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About Valley Press

Valley Press is an independent publishing house based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK. We publish poetry, including collections, pamphlets and the occasional anthology; fiction, including novels and collections of short stories; and non-fiction, including memoirs and travel writing.

Valley Press is built on one very important belief: great literature, and great publishing, is for everyone and anyone. We don't want any reader to feel like an outsider, with their nose pressed against the glass of the 'literary world'; we promise to never be elitist, smug or exclusive. We promise to treat world-famous and first-time writers with the same respect and courtesy; and when we open submissions, we promise to keep the process wide open, so we can meet more people from both those categories (and everyone in between).

We believe a couple of other things too. For a start, we believe publications from a ‘small, northern, independent publisher’ (as we are typically referred to) should match those from the big London publishing houses in every sense – production values, editing, distribution and promotion. We're not saying that'll be easy, but we will always try our best.

We also believe that poetry can sell just as well as fiction and non-fiction (in fact, we can prove it), and as such deserves to be taken as seriously. That's why all our books are in one big list; whether they are works of intense, thought-provoking literary fiction, performance poetry played for maximum laughs, brick-sized travel epics or sixteen-page children's stories about baby seagulls – because a life spent reading needs all of those, at one time or another.

If you feel the same way about any of the above, you should probably get in touch – we'd love to hear from you.


Praise for Valley Press

"[The VP] team produces beautiful, love-to-hold, exquisitely presented volumes of poetry which can be treasured forever. One of the most innovative poetry (and literature) presses in Britain and in my humble opinion, do a better job presenting their poet's work than Faber." – LJ McDowall

"The most imaginative, down to earth, perceptive publishing house I have come across. The books are never pretentious ... [VP] manages to ferret out proper poets who reach out from the page to engage and entertain." – Ian Stuart

"This impressive Scarborough-based outfit continues to excel in producing handsome paperback editions." – Andrew Neilson, Magma

"The ever-enterprising Valley Press ... is one of Yorkshire's leading publishers." – Yorkshire Post

"[VP] has a good eye for emerging talent, and great care has clearly been taken over the design of the books." – Sabotage Reviews

"A beautiful business." – Lloyds TSB Enterprise Award judges

"Writing their way to success, Valley Press have a distinctive business model supporting and promoting authors new and old, with a growing international readership." – CBYC Business Award judges

"I've been genuinely bowled over at how fantastic the results have been at every step along the way. The final edit and all aspects of design are absolutely spot on." – Stephen Reynolds, author of The Layers


Awards for Valley Press

• Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards – Highly Commended, 2012
• East Midlands Book Award – Shortlisted (with The Boy in the Mirror), 2016
• Forward Prize – Highly Commended (with Reward for Winter), 2016
• Saboteur Awards – Winner, Best Anthology (with Remembering Oluwale), 2017
• Edge Hill Short Story Prize – Longlisted (with Raw Material and Mr Jolly), 2017
• CBYC Business Awards – Winner, Culture/Arts Business of 2017
• Saboteur Awards – Winner, Best Anthology (with High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories), 2019
• Poetry Book Society – Translation Choice (with My Little Brother), Spring 2020
• Poetry Book Society – Special Commendation (with Out of Time: Poetry from the Climate Emergency), Autumn 2021

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