Parkgate Press LLC

A Print and Digital Publisher for the 21st Century

Happy birthday to Parkgate Press, 4 years young on March 7, 2015!

We are currently accepting submissions for fiction (literary, crime, historical, science fiction), non-fiction (biography, history, popular science), academic books (Ph.D. dissertations/monographs), and poetry.

In addition to hardback and paperback titles, Parkgate Press also publishes ebooks for the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Sony e-Reader.

For a list of our current titles and backlist, please contact us, or email for a catalogue of the Seven Sisters imprints.

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Now published: December 14, 2014 (available here)

The latest poetry title from Parkgate Press / Prometheus Poetry is published on December 14, 2014 -- When We Were Slugs -- poems by James Manlow, Poet Laureate of  the city of Bournemouth, England.

When We Were Slugs, Poems by James Manlow

James Manlow was appointed in 2013 as the first Poet Laureate for Bournemouth, England. His poetry has appeared in The Independent, Poetry Review, Staple, Orbis, The Rialto, The Interpreter's House, Smith's Knoll, Dream Catcher, The Shop (Ireland), and The Saint Ann's Review (US). 

In 2011, his poem "Entertaining the Dictator" was shortlisted for the Arvon International Poetry Prize. In 2003, he was selected as one of the Arvon/Jerwood Young Poets. In 2002, his poem "The Dressing" won third place in The Bridport Prize and "The Lazy Maid" won second place in the UK National Poetry Competition. 

He obtained a First Class degree from the University of Derby, and later an M.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia. James also writes prose fiction. His first novel "Attraction" (2004) was published in the UK and in the USA. "When We Were Slugs" (2014) is his debut poetry collection from Prometheus Poetry / Parkgate Press.


Testimonials for When We Were Slugs

“James Manlow responds brilliantly to W. B. Yeats's admonition: he has learned his trade, his craft! These poems are remarkably well-made and they are also highly imaginative, playful, deadly serious, sexy, and deeply, deeply human. A terrific debut!"

-- Thomas Lux

“The quietly understated writing in When We Were Slugs sidles in close to us and succeeds, through the poetry of things rather than overt ideas or emotions, in reaching unexpected depths of dislocation, dissociation and engagement. From the controlled decor of cosmonauts' apartments to a legacy rule-of-thumb for three-pin plugs, from gaming arcades to a 17c domestic genre painting, James Manlow selects eclectically to create a universe of feeling.”

 -- Anne-Marie Fyfe

‘These are tough but tender poems, attentive to the strange or easily missed moments of life. Whether engaged with recording the intimacies between people, or the workings of the natural world, James Manlow writes with grace and precision, his eyes wide open.’

-- Kathryn Simmonds

"With tenderness and affection, James Manlow's formally elegant poems explore trapped and halted lives, curtailed emotion. There is nostalgia and melancholy but this is carefully balanced with moments of wonder, revelation and joy."

-- Lorraine Mariner

Now published: May 14, 2013 (available here)

The latest fiction title from Parkgate Press / Dionysus Books is published on May 14, 2013 -- Dirtyville Rhapsodies -- stories by Josh Green set in Atlanta.

One of Men's Health Top 11 Summer Reads, alongside Stephen King and Dan Brown!

According to Men's Health magazine, Josh Green's book ranks with publications from bestselling Stephen King and Dan Brown as a Great Summer Beach Read. See this link on the Men's Health website. Here, Josh's writing is also compared to Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner) and short stories by Sam Lipsyte. The collection was also a Finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award.

Dirtyville Rhapsodies is now available on Amazon here.

Book Description

"Do you really know your neighbors, America? Look again. Look closer. This darkly comic short story collection focuses on ordinary people caught in all manner of conundrums, fiascoes, and legal dilemmas, much of it their own stinking fault. Set mostly in Atlanta (capital of the "Dirty South"), Dirtyville Rhapsodies features everyday folks who overcome vice and personal tragedy, scoundrels so foul they attract news headlines, and the wayward souls who find salvation in society's crevasses. Some of them will weave meaning from pratfalls, devastating loss, and downright stupidity. And some won't."

Dirtyville Rhapsodies is published on May 14, 2013, and is available for purchase now here.

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For the man himself, check out author Josh Green's new Official Website.

Coming soon!

The next title from Parkgate Press / Dionysus Books is published on June 28 -- Desert Storm Heart -- a 'war crime' thriller by Thomas Laird set in Chicago and Iraq.


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The Murderess and the Hangman The Bagel Murders Loveswept Lifelong Learning The Underground Detective What Took Me Out to the Ball Game Napoleon Vs. The Turk The Knight of New Orleans Your Book Here

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For hardbacks, please see Parkgate Originals.

For classic literature, please see Parkgate Classics.

Affiliated Organizations

Parkgate Press is a member of the following publishing organizations:

Publishers Licensing Society (UK)

The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society or ALCS (UK)

The Copyright Clearance Center (US)

Titles are released under the Public Lending Right (UK)

Business Licence Year 2011 (Virginia, USA)


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Our titles are submitted to both the US Library of Congress and the British Library.

Parkgate Press is a British and American Joint Publishing Enterprise.

Author Readings

Thomas Laird will be reading from The Underground Detective at Bradley University in the Wyckoff Room on September 26, 2012, from 7:30 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

See the poster!