Texas Publishers, Journals, Bookstores & More

Whether you’re a Texas writer looking for publication, or a book lover who wants to support Texas-owned and operated businesses, we've compiled in one spot a list of some of our great state's great independents -- publishers, literary journals & magazines, bookstores, and more. Take a look and click on the links to learn about these locally-owned and operated businesses. Here's to supporting Texas independents!


Texas Publishers

ARTE PUBLICO PRESS (Houston) - The nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovery literature by U.S. Hispanic authors.

CBAY PRESS (Dallas) - Children’s Brains are Yummy Books publishes only high quality fantasy and science fiction children’s literature—the kinds of books that children hide under the covers staying up late to read.

CINCO PUNTOS PRESS (El Paso) - Publishing multicultural literature for adults, young adults and children.

CINESTATE (Dallas) - Cinestate is an entertainment company that produces bold content through books, film and audio.

MOTINA PRESS (Allen) - Motina Books publishes books by and for mothers, and there's a special place in our hearts for single mothers. We are accepting submissions, so feel free to contact us via our website.

A STRANGE OBJECT (Austin) - Dedicated to publishing surprising, heartbreaking fiction alongside thoughtful ephemera. Interested in fiction that haunts and inspires — big work that engulfs, takes risks, bucks form, or builds warm dwellings in dark places.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS PRESS (Denton) - Dedicated to producing the highest quality scholarly, academic, and general interest books.

(Austin) - A publisher of international scope, issuing works in a wide range of fields.

TRINITY UNIVERSITY PRESS (San Antonio) - Dedicated to publishing original, compelling, and imaginative work that furthers Trinity University’s commitment to educate for “the personal, lifelong quest for understanding of oneself and one’s place in the world.”

WINGS PRESS (San Antonio) - Produces multicultural books, chapbooks, CDs, DVDs and broadsides that are aimed at enlightening the human spirit and enlivening the mind.

Texas Literary Journals & Magazines

1966: A JOURNAL OF CREATIVE NONFICTION (San Antonio) - An online journal that celebrates research-driven creative nonfiction -- prose that make facts into art and information into story.

CARVE MAGAZINE (Dallas) - Carve seeks to publish outstanding literature, helping both new, emerging, and established authors reach a wider literary audience.

CONCHO RIVER REVIEW (San Angelo) - A biannual literary journal published by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University. Since its inception, CRR has prided itself on publishing some of the finest short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors.

COVERED WITH FUR (Austin) - An online journal featuring original fiction and nonfiction—extraordinary writing about ordinary things and candid impressions of the extraordinary.

FIELDS MAGAZINE (Austin) - A print publication designed to spotlight writers, musicians, poets, painters, illustrators, and creative types of all stripes, with an emphasis on the up and coming and the unsung.

GLASS MOUNTAIN (Houston) - A print journal publishing emerging writers.

LONE STAR LITERARY LIFE (Statewide) - A statewide newsletter created to support the world of books in Texas, its librarians, booksellers, writers and readers, and to boost literacy statewide.

WEST TEXAS LITERARY REVIEW (Lubbock) - Our goal is simple: to provide a forum for artists who have something to say. We are looking for poems, flash fiction, essays, and photographs that are thoughtful, deliberate, and authentic.


Texas Independent Bookstores

BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP (Houston) - A neighborhood bookshop with outreach throughout the Houston area.
WLT members receive a 10% discount.

THE BOOKERY (El Paso) - A quirky little bookstore with big personality.

BOOKPEOPLE (Austin) - Large, locally owned bookstore with regular readings plus coffee bar & quirky gift items. WLT members receive a 10% discount. Note: The Writers' League hosts its Third Thursday gathering at BookPeople every 3rd Thursday of the month (excepting December).

BOOKWOMAN (Austin) - Austin's premiere feminist bookstore.

BRAZOS BOOKSTORE (Houston) - Veteran bookshop stocking fiction, poetry, history, crime, children's, education & indie titles. WLT members receive a 10% discount.

DEEP VELLUM BOOKSTORE (Dallas) - Featuring independent publishers worldwide alongside locally-cultivated arts, music, and culture.

FRONT STREET BOOKS (Alpine) - Serving the Big Bend area of West Texas since 1994. WLT members receive a 10% discount.

THE LAST WORD (Fort Worth) - A neighborhood bookshop serving the Fort Worth area.

MALVERN BOOKS (Austin) - Specializing in visionary literature and poetry from independent publishers, with a focus on lesser-known and emerging voices.

MURDER BY THE BOOK (Houston) - One of the nation's oldest and largest mystery specialty bookstores. WLT members receive a 10% discount.

RECYCLED READS (Austin) - Library run, non-profit bookstore selling used books and hosting poetry and crafting events.

RIVER OAKS BOOKSTORE (Houston) - A neighborhood bookshop.

THE TWIG BOOK SHOP (San Antonio) - Veteran indie store in an old brewery, offering books for kids & adults, plus readings & events.

THE WILD DETECTIVES (Dallas) - A bookstore bar venue in Oak Cliff.


About the Writers' League's "Celebrating Texas Independents" program:

In March of every year, the Writers’ League of Texas partners with an assortment of the state’s literary independents -- in conjunction with Texas Independence Day -- to host a series of free and open events throughout the month in communities across the state. These panel discussions focus on the great opportunities for writers and readers that Texas has to offer, from independent presses, to journals, to bookstores, and beyond, while also answering writers' burning questions about the publishing process, submitting to presses and journals, catching the eye of an editor, and more.  To learn more about this program, click here.

Are you a Texas independent interested in being featured on this page? Send us an email at wlt@writersleague.org - we'd love to hear from you!