Person reading at Yapalpe (aka Glen Helen Gorge) on Western Arrernte Country, 135km west of Mparntwe. Photo by P. Raftos.

We are a not-for-profit community controlled publisher run by our authors and other local writers in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. We are devoted exclusively to writing from the central desert. We work in partnership with the NT Writers Centre and other local organisations such as the Akeyulerre Healing Centre. We are structured as a horizontal collective and anyone who is published by our press is welcome to join.

Our titles are distributed by NewSouth Books, and to date, have reached over a hundred outlets nation-wide as well as Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest publishing industry event in the world.

Running Water Community Press began as a local writers group in the 1990’s and operated under the name of Ptilotus Press from 1996 until 2021. We don’t just receive manuscripts upon completion but we are often involved in supported writing processes. This means we build deep relationships with our authors and community and we are accountable to that. These relationship-centred collaborative processes are context specific and seek to centre author control over editing and publishing in general. Contracts are tailored to the needs of authors and we prioritise channelling resources back into community.  Are you interested in being published with us? Email

Our press relies on the in-kind work of our members, donations from supporters and project grants. Funds from book sales are put back into publications and our local literary community. We regularly support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation through providing our titles at a discounted rate to the Book Supply program. All donations to Running Water Community Press are tax-deductible. If you would like to support our work, see the options here. 

If you would like to join our press and be a part of our collective work, contact Olivia Nigro on +61 405 406 731 or