Footnote started in 2022 as a mission-oriented publisher committed to driving social and narrative change. We seek to centre marginalised stories and perspectives — other ways of thinking, being and organising that forefront diversity of experience whilst highlighting our shared humanity. Our books dismantle received wisdoms and paint illuminating visions of the future, often drawing on the foundational human themes of migration, identity, separation, resistance and reclamation.
Our publishing programme spans stimulating and politically engaged fiction and non-fiction, including history, current affairs, philosophy, memoir, situational reportage, environment, and more. As well as publishing as inclusively as possible, Footnote seeks to innovate using bold new digital strategies to amplify crucial voices and find and connect with new global audiences.
Footnote was launched in partnership with Bonnier Books UK, a pioneering arrangement that combines the editorial independence and agility of an indie press with the sales and distribution capabilities of a world-leading publisher.
The prestigious Footnote x Counterpoints Writing Prize, for writers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, was established in 2023. Footnote also won FutureBook Start-up of the Year in 2023, with judges noting its work to combine “new technologies, urgent issues and diverse authors to create a disruptive and inspiring press.”
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