Women’s, Feminist, and LGBTQ Publishers

Women’s and Feminist Publishers (see also LGBTQ publishers below):

  • Alice James Books places emphasis on the publication of women poets.
  • Ash Tree Publishing offers herbal medicine books for women’s health.
  • Aunt Lute Books is a not-for-profit, multicultural women’s press.
  • Bedazzled Ink is dedicated to literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books that celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women and books about women that appeal to all readers.
  • Caitlin Press was established in 1977 by Carolyn Zonailo as a feminist literary press. In the 1980s, Caitlin Press expanded its mandate to that of a BC literary press.
  • Calyx in Oregon publishes literature and essays.
  • Chicory Blue Press is a small, feminist, literary press, now focusing on the strong voices of women over seventy.
  • Conari Press an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, publishes books on women’s issues as well as spirituality, personal growth, parenting, and social issues.
  • Demeter Press is the first book publisher focused specifically on the topic of mothering/ motherhood. An independent feminist press, they are committed to publishing peer-reviewed scholarly work, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by and about mothers, mothering and family issues.
  • Dirt Road Books publishes some of the best women’s and LGBTQ literature across all genres.
  • Feminist Press of CUNY
  • Green Dragon Press publishes women’s history and equity issues materials.
  • Honno publishes women writers in Wales.
  • Inanna Publications and Education Inc. is one of only a very few independent feminist presses in Canada committed to publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by and about women, and complementing this with relevant non-fiction, that bring new, innovative and diverse perspectives with the potential to change and enhance women’s lives everywhere.
  • Kali For Women (India) divided into two publishing ventures in 2003: Women Unlimited and Zubaan. (Vedams Books International, a book dealer in India, has an extensive women’s studies catalog on the web which list books published in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.)
  • Kelsey Street Press, Berkeley, CA, is a literary publisher whose books often include drawings and photographs.
  • Kore Press publishes and promotes works by a diversity of women, including those traditionally underrepresented in the cultural mainstream.
  • Linen Press is a small, independent publisher run by women, for women. They are now the only indie women’s press in the UK.
  • Mayapple Press publishes Great Lakes regional poetry and poetry by women.
  • Paris Press is a literary publisher.
  • Red Letter Press is a “volunteer-run, not-for-profit feminist and socialist book publisher.”
  • Redstockings is the place to turn to for original pamphlets, broadsides, journals, and audiotapes from and about the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-1972.
  • Seal Press is devoted to publishing titles that inform, reveal, engage, delight, and support women of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Second Story Press of Toronto, Canada, publishes fiction and non-fiction for adults and children.
  • Sisters in Crime (SinC) “is an international organization of writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, editors, reviewers and teachers interested in promoting the work of women mystery writers.” Site includes a bibliography, arranged by author and books-in-print catalogs, which currently works for children and young adult and works in German.
  • Spinifex Press publishes fiction and non-fiction by Australians and others.
  • Spinsters Ink focuses on fiction and nonfiction that “speak to the issues central to women’s lives.”
  • Stree Books, Kolkata, India, “publishes on the fundamental issues facing women in India today work and the workplace; class relations and political subjection; marriage and the family; and the impact of religion, culture and ideology on society.” Many publications are translated from Indian languages into English.
  • Sumach Press – See Three O’Clock Press
  • Switchback Books is a feminist poetry press in Chicago.
  • Three O’Clock Press was established in 2010 to conserve the traditions of Women’s Press Literary and Sumach Press, and to add a unique voice to Canadian publishing. Three O’Clock Press’s mandate is to continue the feminist approach of their imprints.
  • Uncut/Voices Press is publishing books against the practices of female genital mutilation.
  • Virago is the international publisher of books by women for all readers, everywhere.
  • Wish Publishing‘s interests are women’s sports, health, and fitness.
  • Women Unlimited is a non-profit associate of Kali for Women (India) that publishes scholarly and academic books in the social sciences; fiction; general interest non-fiction; books for young adults; pamphlets and monographs; and activist material.
  • Women’s Press, Canada, publishes Canadian feminist writers. Canadian Scholars’ Press has managed the company since 2000.
  • Women’s Press Literary – See Three O’Clock Press
  • Zubaan is an imprint of Kali for Women; it is an independent non-profit publishing house in India that publishes “Gender and Reproductive Health/Sexuality, Gender and Conflict,  Gender and Architecture,  Gender and Law, Gender and History/National Movement,  Gender and Economics,  The North East of India (including essays and fiction), Fiction in translation, mostly novels, Readers on the Women’s Movement/Feminism, Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs.”

LGBTQ Publishers (see also list above):

  • Affinity Rainbow publishes works of lesbian literature as ebooks and print on demand. Affinity is wholly owned by authors and the content of works will reflect their collective writing vision.
  • Arktoi Books offers literary fiction, poetry and non-fiction by lesbian writers.
  • Bella Books is a small publisher of vibrant and irresistible fiction for and about lesbians.
  • BENT publishes queer fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with queer themes from queer-identified authors.
  • Blind Eye Books is an independent press dedicated to publishing science-fiction and fantasy stories with gay and lesbian protagonists.
  • Blue Point Books publishes books on working women. – Ceased?
  • Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction. BSB genre fiction includes all romance sub-genres as well as action, adventure, crime, mystery/intrigue, and speculative fic (sci-fi/fantasy/horror).
  • Bywater Books publishes lesbian/feminist literary fiction.
  • Circlet Press publishes “Erotica for Geeks,” including LGBTQ, BDSM, and furry.
  • Cleis Press publishes in the areas of sexuality, gay and lesbian studies, erotica, fiction, gender studies, and human rights.
  • Dagger Editions, an imprint of Caitlin Press, is dedicated to publishing literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry by and about queer women (those who identify as queer women, including trans women or trans men, or anyone who includes this in their personal history).
  • Desert Palm Press specializes in quality stories that speak to the lives of the lesbian community.
  • Dreamspinner Press is an international publisher of quality gay romantic fiction since 2007.
  • Gertrude Press has been publishing the voices of LGBTQ artists and writers since 1999.
  • Go Deeper Press is a publisher of erotica, including LGBTQ and BDSM.
  • Harmony Ink Press is an imprint publishing Teen and New Adult fiction featuring significant personal growth of unforgettable characters across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
  • Harrington Park Press is a specialized academic/scholarly book publisher devoted to emerging topics in LGBTQ diversity, equality, and inclusivity.
  • Headmistress Press was founded in 2013 by Mary Meriam and Risa Denenberg. The singular mission of the press is to promote and market lesbian-identified poetry by publishing books of poetry by LBT poets.
  • Homofactus calls itself a digital, global micropublishing company committed to publishing books by, for and about trans masculine folks, FTMs, and transmen with a special emphasis on communities of color and disability communities.
  • Indolent Books is a small poetry press founded in 2015 and operating in Brooklyn, N.Y. that publishes books that are innovative, provocative, risky, and relevant. Indolent is queer flavored but inclusive.
  • Intaglio Publications – “Lovers of Lesbian Fiction”
  • Interlude Press is an award-winning boutique publisher of LGBTQ general and romantic fiction.
  • Less Than Three Press is a strong rising presence in the LGBTQ romance community.
  • Lethe Press is an independent publishing house specializing in the strange, the eerie, and the uncanny. Many of their books do have queer interest but they’ve grown into speculative fiction for all readers.
  • Manic D Press was founded by Jennifer Joseph in 1984. An award-winning literary press based in San Francisco,  publishing fiction, poetry, pop culture, music, art, narrative-oriented comix, children’s, and alternative travel books, they represent a diverse group of unique writers and artists, with emphasis on those who have been shunned by the traditional publishing establishment for lacking commercial viability, regardless of their talent or future promise.
  • ManLoveRomance (MLR) Press offers the highest quality gay fiction and erotic romance.
  • New Victoria Publishers has lesbian feminist works.
  • NineStar Press is a boutique publisher of quality LGBTQA romance, erotica, and literary fiction, located in New Mexico, USA.
  • Pride Publishing is a GBLTQI fiction publishing house from Totally Entwined Group.
  • RedBone Press publishes work celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream.
  • Regal Crest publishes LGBTQI novels with plots of action, adventure, drama, fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance and science fiction.
  • Riptide Publishing seeks to fill a critical niche in the LGBTQ market: top-quality books, pristinely packaged, that satisfy readers’ desires for rich, plotty, well-edited stories they’ll want to read again and again.
  • Riverdale/Magnus Books is the award-winning Riverdale imprint of LGBT titles.
  • Sapphire Books Publishing, the gem in lesbian publishing, was founded by Christine Svendsen in 2010. They produce and publish fiction, non-fiction and biographical lesbian literary works of art.
  • Sibling Rivalry Press is focused on publishing LGBTIQ authors and artists but are inclusive of all authors, regardless of sexual orientation or identity.
  • Established in 1989, STARbooks Press has become the nation’s largest publisher of books targeted exclusively toward gay and bisexual men.
  • Supposed Crimes, LLC publishes queer fiction. They started with lesbian books and have expanded to encompass LGBTQ stories and ideas focused on genre fiction–Westerns, Science Fiction, Horror, Action–rather than just romance.
  • Topside Press, founded in 2011, is a new independent press with the intent of publishing authentic transgender narratives.
  • Transgress Press is an independent publisher of trans and queer writing.
  • Wicked Publishing specializes in works of lesbian literature/LGBT and mainstream fiction ebooks.
  • Wilkinson House, founded in 2011, is a publisher of gay literature.
  • Ylva Publishing is the home of quality books about women loving women.

Ceased:

  • Artemis Press is an “internet-based, non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles of interest to the worldwide women’s community.
  • DLSIJ Press – Ceased?
  • Edgework Books offered works by Kim Chernin and others – Ceased?
  • Firebrand Books is a feminist and lesbian press. – Ceased? See http://www.firebrandpress.org/
  • GirlChild Press – Ceased 2012? Girl Press published “strong books for strong girls.”
  • Green Candy Press – Ceased
  • Hysteria was an imprint of Sourcebooks covering women’s humor. – Ceased?
  • Icon Empire Press was an epublisher of gay romance books. – Ceased
  • Kings Crossing Publishing – Ceased
  • Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press – Ceased – 1976-2001
  • Naiad Press, founded in 1973, was purchased by Bella Books in 2003.
  • Onlywomen Press, founded in 1974 by lesbian feminist activists, offered novels, crime fiction, short story collections, cultural criticism, and poetry.
  • Press Gang Press from British Columbia, Canada, covered topics from women’s history to sexual abuse and psychiatry. A history of the Press is available through the Celebrating Women’s Achievements section of the website of the National Library of Canada. – Ceased
  • Purple Books Publishing – Ceased – Now Purple Distinctions Self-Publishing and Writing Seminars
  • Storm Moon Press published GLBTQ and alternative lifestyle fiction in various genres including fantasy, horror, paranormal, sci fi, mystery, and others. – Ceased 2014
  • Torquere Press published LGBTQ romances. – Ceased 2016
  • Two Lives Books  – Publisher of LGBTQ children’s books is on “hiatus”
  • Women’s Press, U.K., offered mysteries and other works.