Mayapple Press is a highly-selective small press founded in 1978 by poet and editor Judith Kerman. We focus on literature not often celebrated by either the mainstream or the avant-garde. This includes poetry which is both challenging and accessible; women’s writing; the rustbelt/rural culture that stretches from the Hudson Valley to the Great Lakes; the recent immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry. In general, we publish only authors with prior publications with reputable presses or literary magazines.

Please read the guidelines for your particular category carefully before uploading.

Note: We are closed to unsolicited manuscripts and samples until further notice. 

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Mayapple Press..

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Literary poetry in all forms, including prose poems, written in English. Please use the Translations category for translations and bilingual (original language/English) works. We publish collections from 20 to 80 pages, using the same format for chapbooks and full-length books.

Please send a SAMPLE of 12-15 pages of poems. Obviously, you should choose your best. If we are interested, we will ask for the complete manuscript. Please include all poems in ONE file. Do not upload poems as separate files - we will not read them in that format.  Upload biographical material, introductions, marketing ideas, etc. using the submissions letter window. Please be concise.

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Literary fiction, including flash fiction, short stories and novels. Please note that we are much more interested in short fiction; novels are often served better by the major publishing houses. We publish collections from 40-120 pages long.

Please send ONE SAMPLE STORY, preferably 20 pages or less, in ONE file. If we are interested, we will ask for the complete manuscript. Upload biographical material, introductions, marketing ideas, etc. using the submissions letter window. Please be concise.

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Literary translations including poetry and prose. Bilingual works in English and another language should also be submitted here. We publish translations of 50-120 pages, in bilingual format when feasible.

Please send a SAMPLE of no more than 20 pages. Send all works being submitted in ONE file. Include both original language and English. Do not upload works as separate files - we will not read them in that format. If we are interested, we will ask for the complete manuscript. Upload an explanation of why you chose to translate this particular author, as well as biographical material, introductions, marketing ideas, etc., using the submissions letter window. Please be concise.



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Creative nonfiction of high literary quality only. We have special interests in women, the rustbelt/rural culture that stretches from the Hudson Valley to the Great Lakes, the immigrant experience, and Judaica. We publish creative nonfiction from 40-120 pages in length.

Please send a SAMPLE of approximately 20 pages, in ONE file. Do not upload short sections as separate files - we will not read them in that format. If we are interested, we will ask for the complete manuscript. Upload biographical material, introductions, marketing ideas, etc. using the submissions letter window. Please be concise.


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Anthologies of literary poetry or prose originally written in English. Please use the Translations category for translations and bilingual (original language/English) works. We generally limit our books to 120 pages.

Please submit a sample of 12-15 pages. Submit all content in ONE file. Do not upload poems as separate files - we will not read them in that format.  Upload biographical material, introductions, etc. using the submissions letter window. Editors of anthologies must secure permission to reprint and pay any required fees; Mayapple Press does not pay reprint fees.

Mayapple Press has done well with anthologies when the central topic has appeal to a target audience which can be contacted in realistic ways, and when the editor(s) and authors take an active hand in promotion. Please keep this mind when considering submitting to us, and address this question in your submissions letter Be concise..

Literary/artistic projects of interest to Mayapple Press: women, Great Lakes/Upstate NY, immigrant experience, translations, science fiction poetry, Judaica with accompanying photos, illustrations, or graphics included in the manuscript. Also experimental work incorporating visual elements. NOTE: Color covers are standard, but we are very unlikely to do projects with interior color unless some kind of grant or subsidy is available. We generally limit the size of our books to 120 pages.

Please submit a SAMPLE of 15-20 pages. Upload all works in ONE file, not as separate files. If this is not feasible, please query us by email. If we are interested, we will ask for the complete manuscript. Upload biographical material, introductions, marketing ideas, etc. using the submissions letter window. Please be concise.

Please note that we rarely do this kind of project. Market potential and originality will count a great deal.