The 2013 merger of Random House and Penguin industry mean that five publishers are responsible for 80% of all titles published in the USA.
Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that diverse voices can be heard in a crowded marketplace.
We believe books that nourish the individual spirit and enrich the broader culture must be supported by attentive editing, superior design, and creative promotion.
Graywolf titles, written by contemporary writers, explore today’s world in thought-provoking, challenging, and original ways. We publish 30 - 35 books a year, spread equally between fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We have 300 titles in print, and Graywolf’s legacy is that it expects these books to be read for many years to come.
In recent years, Graywolf books have won numerous national and international awards—including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award—as well as multiple stellar reviews in major media outlets. The awards and acclaim have been achieved by our fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, and craft lists. There is no other press of our size that can match the breadth of our success over different genres.
A world-class arts organization, Graywolf Press stands beside such institutions as the Walker, San Francisco Ballet, the Minnesota Opera, the Whitney, and the Arena Stage, as a place that represents the very best in its field.
Graywolf celebrates in fortieth anniversary in 2014, has a Charity Navigator 4-star rating, and has operated in the black continuously for twenty years. The organization is lean and efficient, with one of the best and most experienced staffs in the field.
Graywolf books are accessible, and diverse, with appeal to readers of different backgrounds and ages. Our titles are widely available inexpensively in stores (on-line and otherwise), and free in libraries. Literature is generative: Graywolf “content” feeds over 300 events a year across America, at stores, literary centers, libraries and conferences, as well as on the radio, on the web, and social media. Graywolf collaborates with organizations throughout the Twin Cities and nationally to connect its titles to readers.
Literature as an art form has an enormous capacity to engage a person’s emotions and intellect. Creative writing has a unique ability to give us language, images, stories, and insights into other people and places, as well as to ourselves. In addition, Graywolf is increasingly seen both nationally and internationally, as a refuge for writers. In fact, Graywolf was called out recently by the New York Times for having the “personality, mission and focus” that are essential to nurturing new works of imagination and originality.
Graywolf Press is run by a twelve-person staff publishing 30 - 35 books a year, of which about half are ‘repeat’ Graywolf writers. Graywolf was founded in 1974 in Port Townsend, WA, and moved to the Twin Cities in 1984. Graywolf has over 150,000 Twitter Followers and 10,000 Facebook friends. We are distributed by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.