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Arachne Press is a small, independent publisher of award-winning short fiction, award winning poetry and (very) select non-fiction, for adults and children. Our first ever YA title was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and our most recent, Zed and the Cormorants by Clare Owen won the 2022 Holyer An Gof YA award, and the Ann Trevenen Jenkin cup for authorship of a book for Children or Young Adults!


We were one of the regional finalists for The Bookseller’s Small Press of the Year 2022!



View our Online catalogue 2023

Quote of the Month:

“The poem titles are like notes hastily scribbled on the top of a page, while listening to a story in the lamplight. It gives the poems an immediate, intimate quality.” Louise Warren reviews The Arctic Diaries for London Grip

Out now:

      UnMothered             Paper Crusade Audio   Routes Audio           In The Blood Audio

Recent releases:

The Arctic Diaries                        More Patina than Gleam             Saved to Cloud

             Routes                              How to be a Tarot Card                 In the Blood

We are very grateful for the support we receive from Arts Council England, who have funded us on several ocassions, and helped us limp through the shock of the first lockdown so that we were in a position to apply for funding for daring new projects in 2021! And currently supporting our Tenth Anniversary events and publications.

We have also recently had support from

Diolch a galon!


Arachne Press is committed to showcasing talented writing, and treating writers as they would wish to be treated, which includes our approach to inclusive publishing (and events), with BSL interpretation and translation; working with Welsh language poets, moving into Audiobooks, and actively seeking out as wide a range of authors and poets as possible.
Help us fund our BSL translation project, providing ALL the material in our Deaf anthology, What Meets the Eye, as BSL videos.

Why spiders… How we got our name


We run the annual Solstice Shorts Festival of short fiction, poetry and music, always on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, always with a theme of time, and in as many communities as are willing to play.  Our high point – so far – was Dusk, which sent a wave of words into the ether across the UK, from Aberdeenshire to Redruth, stopping at 12 sites in total. This is where our interest in working with geographically isolated writers began.

For Solstice Shorts 2022, we took a break, and made a Best of eBook, Hiatus






We insist on paying our authors for their work, including, when we have funding, a licence for performance. We are also obsessed with making sure that our books look gorgeous, and our designers and artists get proper credit. We print in the UK, on wood-free paper, and try to limit the impact of our books on the environment

We  keep fiction (poetry, non-fiction) live, through readings, festivals, workshops and all things to do with writing. (Although this has been strictly online recently, we are gradually get back out in the field).  We have even hosted art exhibitions that relate to our books, and we often have live music at our events too.

Arachne Press is represented by Inpress Books and distributed by BookSource