Shearsman shortlisted for awards
Shearsman's chapbooks from 2012 and 2013 have been instrumental in getting the press a shortlisting (as one of five final contenders) for the Michael Marks Award for poetry pamphlets. The winner will be announced in November 2013.
Also, our edition of The Disappearance of Snow by Manuel Rivas, translated from Galician by Lorna Shaughnessy, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cornelis M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation, awarded by the Poetry Society of Great Britain and The Ratiu Foundation. The winner will be announced in late November 2013.
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Welcome to Shearsman
Shearsman Books is a very active publisher of new poetry, mostly from Britain and the USA, but also with a very active translation list. Founded in 1981 as a magazine, with some occasional chapbooks, the press has grown rapidly in recent years, and is now one of the most active poetry publishers in the U.K. 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the magazine's first issue, but it will keep going for some years yet, along with the press.
Shearsman published approximately 60 new titles every year from 2008 to 2010, with a further 48 appearing during a somewhat disrupted 2011. In each of 2012 and 2013 more than 60 further titles appeared, but we will be reducing output somewhat in 2014, probably down to 40-45 volumes, which we consider to be a more sustainable annual output for the future. We have five main lists: UK poetry, US poetry, Poetry in Translation, Literary Criticism and Shearsman Classics; in addition, there is a small list of non-fiction titles related to poetry, which is active intermittently. To find out more about each of these lines, please click on Books Home Page at the top of this page, which will take you to a whole range of possible further options. For access to detailed catalogues and stocklists in PDF form, covering all titles through to mid-2013, click Download Catalogues in the menu at the top of this page; if you only need the current catalogue, you can download it by clicking on the image to your left. An online catalogue of all titles is available from the Books Home Page: click Books at the top of this page and then Complete Catalogue.
There are PDF sampler files of almost all of the books published by Shearsman available on this site; these may be accessed by going to the Books home page, where you should then click on the publication year, or the online catalogue pages in the menu, and then select the title you wish to sample. The only books not to have samplers are those that are out of print, those with copyright restrictions, or those which have not yet been cleared for publication. We aim to keep pace with new publications, making samplers available as soon as approved texts are available. There are also PDF downloads, from this page, of all issues of the magazine from number 50 through to number 89/90; most of these offer some 50% of the print issue. Selections from later issues will be added to the download list in due course.
Our complete 2013 catalogue can now be downloaded from this site. Click on the cover below to acquire it, or click Download Catalogues from the link at the head of this page, to see further download options, such as older catalogues and a checklist of all books in print.