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Golden Hare Publishing

The publishing division of Golden Hare Books, Golden Hare Publishing works on a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s.

Notable publications include:

  • The Meadows by Robin Leanse, a 101 sonnet sequence
  • a new edition of Hugh Walpole’s The Cathedral
  • the children’s title The Piper and the Penguin by Stella Powell-Jones and Katie Riddell.

Foggie Toddle Books

Foggie Toddle Books is a small independent publisher (and children’s bookshop) based in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown. We publish children’s picture books with a Scottish theme, including Scots Language titles. In 2021 we were awarded a Scots Language Publication Grant to publish Wheesht! by Susi Briggs.  With our Second Sands imprint we publish poetry, local history, and fiction for adults.

We publish two to four books a year.

Established: 2020

 

Haunt Publishing

Haunt Publishing was founded in 2018 by publishing professional Rebecca Wojturska, and is an independent publisher of Gothic, horror and dark fiction in all formats. Dedicated to exploring both traditional and contemporary Gothic and horror literature, Haunt holds a flickering candle to global and underrepresented voices. We publish books with the curse of unputdownability, that keep a reader up all night. Books that provoke unease, terror and dread. Basically, we publish books that haunt readers long after consuming them.

Haunt’s first book, Haunted Voices: An Anthology of Gothic Storytelling from Scotland, celebrated Scotland’s rich history of storytelling and the Gothic. Haunted Voices was released in print, ebook and audio (each storyteller performed their own story) and launched across eight events at a variety of bookshops and venues. This uncanny book sold out within less than two months and is now on its fourth print run.

Haunt then published Where Decay Sleeps by Anna Cheung, a debut collection of Gothic poetry which touched upon themes of birth, mental health, modern technology and monsters. This beautifully eerie collection has received multiple five-star reviews from media reviewers and book bloggers.

When Other People Saw Us, They Saw the Dead, an anthology of Gothic short stories from BIPOC writers (edited by Lauren T. Davila), and The Gingerbread Men, a Highland hotel horror novel from Joanna Corrance, followed.

 

Established: 2018

Publications: 2-3 per year

Submission details: Check out our submissions page to see if we are currently looking for new books and to see what we are looking for: https://www.hauntpublishing.com/submissions

 

Tippermuir Books Ltd

Tippermuir Books Ltd is a book publisher based in Perth. Established in 2009, Tippermuir seeks to add to the cultural life of Scotland by publishing interesting and worthy books in English and Scots. Our strength is our smallness and love of the written word. Our published titles to date have been purposefully broad in theme – we publish books that appeal to us and/or we feel are important culturally and socially. These include our brilliantly successful The Tale of the Wee Mowdie by Werner Holzwarth, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch and translated by Matthew Mackie; Hunters Wee Stories from the Crescent by Anthony Camilleri (with a foreword by Stuart Cosgrove), and Trust by Ajay Close.

We welcome submissions which will receive swift, honest, and supportive responses. Our name comes from the Battle of Tippermuir (1 September 1644), which saw an army of Irish mercenaries and Highland troops led by the 1st Marquis of Montrose and Alasdair Mac Colla rout a numerically-superior government army. Tippermuir lies just to the west of Perth.

Established: 2009

Publications: 5/6 per year currently

Types of books published: Biography and memoirs, History, Local History, Military History, Non-fiction, Poetry, Scots Language (children’s and adult – poetry and prose), Scottish interest, and more.

Submission details: Accept submissions by email mail@tippermuirbooks.co.uk

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

Scottish Text Society

The Scottish Text Society is the leading publisher of older Scots literature. Since its foundation the Society has played a significant part in reviving interest in the literature and languages of Scotland. It has published around 150 volumes covering poetry, drama and prose from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries, each of which combines scholarship and accessibility.

Texts currently available include reprints of the Society’s editions of the great epic poems of the Wars of Independence, Barbour’s Bruce and Hary’s Wallace; a revised edition of The Shorter Poems of Gavin Douglas; an edition of the poetry of Scotland’s greatest Renaissance poet, Alexander Montgomerie, Poems; and Sir David Hume’s History of the House of Angus. In 2008 the Society published editions of important late-medieval poetry, The Poems of Walter Kennedy and Golagros and Gawane. In collaboration with the National Library of Scotland it has also issued a DVD, The Chepman and Myllar Prints, which gives access, via digitised facsimile, to the work of Scotland’s first printers.

Established: 1882

Publications (yearly average): 1

Types of books published: Editions of Scottish texts, chiefly of the medieval and Renaissance periods and including works of historiography, theology and imaginative literature

Submission details: Potential editors should send an outline of the proposed edition to the secretary, for submission to the council. Guidelines for Editors and a proforma for proposal submissions can be found on the Society’s website.

Scotland Street Press

Scotland Street Press is a small, independent publisher of fiction, history, poetry, biography and translation based in Edinburgh. The Press was founded in 2014 in Scotland Street, Edinburgh after Head of Publishing Jean Findlay returned to Scotland wanting to publish work that was exciting, challenging, grounded in literary history and a sense of place.

We publish seven books a year and promote books through live events. We have been nominated three times for the Bookseller’s Small Press of the Year Award and as Scottish Publisher of the Year by the Saltire Society. Our books have been recipients of the PEN translates award and two books have been celebrated as Winner of the English Pen award. In 2020 Alindarka’s Children, translated from Belarusian and Russian into Scots and English, was longlisted for the prestigious Republic of Consciousness prize.

We celebrate individuality, prioritise women’s writing and continually seek to include more diverse authors. In 2021, we produced our first ever themed publication list, International Women 2021, celebrating women from all over the world specialising in different kinds of writing.

We publish varied, challenging voices who have good stories to tell, and in doing so bring Scotland into an international conversation. We create books that not only read well but look beautiful, combining the visual design, binding, and cover with the literary merit of the contents; we have published several artists as well as authors. We seek to be brave and take risks by publishing new and unheard voices, we have an open submissions policy, because we believe it is worth it.

Luath Press Ltd

Luath Press takes its name from Robert Burns, whose little collie Luath (Gael., swift or nimble) tripped up Jean Armour at a wedding and gave him the chance to speak to the woman who was to be his wife and the abiding love of his life. Burns called one of ‘The Twa Dogs’ Luath after Cuchullin’s hunting dog in Ossian’s Fingal. Luath Press was established in 1981 in the heart of Burns country, and is now based a few steps up the road from Burns’ first lodgings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Luath Press is an independent publishing house which offers distinctive writing with a hint of unexpected pleasures. Luath Press is based in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is committed to publishing well written books worth reading. Prizewinning books include Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Orwell Prize 2018) and Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell (Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year 2017).

Established: 1981

Publications (yearly average): 40–50

Types of books published: Committed to publishing well written books worth reading. Subjects covered include: fiction; history; guide books; walking; poetry; art; humour; biography; natural history; politics & current issues and much more.

Submission details: Anything from a tentative phone call to a complete manuscript in English, Scots or Gaelic (including introduction, author profile, synopsis etc) welcome – we are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss/explore potential projects with any individual or organisation, preferably (but not exclusively) based in Scotland.

Leamington Books

Leamington Books publishes a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles under our ethos, Transformative Publishing.

Our authors are chosen for their undiscovered talents, unique perspectives and one-of-a-kind stories to tell. Leamington’s work is driven by a wish to bring these concepts into reality with passion, drive and support ― to make our authors’ dreams come true.

Our work can be summarised in our company values: fun, safety and creativity.

In 2021, we published 14 titles across multiple genres, including fiction, non-fiction, anthology and poetry.

At present, we manage six imprints: Leamington Books, Garrison, The Magic Road, Gothic World Literature Editions, Pierpoint and Poetry Imprint. We aim for our imprints to carry an interesting, multifaceted set of work ― for example, Garrison is the home of crime and psychological drama, whilst our Gothic World Literature Editions re-introduces and re-presents important but ‘lost’ or forgotten classics, such as The Crux and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; our best-seller The Black Vampyre by Uriah Derrick D’arcy; and Hell by Henri Barbusse.
Our 2021 titles included Charlie Roy’s emotional drama, The Broken Pane, and Colin Burnett’s Scots socio-political story collection, A Working Class State of Mind; alongside Ewan Gault’s gritty small-town thriller, The Sound of Sirens, and Karen Taylor’s exciting serial-killer chase, Fairest Creatures.

We have recently partnered with Scotland’s best-known radical political blog Bella Caledonia, to produce an anthology of writing from 2007 to 2021.

We have published popular non-fiction titles The Runes: A Grounding in Northern Magic by James Flowerdew; and Blockchain, Bitcoin and You by Temple Melville.

Leamington also publishes the work of John Herdman, Scotland’s key post-war novella and short novel writer, whose books have a gothic and sometimes supernatural edge, in the tradition of Scott and Hogg.

We value neurodivergent, disabled and chronically ill writers and editors, taking measures to ensure that every submission opening or writing opportunity strongly encourages these works and narratives.

In 2021 we became a Community Interest Company on the basis of carrying this goal into the future.

In 2022 we have published Carla the debut poetry collection from Carla Woodburn; and Polaris by Scotland’s premier Gaelic writer Marcas Mac an Tuairneir.

We are delighted to have become a country finalist for The Bookseller’s Small Press of the Year Award in 2022.

Our title The Sound of Sirens by Ewan Gault is currently longlisted for the 2022 McIlvanney Crime Award.

In 2022 we will launch an ambitious international publishing project, Novella Express, featuring largely new writers from across the world.

Submission details: Leamington Books is open to submissions across all genres. More information on their submissions process can be found here.

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