Feminist, GWS, and LGBTQ Publishers

Feminist Publishers:

  • Alice James Books places emphasis on the publication of women poets.
  • 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.
  • Ash Tree Publishing offers herbal medicine books for women’s health.
  • Aunt Lute Books is a not-for-profit, multicultural women’s press.
  • Blue Point Books publishes books on working women.
  • 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.
  • Hysteria is an imprint of Sourcebooks covering women’s humor.
  • 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.
  • Isis International, Manila, has books on women’s health and women in development.
  • Kali For Women (India) divided into two new publishing ventures in 2003: Women Unlimited and Zubaan. (Book dealers in India that have extensive women’s studies catalogs on the web include Bagchee Associates (select “women studies” from among the catalog categories), and Vedams Books International, both of 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.
  • Ladybug Press
  • Mayapple Press publishes Great Lakes regional poetry and poetry by women.
  • MotherBaby Press is the publishing division of Midwifery Today.
  • Narigrantha Prabartana is a bookstore and the “first and only feminist publishing house in Bangladesh.”
  • 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.
  • Post-Apollo Press is a small feminist press.
  • 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.
  • Tolu2Books Washington, DC, publishes Why and How Women are Exploited by Men Worldwide.
  • Volcano Press, Volcano, CA, covers domestic violence issues and also publishes books for children.
  • 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, Ink distributes books on women and development from over 70 publishers including UNIFEM. See description on the International Women’s Tribune Centre site.
  • 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.”
  • Women’s publishers list from Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press (includes several presses without websites.)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Naiad Press, founded in 1973, offers lesbian books and videos.
  • 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.
  • Storm Moon Press publishes GLBTQ and alternative lifestyle fiction in various genres including fantasy, horror, paranormal, sci fi, mystery, and others.
  • Topside Press, founded in 2011, is a new independent press with the intent of publishing authentic transgender narratives.
  • Torquere Press published LGBTQ romances.
  • Wilkinson House, founded in 2011,  is a publisher of gay literature.

Ceased:

  • 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?
  • 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
  • Two Lives Books  – Publisher of LGBTQ children’s books is on “hiatus”