The Best British Poetry

Salt concentrates its future poetry efforts on the best of British

After thirteen years and over 400 poetry collections, many by debut authors, Salt is to concentrate its ongoing poetry publishing on its Best British Poetry anthology series.

The move will mean that the business will no longer be commissioning new single-author collections, though the press is not ruling out a return to publishing some in the future. Salt will continue to support and market its extensive backlist, as well as develop other poetry anthology projects.

Before the changes take effect, Salt will publish a further dozen new poetry collections, including several debuts and this year’s Crashaw Prize winner, Lydia Macpherson.

“There’s never been a better time for poets to write,” says Chris Hamilton-Emery. “There are huge opportunities for poets to publish in new ways — and there are scores of new presses emerging, too. It’s an exciting time. It’s also the right time for Salt to take a break from our work on individual collections — we’ve done a great deal over the past thirteen years — we want to concentrate our efforts on anthology publishing, where we support poets in raising their profile and reaching new readers.”


“There’s never been a better time for poets to write,” says Chris Hamilton-Emery.