“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 was founded in Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, in 1999 and has operated continuously from that year. Since the beginning of the new millennium, we have published nearly 1,000 books in the UK and sold them internationally.
From the start, Salt has published in a wide range of genres: from literary biography and memoir, to plays, theatre studies, literary studies, cultural and landscape studies, companions, monographs and writer’s guides, as well as our core publishing activity in literary fiction, short stories and poetry.
In addition to these lists, we have developed a poetry translations series, a children’s poetry list and our Earthworks series — focused on the poetry and fiction of indigenous peoples as well as the poetry of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world.
In 2011, Salt started commissioning crime fiction and, through our Proxima imprint, began publishing science fiction and fantasy books, further broadening the range of the publishing business.
Today, Salt is a privately-owned British company, with editors in the USA, Australia and the UK; a trade publishing business, proudly independent, committed to producing important, beautiful, readable, literary works.
Our commissioning editors are key to our ongoing success as a press: experts in their field — and often leading writers, translators and teachers themselves —they actively seek out talent that is capable of exciting and connecting with wide, informed and passionate readerships —Salt endeavours to directly connect with these communities of readers through all forms of social media, as well as at a wide range of international events — including many literary festivals.
Salt also has a commitment to develop debut writers of any age, each year publishing a wide range of first books in both fiction and poetry. To support this, we run three important literary prizes that enhance our work in discovering important talent, and have developed an exciting pamphlet publishing programme.
Salt now has its main registered business address in Cromer, England, where two of our directors work. The senior management team is based around the UK in Barnsley and Milton Keynes — meeting several times a year to develop strategy and to plan innovations in a fast-changing publishing world.
Periodically, Salt has been generously supported with grants from both the Australia Council and Arts Council England and has also won numerous grants for our translations publishing. This financial support has been crucially important in building and occasionally reshaping our developing business. Salt does not currently receive any funding and is entirely funded through sales.