Northern Fiction Alliance

The Northern Fiction Alliance is a publishing collective led by Comma Press, alongside core members Leeds’s Peepal Tree Press, Liverpool’s Dead Ink, and Sheffield’s And Other Stories. Bringing together the best new titles on offer, the project is devised to showcase the diversity, creativity and spirit of risk-taking that sets Northern publishers apart.

Since forming in summer 2016, the Northern Fiction Alliance has expanded to include Bluemoose Books, Tilted Axis Press, Mayfly Press, Route, Wrecking Ball, Valley Press and Saraband, and provided networking and training opportunities for other publishers based in the region. With support from Arts Council England, NFA members have travelled to a number of international book fairs (Frankfurt, London, Book Expo America) in order to showcase the work of their authors on a global platform, and establish the North of England as a hive of creativity in the UK publishing sector.

The purpose of forming the Northern Fiction Alliance was to work towards the following goals:

• Exposure to new markets abroad and establishing relationships with international publishers as a result of this.

• Increased revenue for writers and publishers through international rights sales.

• Increased author visibility across the international stage, through events and media coverage.

• Raising authors’ standing at home (by making their work globally recognised).

• To form a working collective structure that provides mentoring and support through the sharing of contacts, skills and resources.

• Positioning Northern writing and publishing as a culturally distinct product on a global stage.

• To increase the resilience of the emerging, domestic fiction market in England.

As a member of the Northern Fiction Alliance, a collective of indie publishers based in the North of England, we believe in the spirit of collaboration and sharing resources. If you are an independent publisher in the North, and want to be included within the Alliance, we'll be happy to promote your books on the upcoming Alliance website. Simply email commaproductions@yahoo.co.uk to find out more.

You can check out our 16-17 shared rights catalogue here, and our 17-18 catalogue here.

You can see our shared Twitter list here.


The Northern Fiction Alliance Website

This website serves as both the digital portfolio of the Northern Fiction Alliance - featuring rights information, blurbs, and contact details for international rights managers - but also a central hub for the Alliance. Readers can browse the books of the indies involved, learn more about both the publishers and the Alliance generally, and also gain exclusive access to specially recorded video content featuring lead authors from the 4 core houses. 

The Northern Fiction Alliance in the Press

Read about the launch of the Northern Fiction Alliance in The Bookseller

Read about the implications of Brexit on publishing as the Northern Fiction Alliance travel to FBF in The Bookseller

Bluemoose, Tiled Axis and Mayfly join the Alliance, reported in The Bookseller