31 Manuscript Publishers with Geographic Restrictions

Written by Emily Harstone

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 is our update of the initial list, which was a bit of an experiment, but a lot of writers were excited by it, and we got great responses.

This 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 the list 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 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.

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.

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.”

High Plains Press

They publish poetry and prose focused on the American West, with special interest in things relating to Wyoming. They publish about four books a year.

Canada 

Anansi Press

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

Caitlin Press

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

Mother Tongue Publishing

They publish literary fiction and memoirs writers based in British Columbia.

Invisible Publishing

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

Clockwise Press

A new publisher of middle grade, young adult, and children’s books with a focus on diversity and global themes.

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. 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.

Ekstasis Editions

A Canadian publisher of poetry manuscripts, fiction, and children’s books. They have been around since 1982. 

ECW Press

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

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 have good distribution.

Mansfield Press

This Toronto based small press publishes poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Talon Books

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

Australia and New Zealand

Brio Books

Brio Books publishes trade fiction and nonfiction by Australian and NZ authors under four imprints that range from literary to romance. The submission guidelines are listed on the individual imprints page.

Hachette Australia

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

Hardie Grant Egmont

They publish children’s books and are open to submissions from residents of Australia and NZ.

Penguin Random House

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

Ventura Press

They are open to a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres including memoirs. They only accept submissions from Australians or New Zealanders.

Brow Books

A literary press that publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction manuscripts by Australians.

Black Inc. and Nero Books

This established and award winning Australian press has imprints that focus on non-fiction and fiction.

Victoria University Press

Victoria University 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.

Echo

They are a publisher of mainstream fiction and narrative non-fiction for adults. On their website they state “We want to publish Australian authors, but we want the books also to have global appeal, as we work closely with our UK sister imprints.”

Ginninderra Press

A small press that focuses on publishing quality non-fiction, fiction, and poetry.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.

 

 

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