Additional detail about the benefits available to Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance members.

Weekly News & Events

Peavy-BannerThe Peavey is the MWPA’s weekly email newsletter. Every Thursday morning, members receive local and national literary news, event listings, MWPA announcements, and a whole lot more. Click HERE to download a past edition of The Peavey and see what you may be missing!


Ex Libris Maine

Ex_Libris_MaineEvery month, MWPA members, supporters, and partnering organizations receive Ex Libris Maine, an email filled with new book releases by Maine authors and publishers. MWPA members are eligible for free listings [see details], which are sent to thousands of avid writers, readers, librarians, booksellers, and literary professionals.  *Not a member, but still interested in receiving Ex Libris Maine? Simply add your name and email address to the email sign-up form on our homepage.

Click HERE for Ex Libris Maine submission information.


Workshop & Programming Discounts

DiscountAll MWPA members receive steeply discounted rates for our workshops, conferences, writing retreats, events, and programming, including submission fees for our annual Maine Literary Awards competition.

If you take advantage of even one discounted fee per year, the membership pays for itself. A typical workshop fee for members might be $75, for example, while the cost to nonmembers would be $125 or more.


Find Maine Writers

Find_Maine_Writers_LogoFind Maine Writers ( is dedicated to profiling Maine’s many diverse and talented writers, publicizing their work and accomplishments, and connecting them with readers, editors, literary agents, publishers, and potential employers. Find Maine Writers is a members-only benefit of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Learn more


Poets & Writers Discount

Poets & WritersMWPA members receive a special discounted Poets & Writers subscription rate: one year (6 issues) for $12.00 or two years (12 issues) for $22.00.


Independent Bookseller Discounts

Bookstore DiscountFour times a year (February, May, August, and November ), all MWPA members receive an e-coupon that offers significant discounts at independent bookstores throughout Maine. The MWPA supports Maine’s local booksellers because local booksellers are among the strongest advocates for Maine writers. By making your next book purchase at your local independent bookstore, you support Maine writers.

Participating Bookstores
BookStacks (Bucksport), The Briar Patch (Bangor), Carlson Turner Books (Portland), Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers (Farmington), Fine Print Booksellers (Kennebunkport), Green Hand Bookshop (Portland), Hello Hello Books (Rockland), Left Bank Books (Belfast), Letterpress Books (Portland), Longfellow Books (Portland), The Mustard Seed Bookstore (Bath) Mystery Cove Book Shop (Hulls Cove), Nonesuch Books (Biddeford and South Portland), Old Professor’s Bookshop (Belfast), Open Door Books (Bath), Owl & Turtle Bookshop (Camden), PRINT (Portland) Royal River Books (Yarmouth),  Yes Books (Portland)


Discounted Author Photo

Serrano LogoThe MWPA is proud to offer all our members a steeply discounted author photo package with commercial photographer Irvin Serrano (, whose work has been featured in regional and national magazines and advertisements. In addition to the packages describe below, all current MWPA members receive, once per calendar year, a 15% discount on extended in-studio photo shoots, on-location shoots, and larger image packages. (All additional services and fees are negotiated directly with Irvin Serrano Commercial Photography.)

Both photography packages listed below include one 30-minute, professionally lit photo shoot at Serrano’s studio in Biddeford, Maine, and two touched-up, high-resolution digital files—one full-color image and one black and white—of a single headshot or pose. The price and parameters of the packages are non-negotiable. All photo shoots are scheduled directly with Irvin Serrano Commercial Photography. For more information, contact Irvin Serrano: 207.766.1371 or

MWPA Member Package: $175
*Images can be used for self-promotion, marketing, author websites, publications, and book covers.
→ Additional head shots or poses: $100.00 each


MWPA Hourly Services

MWPA Hourly RatesWe now offer a selection of hourly services for members and others. If you are a current member, you will receive a discount ($20) off our standard hourly rate (see details below). Depending on the scope and needs of the project, the MWPA will match you with a writer or other literary professional who has the experience and expertise you need.

For more information, contact Joshua Bodwell.

Marketing, publicity, and website consultation
$55/hr. for members | $75/hr. for non-members

Grant proposal consultation and critical feedback
$55/hr. for members | $75/hr. for non-members

Manuscript review and critical feedback
$55/hr. for members | $75/hr. for non-members

Manuscript review and critical feedback with line editing
$95/hr. for members | $115/hr. for non-members

Proofreading services
$35/hr. for members | $55/hr. for non-members