Founded in 1977, NeWest Press is one of Canada's first independent literary publishing houses. NeWest publishes literary fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama, as well as a line of mystery novels, with a particular interest in books by Western Canadian authors. Its Nunatak imprint is the longest-running first-fiction series in Canada.

Notable NeWest titles include Blood Relations and Other Plays by Sharon Pollock, Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto, Icefields by Thomas Wharton, Diamond Grill by Fred Wah, Playing Dead by Rudy Wiebe, The Widows by Suzette Mayr, All of Baba's Children by Myrna Kostash, The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou, Extensions by Myrna Dey, Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks, and The Shore Girl by Fran Kimmel. NeWest publishes ten to twelve books each year.