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 Michael Marks Publishers Award in both 2012 and 2017. Andrew Motion described The Poetry Business as "one of the most vital and vitalising literary organisations in the country".

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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 Bank Street Arts in the Cathedral Quarter of Sheffield. In 2017 the business moved to a new office on Campo Lane in 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 

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