Submissions open July 1st – August 15th 2021
The Muriel Press is accepting poetry manuscripts for publication; we are interested in chapbook manuscripts that range anywhere from 20 – 35 pages. The winning chapbook will be published with a full-color cover, and ISBN. We welcome unpublished collections of poems, with a focus on themes of social justice and community. Authors should be based in the Upper Midwest (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas). We are especially interested in reading submissions from voices less well represented in traditional publishing spaces, including women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, First Nations writers, and disabled writers. We are interested in a variety of forms, including experimental and hybrid poetry.
The Muriel Press is an embedded student-run press at Marian University, which engages students in the process of small press publishing. Our timeline from selection to release is approximately one year, and we work on one book at a time. Our previous books include The Memory House, by Raki Kopernik, and Inside Our Days, by Michele Merens.
- Manuscripts should be unpublished, although individual poems may have previously appeared (please include an acknowledgements page as necessary).
- Manuscripts should be approximately 20 – 35 pages of poetry; page guidelines are approximate, and should exclude front and back matter.
- Use an easy-to-read font (like Times New Roman, or Garamond), include a Table of Contents, paginate, and submit as a PDF, .doc, or .docx. Do not include identifying information on the manuscript.
Current and former students and employees of Marian University are asked not to submit, as well as close friends of those involved with the Muriel Press.
Please send a brief email cover letter, with bio, to firstname.lastname@example.org and attach your manuscript. Please contact Director of the press, Christina Kubasta at email@example.com with any questions.