The MWPA owes its very existence to Maine publishers: back in 1975, it was a scrappy group of small presses that rallied together to form the MWPA. Today, Maine is still brimming with exciting independent and small presses.

Here is a taste of what some of those publishers are up to, as well as a new series of short interviews with the folks leading those presses.


+ Alice James Books
+ Encircle Publications
+ Goose River Press
+ Islandport Press
+ Maine Authors Publishing
+ The Maine Review
+ Moon Pie Press
+ The Telling Room
+ Tilbury House Publishers


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Encircle Publications

Farmington, ME |

Encircle Publications began more than two decades ago as a service provider for independent authors and small publishers. Since that time the company has grown into a regional poetry powerhouse. In late 2016 we were presented with an opportunity to work with an established group of successful mystery authors and began the process of re-branding ourselves to reflect our new venture into trade fiction publishing with a focus on the mystery and historical fiction genres.

While continuing to deliver top quality books of poetry we seek to craft a diverse fiction catalog from established successful authors in a variety of formats that readers will want to return to and select from again and again. We affirm a commitment to our authors as partners in our success. We embrace a deep love of challenge and growth so that we’re always delivering quality books by authors that people love to read.

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Goose River Press

Waldoboro, ME |

Goose River Press is proud to represent some of the finest writers and publishers working today. Our thirty-two years of publishing experience ensure your work will enjoy superior design, quality production, and extensive distribution.

Why Goose River Press? Because Goose River Press is a traditional full-service publishing house, we can ensure your work will achieve the placement and prominence it deserves. Our team will work with you to achieve this objective. For those who wish to self-publish, we can help you avoid costly mistakes and provide extra benefits not available from a printer.

Goose River Press works with Ingram, Barnes & Noble,, and many other markets in the United States and internationally to make your title available.

We invite you to submit your manuscript for consideration for publication. Alternately, for those who wish to self-publish, Goose River Press can provide fee-based editing, printing, and promotion services at competitive rates.

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Just Write Books

Topsham, ME |

Just Write Books, located in Topsham, Maine, publishes a few books each year—fiction, nonfiction and poetry—written by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Our books can be found in an array of local booksellers and specialty shops as well as our online bookstore.

Nancy E. Randolph, publisher of Just Write Books, has a BA in Journalism, a talent for design and a lifelong career in journalism, marketing and public relations. Just Write provides a quality product in content and design and a full array of marketing to help books get in the hands of readers. Many of the books published by Just Write Books have received very favorable reviews.

We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. If you have a book that you think fits in with our other books: call or email to start a conversation. Be patient, please, you will get to speak with a live person eventually.

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Maine Authors Publishing

Thomaston, ME |

Maine Authors Publishing is a new style of independent press. Our goal is to support local, independent authors throughout the publishing process with affordable services such as editing, design, printing, a trade catalog, distribution, and marketing assistance. We want to help you get your book published and into the hands of your readers.

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The Maine Review

Port Clyde, ME |

The Maine Review is published twice a year, and features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by both established and emerging writers.  We look for work that cuts across artificial boundaries, that challenges expectations and demands thoughtful attention.  While we are not promoting a single aesthetic, we look for work that asks its readers to imagine in new ways and that rewards their efforts.  We are committed to including work by Maine writers in each issue, alongside great writing from across the country and around the world.

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Tilbury House Publishers

Thomaston, ME |

Tilbury House Publishers is an independent publisher founded more than forty years ago. The press has added home, gardening, and nautical nonfiction to its deep list of Maine and New England arts, literature, history, maritime history, and natural history titles. Since the 1990s we have built an award-winning list of children’s picture books emphasizing cultural diversity, social justice, and global empathy. These and our nonfiction science, nature, and history books for children and teens challenge young readers to engage, inquire, and imagine. Designed for the book trade, our children’s books often include back matter and supplemental reader guides for home and classroom use.

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