University Book Publishers

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University book publishers are at the heart of the academic publishing world. At one time they were the pillars of the literary magazine world. Universities, before the internet and new technology were really the only organizations that could afford to produce a high-quality literary publications. There were always exceptions, but for the most part university presses were the only ones who could get free labor and affordable printing to produce small print run magazines.


These days just about anyone can create a literary magazine in print or online, and depending on their level of skill and professionalism can produce something that competes with the quality of university presses.


University presses also publish many works of fiction and poetry that would never be published by the the big 6. University book publishers strive to keep great and artistic writing alive, even if it is unpopular.


Many literary presses have small sprint runs for their poetry and fiction publications, but this doesn’t mean they do not have an impact on the writing of today. The people who buy books from those small print runs can be very influential writers. Generally being published with a university press is considered prestigious. It’s the biggest influence university presses have.


If you have a well-written book that is non-genre specific, you might be interested in shopping it around to a university to see if you can get it published. It’s true that these university presses will not bring riches, but they can bring a reputation for being a good writer.


Many university literary magazines are still among the very best magazines out there. University presses are interested in, many times, those works like short stories and poetry that other large publishing houses will not touch.


If you are looking for a publisher and you write non-specific genre fiction, or poetry, it might be a good thing to check out some of these publishers. Here is a list of over 100 university presses:


Academy Chicago Publishers

Amsterdam University Press

Auckland University Press

Bottom Dog Press

Catholic University of America Press

Central European University Press

Columbia University Press

Copenhagen Business School Press

Cornell University Press

Csiro Publishing

CSLI Publications

Duke University Press

Edinburgh University Press

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

Gallaudet University Press

Georgetown University Press

Harvard Business School Publishing

Harvard University Press

Indiana University Press

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Books

Johns Hopkins University Press

Kent State University Press

Liverpool University Press

Louisiana State University Press

Manchester University Press

Marquette University Press

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Melbourne University Publishing

Michigan State University Press

Minnesota Historical Society

MIT Press

New York University Press

Northern Illinois University Press

Oberlin College Press

Ohio State University Press

Ohio University Press & Swallow Press

Oxford University Press

Penn State University Press

Research Publishers

Rockefeller University Press

Rutgers University Press

San Diego State University Press

St. Augustine Press

Stanford University Press

Syracuse University Press

Temple University Press

Texas A&M University Press Consortium

Texas Tech University Press

Truman State University Press

U.S. Naval Institute Press

University of Akron Press

University of Alabama Press

University of Alaska Press

University of Alberta Press

University of Arizona Press

University of Birmingham

University of British Columbia Press

University of Calgary Press

University of California Press

University of California Press

University of Chicago Press

University of Delaware Press

University of Georgia Press

University of Hawaii Press

University of Illinois Press

University of Kentucky Press

University of Maine Press

University of Massachusetts Press

University of Michigan Press

University of Minnesota Press

University of Missouri Press

University of Nebraska Press

University of Nevada Press

University of New Mexico Press

University of North Carolina Press

University of North Texas Press

University of Notre Dame Press

University of Oklahoma Press

University of Pennsylvania Press

University of Pittsburgh Press

University of Rochester Press

University of South Carolina Press

University of Tennessee Press

University of Texas Press

University of Toronto Press

University of Virginia Press

University of Wales Press

University of Washington Press

University of Wisconsin Press

University Press of Arkansas

University Press of British Columbia

University Press of Colorado

University Press of Florida

University Press of Georgia

University Press of Kansas

University Press of Mississippi

University Press of new England

University Utah Press

Utah State University Press

Vanderbilt University Press

Wayne State University Press

West Virginia University Press

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Yale University Press

Richard Edwards has a BFA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Education from the University of Akron. Managing editor of Drunk Duck, poetry editor for Prairie Margins, reporter for Miscellany, Akron Journal, Lorain Journal...check our About Us page for more. Also here is info on our On Classic Articles

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