About Us

Makina Books (Ma KEY na) is an independent publisher based in London. Our publications, audio and audio-described project seeks to promote and celebrate independent and emerging voices—with a particular focus on poetry, nonfiction, fiction, photography and prose.

We currently make collectable books in the ongoing series’ New Words and Makina Archive. In 2019 we launched the Makina Books Podcast which focuses on narratives in publishing. In 2021, Strangers by Rebecca Tamás was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. To date we have worked on publications with Rebecca Tamás, AK Blakemore, Flo Brooks, Livia Franchini, Alanna McArdle, Angus Carlyle, Eloise Hendy, Patrick Doyle and David Moore – amongst others. Projects include collaborations with; Pages of Hackney, Brighton CCA, Strange Perfume, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery and Counter Plymouth Book Fair.

Makina is named after the Plaubel Makina, a medium format camera. The ‘Makina’ makes a 6×7 frame, the inspiration for our boxier format celebrated in our ongoing New Words series.

Our titles are collected and held in several collections, including; Whitney Museum of American Art Library (New York) National Library of Scotland, Stills Centre for Photography and the National Poetry Library (London).


Submissions for 2021 are closed and we cannot accept requests outside of the submissions window. Please  join the mailing list at the bottom of this page to be notified of the next opportunity.


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In 2021 we started producing e-books and worked with access and interpretation consultant, Caroline Dawson. Caroline’s first work for Makina Books is an audio description of the front and back cover of Strangers by Rebecca Tamás. The description is available as a free audio and text download and is also available on YouTube.

We regularly donate our eBook and print titles to libraries and prisons. Please email us to discuss a donation:

Distribution & Trade & Ordering

Trade orders:

INGRAM Publisher Services UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 202301

For all other enquiries, please contact


Cornerhouse Publications Ltd
2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 212 3466 / 3468

Web orders:

We are a small entity, but endeavour to dispatch orders via Royal Mail twice a week. Please remember to leave adequate time for overseas orders to arrive before getting in touch to let us know that an order hasn’t yet arrived. We use recycled all-board book mailers to ensure you receive your books safely.


This list of shops changes often, but I try to keep it up to date. If you would like to stock any of our titles, please contact or use the contact form below:

Five Leaves Bookshop
Harbour Books
HOME, Manchester
Mr B’s Emporium
Margate Bookshop
No Alibis
Rare Mags
Sam Read
Storytellers Inc
Topping, St Andrews
Topping, Bath
The Wivenhoe Bookshop
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
Village Books

Books Peckham
Brick Lane Bookshop
Burley Fisher
Camden Art Centre
Caught By The River
Chener Books
Daunt Books
Dulwich Books
Fox Lane Books
John Sandoe Books
London Centre for Book Arts
London Review Bookshop
Pages of Hackney
Review, Peckham
Riverside Bookshop
South London Gallery
Tate Modern

Burning House Books
Good Press
John Smith & Son Booksellers
Outwith Books


Golden Hare Books
Lighthouse Bookshop
Topping, Edinburgh
The Portobello Bookshop

Books Upstairs (Dublin)
The Library Project (Dublin)

After 8 Books (Paris)
Athenaeum Boekhandel (Amsterdam)
De Groene Waterman (Antwerp)
Laie Llibreria Cafè (Spain)
The Moon (Singapore)
Zabriskie (Berlin)
Skylight (Los Angeles)

Amazon Kindle Store
Apple Books
Barnes and Noble
Google Play


Please see above first to see if that answers your query. Otherwise, or if you simply want to get in touch, do so via the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!


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