Small & Independent Publisher Directory


Voices of Today

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Voices of Today was created as a spoken audio production service by Denis Daly in 2011. In March 2021 it was in corporated as an Australian company, Voices of Today Pty Ltd. The proprietors are Denis Daly and Sarah Bacaller who are both professional audiobook narrators and producers. Denis Daly has provided narration and editing […]

Hawkeye Publishing

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Hawkeye Publishing is a small and driven traditional house, home to terrifically talented new and emerging Australian authors. Hawkeye publishes most genres, producing books that leave a footprint on the hearts and minds of readers. The Hawkeye collection is littered with Award finalists. Hawkeye runs the annual Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize (first prize $2,500 […]

Night Parrot Press (Western Australia)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Night Parrot Press is an independent publisher of non-traditional works of fiction and non-fiction, where experimental forms and genres outside the mainstream can find a home. Inspired by our namesake, the elusive Australian night parrot, we seek to uncover writing that exists on the periphery, in obscurity, and give it a platform for recognition with […]

Shawline Publishing Group (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Like you, we are authors of our own story. We love writing and seeing our work published…only we were frustrated by the cost and the time involved in promoting our own books…so we created everything we needed in one place for one lower cost than anything we could find anywhere. We simplified the process and […]

Sunburnt Fox Press

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Sunburnt Fox Press is an Australian Small Press dedicated to Australian Authors. We only publish Science Fiction and Fantasy, and will only accept authors who are either Australian Citizens, or Australian residents. We are the current publishers of Etherea Magazine.

Hunter Publishers

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Hunter Publishers is an independent Australian book publisher, founded by John Hunter in 2008. We publish a singular blend of fiction, poetry, graphic novels, and non-fiction. Many of our books have gone on to win or be shortlisted for prizes, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards; the NSW Premier’s Literary […]

Bonfire Books

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Bonfire Books is an Australian independent publisher founded in 2019 to find the best in new writing and the lost works of our literary inheritance. We note a lack of perspectives in the Australian mainstream that adequately address the rushing complexity of contemporary life. We seek to uphold the best of our literary tradition and […]

Twelfth Planet Press

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

We aim to elevate minority and underrepresented voices with books that interrogate, commentate, inspire. Challenging the status quo through provocative science fiction, fantasy, horror, and cosy crime.

SisterShip Press

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

SisterShip Press is a small publishing company specialising in ocean/water related books written by women.

AUSXIP Publishing

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

AUSXIP Publishing opened it’s doors in March 2015. My plan was to give authors a chance to publish their work. I was given that opportunity in 2001 by a small press publisher and had my first book published in January 2001. After dealing with my latest publisher, I felt that it was time to spread […]

Animal Dreaming Publishing (New South Wales)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Founded in 2003 by Scott and Trudy King, ANIMAL DREAMING was conceived as a way of promoting Scott’s first self-published book by the same name. Frustrated and downhearted by the simple truth that no publishing company in Australia (or overseas) was willing to publish his book (which they narrow-mindedly deemed ‘too Australian’), Scott was advised […]

The Text Publishing Company Pty Ltd (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Text has been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the inaugural Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018.

Brio Books

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Founded in 2011, Brio Books (formerly Xoum Publishing) is an independent Australian trade publishing company based in Sydney. We publish approximately 20–25 fiction and non-fiction books a year by Australian and New Zealand authors under five imprints: Brio, our literary list; Xoum, our general fiction and non-fiction list; Seizure, our incubator for new talent; Fantastica, […]

Melbourne University Publishing

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Publishing books with spine since 1922, Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is Australia’s first and top university press. MUP is the home of agenda-setting political, history and current affairs titles; landmark illustrated art and lifestyle books and the best in Australian academic research and writing. MUP is dedicated to sharing top Australian non-fiction writing with a […]

Blue Vapours Publishing

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Blue Vapours Pty Ltd Blue Vapours Creative Studios were founded in 2002 from a ramshackle back room in Abbotsford. Since then we’ve moved offices, expanded, contracted, expanded again, given up alcohol, taken alcohol up, burnt out two coffee machines and a grinder, killed three colour laser printers and had some ripper corporate events.

Puncher & Wattmann Pty Ltd

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Puncher & Wattmann is the leading publisher of poetry in Australia. Founded in 2005 by David Musgrave it has published over 150 titles. It publishes poetry, literary fiction, literary non-fiction, memoir, biography and anthologies.

in case of emergency press (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

We exist to service emerging writers who are sick of emerging and are ready for the full emergency. We are a not-for-loss publisher. The poor sods who do the work are not interested in making money; we just don’t want to lose money. This means we only hold small quantities of stock and print on […]

Glimmer Press

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Glimmer Press are a small Adelaide-based publisher with our sights set on publishing books that shine. Our first publication, launched in February 2019, was To Rhyme or Not To Rhyme? an illustrated collection of children’s poetry by acclaimed South Australian poet Kristin Martin (illustrated by Joanne Knott). We have a special interest in publishing short […]

Daisy Lane Publishing (New South Wales)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

At Daisy Lane Publishing we pride ourselves on producing quality books that inform and inspire, educate and empower the reader. We love to highlight new authors and illustrators as well as  nurture those who are established. We currently publish, children’s books, romance, poetry, inspirational, and YA. Publishing your story can be daunting and we are […]

Quemar Press (New South Wales)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Quemar Press was founded in 2016 as a publishing house with a focus on publishing new work and also preserving works which are little known in a Modern Australian context. With this emphasis on new and classic work, often by women, Quemar Press has published new, experimental novels and new poetry collections by award-winning author, […]

Black Inc. (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Founded in 2000, Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality non-fiction, fiction and poetry, based in Melbourne. Our imprints include the Quarterly Essay journal, Australian Foreign Affairs, and Nero and La Trobe University Press books. We love ideas and stories. We are passionate about important new works of history, politics, biography, criticism and […]

Shooting Star Press (A Division of Beeline Partnerships Pty Ltd) (Australian Capital Territory)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Welcome to Shooting Star Press – where we publish everybody’s stories. At Shooting Star we specialise in telling your story, our story, your children’ stories – everybody’s story. We publish in paperback and digitally, and we specialise in stories by Australian women, children and First Australians. We print and publish locally supporting Australian small business […]

Crotchet Quaver (Western Australia)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Creating and offering noteworthy publications for the discerning reader. Crotchet Quaver began by publishing anthologies of short stories produced by the Born Storytellers. It has developed into a small press dedicated to creating beautiful books.

Grattan Street Press (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Grattan Street Press is the imprint of the teaching press housed in the Master of Publishing and Communications program at the University of Melbourne.

Ptilotus Press (Northern Territory)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Ptilotus Press is a community publishing initiative devoted to the unique and distinct voices of Central Australian writers and writing. Established in 1996, the press is based in Alice Springs and managed by a collective of dedicated local writers.

Tale Publishing (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Founded in 2015, Tale Publishing is a small publisher with the objective of publishing two or three books a year. We developed out of the Monash Writers Group where it was clear that many people had interesting and well written stories that they couldn’t get published by traditional publishers. We aim to publish interesting stories […]

Serenity Press (Western Australia)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Serenity Press is a WA publisher who endeavours to bring wonderful books and personal stories to the world.

Magabala Books (Western Australia)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Magabala Books is Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous publishing house. Based in the pearling town of Broome in the far north of Western Australia, Magabala Books is one of the most remote publishing houses in the world.

University of Queensland Press (Queensland)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Tiny Owl Workshop (Queensland)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Lover of great stories.   Tiny Owl Workshop is a new, small publisher based in Brisbane. They love great stories, whether they be adventurous, epic, dark, flirtatious, funny, fantastical, sinister, daring, quirky, short, long or anything in-between.

Rough Draft (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Small Melbourne publisher   Rough Draft is a small Melbourne publisher, started in 2011. We publish high-quality fiction and non-fiction, by Australian and international authors. Our books are available from good bookshops and online.

Spinifex Press (Queensland)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Award-winning and feminist. Spinifex Press is an award-winning independent feminist press publishing books across a wide variety of subject areas. Spinifex Press was established in 1991 by Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein. It is an independent Australian-owned company which publishes innovative and controversial feminist titles with an optimistic edge. To date Spinifex has published around […]

pinknantucket press (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Journals from Melbourne   pinknantucket press is a small Melbourne-based publisher. Our publications include Materiality, a journal about the material world, and CRANK (think an extended version of an obscure letters to the editor page). We have published five themed Materiality issues to date: BOOK, TIME, PRECIOUS, SURFACE and FAKE. CRANK is published intermittently as […]

Odyssey Books (Australian Capital Territory)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Books are always a journey.   odyssey: An extended adventurous voyage; An intellectual or spiritual quest.  Books are always a journey. They take readers into new places, with new people; or show them familiar places cast with a new light. And writers know that the creative journey can be as long and uncertain as it […]

Express Media (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

NFP Youth Writing and Media   Express Media is a not for profit organisation founded in 1985 with the aim of supporting young Australians in writing and media. It is a Melbourne based, nationwide organisation, with members and subscribers from all states.  Its core values are support of artists across a range of genres, providing […]

Griffith REVIEW (Queensland)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

an uncanny ability to anticipate emerging trends Since 2003, Griffith REVIEW has been the leading literary magazine in Australia with an uncanny ability to anticipate emerging trends. Each themed collection presents fresh insights and analysis of the big issues from pre-eminent Australian and international writers. Its unique model features a mix of essays, memoir, reportage, […]

UWA Publishing (Western Australia)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

fine books and new ideas A division of The University of Western Australia, UWAP has been publishing important books since 1935. Producers of fine books and new ideas, UWA Publishing (UWAP) continues to expand the boundaries of academic publishing, striving for social, cultural and intellectual renewal. Award-winning fiction and non-fiction works illustrate its strength and […]

Affirm Press (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Affirm Press is a Melbourne-based independent book publisher with a focus on publishing great Australian stories.

Clan Destine Press (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Clan Destine Press is all about genre. We publish genre fiction in its myriad and wondrous forms: crime, mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, adventure, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, and ah-ha! – which is any combination of the aforementioned – for Adults and Young Adults. We publish inventive, clever and original […]

Kill Your Darlings (Victoria)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) was founded in 2010 by Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford and is one of Australia’s most lively and entertaining online magazines. KYD embraces both high- and low-brow culture and publishes commentary, essays, fiction, interviews and reviews. In addition to championing Australian writers, KYD also produces a regular podcast, runs a monthly […]

MidnightSun Publishing (South Australia)

Anthologies (including short stories, essays, reviews, commentary)

beautiful, unusual, striking, sexy, challenging MidnightSun Publishing was founded in 2011 by writer Anna Solding, who is still its managing director. The company has published novels for adults, YA fiction and children’s books. Books, including picture book One Step at a Time and short story collection Wild Gestures, have been nominated and won awards including […]


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