Independent Presses

Criteria for inclusion

The selection criteria of the North Carolina Literary Map for independent presses reflect an interest in maintaining a broad, inclusive, and up-to-date list of independent presses as a resource for authors. To that end, our inclusion criteria aim to protect writers and promote presses that value inclusivity and publish actively. Independent presses included on the NC Literary Map website must have an editorial process in place. Independent presses must also publish primarily poetry and/or books (rather than journalism), and it must publish semi-regularly (at least annually). Presses must not charge authors fees to publish or edit the work, and presses cannot only consider members of a particular group (university, club) or only publish their own editors. For questions about the criteria for inclusion, please contact the NC Literary Map team at nclitmap@uncg.edu. For authors considering publishing options, see WRITER BEWARE, a valuable resource from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for tips and best practices when choosing a publisher.

If you know of a press we’re missing that fits these criteria, please email us and share what you know!

Algonquin Books
https://www.algonquin.com/
Now an imprint of Workman Publishing (an independent publishing company in NYC) that once specialized in publishing undiscovered authors particularly from the South. Still based in NC with another office in NYC.
Located in Chapel Hill.
Backbone Press
http://backbonepress.org/
Focuses on publishing short stories of new and marginalized authors.
Located in Durham.
Baen Publishing Enterprises
https://www.baen.com/
E-Book publisher with a specialization in sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction.
Located in Wake Forest.
Black Mountain Press
http://theblackmountainpress.com/
Independent press with a focus on poetry, creative novels, and short story collections.
Located in Asheville.
Blair Publishing
https://www.blairpub.com/
Formerly John F. Blair Publisher, rebranded as Blair after it was sold to Carolina Wren Press. Focuses on marginalized authors or stories focusing on marginalized groups.
Located in Durham.
Cave Wall Press
http://www.cavewallpress.com/index.html
A poetry publisher which publishes chapbooks once or twice a year.
Located in Greensboro.
Franklin/Kerr Press
http://www.franklinkerr.com/
A small, full-service publishing company with a focus on horror, sci-fi, and thriller.
Located in Concord.
Gryphon House
https://www.gryphonhouse.com/
A publisher dedicated to resource books for teachers and parents.
Located in Lewisville.
Information Age Publishing
https://www.infoagepub.com/
IAP has the goal to publish a materials that focus on niches in the social sciences that lack high-level research.
Located in Charlotte.
Less Than Three Press
https://www.lessthanthreepress.com/
An independent press that focuses on LGBTQ romance.
Located in Rocky Mount.
Mainland Press
http://www.mainlandpress.com/
A press with a focus on comedy fiction and non-fiction. Not currently accepting submissions.
Located in Conover.
McFarland Books
https://mcfarlandbooks.com/
Specializes in academic nonfiction.
Located in Jefferson.
Mocha Memoirs Press
https://mochamemoirspress.com/
Publishes speculative fiction (fantasy/sci-fi/horror) with a diverse main cast.
Located in Kernersville.
Orison Press
https://orisonbooks.com/
Focuses on “spiritually-engaged” poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Located in Asheville.
Press 53
https://www.press53.com/
A press that publishes several poetry/short story collections a year.
Located in Winston-Salem.
Prospective Press
http://prospectivepress.com/
Accepts books and short stories, focusing mostly on fiction with some non-fiction.
Located in Winston-Salem.
Regal House Publishing
https://regalhousepublishing.com/
A traditional publisher with an interest in fiction of all genres, novel and short story length.
Located in Raleigh.
Supposed Crimes & Acquitted Books
https://supposedcrimes.com/
A publisher that focuses on lesbian and bisexual heroines (Supposed Crimes) and gay and bisexual heroes (Acquitted Books).
Located in Matthews.