3 companies, 3 ways to be published... 1 kind of excellence...
The Black Spring Eyewear Group is actually three limited companies, linked together to form one independently-funded publishing group based in London, UK. We are part of the Independent Publishers Group as well as the Publishers Association.
Our books have been recommended by such figures as Stephen Fry, Gina Miller, Salman Rushdie, Vicki Feaver, The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Vahni Capildeo.
We have a commitment to the wider world of prose, and poetry, in English and translation. We search for emerging talent and neglected out-of-work authors, as well as well-established figures. Our books have been well-reviewed in The TLS, The Sewanee Review, The Times, Poetry (Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Review and Poetry London; and have won major prizes for criticism (The Pegasus Award) and for poetry and been longlisted and shortlisted for others, including The Forward Prize and the Somerset Maugham award from the Society of Authors. Our poets have appeared in the annual Forward anthologies, and been PBS Choices and Recommendations.
Our books appear in major bookshops across the UK, Ireland and the USA, distributed by Booksource and SPD. Our authors include a Poet Laureate of Canada, a TS Eliot winner, a Pulitzer winner, and the world’s leading expert on John Ashbery. Our renowned pamphlet series has been shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Marks Award, given each year at The British Library. Our novels have been optioned for film, and adapted for radio and broadcast on the BBC.
In short, we are well-versed in what is good to read. Through our annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize we discover, support and develop exciting new poets, while also taking great pleasure in working with writers at all stages of their careers. Our Sexton and Beverly prizes also encourage writers, in various genres. Our range is wide, our remit international, and our aim true. Come and see what we have to offer…
Eyewear recently joined up with Black Spring Press (with its imprint Dexter Haven) to form a new Indie press group of remarkable cultural reach and quality in the heart of London, UK
Founded in 1985, The Black Spring list has published literary classics and major figure of the past 80 years. Including Orson Welles, Anais Nin, Momus, Carolyn Cassady, Charles Baudelaire, Nick Cave, and many more.
'...an estimable list of books.' – PN Review
'...a very considerable presence in contemporary poetry.' – John Greening