Myriad Editions is an independent publisher of original literary fiction and graphic novels, and producer of the acclaimed 'state of the world' infographic atlases.
Our mission is to publish excellent books that will change the way you see the world. Our novels are original works of literary fiction, eclectic, bold and full of character. Our graphic books explore tough subjects through narrative illustration. Our atlases will help you understand the real world through expert data analysis, geopolitical maps and vivid infographics.
After several years as a successful packager of the atlas series, we established Myriad’s publishing programme in order to showcase new writers and artists, build fresh audiences for their work, and establish a literary niche against the mainstream. Myriad has quickly built a reputation as an innovative publisher committed to discovering and nurturing talented authors who often go on to be listed or win awards.
Our fiction publishing has uncovered some of the most outstanding debuts of the past few years, from crime to literary fiction. We launched the career of Elizabeth Haynes, whose debut novel Into the Darkest Corner was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year, a TV Book Club selection and New York Times bestseller. A film is underway and translation rights have been sold into 34 countries.
Among other successful Myriad debuts are London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp (winner of the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award), Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown (Observer Best Debut Novels of the Year and Evening Standard Best Books of the Year), A Kind of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson (winner of The People’s Book Prize), The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein (dramatised on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour) and Genie and Paul by Natasha Soobramanien (Guardian Books of the Year and Foyles’ Best Fiction of 2012). Our books regularly appear on the Best of the Year lists and prize listings.
Myriad's graphics' list (comics, sequential art, narrative illustration, graphic novels – call them what you will) is regarded as one of the most thought-provoking and characterful in the UK. We are proud to publish some of today's most exciting visual storytellers and bring together a distinctive and diverse selection of unconventional viewpoints, controversial opinions, new voices and new ways of seeing. Kate Evans’s pithy exploration of climate change, Funny Weather, and Woodrow Phoenix’s gripping indictment of car culture, Rumble Strip, now both classics of their kind, led the way for Myriad's investigative strand of graphics publishing that includes Darryl Cunningham’s unique graphic reportage in Science Tales and Supercrash.
Every two years we organise the First Graphic Novel Competition. Working alongside distinguished judges, such as Hannah Berry, Ian Rankin, Meg Rosoff and Bryan Talbot, we have uncovered brilliantly innovative authors, including Gareth Brookes, Hannah Eaton and Ian Williams.
As part of our mission to support and encourage new writers, we collaborate with universities, colleges and other arts organisations to initiate creative projects. We’ve partnered with Aimer Media and the University of Sussex, to produce a flash fictions app, Quick Fictions. Also with the University of Sussex, we co-direct the First Fictions festival to showcase new writers and literary innovation. Our annual First Drafts competition (previously the Writer’s Retreat Competition) has a proven track record of discovering and launching writers who have gone on to enjoy creative and commercial success, including Lisa Cutts, Nina de la Mer and Hannah Vincent.
We publish around eight novels and three graphic books each year, and choose very selectively. Most of our novels can be broadly categorised as literary fiction; they range from book group favourites through psychological thrillers to more experimental writing. Our graphic books may be fiction or non-fiction. Some are deeply personal memoirs, others are political investigations; each affords us a new way of seeing, through pictures as well as text.
Most of Myriad's authors come to us as debuts. We're thrilled to launch and develop their writing careers, publishing their subsequent books as well as their first. Others have published elsewhere but have been drawn to Myriad through a particular connection, and we're proud to relaunch these authors to new audiences.
Find out about our submissions policy for fiction here and for graphics here. For all the latest news and events, follow us on Twitter @MyriadEditions.
Our award-winning atlases are unique visual surveys of economic, political and social trends. By ingeniously transforming statistical data into valuable, user-friendly resources, they make a range of global issues – from climate change to the Middle East – accessible to general readers, students and professionals alike.
Myriad sets a standard for quality, clarity, creativity and analysis. Our atlases are consistently well-reviewed and honoured with prestigious awards. They are also used by newspapers and magazines for value-added editorial. We have created bespoke thematic posters for a variety of publications, including the UK’s Independent, Ireland’s Sunday Tribune, New Scientist and Geographical Magazine.
Myriad's core title is the definitive reference book on the way we live now, The State of the World Atlas. Originally devised by Michael Kidron and Ronald Segal, this infographic survey of current events and global trends was widely hailed as revolutionary in both form and content, marking a radical departure from conventional cartography. Now authored by leading international peace researcher Dan Smith OBE, it has sold over 700,000 copies in different languages around the world.
Myriad’s atlas series is sold worldwide through publishers including Penguin and the University of California Press in the USA, Earthscan and the New Internationalist in the UK, Fischer Taschenbuch in Germany, Editions Autrement and Éditions Armand Colin in France, Maruzen in Japan, Publifolha in Brazil, Gleerups in Sweden, Sigma in Taiwan and Pajera in Thailand.
Myriad's Factmapper Design Studio offers our infographic expertise to a broader audience. Our highly skilled team of editors, designers and cartographers has developed a fast and highly effective way of conveying large amounts of information through the medium of the map. Drawing on over 20 years' experience of creating special projects for the UN and other international organizations, we gather, analyse and creatively display data – in print and online – to help disseminate information for public benefit and provide tools to effect positive social change.
Our regular commissions reflect a track record of fruitful collaborations as well as the success of our atlas formula to provide remarkably cost-effective, reader-friendly and beautifully produced reference material. Myriad's mapping concept has already proved to be a great success for The World Bank, UNICEF, WHO, the American Cancer Society, the CDC Foundation, FDI World Dental Federation and the Nile Basin Initiative.
You can follow new global developments with facts and figures from the latest atlases on Twitter @factmapper.