UK writer, Neil Griffiths partly personally funded a new prize for books published by small, independent presses, on which he has bestowed the rather extravagant name, 'The Republic of Consciousness' and the tagline: 'hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose.'
It seems that most have forgotten that the literary greats, let's say the Modernists depended on the existence of small presses and small literary magazines - see above - to get into print. Today these writers are studied in university courses the world over, but when they were alive they were scrounging for work as casual teachers of English in Trieste, or Rome. (I recently read this striking evocation of the peripatetic life of James Joyce and his family, where he was described as 'unsettled and penniless' - puts it into perspective somewhat).
On reading the long-list of the authors on the Republic of Consciousness Prize, three immediately appealed to me, one so much that I ordered the novel from the publisher last night. See if you can resist, after reading this description of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread by Marcia Douglas - a writer who was born in the UK, grew up in Jamaica and is now based in Colorado (the publisher, Peepal Tree Press calls itself: the 'Home of the Best in Caribbean & Black British Writing')