The Muriel Press

Muriel Press Now Open for Poetry Manuscript Submissions

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 We welcome unpublished collections of poems, with a focus on themes of social justice and community.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  • Manuscripts should be unpublished, although individual poems may have previously appeared (please include an acknowledgements page as necessary).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 and attach your manuscript. Please contact Director of the press, Christina Kubasta at with any questions.

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About The Muriel Press

The Muriel Press is an embedded micro-press at Marian University, where students gain hands-on skills in editing, book design, marketing & public relations through an internship-in-the-classroom. Through a multi-course sequence delivered through the English, Art, and Communication programs, students take books from submission to finished project, working with the author to design a social media launch and the book’s release.

In its naming, the press honors Sr. Muriel Tarr who taught art, music, and English, and was a poet & translator. In keeping with the mission of Marian University, the Muriel Press will publish works of contemporary literature from Upper Midwestern authors with a social justice focus.

Code of Ethics

To adhere as closely as possible to best practices and Council of Literary Magazines and Press’s (CLMP) code of ethics, The Muriel Press will read submissions blind, and exclude close friends, relatives, students, and former students of current Marian University faculty.

The Publications

Now available – Michele Meren’s novel Inside Our Days

“When Bree Durning’s ovarian cancer reoccurs, everything she and husband Will believed about their life together is upended and Bree finds herself heading down a path that Will cannot follow, or even understand. Michele Merens has given us a sensitive and beautifully rendered portrait of a marriage in extremis.”

Yona Zeldis McDonough, Fiction Editor, Lilith Magazine

Michele Merens is a writer and playwright with publishing credits in more than a dozen literary magazines and anthologies including Third Wednesday, Lilith, Plum Hamptons, Poetica, and Inkwell. She is a Puffin Grant winner for her play The Lion’s Den, a DVD copy of its Milwaukee premiere now archived in the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison; a Barnard College Senior Scholar in Creative Writing; and a member of the Dramatist’s Guild. She holds a MSJ from Northwestern University and a BA from Barnard College.

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Cover of The Memory House

Now available from the Muriel Press – Finalist for the Minnesota Book Prize

“Nothing wasted, no extra – this is how Raki Kopernik constructs The Memory House. Every sentence a small satisfaction to read; some lines punch and others pull readers into the dust and sweetness of what is remembered/misremembered/passed down. Part document, part multi-generational memoir, and one hundred and fifty percent relevant, The Memory House shows us family, war, borders, home, persecution, necessity, longing, belonging, and migration as infinite loops. From the Middle East to the Midwest, from the early 1900’s to now, Raki gives us entry into the stories she carries in her marrow – an heirloom she offers up in words to us.”

Franciszka Voeltz, author of All this Blue, All this Broken

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Christina Kubasta


Please contact the Press Director with queries:

Christina Kubasta, Associate Professor of English

Christina Kubasta is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press, 2017), and the novel This Business of the Flesh (Apprentice House, 2018). She teaches English, writing, and cultural studies at Marian University.