The following publishers specialize in writing by / for / about women. Some of these presses publish women exclusively; others are simply committed to amplifying marginalized voices, drawing attention to women’s issues, or advancing a feminist agenda. The description of each press is taken directly from the associated website.
This list is a work in progress. If you find a non-working link or newly defunct press at anytime in the future, or if you know a publisher I should add, please let me know. I appreciate your help in making this list as comprehensive as possible. Thank you!
— Nicole Melanson
NB: I have no personal experience with these presses, and their approach to publishing varies widely. Please do your own research before submitting.
13th Moon Books (USA)
13th Moon is a nonprofit small press whose mission is to expand tradition and foster innovation in literature and related arts. We live by a feminism of inclusiveness…
Affinity joins the growing trend of companies publishing works of lesbian literature in the evolving market of electronic media (eBooks) and Print on demand.
Artemis Press (USA)
Electronic publisher of lesbian interest fiction, nonfiction and drama.
Ash Tree Publishing (USA)
Women’s Health, Women’s Spirituality.
Aunt Lute (USA)
Aunt Lute Books is dedicated to publishing literature by women whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented in mainstream and small press publishing.
Bella Books (USA)
Bella Books is the premiere publisher of vibrant and irresistible fiction for and about lesbians.
The Belladonna mission is to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language.
Bedazzled Ink Publishing (USA)
Bedazzled Ink is dedicated to literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books that celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women and books about women.
Bold Strokes Books (USA)
Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction.
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is a nonprofit, public interest organization based in Cambridge, Mass., that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality (publishing eponymous titles).
Bywater Books (USA)
Bywater Books represents the coming of age of lesbian fiction. We’re dedicated to finding and developing outstanding voices and committed to bringing the best of contemporary lesbian and feminist writing to a discerning readership.
Calisi Press (England)
Independent publisher promoting Italian women writers in English translation.
Cleis Press (USA)
The largest independent queer publishing company in the United States, featuring many lesbian and feminist titles.
Desert Palm Press (USA)
Desert Palm Press (DPP) produces e-books and print books that are available worldwide through Amazon, Smashwords, Bella Books, and CreateSpace. We are interested in fiction manuscripts where the main characters are lesbians.
Elly Blue Publishing (USA)
Feminist nonfiction about bicycling.
Feminist Press at CUNY (USA)
The Feminist Press is an educational nonprofit organization founded to advance women’s rights and amplify feminist perspectives.
Gazing Grain Press (USA)
Gazing Grain Press is an inclusive feminist independent literary press.
Green Dragon Press (Canada)
Green Dragon Press brings you women’s history and equity issues materials.
Headmistress Press (USA)
An independent publisher of books of poetry by lesbians, HP is dedicated to honoring lesbian existence, discovering a range of lesbian voices, and promoting lesbian representation in the arts.
Herself Press (N. Ireland)
Herself Press aims to revive the work of women writers from the North of Ireland by reissuing, or publishing for the first time, their work. Its focus is on prose — novels, short stories, essays, journalism, memoir — by women writers whose work has fallen under the radar.
The HerStories Project is a community and publisher of women’s stories. We know that every woman has a story.
Honno is an independent co-operative press run by women and committed to bringing you the best in Welsh women’s writing.
Inanna Publications (Canada)
Inanna Publications and Education Inc. is one of only a very few independent feminist presses in Canada committed to publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by and about women, and complementing this with relevant non-fiction, that bring new, innovative and diverse perspectives with the potential to change and enhance women’s lives everywhere.
Intaglio Publications (USA)
Press for lovers of lesbian fiction.
ISM Press (USA)
Radical feminist theory, people’s history, labor & freedom struggles, multicultural.
Jan-Carol Publishing (USA)
Fiction and short stories that celebrate the wit, humor and strength of both old-time and modern Appalachian women.
Kelsey St. Press (USA)
Kelsey Street Press was founded in 1974 to address the marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers.
Kore Press (USA)
The vision of the Press has been to publish and promote excellent works of stunning literary value and innovation by a diversity of women, including those traditionally underrepresented in the cultural mainstream and to educate young people about the power of voice and effecting change through literary activism.
Linen Press (Scotland)
Linen Press is a small, independent publisher run by women, for women.
Mayapple Press (USA)
We celebrate literature that is both challenging and accessible: poetry that transcends the categories of “mainstream” and “avant-garde”; women’s writing; the Great Lakes/Northeastern culture; the recent immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry.
Midmarch Arts (USA)
Has a Women in the Arts section.
Modjaji Books (South Africa)
Modjaji Books is an independent feminist press that publishes southern African women writers.
Mother’s Milk Books (England)
Mother’s Milk Books is a small, family-run press that publishes high-quality, beautiful books for adults and children that normalize breastfeeding and celebrate femininity and empathy.
NewSage Press, Inc. (USA)
NewSage Press books cover a myriad of interests and social concerns, including the animal and human bond, environmental issues, nature, women’s issues, and more.
New Victoria Publishers (USA)
30-year tradition of publishing lesbian feminist literature, by and for lesbians.
Paris Press (USA)
The mission of Paris Press is to publish groundbreaking yet overlooked literature by women writers.
Persephone Books (England)
Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers.
Perugia Press (USA)
Perugia Press publishes the best new woman poet each year—the winner of our annual contest.
RedBone Press (USA)
RedBone Press publishes work celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream.
Red Letter Press (USA)
Radical books – Feminist writings – Socialist theory – Race liberation – Queer activism
Resolute Publishing (USA)
Resolute Publishing produces quality publications and products rooted in African American culture and/or same-gender loving experiences. We welcome submissions from women of color that are committed to great storytelling and are also passionate readers.
Sapphire Books (USA)
Sapphire Books Publishing, the gem in lesbian publishing was founded by Christine Svendsen in 2010. We produce and publish fiction, non-fiction and biographical lesbian literary works of art.
Seal Press (USA)
Inspired by the notion that a book can change a woman’s life, Seal Press is devoted to publishing titles that inform, reveal, engage, delight, and support women of all ages and backgrounds.
Second Story Press (Canada)
Second Story Press is dedicated to publishing feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers.
Shade Mountain Press (USA)
As a feminist press, Shade Mountain is committed to publishing literature by women, especially women of color, women with disabilities, women from working-class backgrounds, and lesbian/bisexual/queer women. We publish work that’s politically engaged, challenges the status quo, tells the stories that usually go unheard.
Sister Vision Educational Press (Canada)
Sister Vision is the first press for Black women and women of colour in Canada. Founded in 1984, it intends to encourage works by women of all cultures, sexual preferences and classes.
Spinifex Press (Australia)
Spinifex Press is an award-winning independent feminist press, publishing innovative and controversial feminist books with an optimistic edge.
Spinsters Ink (USA)
Spinsters Ink is committed to giving voice to women writers from every walk of life.
Switchback Books (USA)
Switchback Books is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit feminist press publishing poetry by women. Our definition of “women” is broad and includes transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and female-identified individuals.
Three O’Clock Press (Canada)
Home of Sumach Press and Women’s Press Literary.
Three O’Clock Press’s mandate is to continue the feminist approach of our imprints by promoting our diverse literary backlist, while also reaching new readers and branching out into innovative literary forms.
Triplicity Publishing is a small, LGBT publisher seeking quality works from serious authors. All manuscripts must have LGBT main characters.
International Publisher of Books by Women.
Volcano Press (USA)
Volcano Press has been publishing books on domestic violence and women’s health for forty years.
Wicked Publishing joins the growing trend of companies in publishing works of lesbian
literature/LGBT and mainstream fiction in the evolving market of books and electronic media (eBooks). Our company is committed to producing quality, affordable works of fictional literature.
Wish Publishing (USA)
Wish Publishing was started in December 1999 as the first sports publishing company devoted exclusively to women’s topics. In 2004, Wish Publishing launched Equilibrium Books to publish books that provide a balanced approach to sports for all athletes.
With/out Pretend (Canada)
With/out Pretend is an independent Toronto-based publisher focused on producing, promoting and distributing works by women, including those who identify as femme, queer, trans, and persons of colour.
Womancraft Publishing (Ireland)
Life-changing, paradigm-shifting books by women, for women. Womancraft Publishing is a revolutionary imprint dedicated to finding and sharing exciting new voices and powerful messages that are being overlooked, silenced or sanitized in traditional publishing.
Women Unlimited (India)
Women Unlimited, a non-profit trust, is an associate of Kali for Women, India’s first and oldest feminist press, estd. 1984. We publish scholarly and academic books in the social sciences; fiction; general interest non-fiction; autobiography and memoirs; books for young adults; pamphlets and monographs; and activist material.
Ylva is a woman-owned, women-run publisher that seeks out stories about strong female characters, who are often gay. We publish romance and erotica, mystery, paranormal, and well-researched historical novels.
Zubaan Books (India)
Zubaan is a leading independent publishing house based in New Delhi with a strong academic and general list. It was set up in 2003 as an imprint of India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, and continues to publish books on, for, by and about women in South Asia.