Republic of Consciousness


“I guess there are some writers who write stories and some writers who write writing”
— Raymond Chandler

The Republic of Consciousness supports, promotes and celebrates small presses in the UK and Ireland. We have awarded over £20,000 through our prize in the first two years to publishers and authors. For submission details to this years prize, take a look here. We also run a monthly podcast dedicated to the small press, which can be followed here.



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Please, if you have the means, consider joining our Patreon. Regular income for us means we can guarantee the prize every year, and the podcast every month. There’s books to be gained, as well as that saintly feeling the comes from helping us help small presses.

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LOVE TAKES RISKs: The poetics of small-press fiction: Saturday 2 March, 2019

Join us and our sponsors at the University of East Anglia & the UEA Publishing Project for a symposium on all aspects of the small press world.

After the symposium there will be a conversation between the winner of the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize, Eley Williams and David Hayden, who was shortlisted. We will then announce the 2019 shortlist.

If you’d like to present a paper, deadline for abstracts is 7 December.

For more information, see the dedicated Love Takes Risks website.