Want to join the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance or renew your membership? Here are three easy ways:

Download our membership and renewal form, complete the form, and mail it to our office with your personal check or credit-card information. By mailing in your membership fee, you ensure that 100% of your contribution goes to the MWPA.

Call the office at 207.228.8263 and we’ll process your membership application, renewal, and credit-card information over the phone.

Just click on the PayPal link below to pay for or renew your membership online. Please note that you will be redirected to our PayPal site and asked to create an account if you don’t already have one. PayPal is fast, secure, and easy.

Membership Rates & Levels

Student Membership {$25}
Student members receive all the benefits of a Standard Membership. Applicants for a Student Membership must (1) be under the age of 18 or (2) possess a valid undergraduate student identification at the time that membership is established or renewed. Graduate students and adults over the age of 25 are not eligible for a student membership. *Please include your school’s name and student ID number on the application form.

Standard Membership {$45–$100*}

  • Significant discounts on all MWPA programming, including our workshops, conferences, writing retreats, and Maine Literary Award submission fees [see details]
  • Subscription to The Peavey, a weekly e-newsletter featuring literary news, events, opportunities, and stories from Maine and beyond [see details]
  • Discounted subscription to Poets & Writers magazine [see details]
  • Independent bookstore discounts throughout Maine *Offered three times a year [see details]
  • Your newly released book featured (with cover image and brief description) in Ex Libris Maine, our monthly e-newsletter announcement that is sent to all MWPA members, partners, and supporters, including Maine independent booksellers, libraries, publications, and publishing-industry professionals [see details]
  • Discounts on MWPA hourly services [see details]
  • Free listings of your literary events in The Peavey
  • Attractive MWPA membership seal for your website.
  • Free access to the MWPA’s directories of statewide literary services and writing groups
  • Discounted author headshot package with professional photographer Irvin Serrano [see details]
  • Most importantly, your membership provides critical operational support to the only statewide organization committed to enriching Maine’s literary culture and supporting its writers, editors, publishers, booksellers, educators, and other literary professionals

Find Maine Writers Membership {$55–$100*}

  • All Standard Membership benefits
  • Author profile, photo, and book-cover image featured on the MWPA’s Find Maine Writers website (find.mainewriters.org)

Promotional Membership {$115–$250*}

  • All Standard Membership benefits
  • Author profile, photo, and book-cover image featured on the MWPA’s Find Maine Writers website (find.mainewriters.org)
  • Distribution of one press release per year to the MWPA’s proprietary in-state media list
  • One-time marketing, publicity, website, and public reading consultation (30 minutes)

Institutional Membership {$150+}
The MWPA’s Institutional Membership is for businesses and organizations that support the MWPA mission and make use of our statewide network and promotional services. Please contact Joshua Bodwell for more information about Institutional Memberships.

Supporting Member {$250–$499*}
In addition to the Standard and Promotional membership benefits described above, Supporting Members receive critical feedback on their writing or manuscript from either an MWPA staff member or someone from our network of affiliated writers, editors, and literary professionals. The MWPA will also help you set up readings and events to promote your published work.You will also receive free registration for one MWPA writing workshop at any time during the membership year. (NOTE: Critical feedback will be limited to ten pages of prose or five poems, and a half-hour in-person or phone conversation.) 

Contributing Member {$500–$999*}
Contributing Members receive all of the above plus three complimentary workshops.

Patron Member {$1,000 and up*}
Patron Members receive all of the above benefits plus one of the following: (1) an invitation for you and a guest to attend one of our literary parties as co-hosts or (2) an invitation to attend either our annual spring or fall writing retreats. You also receive our unending gratitude!


As you think about joining the MWPA for the first time or renewing your membership, we encourage you to look closely at the new pricing structures and incentives, and consider the plan that best suits you. Membership in the MWPA is not just about the benefits and services we provide—your membership also support Maine’s only statewide organization working to advance the literary arts. If you have any questions about what each level of membership does or does not include, please feel free to contact us.

*FAQs The Membership Pricing Ranges: The MWPA makes note of the “range” between membership levels (e.g. $45-$99) because over the years many members have generously chosen to donate more than the standard amount but less than the next membership level (e.g. $65 for a standard membership, meaning $45 is for the membership and the additional $20 is a donation).