Our Story

Read about the Faber story, find out about our unique partnerships, and learn more about our publishing heritage, awards and present-day activity.

Who We Are

Faber is one of the world’s great independent publishing houses. Since we were founded in 1929, poetry has been at the heart of our publishing, with T. S. Eliot as our first Poetry Editor.

In every generation, Faber has sought to find the very best writers and we are proud to publish the foremost voices in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, film and children’s books, from writers including Sylvia Plath, Samuel Beckett, Ted Hughes, William Golding, Kae Tempest, Seamus Heaney, P. D. James, Natalie Diaz, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Alan Bennett, Edna O’Brien, Simon Armitage, Emma Carroll and Sally Rooney. Thirteen Nobel Laureates and six Booker Prize-winners have been published by Faber, with awards most recently for Kazuo Ishiguro and Anna Burns.

At Faber, we share a belief in the unique power of the published word to transform, to inspire and to challenge. This informs all our in-house activities and extends to our outreach and our partnerships within independent publishing.

Our Partnerships

Faber is proud to be part of a network of independent publishers and to work with innovative partners to find new ways to promote great writing across the world.

Independent Alliance
The Independent Alliance is an alliance of fifteen independent publishing houses sharing a common vision: editorial excellence, original, diverse publishing, innovation in marketing and commercial success. Faber provides sales and distribution services to the Alliance publishers.
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Faber Factory
Faber Factory is a leading eBook conversion and distribution service. We are proud to represent over one hundred of the finest independent publishers in the world, helping them achieve strong sales results and sharing with them our unique digital publishing insights.

Prizes and Awards

FAB Prize

Every child deserves to see themselves in books, and in the authors and illustrators whose work they read. The FAB Prize aims to discover and showcase new talent, closing the gap between what is currently published and the reality for many families.

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Graphic Short Story Prize

Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Faber and Comica have got together with the Observer to offer you the chance to see your work in print and win £1,000.

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Faber New Play Award

Faber has made a donation to the New Play Commission Scheme, and will award an additional £5,000 to the best play by an unpublished writer, which - if produced - will also be published.

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Imagined Futures Prize

At a time of extraordinary global change and societal and environmental turmoil, Faber launches this prize for fiction that shines a spotlight on the immense power and value of the natural world and explores the enormous number of potential outcomes for our collective future.