Eyrie Press is a small independent publisher established in 2014*. We publish contemporary, historical and speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, dystopian fiction, fairy tales etc.) and non-fiction.
It is run largely by me, Jane Spencer, as Managing Director, and I am supported by my co-directors, David Johnson, John Spencer and Jon Lawrence. Find out more about us here.
We are a social enterprise and a Community Interest Company.
Our aims are:
- to publish books that feature groups underrepresented in fiction
- to support writers in the east of England
- to bring literary activities and opportunities to our local region, which has many areas of rural isolation
What do we mean by ‘underrepresented groups’?
We don’t offer a definition of ‘underrepresented’. If you feel that there’s a group which just doesn’t feature much and they appear in your novel, go ahead and tell us – we want to hear about it. But do be wary of tokenism and make sure the inclusivity is authentic.
What do we mean by ‘the east of England’?
We’re based in the fens in north Cambridgeshire. This part of the UK is very rural and geographical isolation can be a real challenge, so we work to bring more literary activities to our local area by running events ourselves or working in partnership with other local organisations. We’ve held workshops, run competitions and helped organise literary festivals.
We define our region as Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. We are particularly keen to receive submissions from writers this region, and our annual short story competition is only open to writers in those counties.
* We began as Bird’s Nest Books, but changed our name in 2018. We retain Bird’s Nest Books as an imprint for our children’s books.
What’s an eyrie?
Glad you asked! Find out here 🙂
A word about Community Interest Companies
Eyrie Press is a Community Interest Company. Whilst CICs can make money (indeed they have to, in order to be sustainable), their main focus is their community. Any profit made after running costs are met must be invested back into that community. CICs are accountable to the CIC Regulator.