Impress Books is an independent publishing company that aims to discover, nurture and publish fresh writing talent and introduce them to a global market.

We are dedicated to delivering high quality work with an open attitude, providing strong communication with our audience and encouraging authors to do the same.

As we are a small publisher, we must focus on certain areas. The genres with which we have the most experience and expertise are historical fiction and non-fiction, crime, and contemporary fiction. We also pride ourselves on our strong local connection, publishing a number of well-regarded regional works.  

Impress Prize for New Writers

 The Impress Prize is one of our flagship methods for discovering new writing talent. Every year, a shortlist is chosen by our editors and a winner is decided by a panel of editors, booksellers, literary agents, authors and industry veterans.

In addition to the winner, other shortlisted titles are often published if we believe they showcase the qualities we expect in our titles: fresh ideas, engaging plotlines, captivating characters and, most of all, good writing.


 Watchword is our e-book only imprint that is dedicated to debut novelists and experimental works, which launched in October 2015. 

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