Born on the banks of the Kansas River in historic Lawrence, Kansas, Anamcara Press publishes select works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and brings writers and artists together in collaborative books and projects. We are especially proud of our non-profit projects that serve community and children’s art education.
Anamcara Press currently accepts unagented submissions. Please include a cover letter with your submission with a description of your book, and explain why you think your book is a good fit for Anamcara Press. For more information, please review our submissions page.
Anamcara press publishes writers with powerful voices. A small, scrappy press, we select only a few authors to publish each year. We offer an annual award, The Amity Literary Prize. Amity means friendship, and the name of our press, “Anamcara,” comes from Irish tradition and means “soul friend.” When we read a book and it touches our soul such that those lines stay with us for the rest of our lives, the book’s author becomes our soul friend. We may never meet them in this life, but their words and their expressions have changed us permanently. It is in the spirit of this kinship between author and reader, which transcends time and distance, that we confer the Amity Literary Prize.
Anamcara Press produces a biannual literary journal, The Write Bridge. As weavers of words, authors understand how words weave the world. Words provide a vision and a way forward. In each edition of The Write Bridge readers are encouraged to “mind the gap” as writers explore topics that broaden our thinking. In a 1936 Esquire article entitled “The Crack Up,” author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation—the test of a first-rate intelligence
is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.” The Write Bridge pushes at the boundaries, presenting authors and readers with two concepts to explore, as in Perilous and Playful, the themes for the Summer 2023 Write Bridge Journal edition.
Check out The Write Bridge journal’s previous issues HERE
Anamcara Press offers an educational series for authors through our blog and YouTube channel. Check us out and give us your feedback!
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