Host Publications was founded in 1988 and began as a small press primarily dedicated to publishing quality international works in translation, including Nobel Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Wisława Szymborska. Host has published over 50 titles in a diverse array of genres, by authors from Texas to China. 

In 2018, Host Publications shifted their focus from international authors to authors based in the United States, and committed to creating a seat at the table for marginalized groups: primarily women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ writers. This initiative began with publishing Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas by Fernando Flores and the I Scream Social Anthology, which featured the works of 45 women writers.

In 2019, Host Publications continued their mission with the announcement of the Host Publications Chapbook Prize, awarding women writers with publication, $1000, 25 copies of the published chapbook, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion by their dedicated staff.

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