Written by Emily Harstone April 29th, 2019

Manuscript Publishers That Have 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.

Because of that we have never reviewed these presses, but they are still good presses. This list article is a bit of an experiment for us. It will not include full reviews of the companies, but just a little information about each of them.

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

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

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

I’ve done basic research about the publishers, but I haven’t done in- depth research like 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

Another New Calligraphy

Another New Calligraphy publishes limited-edition books and CDs by Chicago-based artists. Do not submit unless you are based in the Chicago area.

Allium Press of Chicago

Allium Press of Chicago publishes literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and middle grade/young adult fiction. All of the books they publish have a strong connection to Chicago. Although the author need not currently live there.

Caffeinated Press

Caffeinated Press publishes works of literary merit by authors connected to West Michigan, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.


Anansi Press

A wonderful Canadian press focusing on publishing a wide range of literary works.

BookLand Press

BookLand Press is one of the few independent publishers in Canada that publishes books in English and various Indigenous languages. They publish a wide range of books.

Caitlin Press

Caitlin Press is a British Columbia based literary press. They only publish authors from BC.

Coach House Books

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

Cormorant Books

Cormorant Books publishes literary fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and translations of Québécois authors.

Coteau Books

A Saskatchewan based publisher of fiction and poetry. They accept work by Canadians and permanent residents of Canada.

Australia and New Zealand

Brio Books

Brio Books publishes trade fiction and nonfiction by Australian and New Zealand authors under five imprints that range from literary to romance.

Hachette Australia

Hachette is a big five publisher, and they are only open to direct submissions from residents of Australia or New Zealand.

Penguin Random House

Another big five publisher. They are only open to submissions from Australians.

Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser and spends much of her time researching manuscript publishers. You can follow her on Facebook here.


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