IRON Press

Editor Peter Mortimer. at the gate of the IRON House

As publishers become more corporate, global and boring, IRON Press champions new quality writing as it has done since 1973. IRON runs events and launches; it also thinks literature is both serious and fun.

You can purchase our wonderful range of books direct from here, via the Inpress website, or through Amazon.

A Half Century of Publishing

Stormy Sea at Cullercoats by John Falconar Slater

Stormy Sea at Cullercoats by John Falconar Slater, North Tyneside Council Art Collection

2023 marks a continuous half-century of publishing from IRON Press. When we began in 1973, a gallon of petrol (4.5 litres) cost 39p. Over these fifty years we will have brought out 83 editions of IRON Magazine, around 200 separate books, run four IRON Press festivals, various residential writing courses at Arvon and maintained a regular critical dialogue with the many authors we have been involved with. Our first festival in 2013 was voted Best Event Tyneside in The Journal Culture Awards.

Unfortunately Arts Council England chose to turn down our application for funding towards a celebratory 50th Anniversary Festival plus the planned group of new books. This leaves our future slightly uncertain but we are looking at ways of rescuing both the festival and our new books.

Rain Hare - Eight Short Stories by Anna Barker

Latest Book

Our newest book, Rain Hare, stories by the Durham author Anna Barker, was launched at the Lit & Phil Society in Newcastle on Wednesday 29th June at 7.00 pm.

Barker's first novel, Floating Island (Random House), won the Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award. Before I knew Him (also Random House) was shortlisted for a Good Housekeeping Good Read Award. She has also written for The Guardian, The Western Mail and The Journal.

Rooted in the northern landscape, these tales are disconcerting and moving in equal measure. All are masterfully crafted.

"Utterly gripping"

Benjamin Myers

David Whetstone interviews Anna about Rain Hare for Cultured North East.

Full details of Rain Hare here.



All publishers, large or small, are submerged with submissions. As the creative writing courses mushroom, simultaneously outlets for aspirant writers have shrunk. This unfortunate state of affairs and its inevitable logjam has caused many publishers to adopt a 'fortress' mentality, making it virtually impossible to talk to them or submit anything to them without undergoing a lengthy vetting procedure. In some cases they just don't want anyone sending in at all.

However, our lists are full for the next two years or more, which takes us past out 50th anniversary. So at present we are not able alas to consider any new submissions.

If you want to submit to us, please ring first (0191 2531901) and speak to the editor (yes, a real person, not an automated voice!) who will let you know if it's worth proceeding further.

Photo of the IRON gate © 2015 Dylan Mortimer; IRON gate made by John Charlton, from the original logo design by Geoff Laws.

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