Welcome to 12 Willows Press

12 Willows is an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction books that address our changing world. Through titles on the environment, ecology, wildlife, sustainability, and gardening/agriculture, we offer solutions that may mitigate the worst of the worst or help us adapt in ways we never thought possible.

We offer the humble willow tree as one such solution. Found on every continent with forests, this tree spent the last 145 million years learning how to adapt to less-than-ideal conditions, from sandy, wet soils to roiling riverbanks. Once established, it develops quickly, with some varieties growing several feet a year. Below ground, its roots spread out, creating a vast, shallow network that stabilizes soils and absorbs toxins like pesticides and heavy metals.

It’s no wonder how willow came to symbolize adaptability, vitality, renewal, loss, wisdom, and even immortality—invigorating our imaginations with stories and themes that took root in mythologies spanning the globe. Willow also came to play a prominent role in daily life, its wood, branches, and bark used in myriad ways, from wagon spokes, fencing, furniture, and brooms to clothes pins and medicine. High in salicin, willow has reduced fevers, calmed inflammation, and alleviated body aches and pains for eons.

We named the press after the unassuming, tenacious willow tree for these reasons.


Important Update on Submissions


12 Willows Press is temporarily pausing the acceptance of regular manuscript submissions. This decision allows us to dedicate our full attention to current projects and commitments. We value the work of writers and researchers who share our passion for addressing our changing world through stories and insights on the environment, ecology, and sustainability.

Please check back for updates on when our submission window will reopen.

Thank you for your understanding and continued interest in 12 Willows Press.

Note that this pause applies only to general submissions. North Woods at Night submissions are still welcome.

Take a peek at our recently and soon-to-be published books!

Rivers of Ink: Literary Reflections on the Penobscot

Now Available! 

Edited by Steven Long
Introduction by Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset

And a finalist for the 2024 Maine Literary Awards, to be announced May 30, 2024!


By Kate Risse

Inside of ME

By Jennifer Elwell Comeau

Illustrated by Suzi Linden

Lumpy's Gift

Now Available!

By Christopher Packard

Illustrated by Jill Packard

Following Sasquatch

Written and Illustrated by Molly Leach


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