404 Ink is the award-winning alternative publisher of fiction,
non-fiction and poetry, founded in 2016 by publishing freelancers
Heather McDaid and Laura Jones with a view that publishing could be
a little louder and a little more fun.
404 rose to national prominence through their feminist essay
anthology Nasty Women in 2017 - praised as 'essential' by
Margaret Atwood, and having 'vital spirit' by Ali Smith - which was
the bestselling title of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
They went on to publish Chris McQueer's hilarious short story
collections Hings and HWFG, the former being
adapted for BBC.
From there they have published critically acclaimed short
stories by Helen McClory, stunning poetry from Nadine Aisha Jassat,
raw prose by Elle Nash, queer anthology We Were Always
Here, sensitive narrative non-fiction from Jemma Neville,
co-published New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds with Knights
Of, collated advice from successful Scots with Euan Lownie, and
explored the intersections of mental health and video games with
Joe Donnelly, focus of a BBC documentary.
They launched their new Inklings series - 'big ideas to carry in
your pocket' - in 2021, with topics ranging from fictional
apocalypses, transmasculine joy, exploring the world of sight loss,
to a celebration of Schitt's Creek.
Their authors and books have won awards including the Saltire
Society First Book of the Year, Outstanding Literature Award at the
Scottish Culture Awards, and have appeared in multiple
International Literature Showcases. They have also featured in
Huffington Post, Elle, Alternative Press, New York Magazine,
Oprah.com, Bustle, Kerrang!, The Guardian, and more locally,
nationally and internationally.
404 Ink seeks to publish stories in all forms, and support new
and emerging writers' careers. They seek the weird and wonderful,
the edgy and alternative, and have a focus on quality over
quantity, all while aiming for commercial recognition for their
"Without platforms like 404 Ink promoting
underrepresented and silenced voices, there would be little light
left in the future of the media." - Refinery29
Publications: 8 per year average
Types of books published: Contemporary
literature, political and social commentary anthologies and
non-fiction, memoir, LGBTQ+ books, short story collections, humour,
poetry and more.
Submission details: Submissions currently
closed but please see 404ink.com/submissions for the most up to date
information. (Please no postal submissions at any time.) Sign up to
the submissions mailing list.
People: Laura Jones & Heather McDaid
(Co-founders and directors)
BookSource, 50 Cambuslang Rd, Glasgow G32 8NB
0141 642 9192
Compass Independent Publishing Services Ltd, Great West House,
Great West Road, Brentford TW8 9DF
020 8326 5696