Small & Independent Publisher Directory

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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.

Journeys to Words Publishing (Victoria)

Biographies

Journeys to Words Publishing is a new, small publisher whose books will begin to appear in April-May 2019. The publisher is focused on mature age writers who may have come later in life to their writing craft after careers elsewhere. Memoir, narrative non-fiction and creative non-fiction/fiction will dominate the releases. Books will be available in […]

Bowman & Hawkes (Victoria)

Genre Fiction (romance, fantasy/sci-fi, crime)

Bowman & Hawkes is a brand new, small independent publisher, in Western Victoria, formed in 2018.

Interventions Incorporated (Victoria)

Biographies

Interventions Inc was established in 2015 as an Australian based incorporated not-for-profit small publisher, aiming to publish books which support socialist ideas, labour history, struggles against all forms of oppression and for social justice.

Ocean Reeve Publishing (Queensland)

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

Ocean Reeve Publishing is an assisted independent book publisher in Australia. We have ensured we have the best people – the most creative – the most professional – managing your creative journey and publishing vision. After all, your book is a legacy and the emotion attached to it needs to be valued and a duty […]

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, […]

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.

Subbed In

Essays

Subbed In is a not-for-profit DIY literary organisation and small press based in Sydney, Australia. Subbed In’s program of publications and events aim to elevate the voices of trans people, people of colour, non-binary people, sex workers, women, people with a disability, LGBTQIA+ people, First Nations people, survivors, working class people, and anyone who finds […]

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.

Bad Apple Press

Biographies

Bad Apple Press began in October 2018, founded by two ex-Finch Publishing staff, Samantha Miles and Sonya Danaher. We specialise in publishing non-fiction narrative writing with an emphasis on memoir. We also like to publish books on health, fitness, psychology, lifestyle and self-help. We aim to connect readers directly with our books and our authors, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Walleah Press (Tasmania)

Biographies

Walleah Press is a independent publisher of Ausralian literary titles, mainly poetry but also interested in essays and non-fiction, established in 1986.

Golden Mean Books (New South Wales)

Biographies

Golden Mean Books, a boutique publishing house, is a newly registered business established in June 2018. Désirée Delaloye – the founder of Golden Mean Books – decided to create a dedicated book publishing business and take her 18+ years experience in Book Design, Production and Publishing through her other business – Design-Arts, a graphic design, […]

IndieMosh (New South Wales)

Biographies

Indiemosh is a self publishing facilitator providing editing, proofreading and publishing services to Australian indie authors. We can help you self publish your masterpiece – we take your manuscript and turn it into a gorgeous paperback or ebook, available online to readers all over the world. We’re a family-run business in rural New South Wales […]

Reading Sideways Press (Victoria)

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

Reading Sideways Press is a Melbourne-based small press founded in 2018 by Nuraini Juliastuti and Andy Fuller. Reading Sideways Press publishes books and zines on art, sports and literature.

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 […]

National Library of Australia Publishing (Australian Capital Territory)

Biographies

As part of the National Library of Australia, NLA Publishing has been producing books since 1995. Collaborating with Australia’s leading writers, designers and illustrators, NLA Publishing produces over 20 publications a year, including an award-winning range of popular and children’s illustrated books and the quarterly online magazine Unbound—all based on the many subjects covered by […]

Australian Scholarly Publishing (Victoria)

Biographies

Australian Scholarly Publishing – ASP – has been publishing scholarly and general books for over twenty years. It now releases 50–60 books a year under its Australian Scholarly scholarly, Arcadia general, Tantanoola fiction and Chancery Bold law imprints. Almost all of its books are published in printed form; a growing number are also published as […]

Litera (New South Wales)

Biographies

Litera Publishing grew out of a consultancy specialising in academic and commercial document development – managing research proposals, developing strategic plans and so on. A few years ago Litera published its first travel book and has not looked back. The company now has titles in several genres, but with a focus on travel and history.

Kirrily King Publishing (Australian Capital Territory)

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

Kirrily King Publishing (under the imprints of aussiewriters/sbi/cre@tiveknowhow) publishes exceptional emerging Australian authors. This is the publishing company run by Suzanne Kiraly (www.suzannekiraly.com.au), who is a writer herself, a book coach and book whisperer. (i.e. it’s her mission and passion to discover and expose talented Aussie Writers on a regular basis).

Vagabond Press (New South Wales)

Essays

Vagabond Press is an independent literary press that was established in 1999 out of the desire to open up a space for new writing. For close to two decades we have published a range of established and emerging poets from Australia and more recently Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Our books have won many of the […]

Hunter Press (New South Wales)

Essays

The Hunter Press is Newcastle’s independent publisher. We publish books and stories with relevance and/or connection to the Newcastle and Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

Hardie Grant Publishing (Victoria)

Biographies

Hardie Grant Publishing operates in five distinct trading units – Hardie Grant Books Melbourne, Hardie Grant Travel and Hardie Grant Egmont, which are headquartered in Melbourne – and Hardie Grant Books London and Quadrille, which are managed from our London office. We have developed a global reputation for the production of high-quality books in a […]

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.

Real Film and Publishing (Victoria)

Biographies

Real Film and Publishing is a Melbourne-based production company dedicated to telling real stories through books and film. Real Film and Publishing was established in 2012 by Romy Moshinsky, a writer and editor committed to producing beautifully designed non-fiction books. She works in collaboration with writer Georgie Raik-Allen and a team of talented book designers […]

Obiter Publishing (Australian Capital Territory)

Essays

Obiter Publishing is a Canberra-based independent publisher of history, fiction, and experimental non-fiction. Our focus is works that nurture new, marginalised and diverse researchers and writers.

On The Stone (New South Wales)

Corporate or funded/sponsored publications

On the Stone is the publishing arm of Marje Prior and Associates Pty Ltd established in the ACT, Australia, in 1989 as a social marketing agency specialising in government communication during the Hawke/Keating period. It delivered high profile national campaigns for the federal government and industry-based communication materials as part of the government’s micro economic […]

Atlas Productions (Queensland)

Genre Fiction (romance, fantasy/sci-fi, crime)

Atlas Productions (Books) is a boutique media-based business in Queensland, Australia. We publish approximately ten titles a year in a wide range of genres. Atlas Productions consists of writers, editors, designers and publishers and we love the written word. We work with each of our authors to build a successful and harmonious long-term relationship. Connect […]

Boolarong Press (Queensland)

Biographies

Boolarong Press has been trade publishing books since 1976. Its main genres are history, military, biographies and children’s books with an Australiana theme. Boolarong is a member of the Australian Publishers Association. Boolarong’s book sales have grown +20% compounded for the last 10 years.

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.

Giramondo Publishing (New South Wales)

Literary fiction

Building, stimulating, encouraging The Giramondo Publishing Company was set up in December 1995 with the aim of publishing quality creative and interpretive writing by Australian authors. It seeks to build a common ground between the academy and the marketplace; to stimulate exchange between Australian writers and readers and their counterparts overseas; and to encourage innovative […]

Aboriginal Studies Press

Narrative non-fiction (including memoirs, biographies, histories)

Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) is the Australian Institute of Aboriginal of Torres Strait Islander Studies’ (AIATSIS) publishing arm and Australia’s leading publisher of Australian Indigenous studies. We have an eye for identifying compelling and award-winning narratives that capture the unique heritage and diverse lives of Australia’s first peoples. We pride ourselves on our ethical publishing […]

Backroom Press (Western Australia)

Children's

Entertaining and educational books from Broome Backroom Press Inc. is one of Australia’s smallest publishing houses. It is located in Broome, a small Kimberley town in Western Australia, and was set up to publish entertaining and educational books from the region. Backroom Press was incorporated as a not-for-profit association in 2009. The object of the […]

Wild Dingo Press (Victoria)

Narrative non-fiction (including memoirs, biographies, histories)

Books that stand their ground.   Wild Dingo Press was founded in 2010 and is committed to contributing valuable and personal perspectives to the discussion of social, cultural and political issues through memoir, investigative journalistic non-fiction and narrative non-fiction. Principally for Australian-based authors, WDP commissions works as well as solicits manuscripts that meet our criteria […]

University of Queensland Press (Queensland)

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

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 […]

Pantera Press (New South Wales)

Genre Fiction (romance, fantasy/sci-fi, crime)

Great storytelling, good books.   Some great businesses have started in home garages. Think Disney, Amazon and Google. Pantera Press sprang to life around the story-loving Green family’s kitchen table because their garage was full.  We view the so-called ‘slush pile’ of Australian unsolicited manuscripts differently. To us, it’s a valuable resource, an underexplored diamond […]

Overland (Victoria)

Literary fiction

Radical   Overland is the most radical of Australia’s literary journals. It produces a quarterly print journal and an online magazine updated most days, as well as holding regular events at literary festivals and other forums.

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 […]

Miscellaneous Press (Victoria)

Children's

A micro-publisher   A micro-publisher created by Karen Andrews. Based in Melbourne.

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 […]

Hybrid Publishers (Victoria)

Corporate or funded/sponsored publications

Hybrid Publishers, based in Melbourne, Australia, publishes high quality books covering a broad range of titles by well known and new authors, including business and legal texts, books on personal development and health, history, memoirs, Judaica, stories of Indigenous Australia and a small amount of fiction and poetry. Hybrid does not publish children’s or YA […]

Lacuna Publishing (New South Wales)

Literary fiction

bold, original, thought-provoking books Lacuna publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry that challenges the status quo, introduces new ideas, shares untold stories, or presents a fresh perspective. We aim to fill the gap for authors whose work is too challenging for mainstream commercial publishing and too important to risk in self publishing. We publish up to […]

Transit Lounge Publishing (Victoria)

Literary fiction

high quality literary fiction and narrative non-fiction with a global feel Founded in 2005, Melbourne-based press Transit Lounge publishes high quality literary fiction and narrative non-fiction with a global feel. We have a strong interest in writing about other cultures and our titles often reflect the true diversity of Australian writers and writing.

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.


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