Welcome to the SPD form allowing publishers to apply to be distributed by Small Press Distribution. Please see our Acquisitions Page for more details about what SPD does and for the basic criteria required to become an SPD press. 

SPD's Mission:   Small Press Distribution (SPD) forges a pathway to the book marketplace for independently published literary voices often excluded from and underrepresented in the culture at large. Reaching underserved readers with writing from a broad coalition of authors contributes to the vibrancy of our communities, and helps literature to prosper as an evolving and vital artform. Through book distribution, events, and public advocacy, SPD provides small presses and their authors with the reliable and professional network they need. 

SPD receives many submissions for press acquisition. Given the limited space in our warehouse, and given our mission, we take on new publishers with great care. Note that we do not distribute individual titles or self-published books, and with rare exceptions SPD only acquires books with ISBNs that are perfect bound with printing on the spines. 

A few things we pay particular attention to are: 

  • blurbs on book covers
  • a robust marketing plan 
  • website
  • book design
  • a diverse author list
  • plans for future titles

Please be thoughtful in your responses and allow us up to 3 months to reply. 

We look forward to becoming familiar with your books! 


Before preparing your application, please be sure to read through SPD's Publisher Handbook

Please also be sure to answer every question thoroughly. Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected. 

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