About The Poetry Business
The Poetry Business is a poetry publisher and writer development agency.
We publish books, pamphlets, audio and eBooks under the smith|doorstop imprint; edit a literary magazine, The North; and run Writing Days, masterclasses, residential courses, and a Writing School for published poets. We also run the annual Book & Pamphlet Competition.
Our poets have won or been shortlisted for almost every major poetry prize, including the Forward Prize on 11 occasions and 10 Poetry Book Society awards, and smith|doorstop Books was awarded the 2012 Michael Marks Award. Andrew Motion described The Poetry Business as "one of the most vital and vitalising literary organisations in the country".
Our priorities are:
- The spreading of interest in contemporary poetry
- The encouragement of new writers
- The publishing of work of new and established writers
- The setting of high artistic standards
Founded in 1986 on an Enterprise Allowance, the Poetry Business was based for twenty years in a Victorian Arcade in Huddersfield, with poets Peter Sansom and Janet Fisher as co-directors. After Janet's retirement, the poet Ann Sansom took over as co-director and the business moved to its present offices in Bank Street Arts in the Cathedral Quarter of Sheffield.
The Poetry Business receives financial support from Arts Council England.
For more about our history read this interview with Peter Sansom at Sphinx Reviews