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
+ Islandport Press
+ Maine Authors Publishing
+ The Maine Review
+ Moon Pie Press
+ Tilbury House Publishers






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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Just Write Books
14 Munroe Lane
Topsham, ME 04086






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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Maine Authors Publishing
12 High Street
Thomaston ME 04861




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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The Maine Review
Box 330
Port Clyde, ME 0485






Tilbury House 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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Contact Info

Tilbury House
12 Starr Street
Thomaston, ME 04861