Salt was founded in 1999 and our current administrative base lies in Cromer on the North Norfolk Coast — we don't have offices, so that we can focus all our money on effectively publishing more books.
Since the beginning of the new millennium we have published over 1,000 books in the UK and sold them internationally.
Initially focussing on international poetry in English and in translation, we now concentrate on contemporary fiction.
Our small dedicated editorial team are based throughout the UK and work with authors from around the world. We pay particular attention to finding new talent and publish many debut novels each year — but our list includes writers at all stages of their careers. The only stipulation is that the book must be a fantastic read: entertaining, impeccably written and unforgettable. We also work with a small team of translators on our groundbreaking series of Latin American poetry, part of our Earthworks series that supports the writing of indigenous peoples in the Americas. Our submissions page is here.
Our books have had considerable success with literary prizes, being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards, winning the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize twice and winning the International Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. Additionally, we have won the Polari First Book Prize twice.
Our poetry books have been frequently shortlisted in the Forward Prizes. Two of our authors have won the CLPE Children's Poetry Award. We won an American Book Award for our publishing of Native American literature in the USA. Three of our poets are Next Generation poets, selected by the Poetry Book Society.
We have had wide success winning many prizes in the Australian Premiers’ Awards, and have had shortlistings in the Wales Book of the Year, the Scottish Book of the Year and the Edge Hill Prize.
Additionally, our books are regularly selected as Books of the Year in the British media.
Many of our authors have appeared at national and international literary festivals, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hay Festival and Voewood, to name just a few.
We publish daring and exciting books — but don't take our word for it:
‘Salt is essential seasoning in the world of British books. A fine, independent list, published with great spirit.’ —Robert McCrum, Associate Editor, the Observer
‘Salt. A vital element in the UK poetry publishing landscape.’ —Simon Armitage
‘Salt is the best poetry publisher of its kind: adventurous, challenging, and original. For the last twelve years the list has gone from strength to strength, adding spice and substance to the poetry-publishing world. Here’s to the next twelve.’ —Sir Andrew Motion
‘We don’t have enough small independent and daring publishers like Salt.’ —Gryff Rhys Jones
Salt books are reviewed regularly in the national press — including the Guardian, The Herald, The Independent, the Irish Times, The Scotsman, The Times, the Daily Telegraph and the TLS, as well as in local newspapers, periodicals and journals.
We have a lively social media presence with book readers on Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, where we connect with over 180,000 readers and add 1,000 new followers each month.
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Through our sales team at Faber Factory Plus, we work extensively with British and international booksellers, both chains and independents, to take our books to the widest possible readerships. We are distributed by Grantham Book Services, part of The Random House Group. We hold regular bookshop launches and events throughout the UK.
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Cover design is of considerable importance to Salt and not only do we like our books to be well-edited and to look good on the inside, we like them to look fantastic on the outside. We have worked with a wide range of British cover designers including The Cover Factory, Sacha Davison Lunt, John Oakey, David Pearson and John Tyrell.
All of our efforts, and those of our partners and suppliers, ultimately come down to you, the reader. Thanks for your interest in us, we hope you love our books. Our aim is quite simple: we try to make a positive difference to your imaginative world. Happy reading.