Linen Press is a small, independent publisher run by women, for women. We are now the only indie women’s press in the UK.

Our policy is to encourage and promote women writers and to give voice to a wide range of perspectives and themes that are relevant to women. We display and rejoice in the differences in female creative voices.

We publish books that are diverse, challenging, and surprising. The collective background of our writers is a multi-coloured patchwork of cultures, countries, ages and writing styles.

Established 2005  •  Finalist 2015 Women In Publishing Pandora award  •  Shortlisted 2019 Most Innovative Publisher Saboteur Awards.


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We have made the final cut!

A heartfelt thank you to all the writers who sent in their wonderful stories. We had over a hundred entries, and looked for exceptional writing as well as themes and messages that are of particular importance to women. Judging prose is such a personal thing, so a rejection is not necessarily a criticism of your writing. Our panel picked twenty-four which appealed to them.

The title of the anthology is Skeins. We are now working on the batting order and looking for an image for the cover. We plan to publish the book in early autumn and will announce the date nearer the time.

Here is a list of the winning story writers:

Jennifer Armstrong, Ali Bacon, Cath Barton, Rachel Burns, Lesley Bungay, Francesca Carra, Heather Child, Susan Clegg, Mona Dash, Anita Goodfellow, Avril Joy, Alison Jean Lester, Maria C McCarthy, Margot McCuaig, Abigail Milner, Sally Morgan, Anna Sansom, Jess Richards, Reshma Ruia, Shelley Roche-Jacques, Catherine Smith, Emma Timpany, Kate Vine

Congratulations to our chosen writers.

We’re giving away books!





Summer Sale Bonanza – we’re giving away books!

Buy any paperback book from our website and choose one of the above titles FREE! You won’t even have to pay for the extra postage!

You’ll find the selection in your shopping basket. Enjoy!

Newest Releases

Born to Croft

Born to Croft

Ena MacDonald’s  popular, entertaining and sometimes forthright monthly columns written for Am Paipear are collected here in one book. Ena is renowned for her lifetimes dedication to traditional crofting methods and for her passionate advocacy of sustainable farming practices that protect and preserve the precious machairs and grasslands of her beloved Kyles on the Scottish island of North Uist. Born in 1940, Ena paints vivid pictures of growing up on a croft before machinery and 'going barefoot to collect the peats'. She records a way of life that has changed beyond recognition and is perhaps gone forever.
The Fine Art of Grieving
‘Grief is in the details so is the healing.’ Jane Edberg’s creative muse vanished when a switch flipped from child alive to child dead. How was she supposed to process her loss? This lyrical, original, beautifully written story is about how, after the tragic death of her adored nineteen-year-old son, she rediscovers the power of art to create an unconventional pathway through grief. read more →
This second anthology of women’s poetry by UK, US and international poets follows the resounding success of Tabula Rasa, Linen Press, 2023. Here are profound, surprising and moving poems that explore the theme of relationships between women and others who have touched them briefly, or forever. New voices join acclaimed writers. read more →