Skip to main content

Super Power Agency and Super Power Books

The Super Power Agency is a Scottish Charity (SC046550) working with Scotland’s most disadvantaged and under-resourced young people.  Our creative writing workshops, interdisciplinary programmes, and mentoring, not only make learning fun but also helps to close the educational attainment gap. The workshops, which take place in schools and community organisations, encourage pupils to put pen to paper, build their writing skills and express themselves with confidence.

We publish everything our young writers write through our publishing imprint, Super Power Books. Whether the end result is a book, magazine, chapbook, or graphic novel, through publication our participants become published authors which helps to foster aspiration and self-esteem. All proceeds from the sale of our books helps to keep our programmes free of charge for young people.

Established: 2016

Publications to date: 17

Publications per year: 4 to 6

Knight Errant Press

Knight Errant Press is an independent publisher based in Falkirk, Scotland.

We saw a definite lack of distinctly queer publishing and decided to step up. We want to empower writers to write more openly and more queerly and to not shy away from drawing on and portraying experiences that are important to them simply because the majority of the publishing world is failing to represent them in their fullness and variety.  Knight Errant runs on the efforts and support of part-time staff and freelancers, we aim to publish at least two books per calendar year. More is not always better and we prefer to put everything we’ve got into the few books we make to make them the best they can be.

We publish a variety of work – fiction, poetry, flash fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and comics – and are particularly keen on short form and on work that is intersectional and challenges literary genres and societal norms.

Our ultimate aim is to bring to the world more stories written by, from and about LGBTQIA+, BAME/POC, working class folk, people with disabilities as well as migrants and the displaced. As well as being the bridge for these narratives and stories from cultures and languages outwith the Anglophone sphere of influence by supporting translators and publishing works and authors in translation.

In addition to our print and online publishing activities, we run creative writing workshops that aim to support writers of all levels of experience in order to gain confidence, learn new skills and demystify publishing. These workshops are run online and locally across the central belt of Scotland.

Publications (Yearly Average): 2

Established: 2017

Submission details: Knight Errant Press accepts unsolicited manuscripts, however we have a few criteria that we look for and are not open for submissions year round. We only accept email submissions. Please check what projects are open before submitting. To find out more information about our submissions criteria, current projects and how to submit a manuscript please go to the submissions page.

Types of books published: social commentary anthologies and non-fiction, short story and poetry collections, contemporary fiction, flash fiction, comics and graphic novels, creative non-fiction.

A video about the press and our work: https://youtu.be/9dAqOvRcDaE

DC Thomson Media

DC Thomson is one of the leading media organisations in the UK. Our headquarters are in Dundee but we also have offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and London – in the world-famous Fleet Street. We publish newspapers, magazines and have diversified into new media, digital technology, retail, radio and books.

Our Group includes global genealogy company Findmypast, leading IT business services provider Brightsolid, premium gifting business Wild & Wolf, multimedia studio Beano Studios and, alongside DC Thomson Media, magazine publishers Puzzler Media and The Stylist Group.

DC Thomson is often called the Home of Annuals as we have been publishing annuals for over 80 years and our portfolio includes best-loved titles connected to our newspapers and magazines: The Broons and Oor Wullie, Beano, The People’s Friend – to name just a few. We have also recently started publishing non-fiction books and graphic novels using material from our archives.

Established: 1905

Publications (yearly average): 15–20

Types of books published: Non-fiction – sport, nostalgia; annuals; graphic novels.

Dalen

Dalen is a publisher of European comic books in Gaelic and Scots, as well as in other Celtic languages.

Blue Fox Comics

Blue Fox Publishing is a Scotland-based independent publisher of comics, graphic novels and books. They publish a wide variety of genres, from horror to sci-fi, fantasy to adventure. They pride themselves in their professionalism, both to their creatives and their customers. Since its creation in 2015, Blue Fox Publishing has grown quickly and publishes many titles each year. As a Scottish comics publisher, they are seeking more Scotland based content, and welcome submissions via their website. They actively seek diversity in their books and the people they work with, and whole-heartedly believe comics are for everyone.

Submission details: Blue Fox Comics accept unsolicited manuscripts, however have a few criteria that they look for. To find out more information about their submissions criteria and how to submit a manuscript please go to the submissions page of their website here: https://bluefoxcomics.com/submissions

Publications (Yearly Average): 8

Established: 2015

BHP Comics

BHP Comics is an independent publisher based in Scotland, producing a variety of comics, graphic novels and art books that cover a wide range of topics and themes. We aim to engage, provoke, inspire and inform with the works we publish.

We also produce comic book events across the country including workshops, talks, exhibitions as well as the critically acclaimed and popular comic book festival – Glasgow Comic Con.

We publish books from landmark comics makers such as Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Alan Grant’s Rok of the Reds and Frank Quitely’s Art of Comics. We also support cutting-edge new talent, like Clare Forrest’s Mighty Women of Science and Gary Chudleigh and Tanya Robert’s award-winning Plagued: The Miranda Chronicles.

Publications (Yearly Average): 6

Types of books published: Romance. Sci-Fi. Sport. Satire. Comedy. Historical. Factual. Autobiographical. We handle anything… except superheroes.

Established: 2013