Welcome To Spider Road Press!

If you're looking for a small press specializing in writing by and/or about strong, female-identifying folks, you've found it! We love to publish unique novellas and collections of short fiction and poetry featuring complex, female-identifying characters. We think our bookshelves should look more like the diverse world around us. We believe that all brave, intelligent writing is literary, no matter what the subject matter. We love to stretch our imaginations. Take a look around. Discover the writers, books, and submission opportunities that keep our creative family thriving.

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Congratulations to the talented writers of the winning piece and honorable mentions for the 2017 Spider's Web Flash Fiction Prize!  Our 2017 winner is... Leslie Archibald for "Sherry Baby!" Honorable mentions are awarded to... Namrata Verghese for "Kathakali," Caitlin Brug for "Scars," and  Amanda Bermudez for "Disenchantment." Thank you to all those who entered our third annual flash fiction contest! Stay tuned for more information on where you can read the stellar winning pieces.




Statement Regarding Texas SB6:

After careful consideration, Spider Road Press has joined the three hundred Texas small businesses opposing the passage of discriminatory legislation, such as SB6, in our state. We believe that SB6 in particular, sometimes called the Texas “bathroom bill,” is both discriminatory and bad for business. Our position on this bill does not necessarily reflect the views of our consultants & authors.

Release Weekend Giveaway


Wear your love of books proudly! We're offering a fun giveaway to celebrate the release weekend of Approaching Footsteps... adorable book rose earrings. They're lovely to wear or make the perfect holiday gift! Get your copy of our suspenseful collection by Monday morning & you'll be entered to win:

Bookstore-Signed Books


Up, Do Recognized in the 2016 Best Book Awards!


We are thrilled to announce that Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers has been recognized as an award-winning finalist in the “Fiction: Anthology” category of the 2016 Best Book Awards! Kudos to the 32 talented women writers who contributed. Find this diverse and exciting collection in our web bookstore.  

Preorder Your Copy of Approaching Footsteps Today! 

Preorder our exciting, new collection of four suspenseful novellas from this website's bookstore by 11/17 & save $2 off the retail price of $16. Your preorder purchases support our indie press directly, without middlemen. Thus we can better pay & promote talented writers, and continue our mission to give 5% of our proceeds to charity. Get your copy today!

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Cover Reveal

We're delighted to share the cover of our new collection of four suspenseful novellas, Approaching Footsteps! Each novella is intricately woven with suspense & intrigue. It's available to preorder from our website bookstore on 10/24, and includes a bonus section of award-winning flash fiction. Thanks to our talented cover designer Heidi Dorey.


Preorder Our Collection of Four Novellas on 10/24

Preorder Our Collection of Four Novellas on 10/24

Suspenseful New Release: Approaching Footsteps 

We can't wait to share our new collection of four novellas by women with you this November! Compelling, unique stories by four talented writers will keep you glued to the page. Check back here in October to pre-order your signed copy from our bookstore!

The four talented writers featured in "Approaching Footsteps."

Flash Fiction Prize Winners Wowed the Audience at Our Awards Ceremony

Kudos to Andrea Barbosa, Jennifer Leeper & Mel Algood for their moving readings of their prize-winning flash fiction pieces on 8/18 at Writespace in Houston. The audience and our staff were touched by your evocative pieces featuring a strong female protagonist. We can't wait to publish your work in the special bonus section of our 2017 release, "Andromache" by Kate Spitzmiller.

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Welcome to the Spider Road Press Family, Jody T. Morse 

We're excited to welcome writer & designer Jody T. Morse to our Spider Road Press team! Learn more about our talented new staff member & her writing here: http://www.bountifulbalconybooks.com

Flash Fiction Contest News

Stay tuned for news about our new and improved 2017 contest. We will be polishing the judging process and offering a larger prize. We will also be opening the contest to YA fiction. 

Spider Road Founder & Up, Do are Featured in an IBPA Article


We are thrilled to be featured in this article about finding an audience for quality fiction. Check out the section on Up, Do and see what our editor in chief Patricia Flaherty Pagan has to say about keeping an indie press on track. 

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