Feminist, GWS, and LGBTQ Publishers

Feminist Publishers:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Feminist Press of CUNY
  • Firebrand Books is a feminist and lesbian press.
  • 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.
  • Mayapple Press publishes Great Lakes regional poetry and poetry by women.
  • Onlywomen Press, founded in 1974 by lesbian feminist activists, offers novels, crime fiction, short story collections, cultural criticism, and poetry.
  • 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 offers fiction and non-fiction.
  • 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.
  • 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, U.K., offers mysteries and other works.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cleis Press publishes in the areas of sexuality, gay and lesbian studies, erotica, fiction, gender studies, and human rights.
  • Gertrude Press has been publishing the voices of LGBTQ artists and writers since 1999.
  • Girl Child Press – Ceased
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Intaglio Publications – “Lovers of Lesbian Fiction”
  • Less Than Three Press is a strong rising presence in the LGBTQ romance community.
  • New Victoria Publishers has lesbian feminist works.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Rivalry Press is focused on publishing LGBTIQ authors and artists but are inclusive of all authors, regardless of sexual orientation or identity.
  • Topside Press, founded in 2011, is a new independent press with the intent of publishing authentic transgender narratives.
  • Wilkinson House, founded in 2011,  is a publisher of gay literature.

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?
  • GirlChild Press – Ceased 2012?
  • Girl Press published “strong books for strong girls.” – Ceased?
  • Hysteria was an imprint of Sourcebooks covering women’s humor. – Ceased?
  • Naiad Press, founded in 1973, was purchased by Bella Books in 2003.
  • 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
  • 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”