Established in 2015, Sword & Kettle Press is a tiny independent publishing house. Our mission is to publish inclusive feminist fantasy & speculative fiction and provide an encouraging space for emerging writers. We look for the weird & witchy & wild & whimsical things in our world & in worlds beyond.
We do not charge submission fees, and we pay writers for their work. Our publications are low-cost, and free whenever possible. We keep our communication lines open, and we're always open to feedback.
We seek out meaningful representation for voices & characters that have not been historically included in mainstream fantasy & speculative fiction. We look for writers with diverse perspectives: writers of color, women writers, queer writers, disabled writers, writers with different ethnic and religious and class backgrounds, writers of different ages.
We do it live. We give ourselves the space to keep growing and changing as a press, and challenge ourselves to keep publishing new and different work.
We support emerging writers throughout the publication process.
Foundations & Inspirations
01. 12 Principles for Prototyping a feminist business
From Sister: "A framework for the practical application of the tenets of the feminine economy. A feminist business can model new ways of living, working, and being together. This is about transforming our relationship to money, to work, to the earth, to our bodies, and to each other. This is about making the world we want to live in."
02. MY BUSINESS IS A GARDEN, NOT A LINE
From Little Red Tarot: "I want to see my business not as a set of arbitrary steps towards a goal, but as a space where process and organic growth were centred, where success and failure could be defined differently."
03. Try This at Home
From Frank Turner: "Let's stop waiting around for someone to patronize us; let's hammer out a sound that speaks of where we've been."
Creative Director Kayla Allen is a Boston-based theatermaker, writer, publisher, and arts administrator. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Northeastern University, where she specialized in fantasy, young adult fiction, and pop culture. Her interests include: magical girls, ensemble-based theater, non-humans trying really hard to be human, mental health, punk rock, and space operas. She recently directed an immersive adaptation of Hamlet set at a house party and starring women as Hamlet and Horatio.