period a year where they are open to submissions by all authors. They publish science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary works with speculative elements, such as novellas (17,500–39,999 words), novels (60,000–100,000 words), and short story collections and nonfiction books/collections (40,000–60,000 words) which build narratives around climate change and its resultant ecological destruction, and acknowledges the work necessary to live within the problems Western lifestyles have created. They do not strictly limit submissions to Canadian and Indigenous authors but have primarily published work by them.

Freehand Books
A Canadian press that started out as as an imprint but is now independent. They publish literary fiction, literary nonfiction, memoir and graphic literature. They have good distribution.

Ronsdale Press
A literary house that publishes a wide variety of work including children’s books. They accept work only from Canadian citizens or landed immigrants to Canada.

NeWest Press 
NeWest publishes outstanding literary works by established and emerging Canadian authors at the rate of 10-12 books a year. They are especially interested in publishing books by Western Canadian authors or which explore Western Canadian themes. They have good distribution. 

Mansfield Press
This Toronto based small press publishes poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by Canadian writers.

Talonbooks
They publish work of significant literary or cultural importance by Canadian authors.

Wolsak and Wynn
At the very start of their guidelines they state: “We are a Canadian press dedicated to publishing clear, passionate Canadian voices. As such, we publish very few non-Canadians. However, we encourage Canadian authors of diverse backgrounds and communities to submit.” Their books are well edited and beautifully printed.

Baraka Books
Baraka Books is a Quebec-based English-language book publisher specializing in creative and political nonfiction, history and historical fiction, and fiction.

Australia and New Zealand

Hachette Australia
Hachette is only open to direct submissions from residents of Australia or NZ.

Penguin Random House Australia
A big five publisher. They are only open to submissions from Australians.

Black Inc. and Nero Books
This established and award-winning Australian press has imprints that focus on nonfiction and fiction. They accept work from Australian writers only.

te herenga waka university press
te herenga waka univerisity press is New Zealand’s leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, and a scholarly publisher specializing in NZ history, biography and essays. Submissions are restricted to people who live in or are strongly connected with Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Ginninderra Press 
A small press that focuses on publishing quality nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. They only accept work from writers in Australia.

Text Publishing
An established and respected publisher of fiction and nonfiction, including middle grade and young adult. Submissions should be from citizens or residents of Australia and/or New Zealand.

Fremantle Press
Fremantle Press accepts submissions of unsolicited manuscripts from authors of Western Australian origin or whose main place of residence is Western Australia, or non-Western Australian authors whose work has a strong Western Australian focus. They publish nonfiction, fiction and narrative nonfiction, poetry, and books for children and young adults.

Pantera Press
Their passion is “publishing books readers rave about by discovering, launching and nurturing talented Australian authors who write quality fiction or non-fiction for a popular audience”.

Giramondo
Giramondo doesn’t have any strict guidelines in terms of geography, but they do appear to have a track record of publishing primarily writers from Australia and New Zealand, so I have placed them here. They publish quality poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.

Walker Books Australia and New Zealand
A terrific children’s book publishers that is closed to unsolicited submissions outside of Walker Wednesday, a biannual event you can learn more about here, and which is only open to Australian and NZ authors. 

Melbourne University Press
They accept unsolicited submissions of nonfiction work.

UK, Ireland

Dahlia Books
This is a small UK based press, and they are only currently only interested in short fiction and short stories when presented as a collection from a UK based writer.

Tramp Press

Tramp is a literary press based out of Ireland that has great distribution. Within Ireland they are distributed by Gill & Macmillan. Throughout the rest of the world they are distributed by Macmillan. They do not accept submissions from the US and Canada.

Sandycove
They are an imprint of Penguin Random House Ireland, that consider manuscripts and proposals, in all genres. They are open to submissions from the UK and Ireland.

Claret Press 
This literary press is only open to submissions from the UK. They are currently closed to submissions.

Salt
This established small press is  happy to consider full-length poetry collections by British or Irish citizens. 

Currach Books
An independent publisher of Irish interest books.

Floris Books
A publisher of specialized nonfiction and children’s books. They are open to unagented submissions from Scottish authors only right now.

Acair Books
They publish books in Scottish Gaelic and English.  Many of their titles are related to Scotland, history, nature and social issues. They allow unrepresented authors to query.

Gill Books 
One of Ireland’s leading publishers of content in terms of both the Primary and Secondary schools market, but they also publish nonfiction for adults. They accept proposals for adult nonfiction and children’s books.

Asia

Epigram Books
They are an independent publisher established in 2011, with imprints in Singapore and London. They say “We are keen to read and publish new writing by Singaporean authors and authors writing about Singapore.” So they don’t have strict geographic guidelines but a specific geographic focus.

Penguin Random House Southeast Asia
Though this imprint of this big five publisher is technically open to submissions from authors everywhere, they would prioritize Southeast Asian authors.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

 

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